US Air Force base to get 5G, FirstNet

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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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