Rivada Networks and US Cellular to deploy first responder network in New Hampshire

Rivada Networks has partnered up with US Cellular to offer New Hampshire an alternative first responder network, to that offered by the government through AT&T.

The news follows on from an announcement made in 2016 which confirmed Rivada had won the rights to deploy an alternative emergency network for the state of New Hampshire, beating four other bidders. Earlier this year, Rivada delivered a draft of that plan earlier than expected. 

Joe Euteneuer, co-CEO of Rivada Networks, said: “Adding US 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 US. Cellular team in the Granite State.”

Under the agreement, US Cellular will manage the construction of the wireless network, assisting Rivada in the deployment of the new network for New Hampshire’s first responders. The company has also said that any excess capacity on that network will be offered for commercial use in the state, including US Cellular customers.

Kenneth Meyers, president and chief executive officer of US Cellular, said: “We’re honoured 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.

“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. 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 US Cellular will provide.”