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Finding a Telecom Provider for Your Multifamily Unit

With limited options, you may have struggled with finding the ideal telecom service provider for your multifamily property in the past. As more vendors and services enter the market, there are more possibilities for your building than ever, but you need the knowledge to successfully navigate your options. In this post, we’ll explore some of the factors that are critical to the long-term success of your next telecommunication service partnership.

Understanding Agreements

The first factor to consider when it comes to establishing an agreement with a telecom provider is what they allow you to do and what they prevent. Here are the four general types of telecom service agreements.

Exclusive Agreements

When you enter into an exclusive telecom agreement, management deals with a single vendor for all of the telecom services provided at the property. An exclusive agreement prevents other vendors from offering services at your building. While this simplifies telecom management, it’s typically rare as it limits competition and options for residents.

Non-Exclusive Agreements

A non-exclusive agreement is essentially the opposite of an exclusive contract it allows multiple vendors to offer services at your building, and you can market all of them to your residents. Non-exclusive agreements are popular as they encourage competitive pricing along with more diverse options for your residents.

Bulk Agreements

A bulk agreement involves your organization purchasing telecom services in quantity at per-unit rates. By buying in bulk, you can pass cost savings onto your residents. These contracts only give residents one option for telecom, but they offer the most cost-effective agreement. Bulk deals are common at student or senior properties where budgeting trumps choice.

Access Agreements

With an access agreement, you do not market telecom services or work directly with any telecom providers. You merely provide them access to your facility and allow them to sell their services as they deem fit. However, an access agreement does not allow your organization to enjoy any of the revenue generated from telecom services at your building.

Incorporating Infrastructure

In order for a telecom provider to deliver services to residents, they need the requisite infrastructure to do so. As the industry continually evolves, telecom service providers frequently have fluctuating infrastructure requirements depending on the market and geographic location. While newer buildings often have the infrastructure required to support the latest telecom services, older buildings may require significant upgrades or retrofits.

Fiber to the Unit

If you’re interested in delivering the latest in high-speed connectivity to your residents, fiber-to-the-unit (FTTU) agreements offer one of the most cost-effective options for doing so. Your telecom partner installs fiber infrastructure at your building at no cost to you, thereby minimizing the capital expenditure required to upgrade to the latest communications services. While your provider owns the fiber network initially, you have the option to eventually buy them out or renegotiate contractual terms over time.

Long-Term Upgrades

If you’re looking for a longer-term fiber optic solution than FTTU, it’s worth considering investing in an infrastructure upgrade. Fortunately, the cost of fiber infrastructure upgrades has leveled out in recent years as the technology becomes more prevalent and older technologies are phased out. If you’re considering investing in fiber, now’s the time as prices remain stable with proven technology that’s here to stay.

Wireless and Cellular

If your building has common areas, you should consider offering public WiFi for the convenience of residents and visitors. You can work with telecom providers to find the most cost-effective solution for your facility. Another feature that’s becoming increasingly popular at multifamily developments is a localized cellular network that boosts mobile connectivity for your residents. While the initial investment is substantial, a dedicated cellular network can maximize resident satisfaction while attracting a new echelon of future residents.

Your Fiber-Focused Telecom Partner

At QXC, our team specializes in fiber-optic solutions designed to prepare your organization for the challenges of tomorrow. Whether you’re interested in FTTU or our telecom agreement opportunities, contact our team today to discover what fiber can do for you.

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Temporary WiFi for Your Outdoor Event

In today’s world, WiFi has become essential to ensuring the success of your event. While at your event, attendees expect to be able to share photos, FaceTime friends, and post to social media. If you’re expecting an influx of attendees, cell phone infrastructure rarely supports peak data demands.

Without WiFi, attendees won’t have a reliable connection, meaning they won’t be able to spread the word about your event and they won’t want to stick around for long. Food, drink, and retail vendors also depend on a reliable, secure connection to streamline transactions. With the proper planning, however, you can ensure that your upcoming event is prepared to prosper.

Here are three critical steps you can take to ensure you’re ready.

1. Clarify Your Needs

Understanding why you need WiFi is the first step to getting the solution you need. If you aren’t expecting a huge crowd and the area has 4G coverage, you may not even need WiFi or you may only require limited WiFi to cover your event team and vendors. In our experience, however, about 90% of events could benefit from temporary WiFi.

Here are some of the most common aspects of an event that planners use temporary WiFi for:

  • WiFi for guest access
  • WiFi for event staff
  • WiFi for select guests
  • Guest marketing data collection
  • Internet for the media team
  • A secure connection for vendors
  • Registration systems
  • Bandwidth for entertainment
  • Bandwidth for cameras/streaming

The possibilities for Wi-Fi are virtually limitless. As you begin clarifying your WiFi needs, start by listing every element of your event that will demand WiFi or a data connection. You can break it down by groups, individual users, and devices along with how each of them will be using bandwidth.

2. Select A WiFi Partner

While temporary WiFi planning and deployment may seem complicated, it isn’t when you choose a partner who has done it hundreds of times before. Once you’ve clarified your goals and network demands, the right partner will be able to turn that into a reality.

Choosing a local, specialized company is typically your best option. They understand the unique constraints and challenges of working in your region and strive to build long-lasting partnerships with clients. Because they depend on word of mouth for success, a local event WiFi provider aims to deliver the best customer experience available. Start asking around to find a provider that’s earned a reputation for credibility.

3. Learn The Fundamentals

The right WiFi provider will work with you to provide clarity and transparency at every step of the process—from planning to deployment. Although you don’t have to understand all of the technicalities right away, it can be helpful to have a basic understanding of how your network solution works. Learning a few key industry terms can streamline the process and facilitate communication.

Here are a few terms to get you started:

  1. SSID:

    The service set identifier (SSID) is the primary name of your WiFi network, most frequently encountered when using a mobile device to connect to a wireless network.

  2. Hardline:

    A hardline is an Ethernet cable that connects high-demand devices to your temporary network for a faster, more reliable connection.

  3. Access Point:

    An access point is a networking device that broadcasts a signal, allowing wireless devices to connect to the wired network.

  4. Switch:

    A switch is a device that connects a number of devices together using a hardline connection.

  5. Splash/Portal Page:

    A splash or portal page is a welcome page that greets guests when they log on to your network. A portal page may also be used to collect voluntary data from your guests.

  6. Hot Spare:

    A hot spare is a network backup device that can be deployed in case of a device failure.

  7. SLA:

    A service level agreement is a contract between you and your provider that clarifies what you expect from your provider and what they promise to deliver.

Ready to learn more about how QXC can deploy the ideal WiFi solution for your next outdoor event? Contact us today or learn more about our event WiFi solutions to take the first step to ensure your event’s success.