LA-RICS JPA Unanimously Approves AT&T Agreement
Friday, December 15, 2017 | Comments

As expected, the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications Systems (LA-RICS) Joint Powers Authority (JPA) unanimously approved an agreement with AT&T that will transfer and assign the LA-RICS public-safety broadband network to AT&T, said LA-RICS Executive Director Scott Edson.

The agreement is only valid if California opts in to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T state plan. California has not announced an opt in or out decision yet. In addition, the agreement is contingent on LA-RICS securing approval from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for round two of the Long Term Evolution (LTE) LA-RICS project.

AT&T will pay $12 million for the assets and $2.5 million in replacement services to LA-RICS, and will provide up to 3,300 replacement routers, subscriber identity modules (SIMS) and devices.

Details of the agreement were announced earlier this week. Rivada Networks released a statement saying it offered $25 million to acquire LA-RICS LTE assets as part of its bid for California’s request for proposals (RFP) for statewide radio access network (RAN).

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