Rivada/Macquarie Awarded Colorado Public-Safety LTE RFP
Thursday, November 16, 2017 | Comments

The Colorado committee tasked with reviewing the responses to the state’s request for proposals (RFP) for potential First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) opt-out partners issued a conditional award to a combined bid from Rivada Networks and Macquarie. The award is contingent on the FirstNet Colorado Governing Body’s (FNCGB) recommendation to the governor and the governor’s ultimate decision to opt in or out of the proposed FirstNet state plan.

The information on the proposal will be passed to the FNCGB for review. The governing body will then make a recommendation to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper prior to the Dec. 28 deadline to opt out.

“The review committee put a lot of effort and time into analyzing the proposals received, and we are pleased that the group has issued the conditional award,” said Brian Shepherd, Colorado’s single point of contact (SPOC) and the state’s broadband program manager. “Our next step is to work with the FirstNet Colorado Governing Body to begin comparing the opt-out proposal to the proposed solution outlined in the FirstNet state plan. Our objective is to provide a recommendation to the governor regarding the best solution for Colorado’s first responders.”

In March, the Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) released an RFP for the development of a Colorado-specific public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. The RFP was broken into two projects: one focused on the physical construction of the network and one focused on the monetization of network spectrum and assets and operations and maintenance of the network. Offerors could bid on either project separately or submit a comprehensive proposal for both.

Shepherd said Rivada and Macquarie originally submitted separate bids for Colorado’s RFP, and when the state entered competitive negotiations, the two companies approached the state about a joint bid.

New Hampshire signed a no-cost agreement with Rivada last year to develop a radio access network (RAN) plan for the state to compare with its FirstNet state plan. Macquarie has been involved in various public-safety communications projects including the Airwave TETRA network in the United Kingdom.

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