HIP 113: What It Means for Helium Mining and CBRS Rewards

HIP 113: What It Means for Helium Mining and CBRS Rewards

HIP 113: What It Means for Helium Mining and CBRS Rewards

As the Helium network evolves, we're seeing more adjustments to how participants are rewarded continue to shape its future. The recently introduced Helium Improvement Proposal (HIP) 113 brings big changes to the distribution of Proof-of-Coverage (PoC) rewards, particularly affecting CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) radios. This article aims to simplify HIP 113 and explain its implications for the Helium mining community.

Understanding HIP 113

Since CBRS radios are not yet effectively passing data, HIP 113 proposes changes to PoC rewards for CBRS. This adjustment aims to ensure that rewards accurately reflect the actual value provided by different types of technology within the Helium ecosystem. The focus of the network continues to be adding more covering, especially in areas with gaps or excess demand.

Key Changes in HIP 113

  1. Reduction in CBRS Rewards: The primary change introduced by HIP 113 is a reduction in PoC rewards for CBRS radios. Initially, CBRS played a significant role in Helium's 5G network, but issues discovered after launch revealed its limited practical utility. The proposal reduces the coverage points assigned to CBRS radios to better match their current contribution to the network.

  2. Emphasis on Wi-Fi Access Points: HIP 113 highlights the advantages of Wi-Fi Access Points over CBRS radios. Wi-Fi offers easier deployment, better handoff performance, and broader device compatibility. As a result, the proposal aims to incentivize the deployment of Wi-Fi hotspots by adjusting reward structures to favor them.

Why These Changes?

The motivation behind HIP 113 stems from practical challenges and limitations faced by CBRS technology. While CBRS radios were crucial at the launch of Helium's 5G network, they encountered issues such as complex deployment, limited compatibility, and uncertain production readiness. In contrast, Wi-Fi hotspots offer a more seamless and practical solution for expanding network coverage and enhancing user experience.

Impact on Rewards Distribution

Before HIP 113, CBRS radios received a substantial portion of PoC rewards despite their experimental nature. Post-implementation, these rewards will be significantly reduced, reallocating incentives to more effective and production-ready technologies like Wi-Fi. This shift aims to accelerate the deployment of Wi-Fi hotspots, which are crucial for the Helium Mobile Network's success.

Benefits of the Proposal

  1. Fairness for Deployers: By aligning rewards with utility, HIP 113 ensures that deployers who choose optimal Wi-Fi setups are fairly compensated for their contributions.

  2. Enhanced Coverage: Increased incentives for Wi-Fi deployment will likely lead to better network coverage, benefiting subscribers with more reliable and accessible connections.

  3. Sustainable Network Growth: By focusing on technologies that offer immediate and practical benefits, the Helium network can grow more sustainably and efficiently.

Stakeholder Considerations

While the reduction in CBRS rewards may initially disappoint some deployers, the proposal includes provisions to maintain a minimal experimental deployment of CBRS radios. This ensures ongoing research and development opportunities without disproportionately rewarding a less effective technology.

The Future of Helium Mining

HIP 113 represents a significant step in refining the reward mechanisms within the Helium network. By prioritizing practical and production-ready technologies, the proposal supports the network's long-term growth and stability. As the Helium community continues to innovate and adapt, proposals like HIP 113 will be crucial in guiding the network towards a more efficient and user-friendly future.

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HIP 113 is a strategic adjustment to the Helium network's PoC rewards, reflecting a shift towards more effective technologies. By reducing CBRS rewards and emphasizing Wi-Fi deployment, the proposal aims to enhance network coverage and fairness for deployers. As Helium mining evolves, staying informed about such changes is essential for maximizing rewards and contributing to the network's success.

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I would consider a Outdoor WiFi setup. Is there a breakdown of the rewards system? Is there a tool to estimate future rewards? Can I mount this near the CBRS radios and the FF hotspot?

Gregory Grundl

I’m so sorry Manuel, you lost a lot of money! I lost around 5 thousand dollars that I have only recovered $600 and now that all the CBRs have fallen, will the recovery of the investment take years?

Juan Pizarro

It looks like we got screwed again. now we have have to pay a monthly fee for the CBR RADIOS. WHAT IM MAKEING DOES NOT EVEN COVER THE COST OF THE MONTHLY FEE

manuel garcia

Richard, If you don’t mind me asking, how many radios do you have? I invested in 8 × 430′s and and 4 × 436′s plus all the antennas. What they did is unbelievable. I just received an email about some beta testing they are doing for the CBRS radios. Not sure what they are doing. I hope they do right for all the investors that helped them start. I would love to hear and deserve to hear from someone at helium deploy.

manuel garcia

All of these comments and complaints are valid. I, like many were led to believe the CBRS system was going to be useful system by offboarding from the large national carriers. I sincerely don’t think they really tried to fix the system, or their lack of engineering prowess was not capable of getting the system to work. Or, in the beginning the goal was to get into bed with the manufacturers, you know who they are, and make money selling equipment that would later be rendered useless. I’m just going to take my radios offline because they are only sucking energy.

Richard Grant

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