For its next moves, MATI is looking "to partner with other voice-over-IP companies in the business or at least to interconnect with them", says Gary Goff, field marketing manager, MATI.
"Plus we have our own PSTN connectivity here, because we are a full-blown ILEC and are a long distance provider.
In addition the company is planning to deploy a "Vonage-type service," says Goff
, over the DSL.
We could provide that, so that is how it's going," says Goff
The wireless capability opens up an intriguing possibility: That the small tribal phone company could gointo competition with SBC
in locations such as El Paso.
"We are a small outfit right now, and to grow we have to do it on a gradual basis", says Goff
"But the big push is using [wireless and VoIP] for the CLEC operation.
It allows us to get into the CLEC business very easily."
For El Paso "We are leasing dedicated lines to El Paso, with the [last-mile] build-out done on the radio side.
They would be coming back to us for backbone connectivity and also for VoIP.
Besides the wireless, MATI "is looking to partner with other broadband providers in the area," says Goff
Other targets are Ruidoso and the numerous resort and retirement communities in nearby mountains.
But the company is being cautious.
"The only thing that scares me about it is quality of service", says Goff
"That is why we like direct connectivity with our own service, because we have control.
If we hit someone else's broadband network we don't know what they do.
says, "We are definitely going that route, and we want to make sure of what we are doing before we do it."
, which runs training conferences for tribal governments every year, has a reputation to uphold.
"Everybody knows what we've done on the reservation", says Goff