Though Mage Networks was only established in 2017, our team has a history of key accomplishments in the wireless networking field:
- Mage Networks technology has deep roots in the early days of broadband wireless which originated in patents from the early 90’s by Wi-LAN Inc. , in which our founder Dr. Sayed-Amr El-Hamamsy, was involved as COO and as CEO. This company went on to license Wi-Fi and 4G technology globally to almost every major technology company around the world.
- Further experience in developing solutions for gathering data from wireless surveys led to an understanding of how powerful wireless networks can be deployed easily in very difficult terrain.
- The wireless seismic solution was be used by clients in the oil and gas industry Unfortunately, the fall of oil and gas prices in 2015-2016 led to the company ceasing operations.
- In 2017, Dr. El-Hamamsy saw an opportunity to create a revolutionary network concept (which we call MagiNet™) and co-founded Mage Networks.
- The team began developing the technology focused on rural and remote markets with plans to grow into other applications such as providing backhaul for 5G LTE networks and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and the Internet of Things.
- Mage has completed the commercial introduction of its first-generation product. Mage has installed networks in several counties and regions of the US and Canada.
- Mage is currently completing the development of a software design tool utilizing Geo Information System (GIS) data and processes, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning to automate the design of its network. This tool will help our partners and customers deploy their networks quickly and effectively.
- Mage has completed a network in Grand Cayman delivering outdoor WiFi in the Port area of Georgetown. The network is to be expanded in two phases, although the expansion has been halted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Mage has a proof of concept network rolled out in Accra, Ghana, and Monrovia, Liberia. As well as a network connecting county buildings currently being rolled out in Powhatan, Virginia and another private network in Warrenton, Virginia. That is in addition to the Taber, Coop, Redwood Meadows and Bragg Creek WiFi networks.
Mage Networks has two lines of business. The first is as an OEM, selling equipment to Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Value Added Resellers and Direct to end customers, as well as through a network of Distributors. The second is as a Service Provider, offering service initially in the Bragg Creek and Redwood Meadows areas in Southern Alberta. Eventually, Mage will expand the service area beyond these initial deployments
Summary Comparison of Technologies
Mage vs. Traditional
|Capacity||Whatever the ISP Chooses; limited only by number of data pipelines initiating from a single point. Each Data Pipeline can supply up to 1 Gbps by using the new 802.11ad based equipment. This depends on topography only, as Mage can follow any route. Adaptable and scalable with usage. The diagram shows 8 Gbps total capacity.|
|Coverage||Ability to access behind and around obstacles; bypasses dense foliage; can reach 100% of users.|
|Range||No degradation for data pipeline. 20 kilometers have been tested without degradation.|
|Deployability||Low skill to install simple mounting kits on any type of building. Can connect to any type of input (internet). Can connect to any kind of client/receiving, including an Ethernet (cable net- work). 2 – 5 weeks to deploy average network.|
|Usability||Very basic, low-skilled labour needed to maintain network. Speed and data usage can be monitored remotely.|
|Capacity||Can be up to 150 Mbps per sector, with 3 sectors max, since the spectrum interference is limiting. Declines rapidly with distance from the tower. The diagram above would have a capacity near the tower of 450 Mbps max.|
|Coverage||High hills, towers or buildings are needed as mounting areas. Obstacles, valleys and foliage cause issues.|
|Range||Limited by signal degradation.|
|Deployability||Permits needed for tower construction, professionals needed to wire, install and test equipment. 12 – 18 months needed to deploy average network.|
|Usability||Skilled trades-people and network managers are needed to maintain, track, and repair.|
Mage is proud to be working with a dream-team of the best engineers, a seasoned marketing group and a coterie of private investors. All are working together to move Mage forward. With a solid business and marketing plan in place, Mage is poised to deploy MagiNet™ networks across North America, and beyond. The value of MagiNet will continue to build exponentially as more networks are deployed, and more applications become cost effective.
Mage’s MagiNet™ works distinctly differently from traditional networks. In traditional tower-based networks, a central tower beams the signal in straight lines, sometimes on three different frequencies, one in each of three sectors. If terrain or an object blocks the straight line, there will be a dead spot where the tower cannot “see”. In addition, as the signal moves further away, it loses strength, which decreases the data rate.
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