Sprint Asks Obama to Set Up $2 Billion First-Responder Network
The Reason for Nextel vs others
so you are not entirely correct. if they all had VZW and the landlines went down they would still be able to communicate without issue.
Anything that is likely to knock out a traditional phone landline is also likely to knock out the other type of line. You would not even be able to communicate to the person next to you if that line system went down because the signal goes to the local tower, which goes to a regional center (via a line) which...
So sit down.
Also, regardless of how calls are made, having the option of your phone also having an alternate 2-way communications system (DirecTalk) built in, without extra handsets or hardware is crucial.
Now, whether this carrier or that carrier was still in service on 9/11 or during Katrina is pretty irrelevant. At one moment or another, every carrier has failed while others were triumphant. The important thing is to look at the whole. With Verizon and AT&T, you have a wide...
This solution is unlike any other in the industry as the trucks use a satellite backhaul to connect to the nationwide network. This means that in the affected area, this vehicle is not reliant on the impacted PSTN and related infrastructure.ATT and VZW simply cant do this with any track record or reliability. They require connection to a surviving T-1 line or a microwave hop to an existing site...pretty serious assumptions/requirements in a disaster. This solution can be deployed in an area with zero coverage and provide coverage and connectivity to the nationwide network. Consumer solution? Probably Not. First Responder and Major Enterprise customer - No Brainer.
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