Rivada Networks and U.S. Cellular Announce Agreement to Team up to Develop a Statewide Public-Safety Broadband Network for New Hampshire First Responders
MANCHESTER, N.H. –(BUSINESS WIRE)
New Hampshire’s first responders deserve a dedicated, purpose-built and statewide public-safety broadband network. Rivada Networks is pleased to announce that it has teamed up with U.S. Cellular to ensure that mission is accomplished.
In September 2016, Rivada Networks, Herndon, VA, signed a no-cost, no-obligation contract with the state of New Hampshire to develop an alternative radio access network plan for the state. Rivada delivered a draft of that plan in March 2017, ahead of schedule.
Today, U.S. Cellular agreed to assist Rivada in the development of that network, should the governor choose to opt-out of FirstNet’s deployment plan for New Hampshire.
Joe Euteneuer, co-CEO of Rivada Networks, said: “Adding U.S. Cellular to our New Hampshire team strengthens an already compelling offer to the state. We’re delighted to be able to work side by side with a great U.S. Cellular team in the Granite State.”
“U.S. Cellular has been serving the citizens of New Hampshire since 1988 and we are proud of our record of bringing high quality wireless products and services and new technologies to the state,” said Kenneth R. Meyers, president and chief Executive Officer of U.S. Cellular. “We’re honored to team with Rivada in their plan to deploy a high-quality network for public safety officials across the Granite State. This network will help to improve the safety of everyone in New Hampshire.”
Under the agreement announced today, U.S. Cellular will provide its more than 30 years of experience in managing and constructing wireless networks to assist Rivada in the deployment of a state-of-the-art network for New Hampshire’s first responders. Excess capacity on that network will be offered for commercial use to support wireless users throughout the state of New Hampshire, including U.S. Cellular customers. “This effort will ensure the best of both worlds, a first class network public responders can rely on and a commercial network to help augment the insatiable demand for data by New Hampshire consumers,” Meyers said. “There’s no reason for New Hampshire’s citizens and first responders to accept anything less than the best, which is what Rivada with the assistance of U.S. Cellular will provide.”
About Rivada Networks
Rivada Networks is a leading 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 (i.e., wholesale, machine-to-machine, Internet of Things, etc.). Rivada has formed a consortium of leading companies to build and operate networks in the U.S. and abroad.
About U.S. Cellular
U.S. 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. U.S. Cellular has the Highest Wireless Network Quality Performance in the North Central Region, according to the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance Study, and 99 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or www.uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.