A business case for Municipal      wireless networks       Evert Bopp, CEO, Wimax EU Ltd.
Looking back   Internet access used to be fixed to    location.   Internet access was a business,    government & educat...
Now   Internet access is becoming more & more    mobile (GPRS, WiFi, HSDA, Wimax etc.).   Internet access has become a s...
How to meet this need/demand?   Networks owned & operated by local    governments (public service networks)?   Networks ...
Public service networkFor:   Access provided by a public body for the public.   Vendor/provider neutral (net neutrality)...
Public service networkAgainst:   Public entity operating in the private/free market (legislation etc.)   Lack of knowled...
Public/Private partnershipFor:   Build and operated by an entity with established track-record.   Part public ownership ...
Public/Private partnershipAgainst:   Public entity operating in the private/free market (legislation etc.).   Conflict o...
Private/free marketFor:   Quicker to discover and exploit opportunities.   Faster to adapt to technological changes.   ...
Private/free marketAgainst:   Profit driven.   Might monopolise the market/network.
Show me the money!   Muni-wireless will exceed $400 million by 2007.   200+ networks in the USA.   In Europe; Norfolk, ...
Show me the money!So where does the money come from?   Internet access.   Location based advertising.   Online applicat...
Other benefits   Stimulating effect on local economy (teleworking, companies    promoting their services & products via a...
Conclusion   The demand is only growing (wifi enabled    laptops, pda’s & phones).   Technology is available (WiFi, Wima...
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Found this presentation I did in 2006. Interesting looking back now and seeing how much of it still applies today.

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A business case for municipal wireless networks

  1. 1. A business case for Municipal wireless networks Evert Bopp, CEO, Wimax EU Ltd.
  2. 2. Looking back Internet access used to be fixed to location. Internet access was a business, government & educational tool. Internet access was “added value”.
  3. 3. Now Internet access is becoming more & more mobile (GPRS, WiFi, HSDA, Wimax etc.). Internet access has become a social & economical driving force. Internet access has become an essential service. Internet usage becomes service & device driven.
  4. 4. How to meet this need/demand? Networks owned & operated by local governments (public service networks)? Networks owned by local governments but operated by private companies (public/private partnerships)? Networks owned and operated by private companies (free-market/private)?
  5. 5. Public service networkFor: Access provided by a public body for the public. Vendor/provider neutral (net neutrality). Non-commercial provider, “bridging the digital divide” etc. Easy access to physical municipal assets for equipment placement. Internet access “on-demand” becomes a part of the offered utilities.
  6. 6. Public service networkAgainst: Public entity operating in the private/free market (legislation etc.) Lack of knowledge to build & operate network. Lack of funding. Creation of wireless hotzone “islands”.
  7. 7. Public/Private partnershipFor: Build and operated by an entity with established track-record. Part public ownership ensures “net neutrality”, prevents monopolisation (a network for the people by the people). Provision of services that pure private sector entities would not consider profitable. Internet access “on-demand” becomes a part of the offered utilities.
  8. 8. Public/Private partnershipAgainst: Public entity operating in the private/free market (legislation etc.). Conflict of interest between public & private entities might destabilize. Requirements of a public entity might slow down network growth.
  9. 9. Private/free marketFor: Quicker to discover and exploit opportunities. Faster to adapt to technological changes. More competitive with competing services & technologies.
  10. 10. Private/free marketAgainst: Profit driven. Might monopolise the market/network.
  11. 11. Show me the money! Muni-wireless will exceed $400 million by 2007. 200+ networks in the USA. In Europe; Norfolk, UK, Paris issued RFP etc.
  12. 12. Show me the money!So where does the money come from? Internet access. Location based advertising. Online applications & services (VOIP, IPTV, online backup, social & business networking). 3rd party access (emergency services, utility services, CCTV monitoring etc.).
  13. 13. Other benefits Stimulating effect on local economy (teleworking, companies promoting their services & products via a digital medium). Educational use ( the internet is the worlds largest library). Opportunity for non-profit & charities to promote their activities via the network (portal site). Attract new investment to the town/city (good economical development potential).
  14. 14. Conclusion The demand is only growing (wifi enabled laptops, pda’s & phones). Technology is available (WiFi, Wimax, Mesh). The services are only increasing (web 2.0, IPTV, VOIP etc.). “Social responsibility”: Internet access needs to be made available to everyone. First in the market will reap the benefits.

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