White Paper Explores Business Models for Public-Safety Broadband Network (5/6/13)
Monday, May 06, 2013 | Comments

Televate released a white paper that explores seven potential scenarios for constructing and operating the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN). The paper, “The Business Modeling of the Nationwide Public Safety Network (NPSBN): A Capital and Operational Expenditure Financial Model Analysis,” examines whether the potential $7 billion in federal funding and federal, state and local government wireless spending are sufficient to fully deploy and operate the nationwide network.

The paper considers options for delivering broadband wireless service to the public-safety community, including coverage levels, partnership structures and system hardening. Key findings include the following:

• The projected cost to deploy the nationwide network varies from $12.5 billion to $16.4 billion, far exceeding the potential $7 billion in federal funding.

• Network operations costs exceed projected public-safety usage revenues by $1.5 billion to $2 billion.

• Considerable savings are possible if commercial and public-safety assets can be leveraged.

“This paper shows the importance of building a system that can meet the needs of public safety and engages private partners in the effort,” said Joe Ross, Televate’s co-founder and senior partner. “It provides critical economic information to public-safety decision makers on the key challenges and opportunities our nation faces as it seeks to implement a nationwide network.”

For more information on public-safety broadband business models, see “4 Broadband Cost Trade-Offs” in the May issue of MissionCritical Communications. The Televate white paper can be downloaded here.

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