Rivada Networks

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Rivada Networks
TypePrivately held company
IndustryTelecommunication
FounderDeclan Ganley
Area served
North America
Key people
Declan Ganley (Chairman and CEO)
Websitehttps://www.rivada.com/

Rivada Networks is a US-based communications technology business with offices in the US and Ireland. Rivada Networks was founded on July 6, 2004[1] and its current CEO and chairman is Irish businessman Declan Ganley.[2] Rivada Networks is financially backed by Peter Thiel.[3] An October 20, 2020 CNN report said that the White House had allegedly increased pressure to fast track a contract to lease the Department of Defense's underutilized spectrum in a public private partnership between the DoD and Rivada Networks, to use DoD's mid-band spectrum to eventually share 5G airwaves with wireless providers.[4] Karl Rove, who is a paid lobbyist for Rivada,[5][3] and Newt Gingrich have been lobbying since early 2019 for the DoD/Rivada deal[3] which CNN says, would be "premium real estate for the booming and lucrative 5G market."[4] Rivada says that is "not interested in a nationalized 5G network."[6]

Background[edit]

The name Rivada is derived from the acronym, "Radio Interoperable Voice and Data Applications."[7]

Rivada Networks is part of a joint venture with Port Graham Development Corporation called Rivada Port Graham Solutions.[8] In April 2012, Rivada Port Graham Solutions was one of 30 prime contractors awarded a contract on the US Secret Service's $3 billion Tactical Communications (TACCOM) contract for the US Department of Homeland Security. Contractors received contracts in one or multiple technical categories, and each indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract has a 2-year base and three 1-year options. Some of the technical categories on the contract include portable/mobile radios, control/base stations, software, upgrades, repeaters, routers, comparator systems, engineering, design, installations, maintenance, frequency managers, spectrum managers and test equipment.[9][10]

In May 2016 it was disclosed that Rivada Networks had partnered with Harris Corporation, Ericsson, Nokia, Intel Security, Fujitsu Network Communications, and Black & Veatch to form Rivada Mercury. Rivada Mercury unsuccessfully bid to build a nationwide LTE network in the 700 MHz spectrum licensed to FirstNet.[11][12]

Rivada Networks 5G business model[edit]

In November 2018, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman, Ajit Pai, announced the first spectrum auction for 5G services as part of a multi-year "aggressive spectrum strategy" to "facilitate America's superiority in 5G."[13] 5G—the "next generation of cellular technology"—will increase internet speed allowing, for example, users to "stream HD videos on your mobile network", and doctors to "perform remote surgery.[14]

In his February 19, 2019 Fox News article, "America in race against China—and the clock—to control future of tech", Newt Gingrich, called for a public-private partnership where private capital would facilitate a "wireless moonshot" by taking advantage of a "shared spectrum available for a carrier-neutral, wholesale-only, nationwide 5G network" to "show the world that Chinese wireless dominance is not inevitable".[15] In early spring 2019, Karl Rove, a Rivada Networks investor,[3] had been actively lobbying Senate Armed Services Committee members and Senator John Cornyn—co-author of the Secure 5G and Beyond Act, to promote Rivada Networks' 5G business model which involved leasing the Pentagon's mid-band spectrum, according to a May 2019, The New Yorker by Sue Halpern.[5] Halpern described how, the Department of Defense's spectrum which spans the United States, is often unused—it is set aside for "classified, unclassified, and emergency communications."[5] and that Brad Parscale[16] and Gingrich were making a similar case about "underutilized spectrum".[15][17]

In April 2019, Washington, D.C.-based Jonathan Lee, whose work as an attorney involves FCC matters, questioned why "lifelong 'free market' defenders" like Newt Gingrich and Karl Rove were embracing a DoD/Rivada partnership.[18][5]

An October 20, 2020 CNN report said that Mark Meadows—acting on behalf of President Donald Trump—has increased pressure to fast track a non-competitive lucrative contract Rivada to lease 350 megahertz of the Department of Defense's mid-band spectrum, which CNN's says, would be "premium real estate for the booming and lucrative 5G market."[4]

Rivada has repeatedly said that is "not interested in a nationalized 5G network."[6]

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Declan Ganley". rivada.com. Retrieved 2013-02-19.
  3. ^ a b c d Mcgill, Margaret Harding; Hendel, John. "Karl Rove jumps into wireless battle that is dividing Trump world". POLITICO. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  4. ^ a b c Jake Tapper, Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent (Director). "Administration officials alarmed by White House push to fast track lucrative 5G spectrum contract, sources say". CNN Politics. Retrieved 2020-10-21.
  5. ^ a b c d Halpern, Sue (May 24, 2019). "Karl Rove and a Pitch for a Nationwide 5G Network Tailor-Made for Trump's 2020 Campaign". The New Yorker. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
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  8. ^ "Welcome to Rivada Port Graham Solutions". rivadaportgraham.com. Retrieved 2013-02-19.
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  10. ^ "DHS Tactical Communications". fbo.gov. Retrieved 2013-02-19.
  11. ^ "This Bid for Emergency Services Could Change How Broadband Is Sold". Fortune. 2016-06-07. Retrieved 2016-06-26.
  12. ^ "Nokia, Ericsson join Rivada Mercury in bid to build public safety broadband network". 2016-06-07. Retrieved 2016-06-26.
  13. ^ "FCC's First-Ever High-Band 5g Spectrum Auction Begins Today" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. November 14, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  14. ^ Zhou, Marrian (November 14, 2018). "FCC kicks off 5G spectrum auction to help make hype reality". CNET. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  15. ^ a b Gingrich, Newt (February 19, 2019). "Newt Gingrich: America in race against China - and the clock - to control future of tech". Fox News. Retrieved October 20, 2020. Decisive action building a public-private partnership in the near term demands that we make shared spectrum available for a carrier-neutral, wholesale-only, nationwide 5G network to be built in the next two to three years across the entire country. This could be a kind of wireless moonshot (but with private capital) that will spur microelectronics manufacturing here at home, accelerate the deployment of next-generation networks, and show the world that Chinese wireless dominance is not inevitable.
  16. ^ Brad Parscale [@Parscale] (February 21, 2019). "Something is wrong with mobile broadband in America where we pay the most of the entire world for 1GB of data. A 5G wholesale market from underutilized spectrum would drive down prices and improve rural availability" (Tweet). Retrieved October 21, 2020 – via Twitter.
  17. ^ Gingrich, Newt (March 12, 2019). "To Win in 5G, We Must Break Government Monopolies". National Review. Retrieved October 21, 2020.
  18. ^ Lee, Jonathan (April 2, 2019). "A National 5G Network Offers Less Benefits & More Risk Than Proponents Think". TeleComSense. Retrieved October 20, 2019.