Who We Are

Rivada is an innovator in the public-safety broadband communications and wholesale mobile-data markets. We were founded in 2004 to solve the interoperability challenges between agencies and first responders, especially during emergencies.

After serving as a critical communications bridge between our military, National Guard, police and firefighters during Hurricane Katrina, we brought together a team of highly experienced telecommunications and public safety experts who understood the specific needs of the market and developed a business model that was lean, forward-thinking and committed to solving the industry challenges in revolutionary new ways.

With public safety in our DNA, we continue to develop patented technology solutions that revolutionize how communications assets are used and allow us to provide a secure, purpose-built and dedicated network that serves all First Responders.

Rivada is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

What We Do

Rivada develops advanced technology solutions to disrupt the wireless market and facilitate seamless communications. With a portfolio of more than 100 patents, our Dynamic Spectrum Arbitrage (DSA) technology and Enhanced Location Based Service (eLBS) software capabilities allow us to use wireless spectrum and networks more efficiently and put us at the forefront of solving the industry’s greatest challenges.

With Dynamic Spectrum Arbitrage, we ensure instant prioritization of users on a mobile network. Through our patented ruthless preemption technology, we guarantee that 100% of network capacity is always available to public safety, when needed. Guaranteed. At the same time, our Open Access Market structure creates a dynamic real-time marketplace where commercial users can bid on 4G bandwidth in response to projected demand and market conditions.

Our eLBS patents bring unprecedented accuracy and precision to pinpointing a phone’s location. Developed specifically to address the situational awareness challenges in emergency situations, eLBS software solutions help determine location, lower the devices power consumption, provide accurate 3D positioning, and map exact locations of wireless infrastructure – addressing some of the most pressing needs of public safety. This technology also improves accuracy in the vertical dimension, sometimes referred to as the “Z-axis.”

Rivada is a company unencumbered by outdated technology, legacy networks and costly single-carrier solutions. Instead, we deliver secure, purpose-built, low-cost and unified communications solutions that provide the coverage and the bridge for our nation’s first responders – whether they are on a roadside in the middle of nowhere or deep in a concrete canyon in one of our cities.


Rivada’s Federal Work

Rivada has been in the business of providing tactical communications solutions to the federal government since before our involvement with Hurricane Katrina in 2005. We earned our reputation on the ground in New Orleans providing an inter-operable bridge to the National Guard, local law enforcement and DHS personnel. Since then, we have been a prime contractor for DHS on the TacCom contract through our joint venture Rivada Port Graham Solutions (RPGS).

Over the past five years, we have provided communications maintenance and support at 200+ individual sites, and we are currently providing VHF/UHF radio maintenance and support at 140+ locations for the Customs and Border Protection. Other organizations that we have supported include FEMA, FPS, Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) and the National Guard Bureau (NGB).

Rivada’s Deployment

Rivada has deployed over 225 times over the past five years. These deployments include responses to natural disasters; Hurricanes Ike, Gustav, Katrina and Rita; tornados in Missouri, Kansas, and Georgia; wildfires in Texas and California; and for exercises and training events like Ardent Sentry, Vigilant Shield, and National Level Exercise 2011.

Rivada has also worked on sensitive communications projects for the Department of Justice along the Southwest Border and has an extensive track record working with small and medium sized companies across the country to support the needs of our customers. This includes an early contract in support of IWN in the Pacific Northwest for HQ DOJ. Rivada is partnered with Maniilaq to rapidly and thoroughly support the communication needs of DOJ users in the field.

Rivada Commercial Rates can be found here.

Our Technology

Ruthless Preemption
Ruthless Preemption

First Responders need the highest level of communications support in times of crisis. Yet it is precisely in these moments that communications channels can become overloaded with well-intended traffic that actually inhibits response and recovery. Rivada has led the world in providing a ruthless preemption capability for first responders to clear these channels and ensure that mission-critical traffic gets through.

Rural Coverage
Rural Coverage

Rivada’s view is that FirstNet will only be a success if there is widespread adoption of NPSBN services by first responders. As part of our drive for the success of FirstNet, Rivada is committed to delivering the best comprehensive rural coverage in our first responder offering. Our investment in technology and innovation to overcome coverage, deployment and operational challenges in rural America is at the heart of our strategy to deliver a highly adoptable Band 14 public safety network.

Leading Innovation
Leading Innovation

Public safety professionals are often relied upon to place themselves in harm’s way to perform their missions. Rivada has been pushing technological barriers on their behalf to ensure they are given the most advanced communications tools to support their roles. Our public-safety patents provide our first responders with the comfort of knowing they are appropriately equipped with best-in-class communications.


