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: Initial Meetings
Preliminary meetings with prospective tribal community partners solidify a shared understanding of the needs and vision of the community and how Mural can help.
Step 2: Identify and Vet Backhaul
Mural’s lawyers evaluate restrictions of current agreements and evaluate what other options are possible so tribal community partners can make informed decisions about what backhaul to use.
Step 3: Spectrum Survey
Mural’s team searches federal databases to identify unlicensed or unleased Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum to pursue. If none is available, Mural will work with licensees and lease holders in order to assess spectrum access options. As a last resort, lightly licensed spectrum can be used.
Step 4: Site Survey for LTE Infrastructure
Mural uses one of our tech partner’s free android apps to collect onsite information for remote radio frequency engineers to design project proposals.
Step 5: Resolution of Spectrum Access
Given the detailed information collected, Mural will help our tribal community partners go through the process of acquiring legal spectrum access.
Step 6: Approve Pilot Proposal
Our partners and their community take time to fully consider and select what kind of network they want to build from the different project proposals
Step 7: Build Pilot Network
Mural uses off-the-shelf equipment with a great value/price point for easy maintenance which is pre-staged off site. Trusted contractors install the equipment and get it online. A few user end devices are distributed by our partners.
Step 8: Network Management Trainings
Mural offers network management system (NMS) training for our tribal community partners. Network operators need to be tech savvy but not highly skilled. The NMS, with its open-source, distributed LTE core, can be run on AWS.
Step 9: Broader Deployment
Once the pilot network has been tested and optimized, our tribal community partners can distribute the user end devices as they see fit. Previous partners are great resources for best practices.
Step 10: Network Management Support
Mural provides support through email, Slack and phone. Mural has a network of local technicians that can help with hardware issues. Small networks operators use the NMS around the world, and there is peer-to-peer support available.