US Air Force base to get 5G, FirstNet


By Jonathan Nally
Wednesday, 15 January, 2020

US Air Force base to get 5G, FirstNet

The US Air Force’s Nellis Air Force Base and AT&T have signed an agreement under which the telco will provide 5G services along with FirstNet connectivity.

AT&T will roll out 5G infrastructure to support wireless data and voice services connecting the base’s more than 40,000 personnel and their families.

Wireless high-speed external and in-building connectivity will cover the flight line, facilities, dormitories and a medical centre.

Potential use cases for 5G might include:

  • high-speed, low-latency transmission of data from aircraft platforms, sensors and systems to ground personnel;
  • enhanced video surveillance and analytics for base security;
  • virtual, distributed training using AR/VR capabilities;
  • near real-time management of inventory and diagnostics analysis.

The FirstNet connectivity will enhance the communication capabilities of base first responder and public safety personnel.

“We’re honoured to equip Nellis with a comprehensive communications solution built to support innovative services such as 5G and FirstNet,” said Mike Leff, Vice President, AT&T Global Public Sector.

US Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie.

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