AT&T delivers next generation digital comms to US Air Force base


AT&T has announced that it will be providing both 5G and 4G - in the form of FirstNet - to personnel at the Nellis Air Force base in Southern Nevada.

This will take the form of “wireless high-speed external and in-building connectivity across Nellis’ flight line, facilities, dormitories, and the Mike O'Callaghan military medical center.” According to figures released by the company, the base contains more than 40,000 Air Force personnel and their families, as well as retirees.

Potential 5G use cases in this context, as put forward by AT&T, include enhanced continuous surveillance and analytics, AR/VR training, and the near real time management of inventory and aircraft schematics.

FirstNet capabilities will be made available to first responder and public safety personnel on site. 

Speaking of the roll-out, Mike Leff, vice president, AT&T Global Public Sector, said: “We’re honoured to equip Nellis with a comprehensive communications solution built to support innovative services such as 5G and FirstNet. 

“AT&T’s approach to 5G is based on a new set of network security standards that will ultimately offer improved encryption protections for wireless communications. New security features will eventually include enhanced capabilities to detect and respond to cybersecurity threats while helping to protect subscriber identities, network access and device authentication.”

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