Rivada’s Open Access Market brings fairness, transparency and ease of access to anyone who wants to keep the world connected wirelessly. Rivada’s technology allows 4G bandwidth to be purchased a year ahead, a month ahead or in real time, offering unprecedented flexibility in how networks are used, managed and owned. To learn more about what Open Access means for the future of wireless, please see this paper by
Prof. Peter Cramton: www.openaccesswireless.com


When our first responders need wireless bandwidth, they need all of it and fast — no waiting allowed. That’s why Rivada developed its Tiered Priority Access technology: to ensure that on Public Safety Broadband Networks, First Responders always come first. But when those networks aren’t busy, Rivada’s Dynamic Spectrum Sharing allows those networks to make money for public safety. In many cases, that means public safety gets its broadband network at no cost to taxpayers, thanks to Rivada’s ability to turn that spare capacity into cash.


For the average user, pinpoint location accuracy is a convenience. For first responders, it could be life or death. Rivada’s Enhanced Location-Based Service brings unprecedented accuracy to the vital question — “Where are your men?” Developed specifically with situational awareness in a fireground in mind, Rivada’s eLBS was designed to help keep you and your men safe.


Our People

Senior Management

Francis O’Flaherty

Chief Operating Officer

Francis is a founding member of Rivada Networks and has over 20 years’ experience in technology planning and operations. Francis has been a part of Declan Ganley’s management team for over 14 years. Previously, Francis worked with Accenture in their High Tech Strategy practice in London.

Orla Fitzpatrick

Chief Financial Officer

Orla is a senior finance professional with over 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications sector. Previous senior management positions include Senior Finance Director at Nortel Networks from 1998 and Commercial Director EMEA at Ciena from 2010. She is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Clint Smith

Chief Scientist

Clint has over 20 years of experience in all aspects related to fixed and wireless telecommunications including system design, project management, budgeting, operations, sales and management. He is an internationally known technical author whose books and industry trade articles are used extensively in the telecommunication industry.

Chris Moore

Head of Business Development

Chief Moore leads the Rivada business development effort. He retired as the Chief of Police of the San José Police Department after serving for over 30 years as a police officer. In 1999, Chris served one year as Counsel to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno.

Ken Fields

Director of Market Development

Ken has over 30 years of investment/risk management experience. He began his career on Wall Street managing proprietary capital for Shearson/Lehman Brothers and Bankers Trust, then spent 10 years as an external portfolio manager for Goldman Sachs Alternative Assets.

Peter Cramton

Chief Economist

Peter is a Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland and European University Institute. Since 1983, he has conducted widely-cited research on auction theory and practice. He has advised numerous governments on market design and has advised dozens of bidders in major auction markets.

Brian Carney

Head of Corporate Communications

Brian is Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications. He was a member of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board from 2004-2014 and editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe’s editorial page from 2004-2005 and 2009-2014. He has won several prestigious awards for his writing on economics and business.

Peter Campbell

Chief Information Officer

Prior to joining Rivada, Peter was CIO with Sprint Corp. His management experience includes network engineering, construction, provisioning, maintenance, regulatory matters, labor relations, customer service and finance. He has significant experience in successful vendor management, outsourcing and contract negotiations and IT transformation.

Vince D’Onofrio

VP & Network Strategy Director

Vince is a 29-year veteran of the wireless industry. Among other industry milestones he directed the technical team responsible for the initial rollout of Nextel Communications across North America and functioned as regional lead for the first GSM network deployment, now part of Vodafone.

Karen Freitag

Executive Vice President for Sales

Freitag is an experienced and accomplished sales executive, having previously served as Vice President of Sales for Ericsson, Vice President of Sales and Operations for Nortel, and most recently as President of Sprint Enterprise, Wholesale and Wireline Solutions.

Todd Rowley

Senior VP of Business

Todd joined Rivada after 16 years at Sprint, where he was responsible for leading certain strategic partnering and commercial deals. He also led Sprint’s strategic efforts to develop and execute a rural LTE coverage strategy through partnerships with rural and regional carriers.

Elizabeth Moore

Head of Capital Markets

Elizabeth Moore is Head of Capital Markets. Moore has more than 20 years of global leveraged finance experience having worked in New York, London and Hong Kong. She leads the design and placement of structured debt solutions to finance the rollout of Rivada’s shared-spectrum networks.

Bill Esrey

Senior Vice President of Wholesale

Bill Esrey is Senior Vice President of Wholesale. Bill brings over 27 years of experience in the telecom industry working for Sprint, Ameritech, and Centel Corporations. He served in Sprint’s Global Wholesale organization as vice president of operations, product, marketing and global sales.

Eric Walker

Senior Management Team

Eric has been involved in many network roll-outs over the years. They have included Winstar Communications’ build-out for the GSA in Cincinatti and Nextlink’s roll-out in thirty NFL cities. He has worked with all major carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile Sprint, and Verizon Wireless, as well as Microsoft’s TV white space roll-out.

Board of Directors

Declan J. Ganley

Chairman & CEO, Rivada Networks

Declan is primarily a telecommunications entrepreneur, having built businesses across Europe, Russia, and the United States. Representing Rivada Networks, Declan received the Louisiana National Guard Distinguished Civilian Service Medal for his work during Hurricane Katrina.

