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May 16, 2023
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Hex boosting, the future of the Helium 5G network, is coming soon.

Are you aware of the upcoming hex boosting?

Hex boosting, the future of the Helium 5G network, is coming soon.

Introducing HIP84, the latest innovation in town! Designed exclusively for Helium 5G, this cutting-edge hip brings you an exhilarating dive into the intricate workings of the potential hex boosting system. You might find yourself pondering the purpose and mechanics behind this exciting development, and that's a fantastic line of thinking. Allow me to delve into the specifics of what's happening here. It's important to note that HIP84 is still in the proposal stage, so please approach the information provided with some caution, as modifications may be made along the way.

Helium's mission.

The mission of Helium 5G has undergone some changes, with a newfound focus on data offloading. If you're curious about what that entails, let me simplify it for you. Imagine a scenario where Verizon, a prominent telecommunications company, experiences sluggish and unreliable speeds due to an overwhelming number of users connected to their 5G radios in downtown New York City. It's so frustrating that even watching a YouTube video becomes a buffering nightmare.

Data offloading.

Now, let's explore the concept of offloading. Picture this: Helium 5G sets up its own radios precisely in the problem-ridden area where Verizon's network is overloaded. Instead of relying on Verizon's 5G radio, users in that specific location would connect to Helium's 5G radios without even realizing it. This ingenious approach alleviates the strain on Verizon's infrastructure at that particular spot, and the clients are seamlessly utilizing Helium 5G's data offloading capability.

This arrangement benefits everyone involved. Verizon doesn't need to install additional radios, Helium 5G facilitates the smooth flow of data through its network, and owners of Helium 5G hotspots receive compensation for the data transfer. It's a win-win situation, leaving all parties satisfied. In simple terms, that's the essence of data offloading.

Boosting explained.

Now, let's delve into the reasons behind the necessity of hex boosting. Building upon our previous discussion, hex boosting emerges as a brilliant solution to assist major carriers in addressing their congestion issues. Recall our example of downtown New York City's excessive user load. In this scenario, Verizon can leverage the Helium explorer platform to identify multiple hexes where improved coverage is desired for its customers.

Here's how it works: Verizon pays a fee to boost specific hexes, effectively drawing attention from interested individuals and organizations. This, in turn, sparks ideas on deploying a Helium radio in those boosted hexes, as doing so enables them to reap the benefits of the amplified rewards generated by the boosted hexes. In essence, hex boosting facilitates a symbiotic relationship between carriers like Verizon and the broader Helium network, offering enhanced coverage while incentivizing further expansion and deployment of Helium radios.

Who can boost a hex?

Currently, the figures mentioned in the HIPs are subject to change and are not finalized. However, I can provide you with some details. To become a service provider and participate in hex boosting, a stake of 500M mobile tokens, equivalent to approximately $100,000 USD, is required. This stake grants you the authority to boost any desired hexes within the network.

How rewards are effected.

Again, please note that these numbers are not set in stone and are still up for voting. As an example, if Verizon were to become a service provider, they might incur a cost of $0.005 for a one-month boost of a specific hex, aiming to enhance coverage in that area. In a hypothetical situation where the desired boost doesn't materialize, Verizon could opt to pay $0.05 per month to increase the rewards by a factor of 10. Ultimately, when the conditions align, individuals and organizations will find ways to deploy and expand into areas where there is demand, based on the economics that make sense for them.

That's a concise summary of the ongoing developments in the Helium 5G world. If you prefer a more technical dive, you can refer to the detailed HIP (Helium Improvement Proposal) below for further information. It delves into the intricacies of the advancements taking place.

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