- 1. Continue our positioning into AWS-3 / WCS spectrum as planned regardless of FirstNet needs
- 2. Install FirstNet band-14 equipment into existing infrastructure (what Public Safety already leases today).
- 3. Decommission 2G capacity
As was predicted, AT&T has no real course change in their 5 year growth strategy regardless of the AT&T/FirstNet deal, which means there will be no real, hardened, solution for FirstNet coming from the AT&T partnership. AT&T plans on installing the Band-14 solutions directly onto the same infrastructure they were already planning for their next upgrade cycle. This means FirstNet will only get Priority on its own deployed Band-14 gear and there will be no hardened assets to meet "Public Safety Grade" at anytime in the very near future, if at all. It will be deployed on the same sites that commercial services are deployed on today, which means commercial grade backups, power, and site characteristics to meet commercial service demands -- not Public Safety.
The teaming arrangement for AT&T is with General Dynamics, Motorola, InMarSat, and Sapient.
GD is doing the Program Management and Construction Managementactivities, if there is any construction activities. As it stands AT&T would most likely use their existing relationships with the TURF contractors to do the actual installs for the Band-14 antennas, especially being that the same contractors are going to do the AWS and 5G upgrades anyway. This would mean that GD's role would be diminished to Program or Project Management functions, if at all. AT&T has a large functioning PMO organization that has been tracking their contractors doing installs for years. Plus, I think GD was courted as part of the effort because of the long standing relationship with doing government contracting, not PMO.
- Note: The Motorola and GD partnership was the same solution for LA-RICS that was.....not as successful as hoped for. Being nice hear. I was part of the Raytheon, Parsons and Nokia proposal, we pulled our proposal after a legal review of the T&Cs, leaving Motorola and GD the finalist. At the last minute, after we pulled out, the authority asked Fujitsu to make a bid so that the legalities were met for the RFP, which required a minimum of 2 bidders. Raytheon pulled out earlier in the process because the realization that 1. it didn't align with where Raytheon wanted to go corporate wise; 2. Evidence that Motorola was greasing the skids with the County; and 3. after the initial review of the capex costs to the proposal, 85% of all the program revenue was going to the EPC; 17% going to materials and less than 3% going to LTE, 0% was going to mobility. Mobility wasn't even scored in the proposal, thus there was no play for Raytheon -- this happens to be what Motorola focuses on as well. Plus, the LA-RICS project actually started with 252 sites throughout LA-County, but ended up being with roughly 38 sites...on Police property. They couldn't get through all the political struggles of dealing with local zoning boards and city commissions. Plus, plus, originally the LA-RICS authority actually wanted to use existing commercial sites, but none were found to accommodate their "Public Safety Grade" requirements, thus all sites were "greenfield" (new builds). AT&T's plan is to install the FirstNet Band-14 equipment on the same commercial networks.