HERNDON, VA — Rivada Networks last week offered $25 million to acquire the LTE assets of the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS)—more than double the $12 million offered by rival AT&T.
At a board meeting in Los Angeles on Dec. 14, LA-RICS is expected to authorize its chairman to execute an “Asset Transfer Agreement” with AT&T for the acquisition of LA-RICS’s public-safety LTE network. Rivada Networks has already offered $25 million to acquire the same assets—more than twice the cash value of the AT&T bid.
“Yet again, AT&T is shortchanging public safety with a low-ball offer for LA-RICS’s assets,” Chairman and CEO Declan Ganley said. “Rivada’s bid to build a truly statewide public-safety broadband network for all of California went in last week, and it included a far more generous offer for the LA-RICS network.”
Rivada will ask the LA-RICS board to consider the two offers side-by-side, rather than rush to accept a low-ball bid without competition.
“This $12 million offer to LA-RICS is just the latest demonstration that without competition, public safety gets taken to the cleaners,” Ganley said. “Los Angeles deserves better, and California deserves better.”
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.