AT&T is helping corporate and government customers better prepare for and manage disasters with the release of small, portable cellular antennas that deliver wireless coverage in remote or disaster-struck areas.
The service is a handy and potentially life-saving workaround for the reality that cellphone companies are generally responsible for restoring services following disasters like hurricanes by sending in their own trucks, which effectively serve as mobile cell towers.
AT&T’s new product enables first responders to establish mobile coverage almost immediately. A company spokesperson says that with Remote Mobility Zone, users can set up a cell site in less than 30 minutes.
“In the pivotal first minutes of a natural or man-made disaster, AT&T Remote Mobility Zone provides a solution to help maintain critical mobile communications,” says Chris Hill, vice president of advanced mobility solutions for AT&T’s business solutions division. “With AT&T Remote Mobility Zone, users can set up a cell site in less than 30 minutes.”
The cost of the units span $15,000 to $45,000, AT&T said, excluding “some monthly fees.” The Remote Mobility Zone can be used with any AT&T phone.