Connect operates as a third-party host and assumes regulatory, legal, and technical oversight for deploying, installing, and maintaining the system. The community funds the local network, supplies required backhaul, and hires or contracts employees to operate the network. Connect rents/sells the Cumulo access points to the community and provides a network with consistent data speeds and continuous spectrum management, and allocates additional spectrum as required.
A neutral host is defined as the provider of a shared platform to hosted clients that requires the following resources. Neutrality promotes open wireless standards and protocols, unlike cellular networks that cater to one technology or one operator. Connect's service will offer wide-area rural coverage, indoor and outdoor small cell solutions designed to improve coverage and capacity in geographically difficult locations or not financially viable to support. Economics favor neutrality, as neutrality decreases operational costs, provides competitive spectrum options, and enhances overall wireless efficiency.
A neutral host is defined as the provider of a shared platform to hosted clients that requires the following resources.
Permanent physical equipment infrastructure: this refers to permanent structures and utility infrastructure needed to support the installation and operation of equipment.
This could include:
- External antennas, towers, distribution systems, and/or other antenna mounts
- AC/DC power and uninterruptible power equipment as required
- Equipment racks or other locations to mount electronic equipment
- Optical fiber connectivity within the local environment or microwave backhaul
- Physical antennas and associated equipment as needed
- Tower sites: The neutral host obtains the necessary resources in a specific geographic region accessing tower space on a municipality’s street light poles, buildings, power poles, or co-location with cellular carriers