US Ignite is seeking a qualified Small Disadvantaged Business to perform an audit of a newly completed CBRS/LTE network at Fort Carson, a United States Army post located directly south of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The audit will include an in-depth assessment of the existing hardware, software, architecture, connectivity, coverage, and security associated with the wireless network.

Scope of Services

US Ignite installed the CBRS/LTE network as part of the Fort Carson Smart Transportation Testbed with funding from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC). The network serves as a foundation for Smart Base projects at Fort Carson focused on IoT applications. Specifically, the CBRS/LTE network was designed to support the operation of an automated shuttle in the central cantonment area of the post.

The private LTE CBRS band (3.5GHz) network consists of five JMA XRAN equipped nodes connected via point-to-point BridgeWave RF backhaul and Athonet Core. The RF network allows for hand-offs when moving from node to node. More detailed information regarding the network can be found in Appendix A.

The objective of this Network Audit Report is to provide an end-to-end network audit (RAN, Core and Backhaul) for the complete CBRS/LTE network at Fort Carson in both the stationery and mobility modes and identify any recommendations to expand the network.

The selected vendor will be expected to perform a stationary test for the five operating cells at Fort Carson, as well as a drive test. The entire drive test route is shown in Appendix A and will be provided to the vendor in various files formats (.kmz, .tab, .csv). It is expected that a subset of the route will need to be driven as there may be no network coverage on certain roads. The total mileage is expected to be less than what is shown.

Documents for this RFP:

Timeline for evaluation and selection:

March 10, 2022– RFP Release

March 18, 2022 – RFP Request for Clarification

March 25, 2022 – RFP Responses Due

March 28-29, 2022– Interview Finalist(s)

March 31, 2022– Contract Award (CA)

15 calendar days after CA – Vendor: Audit Pre-Requisites Completed (PRC)

20 calendar days after PRC – Network Audit Completed

30 calendar days after PRC – Audit Documentation Complete

120 calendar days after PRC  –  Period of Performance End

Request for Clarification

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Responses to vendor questions

Submission of Proposals

Please send your RFP response to [email protected] with a subject line of “RFP: Network Audit – Your Organization”. Download the documents listed above for details on what to include in your proposal. US Ignite must receive proposals no later than March 25, 2022 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

Small Disadvantaged Business Eligibility

Proposers must be a qualified Small Businesses (SB), Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), 8(a) Certified SDB, Historically Underutilized Business Zone Small Business (HUBZone SB), Service- Disabled-Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), or Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB).