Analysts at Well Fargo Securities are reminding investors that the winner of the FirstNet contract will get access to 20 MHz of nationwide 700 MHz spectrum in the upper D block – representing one of the last ways for carriers to get access to new spectrum outside the secondary market.
Rivada Networks, a startup that launched in Ireland but now operates offices in Washington, D.C. and Colorado, announced that former Sprint CFO Joseph Euteneuer will join the company as co-CEO. Rivada sells what it calls its Open Access Wireless Market that the company said allows carriers and others to buy and sell 4G network capacity in real time and in response to market demand, "which results in more efficient use of bandwidth as demand for it continues to grow 50 percent every year."
NASHVILLE-- FirstNet President T.J. Kennedy said that the organization is seeing interest from "multiple different partners" for its network partner RFP, which is why FirstNet has extended the deadline for the RFP twice now. However, he said that the industry shouldn't expect another delay to the RFP.
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) extended the deadline for bidders making proposals from May 13 to May 31, but it still expects to award a contract by Nov. 1.
FirstNet says its vision for the Vehicle Network System (VNS), previously known as an MCU, involves a new product concept meant to address the communication needs of remote first responders immediately when they respond to incidents that are outside of terrestrial coverage, or if traditional coverage has become unavailable due to a natural or man-made disaster.
Mobile carriers routinely conduct mobile device approval processes to verify that a device meets certain technical specifications and works well with their networks, so it makes sense that the nation's first Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) would do so as well.
After receiving and answering hundreds of questions about the process, FirstNet is on track to make a final award for the nation's first dedicated public safety broadband network by November, officials said at an Industry Day event last week.
Thanks to a Special Temporary Authorization (STA) from the FCC and support from FirstNet, HetNet provider Parallel Wireless and its partners set up an LTE network for public safety to use during yesterday's Super Bowl. And it was all arranged with only about 20 days notice.
While a lot of speculation has centered on which wireless operators will participate in FirstNet's bidding process, Rivada Networks wants to remind everyone that it's in the running as well.
From Motorola Solutions to Intel, company executives have been busy perusing the hefty Request for Proposals (RFP) that the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) released last week for the deployment of a dedicated broadband network for public safety.