The deployment process prioritizes partnership with the tribes. A significant amount of time and effort is devoted to developing trust and an understanding of the joint project. Once relationship is established, Mural pursues FCC licensing and the installation of infrastructure simultaneously.
Step 1: Discussion with Tribe
Mural listens to tribal representatives about the needs of the community and explains what services we offer. If a collaboration makes sense, Mural submits an official proposal to the tribal council. If approved, the planning phase begins.
Step 2: Spectrum Survey
Once the geographic service area (GSA) is determined, Mural searches FCC records to determine if there are unlicensed channels within the 2.5 GHz band in that GSA to apply for.
Step 3: Site Survey for LTE Infrastructure
Our engineers visit the site and make preliminary plans for building the necessary components for a fixed-LTE network. Equipment can be mounted on existing low-profile infrastructure such as water towers. Also, line-of-sight is not as necessary as it is with traditional point-to-point wireless links.
Step 4: Backhaul Identification
Mural identifies possible partners such as schools, libraries and local internet service providers that can provide backhaul for the LTE network. As needed, Mural can also help negotiate contract terms.
Step 5: Applying for Spectrum License
Working with the tribe, Mural gathers the information necessary to apply for an FCC license: spectrum study, site survey, demonstrated need by the tribe, and the letters of support or sponsorship from educational institutions, policymakers and community leaders. The tribal council then reviews and approves the official application and Mural submits it to the FCC.
Step 6: Build and Test Network
With the help of partners, the LTE equipment is installed. Mural engineers will then initiate the first end-to-end connections and ensure the system is working. Mural will then train local technicians how to operate, manage, and troubleshoot the system.
Step 7: Broader Deployment
Mural provides the tribe with the modem/routers that will transform the LTE signal into Wi-Fi in people’s homes. Trained tribal staff will then be able to expand service locally as they see fit.