How much would it cost to start a nationwide phone service without going through a company like tmobile, Verizon or att?

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  • 1 month ago

    Typically, it starts at hundreds of billions of dollars. That falls to a few tens of billions if you opt for the cheaper virtual network which piggybacks off the capacity of existing real networks.

    Even if you had the funding in place to get permission to install the many thousands of cell towers and all the other hardware infrastructure, and also to pay for the recruitment and ongoing training of thousands of staff, you still wouldn't have any network bandwidth because there's a finite amount of it which all the existing networks made successful bids for ages ago. So realistically, you only get in as a new real network by buying out existing providers. Which typically costs hundreds of billions of dollars, with billions more needed to roll out the ongoing upgrade to 5G as that requires far more cell towers than ever before.

    Better start saving up, now.

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  • 1 month ago

    An exact price would be hard to say, but it would be pretty astronomical. Consider that you will have to make an entire coverage from the ground up, countless transmitter masts and endless lengths of cables. It would also take years to build even basic coverage of the biggest areas.

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  • 1 month ago

    I'd estimate several billions of dollars if you want to make your own infrastructure. However, some telco providers make agreements with cities/towns where only that provider can service that area for a long periods of time. That would make it very difficult, if not impossible, to put your service in those areas since you just can't.

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