OEC Outreach Clips: Arizona changes deadline for public-safety LTE proposals to Nov. 30, Source Urgent Communications – AZ

Arizona postponed until Nov. 30 the deadline for vendors to submit bids for the state’s request for proposals (RFP) to build a public-safety LTE radio access network (RAN), and another postponement is a “very good possibility,” if FirstNet has not announced its nationwide award by late November, according to a state official.  When Arizona released the RFP, the vendor submission deadline originally was scheduled to be today. Vendors were informed during the Oct. 20 pre-bid meeting that the deadline would be extended, and the Nov. 30 date was set last week, according to Timothy Chung, an assistant director for the Arizona Department of Public Safety.  Arizona is the second state—joining Alabama—to postpone its public-safety LTE procurement process in the wake of Rivada Networks announcing that it would not bid on state RFPs until after FirstNet makes its decision on a nationwide contractor. Arizona changes deadline for public-safety LTE proposals to Nov. 30