Rivada achieves ‘top score’ for emergency network in Michigan

Alan Burkitt-Gray
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Michigan follows New Hampshire in preferring Rivada alternative to AT&T for local network to connect into FirstNet

AT&T rival Rivada Networks says it has received the top score among bidders for a state-wide public-safety broadband network in Michigan.

Rivada lost out to AT&T in March for a federal contract to build FirstNet, a nationwide LTE emergency services network, but each state has the right to choose its
own local network that would interwork with FirstNet. Many states have already issued requests for proposals (RFPs).

“We are honoured that our alternative plan for public safety broadband in Michigan will have the chance to be placed side-by-side with the federal government’s offering,” said Declan Ganley, executive chairman and co-CEO of Rivada Networks. “By putting out this RFP, Michigan has given its governor a real choice, as envisioned in the legislation that created FirstNet.”

Rivada revealed that it received the top score among three bidders in Michigan. The other two bidders have not been identified.

As a result, said Rivada, the state’s Department of Technology, Management and Budget has recommended that the state analyse Rivada’s bid alongside the federal government’s state plan for Michigan “to determine the best value bid for the state”.

Michigan is the second state, after New Hampshire, to select a vendor for a state alternative plan. Rivada has been named the preferred bidder in both states, and has already delivered a full-fledged alternative plan to New Hampshire’s governor for his consideration alongside FirstNet’s plan for his state.

Six other states have RFPs pending or currently in evaluation, said Rivada. “With FirstNet’s draft state plans now in governors’ hands, we expect more states to follow Michigan’s and New Hampshire’s leads,” Ganley said. “This is only way to ensure that governor is getting the best possible network for his or her state’s first responders. We look forward to the opportunity to have our plan compared directly with FirstNet’s.”

Rivada says it has already made state-specific white papers available to any state that has not already started a procurement for alternative plans.