Add yet another former Sprint executive to the payroll of Rivada Networks, as the company announced the addition of Stephen Bye as CTO.

In his new role, Bye will look to lead Rivada as it moves on plans to build-out a nationwide public safety network should it win a part or all of the First Responder Network Authority bidding process. The company recently formed its Rivada Mercury division in partnership with a handful of vendors, including Harris Corporation, Ericsson, Nokia, Intel Security, Fujitsu Network Communications and Black & Veatch. The companies plan to pool their resources behind Rivada as it bids in the ongoing FirstNet process that is to culminate with the building of a nationwide public safety network using 20 megahertz of spectrum in the 700 MHz band.

“The vision of Rivada Networks is compelling and achievable,” Bye noted in a statement. “I saw this as an opportunity to serve not just a company, but a cause. America’s public safety community needs what Rivada Networks is proposing, and as with all such noble causes, others too will benefit. The innovation that Rivada’s Open Access Wireless Market will deliver has the potential to unleash the full power of next-generation wireless networks in a way that was previously difficult to imagine. It is a tremendous opportunity, and I am looking forward to getting started.”

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