The Jamaican government is considering a proposal from US firm Rivada Networks, which would see the vendor deploy a 5G network free of charge, in exchange for a share of the eventual revenues. According to the Jamaica Observer, which quotes remarks by Donald Tapia, the US Ambassador to Jamaica, the proposal has been on the table for some time, but the authorities remain undecided.
According to its website ‘Rivada has been in the business of providing tactical communications solutions to the federal government since before our involvement with Hurricane Katrina in 2005’. It says that its network solutions have been deployed 225 times in the last five years, often in response to natural disasters.
While the company’s international vendor experience remains unclear, TeleGeography notes that Rivada was previously disqualified from Mexico’s Red Compartida open access 4G network tender in 2016, for failing to meet the necessary financial obligations to compete.