Blackfoot offers several wireless connectivity options.
Blackfoot's approach to engineering isn't one-size-fits-all. Rather, we design the ideal solution based on the customer’s needs. We utilize multiple wireless options, including licensed and unlicensed Point-to-Point (PTP) RF, and Point-to-Multi-Point (MPRF). We have nearly 300 radio links across the state that have been engineered, designed and installed to provide last-mile connetivity for the customer.
Licensed and unlicensed PTP radios all have very high physical capacities. During the engineering process, we strategically design each link to support bandwidth growth, typically doubling the up-time and fade margin calculations requested by the customer. That way, future speed increases can be performed with minimal disruption.
There are multiple PTP-RF solutions, from low-cost radios similar to WiFi, to high-priced radios similar to PTPs. Depending on the solution, it may use the same carrier-grade hardware as a licensed PTP offering. Speeds can range from 10Mbps to 1Gbps, with a distance range of 200 feet to ~6 miles. Radios operate in the 2.4, 5, 24 or 60 Ghz spectrums.
Licensed PTP-RF are high capacity systems that use carrier-grade equipment and commonly provide speeds of 10Mbps to 10Gbps. The radio is full synchronous, using different frequencies to transmit and receive data. Licensed RF provides ultra-low latency with built in Quality of Service (QoS). Distances range from 600 feet to 60+ miles. These FCC licensed radios can operate in all licensed frequencies in the United States.
There are two mount designs for licensed PTP-RF. With an all outdoor design, all of the electronics are outdoor and attached to the back of the antenna with fiber or Ethernet from the roof into the building and powered by PoE or DC. Alternatively, with a split mount design, the indoor Network Interface Unit and power supply are rack mountable. Radio hardware is used outdoors with the antenna. Coax cabling is then used between the indoor and outdoor equipment.
MPRF is a strong option for businesses. It uses asynchronous technology and bandwidth limits are set based on the customer’s needs, reaching speeds up to 40Mbps. MPRF also includes a physical layer QoS for voice prioritization. Blackfoot offers MPRF services in all major Montana markets.
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Blackfoot also offers professional services to assist with your wireless connectivity. We engineer and maintain private network LAN and campus extensions, and can provide these services using the same carrier-grade wireless equipment as discussed above. We offer engineering services that include: site design; tower and roof mounting requirements and engineering; as well as path profiles and analysis.
You can also partner with Blackfoot for help with maintenance, such as monitoring and logging statistics and usage or yearly equipment maintenance needs. With Blackfoot, you’ll also have access to our local sparing in case of hardware failure.
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Blackfoot designs every wireless link to 99.999% reliability or greater, exceeding industry standards.
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