Friday, February 12, 2016

FirstNet! Look out Mexico is eating your lunch in deploying Public Safety Broadband.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for FirstNet. FirstNet needs to review the RFP just put out by Mexico. That RFP is exactly what FirstNet needs to do. The RFP for Mexico will be – and mark my words…again – a huge success. Unless the teams trying to bid for it don’t understand how to align with the Public Private Partnership they have requested. Given the size of the network, and the enormous 90 Mhz of pristine spectrum, the Mexican solution will really be a nice solid infrastructure for the future of telecommunications in that country. Hats off to Mexico!

My rough estimate would put that network at a capex program of more than $4.5 Billion and the opex bill at $4.5-$10 Billion annually. Profits will be in the mid 20-30 Billion annually….easily. With 90 Mhz of spectrum they will be able to fit the entire nation on one network, heck they could even build into the United States and out perform FirstNet… don’t count this out but that may just be a requirement in the future. There will be some very happy investors in that deal. This network will be able to do so many things all interoperating together into a solid infrastructure of wireless and wireline access scenarios. Everyone will be able to interface with this solution and prioritized for whatever business there are in.

FirstNet, let go of the past and embrace the future through your own Public Private Partnership. If you don’t know what that really means, then step aside and bring in the real experts. The fate of the national network, and your jobs, is on the line for this one. Then again, as I have said in the past, a State doesn’t need FirstNet to build its own profitable broadband solution for Public Safety – FirstNet needs the States.

But who am I other than…

Just some guy and a blog….

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