The first pilot project has been installed in Vermilion, Alberta and final testing is near completion. Connect has work closely with the manufacturer of the technology, Hook'd WiFi Inc, to design and deliver a managed service for this pilot project.
The model we are offering starts with project managing the build to ensure the network design is consistent. This ensures that the RF site survey is the same in every market and quality control is remains consistent. Connect ensures that rural or Indigenous communities control the fiber relationship and the rental or purchase agreement with Connect for the access points (AP's). After the network is complete and the community signs off on its coverage and completion, the community can either tender the network to local ISP's to operate their network or hire staff and run the network themselves. The community controls the Internet revenue of the network. If the community decides to operate the network on their own, they are responsible to provide tier-one service. Connect will provide you a complete description of the four service levels required to maintain the network.
If your community has access to fiber backhaul, deployment of the network can be completed very quickly.
Installing the Connect network requires three services.
1. A 50-foot wooden or 40-foot steel pole installed every 2000 feet.
2. Power connected to the community utility.
3. Backhaul supplied from fiber, microwave connected to fiber, or satellite service.
Once these three services are completed, the mounting arm and AP are installed.
Details of the AP
The mounting arm and AP - weight is 42 pounds / 19.05 kilograms.
Dimensions of the AP - 17.175 inches / 436.245 mm (height) by 26.10 inches / 662.94 mm (diameter)
Environmental - -40C to +60C
Wireless standards - IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n and ac/n with 2.4 and 5 GHz concurrent operation
There are three pole options that engineering will consider. if there is access to the utility provider poles, this may be an option. The issue we have found is that the utility provider will not allow access on their poles above 20 feet and Connect requires installation at 35 to 40 feet on a wooden or steel pole.
Fiber can be installed in the ground or on poles over the air. If the community is installing fiber, our fiber designer can map out your community's fiber requirements. Connect tries to support local businesses for all installation work. Find out what local businesses in your community can install fiber services, electrical, and poles. Your town may be able to trench in the conduit and hire someone to pull the fiber and terminate the connections. Connect can provide engineers and fiber installation in most areas throughout Canada.
Microwave connected to fiber
A microwave system may be the only option in hard-to-reach areas when fiber is not available. The rigidity of the pole is essential when microwave equipment is installed. Wood or steel quality will determine the pole type and engineering will make the final recommendation.
The AP can use satellite as the backhaul, and we look forward to testing Starlink.
Utility power services
1. Request the install as unmetered
2. If the power in your community is unstable, consider a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) on every pole based on current brownouts, power surges, or storms. Your utility provider can provide this data to your engineer and recommend the UPS size