T-Mobile has revealed that it will launch its Mission Critical Push-to-Talk (MCPTT) this month.

The carrier didn't give an exact launch date, but said the service will go live in April.

– T-Mobile

The MCPTT will provide support for first responders, government workers, and other field employees, and is integrated with the Motorola Solutions’ Critical Connect service.

T-Mobile noted that while MCPTT is purpose-built for rugged devices, it is also available as an app for smartphones and tablets.

The telco claims that its new 5G MCPTT system can be set up within one afternoon, as opposed to taking "several days to create hundreds of user profiles with necessary permissions and give access to key talk groups."

“T-Mobile MCPTT interoperates with land mobile radio (LMR) systems, extending push-to-talk capabilities to users without radios or that travel outside LMR coverage areas. Agencies and businesses can leverage the T-Mobile cellular network through industry-standard connections such as Radio over IP (RoIP) gateway, the Inter-RF Subsystem Interface (ISSI) or Console Subsystem Interface (CSSI),” said the carrier.

T-Mobile's MCPTT service will rival AT&T's First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), and Verizon's Frontline service.

In February, AT&T and FirstNet announced a ten-year, $8 billion investment to expand and upgrade the nationwide public safety network.