T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced that the City of Wichita in Kansas, in efforts to decrease its wireless spend and reduce emergency response times, has chosen T-Mobile as its wireless service provider across several of its departments.
The city has purchased approximately 400 T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot devices for its fire, central inspections and police departments. In addition, 130 BlackBerry Curve 9300 smartphones have been purchased for the City of Wichita’s office and field staff who need to be in regular communications with one another and to communicate more efficiently.
“The City of Wichita chose T-Mobile after an extensive competitive review in which it experienced great results testing our 4G Mobile Hotspot devices, also known as Wi-Fi devices that convert and broadcast cellular signals into Wi-Fi signals, essentially creating personal Wi-Fi hotspots for police officers,” says Jim Mills, vice president, general manager, Great Plains Region, T-Mobile USA.
“With our 4G Mobile Hotspot devices utilized with the police officers’ laptops in their squad cars, the City of Wichita police officers apparently were able to log in to their laptops faster than with any other solution tested, which is a huge benefit for first responders," Mills continues. "In addition, the City of Wichita awarded T-Mobile and our business partner, 4G Mobility, the deal because of the quality of our handsets and network coverage.”
Before the purchase of the Wi-Fi devices, the City of Wichita used 3G mobile broadband PC cards. One of the advantages of switching from these cards to T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspots is that the city can easily implement its anticipated public safety initiatives that will require having Wi-Fi access in its squad cars, including the addition of new Wi-Fi-accessible devices, such as receipt printers for mobile ticketing.
In May of this year, T-Mobile doubled the theoretical peak download speed of its 4G network to 42 Mbps in the Wichita area, providing customers with increased capacity, reliability and even more consistent speeds. Since the beginning of 2010, T-Mobile has invested approximately $6 million in continuous network upgrades and improvements in Wichita and now has more than 60 cell sites operating 4G service in the area. T-Mobile has financial investments planned for continuous improvements throughout the year, building on the strength of its network.
“This is a terrific win for T-Mobile in Wichita and in the Great Plains region, as we add the City of Wichita to our list of business and local government customers here in Wichita,” Mills said. “At T-Mobile, we have fantastic offerings and services for local, county, and state governments nationwide.”