Sprint Nextel has sent a five-year, $2 billion emergency network plan to US president Barack Obama’s transition team seeking the government to fund the project to improve communication among first responders during disasters.
According to reports, the proposed model is based on the use of 100 satellite-based light tucks and around 100,000 mobile handsets or equipment at nearly 40 pre-selected sites, to respond to emergencies.
The proposed public safety network plan could create more than 400 permanent jobs and a number of supporting jobs, according to Reuters.
MSN Money has quoted Sprint’s spokesman Scott Sloat as saying: Given public safety’s reliance on our push-to-talk technology and our experience dealing with disasters and things like that, our iDEN network would probably be a viable network for this to run on. We’re not saying it has to be that, but it is a potential option. That’s up to the government to decide.