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NextEdge Networks wants to become more well known on the
building side of the business, while Modus focuses on services.
for wireless coverage, the more others will have to do it to
compete for the tenants they have."
NextEdge Networks is able to secure real estate rights
for no money going forward as a beneﬁt, which Wiest
says is a big and necessary shift because one of the barriers to the solution is the high cost.
"If you have to pay for access to the facility as well
as the equipment, the carriers won't pay and the model
doesn't work," he adds. "We have been eﬀective in securing real estate as a solution for no rent and have done
1,500 like that. We hope that grows because it is necessary for the future."
NextEdge Networks focuses on providing future-proof
solutions for building owners that can grow with their
needs and their tenants' demands. The company has
the ﬁnancial ﬂexibility and access to capital that its
competitors may not have to meet those needs, Wiest
says. "We create custom solutions that ﬁt the nuances of
your unique needs, and can scale from local projects to
national programs," he adds.
Although a majority of NextEdge Networks' clients
are located west of the Mississippi River, the company
has operations throughout the country. The company is
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working on commercial buildings, high-end high-rises
and buildings in the hospitality industry, but universities
and healthcare are the two industries that Wiest says also
In some cases, NextEdge Networks is acting as a neutral host. "Let's say, for example, a cell phone company
gets a complaint from an enterprise customer who has
a lot of employees on a plan with one carrier," Wiest
explains. "Maybe they are on the third ﬂoor of a building, so what will happen if they complain loud enough
is that they will go somewhere else or the wireless carrier will put a small cell in that particular ﬂoor for their
own network. If it's a 12-story building, the rest of the
ﬂoors are underserved and the building owner doesn't
solve the problem."
With just one carrier's connectivity issue being
addressed, the building owner still runs the risk that
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