Rural deployments of fixed and mobile wireless services pose unique opportunities and challenges:
Subscriber-less services. Often revenues are derived from other service providers’ subscribers in the form of roaming fees. Despite being one-step removed (not direct subscribers), the speed and quality of service is still crucial, and lack of service availability is a challenge as any downtime results in lost revenue.
Service coverage. In the case of rural deployments, it is often challenging to achieve coverage in remote locations that are usually sparsely populated or unpopulated, for example wide-open spaces and places along highways, national parks, deserts, mountainous terrains, etc.
Wireless transmission derived challenges. Although well-suited for rural geographies and deployments, many wireless transmission systems also pose challenges, including:
Long distance. Going the maximum distance is essential to minimize sites, reduce costs, and maximize operational efficiency.
Power efficiency. With some sites that are “off-the-grid,” power consumption matters and translates into time and money spent on generator maintenance and refueling.
High reliability, low maintenance. Due to distance, geography and weather/environmental conditions, physically accessing sites can be both time consuming and challenging. For this reason, reliability and availability are imperatives for service assurance and revenue protection.
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