Trends Report

Monetizing Municipal Wireless Networks

Strategist Must Plan Well To Realize The Value They Require

July 23rd, 2007
With contributors:
Heidi Shey , Alyssa Baer , Bradford Holmes

Summary

Many US cities, counties, and communities recognize value — though not always financial value — in deploying their own municipal wireless networks. For many of these deployments, however, the growing pains of the still-young municipal wireless market create challenges throughout the rollout and operational process. Although no two deployments are exactly alike, cities that are now beginning their own municipal wireless projects can learn from the pitfalls of their predecessors and the smart decisions of market leaders. Each new network faces unique and often unforeseen challenges, and the cities' muni strategists can mitigate or avoid these with smart planning and research. How? Look to network use cases to determine how to monetize infrastructure and realize a financial return on investment (ROI).

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