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Re: Initial investment for setting up ISP
As you can read there are several "things" needed for success of building any WISP, including but not limited to: bandwidth, installers, network gear, and so on.
In most cases people start out with 5k-10 investments but have to find a niche market where there is no wifi or wireless. Then you have marketing and sales to think about.
I've build several hundred Wisp's (for others) over the decade, and seen demands flex in bandwidth due to VOIP and streaming video, so beware customers esp residential are extremely greedy and want to pay as little as possible.
Take time and actually do a cost cost analysis study on your WISP. If you don't have one, let me know (message me) and I will send you over a sheet we created to help start-ups. Then once you know your costs (hardware, towers, bandwidth, installers etc) then write a business plan....
Yeah things typically change for Wisp's pretty fast, but basic business rules do apply ( taxes, permits etc) and you need to also have "working" billing solution in place. Hope this helps....
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