These days, building the "last mile" of fibre connectivity to an office park
or city neighbourhood can be highly speculative with an enormous up-front investment
required before a carrier can expect to collect any revenue.
In contrast, Broadband Wireless has the potential to vastly reduce the initial investment and risk.
Because customer premises equipment is an insignificant portion of the cost of wireless deployment
it perfectly fits poor regions and the targeted middle income customers.
Like a cell phone network we would install base station transceivers on towers, poles,
church steeples, or other high, fixed platforms.
The customer's transceiver will be stationary, typically located on a roof -
not unlike a satellite dish installation (lower in the price) and
can be shared among the inhabitants of a condominium.
Like a cell phone network the users will be able to use WiFi devices as
IP portable phones that will connect to the main wireless system.
Because conventional "last mile" connectivity remains so expensive,
the idea to use wireless technology instead is hardly new.
But our key point is that it has reached now the potential to be deployed
far faster, less expensively, and more flexibly than similar wire line installations.
Our project has the most scalable modular design for roll out.
It begins with one small rural community and links one after the other
all the locations of the region and all the regions of a continent.
"It is important that the ICT-based project have the capacity to be replicated
in other locations or settings so that its success can be extended.
This feature requires not only paying attention to the technical specifications
of the equipment used, as highlighted in the point above.
It also refers to consideration of the capacities and reach of the
supporting infrastructure, the availability of technical skills in other locations, and the supporting
regulatory framework related to the use of ICT.
Scalability is good as the communication network has the potential
to expand with the availability of additional funding.
However, the value of a network increases as it expands -the absence
of a communication link across the nine provinces of the country
is an impediment to its wider use."