>a whole 49 square feet, eh ?  Real hard.  :) 

Some interesting thoughts for Friday

I forget the exact numbers, but Tropos recommends something like 20 APs /
square mile to get 95% coverage at b/g rates

49 square miles = 49*20 ~ 960 Aps

Part# MTR-52103000-500AA is a 500 pack of HotZone Aps on their price sheet
that goes for about $1.5 million list 
So that's $3 million in Aps -- for simplicity -- lets assume that mounting
hardware, power taps, etc is equal to the equivalent in discount 
Then we need to add in the additional infrastructure, like backhaul SMs,
Routers, Servers, etc and the services required to install / implement the
system...

Experience from a similar type deployment (~40 square miles) pegs the entire
project at about $5 million for E,F&I

Market Data:

Census information puts Anaheim w/ a population of 328k people (97k
households)
Median income for a household is $47k
According to the March 2006 PEW Internet report -- in 2006, 46% of the
population that makes between $30-75k / year have broadband at home
So the total addressable broadband market in Anaheim is 46k subscribers of
which 99% today are probably using some sort of landline cable / dsl
broadband solution that is bundled together w/ their TV/phone service

With a 10% penetration rate (that's ~5k subscribers) -- total revenue comes
out to about $110k / month

Assuming ZERO marketing, provisioning, customer service, bandwidth, support,
repair costs -- the breakeven point for this system is 5 years (ouch)

Lets look at fixed wireless

49 square miles is basically equivalent to a 4 mile ring around a tower 
Remember

Area = (Pie)(R)^2
A = 3.14*4^2

A Canopy SM (averaged b/n 900 & 5 Ghz) costs about $300 complete (w/
antenna, mounting hardware, power supply, etc)
A Canopy AP costs about $2k complete (dividing up GPS sync, etc)

5k Canopy SMs would cost me about $1.5 million
The associated install costs (@ $50 / install) costs about $250k
At 50 SMs / AP -- the AP costs runs around $250k
Infrastructure / Hardware / Switches / Site Ac / Engineering / etc would
cost about $100k (remember -- this is only a 4 mile radius =)

Interesting Thoughts:

Moto-Mesh System Cost to service 5k customers within 49 square miles: $5
million
Canopy Fixed Wireless System Cost to service 5k customers within 49 square
miles: $2.5 million

Hrm...

-Charles



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Subject: [WISPA] EarthLink Unwires Anaheim, Announces Wholesale Program

EarthLink Unwires Anaheim, Announces Wholesale Program By Tara Seals Posted
on: 06/29/2006

EarthLink Inc. launched a municipal Wi-Fi broadband network in Anaheim,
Calif., and announced a wholesale Wi-Fi access strategy on Thursday.

EarthLink has won bids in several cities to provide citywide wireless
Internet access, including Philadelphia and San Francisco, but Anaheim is
its first commercial launch. It's also the first piece of a strategy to
create a nationwide footprint of municipal Wi-Fi networks by tying together
all EarthLink municipal markets under one service.

Hand in hand with creating the footprint will be an open-access wholesale
program. The ISP already has two national wholesale partners, announced
today: PeoplePC Inc., EarthLink's wholly owned subsidiary, and DIRECTV. It
also plans to partner with local ISPs that want to provide Wi-Fi service in
their respective markets.

The portable, wireless service will provide high-speed Internet access for
residents, businesses, visitors and municipal employees. Anaheim's
49-square-foot buildout is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter.
Curt Pringle, the mayor of the city, officially unwired the city at a
wire-cutting ceremony this morning.

"The days when Anaheim residents, workers and visitors are tied to a desk to
access an affordable broadband network are coming to an end," said Garry
Betty, president and CEO of EarthLink. "The launch of this network enables
people to make a choice about how, and from where, they want to access the
Internet securely."

For $21.95 a month, Anaheim subscribers receive eight mailboxes and
protection tools such as a spam blocker and security, and will be able to
access the Internet from across the municipality, whether sitting in a park,
at a café or elsewhere. Customers also can purchase a Wi-Fi modem for
at-home use. In addition, EarthLink has reached a nonbinding agreement with
AOL LLC and is discussing ways to offer its AOL.com content and Web assets
on the municipal footprint.

The network also will serve city departments and businesses; EarthLink's
wireless network offers speeds comparable to existing T1 solutions, the
company says.

For occasional-use customers, EarthLink offers rates ranging from $3.95 for
a one-hour pass to $15.95 for a three-day pass. Occasional-use customers
will connect and access account information from the EarthLink portal page.

Consumers can visit www.EarthLink.net/wifi and provide their phone numbers
and addresses to see if the network has been built out in their area. If
unavailable, they will be added to a waiting list and will be notified when
the service is available.

As for infrastructure, EarthLink has deployed Tropos Networks' MetroMesh
Wi-Fi routers on light poles throughout the city to form a wireless mesh
that is operated and optimized using Tropos Control and Tropos Insight, a
suite of end-to-end configuration, monitoring and maintenance tools.
EarthLink also uses Motorola's MOTOwi4 portfolio of products, including the
Canopy high-speed backhaul and Wi-Fi mesh network equipment.


EarthLink Inc. Wi-Fi www.earthlink.net/wifi Motorola Inc. www.motorola.com
Tropos Networks www.tropos.com

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