Building a Fixed Wireless Network
Building a fixed wireless Internet Service Provider, or WISP, involves several steps including planning, design, equipment selection and installation, and network management.
The first step in building a WISP is planning and design. This includes identifying the target coverage area and determining the number of users that will be serviced by the network. It also involves selecting the appropriate wireless technology for the network and determining the necessary frequency band to be used.
Once the planning and design are completed, the next step is selecting and installing the necessary equipment. This includes wireless access points, antennas, and network controllers. The equipment must be installed in a way that ensures optimal coverage and capacity. This may involve installing antennas on tall structures such as buildings and towers, or installing them on street furniture such as lamp posts.
After the installation is completed, the network must be configured and tested to ensure that it is functioning properly. This includes setting up the network controller, configuring security settings, and testing the network for coverage and capacity.
Finally, the network must be managed and maintained to ensure that it continues to function properly. This includes monitoring the network for issues, troubleshooting problems, and performing regular maintenance on the equipment. It also includes providing customer support and billing services to the users.
Note that this article covers building the network for mobile devices, but not the systems operational and billing support systems (OSS and BSS) that are needed to provide service to customers.
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