The objective of the project is to recommend an upgraded wireless technology for a major telecommunication carrier. This is an individual project.
The course project will involve producing a professional and well-cited research report that will be due in Week 7. The report should propel management and investors to deploy services and compete against other wireless carriers.
Scenario: You are an independent consultant. You have been hired to prepare a recommendation to management on when, if at all, they should begin to deploy 4G next generation services.
The course project shall consist of a single solution: CDMA, GSM, GPRS, CDMA2000, or UMTS mobile wireless project (you decide which is the correct technology). PCS spectrum has been won in a fictional nation’s lottery, with the promise of a very quick deployment and cost-effective service by you and another competitor. The nation is a protectorate of the United States, using similar laws, language, and technology; there are no political barriers or rules that should be of concern to your company. There is a single existing 800 MHz TDMA cellular competitor with service in all 16 cities, but there is coverage-blocking issues coupled with very high charges and no wireless data services whatsoever! The nation has awarded two sets of licenses to you and another company to roll out a deployment that offers cost-effective service to their citizens.
Explain your selection of the technology, and calculate the costs and projected profits. Explain each area in the report; remember to address equipment selection for the system, customer devices, and any other ancillary equipment you feel are needed.
Remember that you are competing with another service provider that has won the same amount of PCS spectrum as you in the market – you must be very competitive in performance, costs, and service deployment, while not bankrupting your company!
Content and format of the report are both important. Any drawings are expected to provide enough detail to execute the deployment after reading the report. As you assemble your periodic deliverables into a cohesive document, make sure it’s suitable for reading by a board of directors, investors, or the CEO.
Your paper should rely heavily on the World Wide Web for its solutions. That is, you should be able to go to the WWW and find out what vendor solutions are available. Wikipedia is not an acceptable source (see Webliography for details). Your paper must include at least 10 references. It is imperative to use proper reference citations – review the Syllabus with reference tutorials.
Remember, the focus of this report is wireless technology involving an entire nationwide deployment of a PCS system. This is not a marketing or sales report, and issues should not overshadow the wireless technology emphasis.
You will be estimating the project cost and demonstrate your ability from a financial angle. In addition, you will discuss business-related issues including backward compatibility, system operation, and upgrading the wireless technology when next generation is available. Finally, you will write a conclusion by combining strategic and financial viability of the project.
2. Strategic Business Assessment
a. Trade off analysis and rationale
b. System selection
c. Customer devices
4. Design a Wireless System
a. System description
b. Service description
c. Coverage analysis
5. Compatibility Plans
a. Initial capabilities and limitations
b. Standards impacts
c. Data capabilities
6. Planned Competitive Improvements
7. Other Competitive Technological Solutions
8. Upgrading to Next Generation
a. Technical plans and detail
b. Competitive to the existing cellular operator
9. Summary and Conclusions
10. Work Cited
Supporting data and analysis should be provided in the form of Appendixes to the main report. Remember to include a cover sheet, table of contents with page numbers, and references. Coverage maps or traffic charts will add quality and depth to the report.
The following are best practices in preparing this paper.
- Cover Page: Include who you prepared the paper for, who prepared it, and the date.
- Table of Contents: List the main ideas and sections of the paper and the pages where they are located. Illustrations should be included separately.
- Introduction: Use a header on your paper. This will indicate that you are introducing the paper.
The purpose of an introduction or opening is to
- introduce the subject and why the subject is important;
- preview the main ideas and the order in which they will be covered; and
- establish the tone of the document.
Include in the introduction a reason for the audience to read the paper. Also, include an overview of what you will cover and the importance of the material. (This should include or introduce the questions you are asked to answer in each assignment.)
- Body of the Report: Use a header with the name of the project. An example is, “The Upgrade of Verizon Wireless: A World Class Carrier.” Proceed to break out the main ideas: State the main ideas, the major points of each idea, and provide evidence. Show some type of division, such as separate, labeled sections; separate groups of paragraphs; or headers. Include the information you found during your research and investigation.
- Summary and Conclusion: Summarizing is similar to paraphrasing but presents the gist of the material in fewer words than the original. An effective summary identifies the main ideas and the major support points from the body of the report; minor details are left out. Summarize the benefits of the ideas and how they effect the subject.
- Work Cited: Use the citation format specified in the Syllabus.
Additional hints on preparing the best possible project follow.
- Apply a three-step process to writing: plan, write, and complete.
- Prepare an outline of the research paper before going forward.
- Complete a first draft and then go back to edit, evaluate, and make any changes required.
- Use visual communication to further clarify and support the written part of the report. Examples include graphs, diagrams, photographs, flowcharts, maps, drawings, animation, video clips, pictograms, tables, and Gantt charts.
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