Friday 17 November 2017

Ganley's Rivada fails to re-open US telecoms tender

Rivada Networks CEO Declan Ganley. Photo: Damien Eagers
Rivada Networks CEO Declan Ganley. Photo: Damien Eagers
Donal O'Donovan

Donal O'Donovan

A US federal court has ruled against an attempt by businessman Declan Ganley's Rivada Networks to fight its way back into the race for a $6.5bn US telecoms contract.

Rivada Networks launched the legal challenge in the US last year after its consortium failed to make the shortlist for the massive federal telecoms contract.

On Friday, in the US Court of Federal Claims, Judge Elaine Kaplan denied Rivada Mercury's attempt to have its bid re-considered for the "competitive range" stage of a tender process being run for the giant FirstNet contract.

The Rivada Mercury consortium is made up of Rivada and partners Fujitsu, Nokia, Harris and Black & Veatch in its tender for the contract.

The ruling leaves American telecoms giant AT&T as the only one of three original bidders still left in the race for the contract, and effectively guarantees it success.

The contract is to build and maintain a US wide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) for use by first responders, such as the police and other emergency services, a plan that has been in the works since the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Rivada initially sued last November after the procurement process left AT&T as the lone entity in the field.

US authorities had voluntarily agreed to hold off on formally awarding the contract until the case has been decided.

That is due to happen in March next year, a spokesman for Rivada said.

That's now likely to be imminent.

Meanwhile, in Mexico, a legal action taken by Rivada after it lost out on a major contract last year is continuing.

Irish Independent

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