Army Deploys Mobile Broadband to Ground Forces; Rickie Meers Comments

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mobileThe U.S. Army has fielded a mobile broadband technology to its ground troops in Texas in a move to integrate the command post’s tactical network, GCN reported Wednesday.

The 86th Expeditionary Signal Battalion at Fort Bliss has gained access to the commercial Tactical Network Transmissions 4G equipment comprising of first responders and Wi-Fi connection, according to the report.

The TNT deployment is part of the network integration evaluation meant to grow participation of joint and coalition forces through the Mission Network Enclave, the report says.

Ground forces are able to access the coalition network, secure and non-secure internet protocol router and commercial internet and phone service through the enclave, GCN reports.

“MNE is going enable us to integrate all the different civilian agencies and combine all of their different radio systems and frequencies to be able to talk quickly between each of the agencies, and with everyone out there,” Maj. Rickie Meers, operations officer for the 86th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, told the publication.

TNT is also designed to provide a National Security Agency encryption system, a Tropo Lite terminal for large-data transfer and the TRILOS radio system with throughput capacity between 16 Megabytes per second and 200 Mbps, GCN reports.

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