Unlock new sources of non-regulated revenue
Small and rural telcos are in search of new and creative ways of generating non-regulated revenue to remain competitive in a changing marketplace. Traditionally, options for creating non-regulated revenue have been limited to costly fixed infrastructure like FTTH or acquiring expensive and scarce wireless spectrum—assuming it is even available.
This has caused a number of smaller, family-owned companies to leave the business due to burdensome regulatory issues and low profit margins. Others have invested heavily in wired infrastructure, only to see their target consumers – and the potential for profit – access networks on the outer edges of their territories. Another challenge is that government funding mechanisms often do not adequately cover the cost of delivering services to those remote communities. As a result, even though 20% of all Americans live in rural areas where wireless broadband coverage (and competition) is quite limited, for many providers, revenues are flat and growth is getting harder to find.
However, there are still substantial business opportunities available for rural telcos to uncover. If you are a service provider, here is something to think about: Throughout your service area there are probably dozens of enterprises and organizations that could benefit from reliable, interoperable, easily deployed, and affordable wireless broadband communications. For example:
- Emergency response professionals are using smart phones and tablets to deliver data and high-speed video during emergencies and disasters. Many are paying $40-$60 per month for LTE that is not always available or accessible. How much money could you make if you provided more reliable service for less?
- Many municipalities are looking for simple and more cost-effective ways to provide wireless broadband to parks, libraries, senior centers, and other community areas. How would it impact your bottom line if you provided those services without the massive expense and management challenges of municipal WiFi?
- Colleges and universities are looking for ways to improve security and speed communications during crisis situations when the public cellular networks are seriously congested.
- During large events such as college football games and music festivals, communications can become problematic for event organizers, vendors, and attendees. What would it be worth to them if you could solve those problems easily and inexpensively?
The solution for rural telcos is xMax
xMax from xG Technology is a wireless network technology that delivers private and secure broadband video, data, and VoIP communications over unlicensed radio spectrum. With a range of up to 5 miles and broadband speeds, our patented software-defined networking technology can blanket towns and counties with secure and reliable communications. In addition, xMax is built upon an end-to-end IP architecture. This means that mobile customers can use any commercially available smart phone, tablet, laptop, video camera, rugged handheld, or other IP-enabled device, as well as their preferred applications, like PTT, VPN and encryption.
Among the key features of xMax are the following:
xMax delivers a private high-speed voice and data network that is only accessible by the people given access rights by their administrators. It has been DoD tested and provides interference mitigation and jam/hack resistance unmatched by any other wireless system available today—so communications are available whenever and wherever they are needed.
xMax creates an end-to-end IP transport layer that allows users of the system to connect using any commercially available smartphone, tablet, video camera, or unmanned sensor. In addition, they can use the devices they already have without the need for any special software or modification.
xMax can be set up as permanent fixed infrastructure that is dynamically scalable, self-organizing, self-healing, and is easily updated with software upgrades. xMax is also an expeditionary broadband network that can be set up and operational in minutes by anyone with minimal technical skill. It provides exceptional resiliency in unstable situations, making it an outstanding choice for emergency response, search and rescue, and event management.
xMax is available today and offers a very cost-effective, highly reliable alternative to commercial communications infrastructure. The system interconnects easily with LTE, GSM, and CDMA systems and will be compatible and interoperable with FirstNet when it is fielded.