The Future of Connectivity

Agencies are eyeing a range of possibilities to take advantage of 5G advances, but perhaps no application is more urgent than ensuring and even boosting connectivity to aide disaster response. “Through mechanisms in 4G and 5G, we can prioritize access and bandwidth in such way that wireless priority service can be given to first responders,” said Mark McDiarmid, senior vice president for radio network engineering and development at T-Mobile USA.

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The Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology directorate wants to help first responders realize the potential benefits of fifth-generation wireless communications and avoid the challenges associated with relying on more interconnected, digital technologies.