In general, we help you select a viable market to build a WISP in, by taking out the emotion. Most WISPs are built because someone felt compelled to solve their Internet access issues or they wanted to be the “savior” of the community. These types of builds rarely succeed. We take out that emotion and focus on quantifiable items we can evaluate
Typically, 1-2 employees are needed to get your franchise launched and operational
HOME BASE / REMOTE
No office or retail space required
NO TECH BACKGROUND
Having technical expertise is helpful, but not required
Market Research Study – Competitive analysis in the area, tower assets, high level design, population analysis, assessment of technology options.
Network Design & Equipment Engineering – Detail RF design, Equipment BOM, IP network design, Microwave / mmWavebackhaul (frequency coordination if needed), Fiber feasibility, SOW for construction.
Lease Management & Permitting – Tower application, equipment configuration on tower, SOW, lease negotiation and legal review, CD review, required permitting.
Equipment Staging & Configuration – Equipment procurement & logistics, Install and configure equipment in the cabinet (routers, switches, UPS, Converter, distribution panel (breakers and fuses), batteries, servers, outlets, cable gland). Server configuration.
Network Integration and Commissioning – Network turn up, testing and verification, optimization. Failover testing (backhaul and power), Fiber turn up. Verify construction completeness.
Technical training and Market Documentation – CPE installation, WiFirouter configuration, remote monitoring, network diagram, closeout package for sites, installation documentation.
A 'Good-Sense' Business
- Recurring revenue model with incredible retention
- Home-based business. No retail location needed
- Great Branding
- Quality-of-life work schedule
- Low investment & overhead. Limited staffing needs
- Customer service based in the United States
- Recession resistant businesswith a built-in market demand
- Full-service infrastructure and engineering support to set up the networks. We are the experts
- Comprehensive business coaching during initial roll out and the entire business life cycle
Our Support Services Include:
Does the terrain make deployment too challenging or too expensive? Elevation changes, dense foliage, climate and more must be considered.
Is the community too sparsely populated? We are cognizant of population density and other factors when considering the network design.
What income levels, living standards, and commercialization trends are we working with? Understanding our community helps us plan for success.
Have any grants been awarded or is there any eligibility? Grants can be a catalyst for entry or a competitive barrier to overcome.
Who is serving the community today and what are their speeds/ prices? What are people saying about the service?
What resources are available to leverage in the market? We look for the best sources of bandwidth and suitable tall tower structures.
Field Survey Market Review
During this process, we send an engineer into the field that has experience building out a WISP. Someone that knows how to locate towers, fiber, and document those findings properly. Someone that can review the various factors we looked at previously and make sure they match reports.
Oftentimes we find changes that were never documented or reported (or their reporting is delayed). For example, at best, we can usually only view FCC 477 data that is 1 year old. Many WISPs just started reporting recently and thus are not on the currently available reports.
Prior to going into the field, we dig deeper into a network design based on the previous efforts. We identify the towers we are interested in, as well as, alternate options. We try to locate non-cell towers like water towers, grain silos, and other tall structures before going out. We identify the local water authority in case we would like to meet them in the area briefly. We review fiber options in the region and make note of the current fiber routes where known.
Once in the field, we visit each tower asset and document the following:
- Height, tower dimensions, open space
- Photo log of the site and drone flight of the area
- Check the structure for any issues related to build out and document
- Confirm local addresses
- Find the fiber and document
- Review other tenants on the tower and log details related to what a crew would want to know
We also check the competition and look for undocumented WISPs. We check for yard signs advertising high-speed internet and follow up on them (most tend to be satellite). We look at the homes and the areas. Do they match what we saw online? Is the commercial district viable? What options are there for future expansion or growth we might have missed during the high-level review? The time in the field is used to build the project budget and complete the final network design.
When we return to the office after the field visit, we seek out tower commitments and fiber quotes based on our preliminary plan. This goes into the budget. We present a plan, budget, and rough timeline to get it going.
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