Joe Euteneuer: Rivada Networks Forms Team to Bid for FirstNet Contract

CellTowerRivada Networks has formed a consortium of technology firms to pursue a contract to build a 4G LTE broadband wireless network for public safety organizations in the U.S.

The Rivada Mercury team includes Harris Corp., Intel‘s security business, Ericsson, NokiaFujitsu Network Communications and Black & Veatch and aims to offer a national emergency services network in the 700 megahertz spectrum, Rivada Networks said Tuesday.

The First Responder Network Authority in February extended the deadline for interested companies to submit proposals on FirstNet from April 29 to May 13 and closed the submission of final bids May 30 to proceed with the evaluation phase.

Joe Euteneuer, CEO of the Rivada Mercury team, said the company seeks to provide a purpose-built Band 14 network to public safety and turn-key access to non-Band 14 coverage footprint in the U.S.

Rivada Mercury’s approach will work to subsidize the operation costs of FirstNet’s nationwide LTE network and use the consortium’s dynamic spectrum arbitrage technology to sell extra network capacity to commercial tenants.

Fujitsu Network Communications has provided backhaul design, logistics, supply chain, integration and deployment services for Rivada Mercury’s proposed FirstNet voice and data network.

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