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Commercial proprietary GSM/CDMA/LTE cellular telephone technologies emphasize the mobile user and are often too expensive to provide universal geographic coverage in low-density rural areas. Nor do they provide sustained true broadband data rates.

Standards-based technologies such as WiFi and WiMAX, while readily available and lower in equipment costs, still do not provide an answer in their present form to the rural broadband communications challenge.  Although throughput can be very high in short range deployments, the limited range of such systems requires such a large number of access points that a rural network is no longer economically viable.

The challenge for delivering true broadband communications in rural areas is infrastructure density.  Current WiFi mesh networks require access point densities from 16 to 60 per square mile and still deliver throughputs only in the 1-3 megabits per second range.  What is needed is a wireless communications technology requiring only 0.1 to 2 access points per square mile capable of delivering throughputs exceeding 20 megabits per second. 

In a rural township in Wisconsin, HierComm recently deployed an advanced WiFi 802.11g network.  Only 5 access points were needed to cover an area greater than 45 square miles (~0.1 per square mile) while providing data rates exceeding 10 megabits per second. With relatively easy changes to the Internet gateway, data rates will exceed 20 megabits per second within 1-2 years. HierComm’s technology has the capability to increase throughput well beyond these levels in the next 5 years.  Unlike most service providers, HierComm is committed to designing networks that provide universal geographic coverage of the community serviced.  HierComm’s innovative network designs that utilize a hierarchy of network architecture provide such coverage in a cost effective way .

This significant leap in performance was achieved through a combination of optimal network topology design and wireless equipment improvements.  High gain antennas and new patent-pending amplifier designs increase signal-to-noise ratios allowing for 20 megabits per second performance at distances exceeding two miles in most rural areas, and significantly farther in certain terrains.  HierComm’s focus is completely on improving the cost effective performance of rural broadband wireless networks through network design and component technology innovation.  Applicable to low density suburban as well as rural regions, HierComm’s technology will bring globally-competitive communications to rural communities in the U.S. and abroad.

Welcome to HierComm Inc.

HierComm, Inc. is a young company dedicated to developing the services, technology and products required to deploy broadband wireless communications in Rural America and under-served outlying suburban areas. Large rural areas in the U.S. and throughout the developed and developing world are still lacking the broadband communications infrastructure necessary to compete in the Global Economy. Current and prospective wireless communication technologies do not address the need for cost effective rural wireless communications with true broadband service (a minimum of 10 megabits per second download and upload speeds).

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