Michael P. Jackson

Former Deputy Secretary US Dept of Homeland Security

Michael Jackson served as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security from 2005 until 2007. In this role, Mr. Jackson served as Department of Homeland Security’s chief operating officer, with responsibility for managing the day-to-day operations.


Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

General Myers became the fifteenth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Oct. 1, 2001. In this capacity, he served as the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council.


Managing Partner EPIC (Investment Bank)

Peter Goldscheider has 25 years’ experience as a senior executive in finance. Before jointly establishing EPIC, he was Vice President for Marketing and Sales and Member of the Board of Zürich Kosmos Insurance Company in Austria. He began his professional career with IBM Austria.


Former Under Secretary US Dept of Homeland Security

George Foresman was confirmed by the United States Senate in December 2005 as America’s first Under Secretary of Preparedness at the Department of Homeland Security. On March 31, 2007 he became the first Under Secretary for National Protection and Programs at DHS.


Former Dept Sec US Dept of Homeland Security

Admiral Loy completed a 45-year career in public service in 2005, retiring as the first Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, a position that he held from 2003 to 2005. In this capacity, he was involved in all aspects of consolidating 22 separate agencies into one unified cabinet department as well as managing the day-to-day activities of the agency.


Former Chief of the Defence Staff, United Kingdom

Field Marshal Guthrie was Chief of the Defense Staff in the United Kingdom between 1997 and 2001 and Chief of the General Staff of the British Army between 1994 and 1997. He is a member of the House of Lords. He was created a life peer after retiring as Chief of the Defence Staff.


Chairman US Arab Chamber of Commerce

Don De Marino is an international businessman and former government official. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce and as Director of the U.S.-Saudi Joint Economic Commission. He is presently Chairman of the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce.

Gabriela Lippe-Holst

CEO of Acqupart AG

Gabriela co-founded Acqupart and Acqufin, two international investment management companies, and currently serves as the Chairperson of the Board at Acqupart and CEO of Acqufin. Prior to this, Gabriela spent nearly 15 years at Swiss Re between Zurich and New York where, as a Managing Director, she held legal and risk management responsibilities that extended to Latin America.

Gov. Jeb Bush

Former governor of Florida

Jeb Bush was the 43rd governor of the state of Florida, serving from 1999 through 2007. Prior to and after his tenure as Governor, Bush was actively involved in the private sector helping to build the largest full service real estate company in South Florida and owning and operating successful consulting and investing businesses.

Gov. Martin O’Malley

Former governor of Maryland

Governor O'Malley served two terms as Governor of Maryland from 2007-2015. Prior to that, he served two terms as Mayor of Baltimore. He co-chaired the National Governors Association's Task Force on Homeland Security and was the first Maryland governor to deliver interoperable radio communications for all of Maryland's first responders.

Joseph J. Euteneuer

Former CFO Sprint

Prior to joining Rivada Mr. Euteneuer served as Chief Financial Officer of Sprint Corporation from April 2011 until December 2015. Over the course of his nearly 25-year career in telecom and media, Euteneuer has held CFO and EVP positions at Sprint, Qwest Communications (now CenturyLink), XM Satellite Radio, and Comcast.

Enhanced Location Based Services

Location, location: Rivada’s new technology will change what it means to know where we are.

Rivada’s Enhanced Location Based Solution sets a new standard for accuracy: Thanks to GPS, it’s relatively easy to get a good fix on your location outdoors and in uncluttered environments. But it can be very difficult or even impossible to get accurate location data in high-rise urban areas, inside buildings or underground. Beacons and similar hardware can improve location accuracy, but these require an expensive investment in infrastructure.
Until now no self-contained solution existed within your hand held smart device.
With ELBS, Rivada has solved this challenge. ELBS uses its patented algorithms to generate an accurate location from the array of in-phone sensors, coupled with peer to peer data and any other external data points that may be available. The result is unprecedented accuracy for any application:
whether that’s location-specific marketing or blue-force tracking for public safety.

Why Opt Out

Since 2001, a purpose-built, dedicated network for First state/local governments Responders has been envisioned and desired by First Responders, policy makers, stakeholders and taxpayers alike. But that is not what will be delivered as the result of the partner that was selected by the federal government.

The FirstNet deal does not properly align states rights or economic development and incentives with the technical requirements. In the end, a large retail carrier will always choose the needs of its more than 100 million commercial wireless subscribers over the needs of the 3.2 million First Responders across the U.S. This model is an inherent conflict of
interest and falls woefully short of what has always been envisioned. Because of these concerns and others, public safety fought for dedicated spectrum and a nationwide network—to ensure that our First Responders would always have a dedicated broadband network to serve their needs.

RFP / RFI Tracker Tool

This tool is provided as a service to law enforcement and state procurement personnel to track which states are far along and which states are trailing in the effort have a choice. Rivada believes that Governors should help their states by giving their First Responders options and control of their own destiny.

Check back as we will update this as states issue new documents and once AT&T issues it’s draft plans for the states, we believe others will publish RFPs that we hear are sitting ready to be released.

You can download our State Tracker PDF here





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