Verizon Talks Up Private Core as AT&T Launches FirstNet

If you thought AT&T had the 4G public safety network market all wrapped up with FirstNet, well, think again!

As AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) launched the FirstNet network Tuesday, which all 50 states in the US have signed up for, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) rolled out the private core network for emergency workers it first promised last year. (See Verizon Takes On AT&T's FirstNet on 4G.)

The private cores from both AT&T and Verizon offer one major incentive for first responders: Giving emergency workers priority on the network when needed. (See 50 US States Sign on for Nationwide Safety Network .)

Of course, AT&T is rolling out a dedicated LTE network on 700MHz for emergency use. Verizon, however, claims that it is currently the network most used for public safety in the US right now.

"Just because states have opted in, does not mean the public safety agencies have to work with them," Kevin King, director of corporate communications at Verizon, told Light Reading on Tuesday.

King also points out that AT&T will be testing FirstNet until April or May. "Our public safety private core is open for business now," King said.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

kq4ym 4/10/2018 | 6:35:59 AM
First Responders As AT&T seems to be the "first responder" in an attempt to sign up all the fire and emergency services around the country it would seem they have a pretty good head start even with Verizon's proposal to enter the market as well. But as noted the race is not yet finished and perhaps Verizon might be able to provide a competitive servicee and win  the race in the end?
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