[FoRK] Speaking of barriers to entry...

Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo ken_ganshirt at yahoo.ca
Wed Jan 20 14:23:53 PST 2010


--- On Wed, 1/20/10, Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> wrote:
> 
> Speaking of barriers to entry, this goes onto the
> "ultra-cool stuff" heap:
> 
> 
>   http://www.taranfx.com/open-source-gsm
> 

I sent the link to a friend of mine. CV: telco engineer for thirty-five years plus over 15 years as a project manager in international telecommunications projects, e.g. redesigned and project managed installation of the communication and power systems in the Chunnel, project managed the major cellular phone system in the Phillipines, undersea cable from New Zealand to the Oregon coast, new cellular company in Kenya, etc. 

Here's his response when I asked him if this was as interesting as it at first appears:

"Probably not. The base station electronics for a radio site are a small part of the cost. Site acquisition, towers, power, etc make the cost sky rocket. Government license auctions can make the initial license fee as much if not more than the total capital cost. This fellow seems to think that the software is a major component. Unfortunately whether the software is “free” support is still required. Almost all administrations charge annual fees for the radio spectrum as well."

Me again... So, this does nothing to deal with the real barriers to entry: the spectrum license fees and cap-ex for the site infrastructure.

Y'er welcome.

       ...ken...


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