New Hampshire Ranks Vendors Responding to LTE RFP
By Sandra Wendelken
Monday, August 15, 2016 | Comments

The New Hampshire Department of Safety released a ranking of vendors that responded to its request for proposals (RFP) for a Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.

Rivada Networks ranked first, followed by Parsons, Motorola Solutions and Mutualink. Wireless Systems Solutions was noncompliant, the online information said.

Proposals from vendors were due Feb. 19. The RFP said the overall scope of the project is to design, build, manage and sustain a carrier-neutral, LTE broadband communications network using the licensed First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) 20 megahertz of the 700 MHz LTE spectrum dedicated to and controlled by public safety with the potential to wholesale access to multiple carriers in conjunction with the state of New Hampshire.

Earlier this year, John Stevens, New Hampshire single point of contact (SPOC), said the state received 81 questions about the RFP from six vendors initially and received five proposals total. The state hopes to use that information to better inform the governor’s decision when the state receives its plan from FirstNet, expected sometime in 2017.

The New Hampshire Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee first began looking at alternatives in 2015. One of the committee’s initial concerns was that the FirstNet network would only cover the state’s two largest cities and not offer statewide coverage. To ensure the state had alternatives that would allow coverage throughout the state, the state released the RFP.

“We’re working in lock-step with FirstNet,” said Stevens earlier this year. “But we’d be remiss if we did not provide an alternative for the governor to consider when the time comes.”

Rivada leads the Rivada Mercury consortium, which submitted a bid to the FirstNet RFP for a nationwide public-safety broadband network. Parsons leads a consortium that was awarded a $202.1 million contract by the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) for a new LMR network.

“All I can say at this time is that the ranking of vendors regarding the response to our RFP is as indicated on the website,” Stevens said.

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