Building a business wireless net, office window by office window

By , Network World |  Mobile & Wireless, broadband

So how much does this cost? For some businesses, it can cost nothing at all. NetBlazr offers both shared networks and dedicated circuits. The basic shared network service is free and offers upload and download speeds up to 3Mbps. Users can buy into a premium shared circuit for $60 a month and get upload and download speeds up to 50Mbps. For dedicated circuits, where users are guaranteed data rates, there are three options: a 2Mbps dedicated circuit for $50 a month, a 5Mbps circuit for $100 a month and a 10Mbps circuit for $190 a month. All users also have to pay for the initial equipment costs for the 802.11n radios that they'll install near their windows but after that they have the option of getting free service if they don't have high dedicated bandwidth needs.

"We're trying to be the anti-ISP," Turner explains. "Our cost of building the network is near zero and our cost of customer care is extremely low."

Speaking of customer care, how exactly do companies maintain their service quality on NetBlazr's network? Turner says most companies outsource their own network management to IT outsourcing firms in the area. NetBlazr's job is to make sure the network is up and running all while providing client IT outsourcing firms with a complete overview of how the network is operating in real time. This gives them the ability to provision bandwidth, search for optimum pathways and generally keep their clients' networks running to their desired quality.

In other words, it's NetBlazr's job to provide connectivity to the backbone, but network management is something that's done by the community of network users.

"We're focusing first on people that have the worst problems with access to competitive broadband," Turner says. "So we're building out a community of point-to-point links in areas where we can get competitive backhaul."

But if you're hoping that this service will soon be available in your local neighborhood, don't hold your breath. As Turner points out the company only formed a year ago and is still in its pilot program with four customers at the moment. Even so, Turner is cautiously optimistic that the results so far will lead to bigger and better things.

"We're just in the pilot stage but the reception has been incredible," he says.

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