Tarana Wireless, Inc.

Thinking BEAD? Think Tarana. *Staging*

Thinking BEAD? Think Tarana.

BEAD-Qualified Broadband with Wireless Economics

The BEAD program is an incredible, once-in-a-generation opportunity for America. Unfortunately, choosing the right access technology approaches in BEAD implementations to ensure success is a real challenge. Fiber is great, but often too expensive to deploy reliably in digital-divide areas. Well-known fixed wireless alternatives (satellites or repurposed 3GPP mobile and unlicensed Wi-Fi tech) have inadequate performance or are outright disqualified by rule.

Fortunately, the now well-proven high performance, ease of deployment, and compelling network economics of Tarana’s G1 next-generation fixed wireless access (ngFWA) platform can make BEAD program goals truly achievable within the boundaries of available funds.

“BEAD’s $42B opportunity is not going to come around again in our lifetimes. We really need to make BEAD’s dollars  dance!”
— US Rep. Anna Eshoo
Member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee
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See the Highlights of What You Missed From the BEAD Webinar
Watch the Full Replay by Jumping to the Segments Below

1. Introduction

Get the intro to BEAD, as well as some background on Tarana.

2. BEAD & ngFWA

Discover the basics of G1, highlighting its simplicity and operational similarity with fiber, ideal for hybrid fiber + ngFWA BEAD bids.

3. Case Study: Navajo Nation

Watch how ngFWA is opening broadband doors that have previously been closed in the Navajo Nation (New Mexico).

4. Panel Discussion

Claude Aiken, CSO/CLO at Nextlink, and Joshua Edmonds, CEO at Digital C, discuss their progress with ngFWA and funding.

5. Bidding Strategies

Learn about the strategies we recommend to get the best chances of securing funding.

6. Q&A

Hear the questions that were asked by the audience, as Basil, Carl, Claude, and Joshua answer them. 

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G1 is Fulfilling ngFWA’s Promise Across the US and the World

Our quickly-expanding partnerships with ISPs both in the US and beyond over the past three years have yielded compelling evidence of the step-function improvements in broadband performance and network economics our ngFWA platform (G1) can deliver — well beyond the capabilities of both licensed and unlicensed legacy FWA solutions. G1’s unique combination of fiber-class performance — even in the face of interference and obstructions — along with the lean deployment economics of macro-cellular wireless is proving to be a winning combination for initiatives in both mainstream broadband markets as well as digital-divide projects.

An Illustrative G1 Case Study: DigitalPath’s Deployment Around California’s Clear Lake

As one excellent example of the unique real-world network performance and economics G1 ngFWA deployments can achieve in divide applications, we’d like to highlight briefly DigitalPath’s deployment in California’s Clear Lake area. With a CBRS (3 GHz) G1 deployment on a well-placed tower on the southwest edge of the lake, the network is covering 360 square miles of mostly lightly settled land around the lake. The average service speeds delivered are 500 Mbps DL / 132 UL (265/66 minimum), at an average of 5.5 miles from the tower.

For comparison, we modeled an aerial fiber deployment to serve the same 76 locations, with a trunk along the main roads that circle the lake, a small number of branches to reach clusters of locations not close to the trunk, and laterals to the locations from there (as at right). Reaching all 76 locations would require approximately 110 miles of fiber. Using common industry benchmarks for deployment costs and timelines, the comparison with the DigitalPath ngFWA deployment is striking:

Fiber ngFWA
Total project cost, $k [a] 2,900 180
Cost per location served, $k 38 2.4
Months to complete service 10-14 [b] 6

Notes: [a] Fiber project cost based on rural aerial fiber deployment median cost ($5.00/foot) from the Fiber BroadbandAssociation’s recently issued Fiber Deployment Annual Report 2023. ngFWA costs are DigitalPath’s actuals. [b] Timing depends on installation crew availability. Fiber costs would be ~2x higher and deployment timelines ~3x longer if trenched.

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