AT&T Creates Suitcase Cellular Antenna
AT&T has a new suitcase to allow any businesses or law enforcement personnel to provide emergency cell phone service in areas with weak or completely non-existent coverage. When first responders arrive on the scene following a natural disaster, they are in need of a reliable method of communication. Before the creation of the cell tower suitcase, mobile phone providers would have to send mobile access points in the form of full-size trucks. For the new suitcase to function, it must be connected to a satellite dish and also receive an external source of power. The limitations of being such a small service provider is that the max number of simultaneous connections are 14 cell phones and data is available at sub-broadband speeds. The projected service area is a radius of up to half a mile and the prices range from $15,000 to $45,000 plus monthly fees.