Rivada Networks, US Cellular to develop public safety broadband network for first responders

Rivada Networks has teamed up with US Cellular to offer Wisconsin´s first responders a dedicated, purpose-built and statewide public-safety broadband network, the company said.

On July 6, 2017, Rivada, US Cellular and other industry-leading companies submitted a proposal to Wisconsin for a statewide public-safety broadband network. Now the time is fast approaching for Wisconsin to decide whether to “opt in” to the federal solution for emergency broadband communications or retain this public safety spectrum for the state´s use and benefit.

Should Wisconsin opt out, Rivada and US Cellular are ready to work together to make this custom-built, statewide wireless network a success, while also driving incremental value and lowering the cost of telecommunications for public safety for the state.

Should Rivada win the contract to build out a public-safety radio-access network in Wisconsin, US Cellular will provide its nearly 35 years of experience in managing and constructing wireless networks to assist Rivada in the deployment of a state-of-the-art network for the state´s first responders. Excess capacity on that purpose-built network will be offered for commercial use to support wireless users throughout the state, including US Cellular customers.

Rivada Networks is a designer, integrator and operator of wireless, interoperable communications networks. Its patented technology creates more efficient utilization of LTE networks, enabling both mission-critical-reliability for First Responders and new business models for commercial wireless services. Rivada has formed a consortium of companies to build and operate networks in the US and abroad.

US Cellular is the fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier offers coverage where the other carriers don´t and a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers´ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations.