>You've finally come around to this view John, and you'll discover that
you have a lot of company in > that view - which isn't (widely)
represented on this list or necessarily within WISPA.
I did not "finally come around" Steve. For the record, I wanted VL at
the time I bought my Trango 4 or 5 years ago. You know why I bought
1) VL was still in trial and was not ready. I could not buy it at any price.
2) Trango was ready and it worked reasonably well for the last 4 or 5
years. (I still like Trango.)
3) VL was going to be way too expensive to be a value for my application.
You know why I made the move to VL? I will tell you, Steve, it was not
that I suddenly saw the light like some dumb hick that I sometimes think
you take me for. I made the move because the price is better now, the
equipment works and is available now. It gives me the speeds I need at
the price point I can afford now. It is a good value. Trango is and was
a good value for me when I used it. I will continue using the Trango I
have as I migrate my backhauls over to VL over time. This organic
upgrade will be seamless for the most part. For those who can afford to
buy the VL from the start then this would be a good move. For me this
was not an option. Did I mention that IT WAS NOT AVAILABLE WHEN I NEEDED
Alvarion still has some issues as a company. I talked on the phone today
with Patrick and let him know where I think Alvarion is weak. They have
no licensed backhaul. This amazes me. Alvarion, a company pushing
licensed WiMAX has no licensed backhaul product offerings, I mean ZERO.
How do they expect people to get bandwidth in high interference areas or
from a metro area into a rural area? Licensed backhaul is a logical
evolutionary step in building smarter and better "carrier-grade" fixed
broadband. The most logical and highest reliability would come from
network designs with licensed backhauls feeding unlicensed
distribution segments. This can and does lead to good networks. I
believe Conxx is built on this premise correct?
Regardless of who you are (all of you) and what size your WISP is we all
need to be discussing how the next steps of larger Wi-op (WISP Operator)
business will look and how the early steps can be important to the
future evolution of a new WISP. What technologies will float to the top?
What business models will work? How can you design for future proofing
your network? What should we avoid? We have seen many operators grow to
be larger and we could be learning much from them. We need to embrace
them and they should be helping us. Why? If fixed broadband wireless
grows then it helps all of us. If the bigger operators think they can
ignore the smaller ones then that is arrogant and backward thinking.
This industry can and will mature. We can all work together for common
interests and share our information or we can clam up and/or split into
fragmented groups. At this point in time I see more and more splitting
and fragmenting of small WISPs, rural WISPs, Metro WISPs, Big WISPs,
BWSPs, Muniwireless, etc. Feel free to form your cliques but know this.
We better all be looking at ways of helping each other and finding
common ground first. The rest of the noise we see hear often means
nothing to me and is not worthy of my time.
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