Cell site backhaul costs were climbing out of control for AT&T in rural Indiana. Transport costs per site exceeded $18,000 monthly. Reliability was suffering due to small CLECs limited operational capacity to maintain cicuits and respond to outages. The capital cost had to be covered in 3 years of operation cost savings.
Using CIC's microwave planning software, a microwave network was designed for a lower cost than 3 years of operating expenses. The microwave network incorporated all 75 sites and providing greater network reliability.
CIC designed and built a new system serving the 75 sites for a total cost of $6M, using Indianapolis as the hub. All equipment was preinstalled and pretested in cabinets at the warehouse before field installation. The project was completed two weeks ahead of schedule.