The network must be designed to handle
considerably more traffic in a crisis or incident.
This requires more resources on the tower
and subsequently, a more expensive tower.
However, renting infrastructure spreads this
Making a shared tower available means public
cellular providers can focus their dollars on
providing a higher level of service. Consumers
and small business will benefit from the
improved cellular service provided by the utility
model. Small businesses might also use the
tower for their shared or private LMR systems.
Medium to large businesses can benefit
exponentially from treating telecom as a utility.
If the primary activity revenue is impacted
substantially, it can drive some “impossible”
business cases. An exceptional example of
this is electrical grid management technology.
For example: an oil and gas company
installed electrical compressors to produce
gas. The electrical requirements meant that
the company needed to build a sub-station
to extend the electrical grid to provide
enough electricity. The grid management
technology relies on telecommunications
links to interconnect the nodes so they can
communicate real-time status updates. If a
telecommunications link goes down, visibility
is lost and the grid automatically shuts down
the “dark” stations as a preventative measure.
The company would lose millions of dollars
every day, if the outage were due to a poorly
designed telecommunications link.
This is one of many business cases. Deploying
a centrally-managed utility model can impact
positively, and because communications
support many components of business, the
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