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A hot cup of integrals please

Rego Park, NY
·T-Mobile US
reply to DataRiker

Re: For all ya armchair network engineers sitting in the wings..

Depending on the city you are in, much of the infrastructure is already in place... most of the time, in any major downtown area, cell densities are already quite high, with antenna masts being placed on the four corners of a single block, every other block. Also, if a deal can be struck with city authorities, micro-base stations can be installed atop utility and lighting poles. Backhaul could be via line-of-sight wireless links on very high frequencies, while the actual cellular component of the network would be using these 2.1 - 2.3 GHz bands. Even if that's not possible, proximity to existing sites means power backhaul lines could be extended short distances to the light/utility poles. On wirelessly-backhauled sites, the only remaining wired connection would be power, but I can't see why smart meters can't be installed at these mini sites, to allow for easy and remote readings by the local power utilities. Either way, this is the only way spectrum above 2.1 GHz is actually USEFUL in large cities... just using existing infrastructure with WCS would essentially lead to another Clearwire. Also, if the cellular equipment vendors are anything to go by, this IS the future, with these sorts of devices making the news on a regular basis: »www.engadget.com/2011/02/08/alca···ox-mini/ .
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I have serious doubts.

To do this, you literaly have to build out another quasi last mile network, with requisite power and lease agreements.

Along with it come all the labor and constant attention needed to run that quasi last mile

The trick: Doing this while still making profit.