Alcatel-Lucent revealed Monday that it has undertaken a six-month test of 4G emergency technology with authorities in Las Vegas using spectrum allocated for a nationwide first-responder LTE network.
The 4G trial is designed to deliver video, collaboration, and tracking tools over the air to first responders and local authorities. Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) says that it completed a demonstration of these capabilities to Las Vegas-area law enforcement agencies in October.
The test used equipment from AlcaLu and others, as well as the Band 14 700MHz LTE spectrum allocated for public safety applications. The spectrum is allocated to FirstNet, which was created in February 2012 when the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act was signed into law and tasked with creating a nationwide LTE network.
Why this matters
Since the 9/11 attacks, there have been calls for a nationwide public safety wireless broadband network that can connect first responders in times of crisis. More than 12 years later, it still isn't a reality.
The FCC voted in 2011 to mandate LTE as the baseline tech standard for a wireless public safety network. These latest tests indicate that the slow progress toward a nationwide network is at least continuing.
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— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading