I’m in the process of beginning my journey as a start-up WISP in a rural area, but I’ve hit a snag with the local tower owner & and would like to get some feedback & understanding on the situation.
The tower owner isn’t truly a WISP, but is providing some wireless networking for individuals in the community; he is the only one in the area, so he is the monopoly.
I approached him the other day & asked for quotes on leasing for the tower, and he informed me that the tower was fairly full, lots of spectrum in use, and wouldn’t be worth my time trying to get equipment on there.
I, myself, took the A5c that I have & just drove to the tower, powered it on, and sat at the base of the tower for roughly 45 minutes watching the “Spectrum Analyzer” that’s built into the device.
After 45 minutes, I saw heavy use on no channels in the unlicensed band (really, no use at all). I called the tower owner back & provided him with my results, and inquired about tower leasing again.
He then informed me that Ubiquiti equipment can only see Ubiquiti spectrum (he assumed I was using Ubiquiti) and that the spectrum is quite full, but he will next week go do some measuring for me.
I guess, my question really is – how true is his statement? Can the Mimosa’s analyzer not see all the spectrum’s in use? Could there be a lot of the spectrum being used that I just couldn’t see?
I, myself, have over 10 years of data center & network architecture design experience, so this technology isn’t new or foreign to me.
I’m looking for honest feedback here, and I do fear that this gentlemen is trying to possibly dissuade me from being a competitor.