Monday, July 15, 2013

FirstNet Reaches Out to Vendors with 10 RFIs

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), tasked with building the first ever nationwide Public Safety Broadband network (NPSBN) issued ten requests for information (RFI) last week. 

These requests, formally submitted through, require vendors to supply information regarding ten important components of the NPSBN:
  • Network partnering and RAN provisioning
  • Antenna systems
  • Microwave backhaul equipment
  • Deployables, or portable network equipment
  • Satellite service
  • Enhanced packet core
  • Core network transmission and transport
  • Data centers
  • Network management centers or operations management centers
  • Network service platforms
These RFIs are another great step forward for FirstNet, with the latest milestones being their regional consultation "listening tour" workshops for state and local stakeholders across the country, as well as the first spectrum lease approved for a Public Safety "early deployer" BTOP recipient.

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