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Chris Sambar: AT&T Introduces FirstNet Deployable Blimp to Support Nationwide Public Safety Comms

Chris Sambar: AT&T Introduces FirstNet Deployable Blimp to Support Nationwide Public Safety Comms - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Chris Sambar
Chris Sambar

AT&T has added a 55-foot aerostat to the company's fleet of deployable network assets built to complement a national broadband communications system for first responders.

FirstNet One is designed to facilitate LTE connectivity within a targeted area in tne event of a disaster, Chris Sambar, executive vice president of technology operations at AT&T, wrote in a blog entry posted Tuesday.

Chris Sambar: AT&T Introduces FirstNet Deployable Blimp to Support Nationwide Public Safety Comms - top government contractors - best government contracting eventHe noted the portable blimp "can fly up to 1,000 feet for approximately 2 weeks before needing additional helium top-off."

The aerostat is AT&T's 76th dedicated public safety network asset. Other portable assets include the drone-based Flying COW cell site and Satellite Cell on Light Trucks.

According to Sambar, the company will offer 24/7 FirstNet One coverage to network subscribers at no additional fee.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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