Australia Releases RFP for Nationwide Public-Safety Broadband Concept Delivery Model
Friday, November 02, 2018 | Comments

Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) Telco Authority announced a request for proposals (RFP) for a proof of concept for a national public-safety mobile broadband (PSMB) capability.

The proof of concept will test the PSMB delivery model across urban, regional and remote locations in Australia during six to 12 months expected to begin in early 2019. The RFP opened 24 October and closes 5 December.

The RFP follows a request for information (RFI) earlier this year.

Managing Director of NSW Telco Authority Kate Foy said state and territory public-safety agencies have been calling for a dedicated public-safety mobile broadband network at a national level to support their mission-critical operations for several years.

"NSW has been working in close collaboration with representatives from the commonwealth and all the other Australian states and territories in developing the next steps towards a national PSMB capability," Foy said.

Foy said the RFP will test that the PSMB delivery model meets the requirements of a national PSMB capability.

By participating in the proof of concept, industry can provide solutions for innovative and cutting-edge equipment that can be integrated by public-safety agencies into their mission-critical communications portfolios. The RFP also provides an opportunity for carriers and equipment suppliers to have a direct influence on the road map for a national PSMB capability in Australia, she said.

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