Business Models Research Report

Overview

Business models — how municipal wireless networks are funded and operated — is a critical issue for municipalities, service providers, integrators, community groups, applications developers and product manufacturers. Decisions on the network’s ownership and operation are complex and require significant attention in order to ensure successful initiatives. The 2007 Business Models Report is MuniWireless.com’s latest information product to provide critical insight into the many factors that must be weighed when it comes to selecting the proper business model.

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More than 230 qualified respondents from municipalities, service providers and integrators answered a detailed questionnaire about business models, both for networks already in operation and networks in the planning stages. The responses yielded important information about business models overall, but especially on new directions and shifting trends in business models for public wireless networks.

Table of Contents

  • Methodology
  • Respondent Profile
  • Executive Summary
  • Statistical Data
  • Case Studies
  • Best Practices
  • Acknowledgements
  • Glossary

Overview of Statistical Charts and Graphs

  • Network ownership and operation
  • Access to mounting rights
  • Reasons to keep wireless networks in-house
  • Reasons to outsource wireless networks
  • Network funding approaches
  • Total population reached (initial 6 months)
  • Number of applications deployed (initial 6 months)
  • Network revenue sources
  • Network revenue vs. expenses
  • Total annual network revenue
  • Importance of free Internet access for network advertising programs

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