Metronet | August 02, 2022
Metronet today announced that construction of its ultra-high-speed 100 percent fiber optic network has officially begun in Colorado Springs. Metronet’s fully funded $130 million investment in Colorado Springs will provide residents and businesses throughout the city with access to Metronet’s future-proof fiber optic internet. Once the two-year construction process is complete, Colorado Springs will join the country’s internet elite as a Gigabit City.
Construction has begun north of Dublin Blvd. and east of Union Blvd. which will expand rapidly throughout Colorado Springs with the first customers connected later this year. As construction continues throughout the city, customers may sign up for presale which will indicate their interest and prioritize service installation once available. Those interested in Metronet services may visit shop.metronet.com to be notified once their address is available for installation and to access presale.
“With construction of our 100 percent fiber optic network beginning in Colorado Springs, residents and businesses are one step closer to having access to ultra-high-speed internet in a time when access to faster and more reliable service is critical, Just more than one year after we began conversations with the city, we are proud to officially begin building the network that will bring multi-gigabit speeds, including 5GB, through XGS PON technology directly to the homes and businesses of the first city we will serve in the Centennial State, Colorado Springs.”
John Cinelli, Metronet CEO
Colorado Springs residents will soon begin seeing Metronet trucks throughout the area as pre-construction activities begins. Residents will receive communication by mail about construction activity in their neighborhood 30 days prior to starting. Additional messaging, such as yard signs, will also be provided to notify residents of when construction is beginning in their neighborhood. Metronet crews are identified by ID tags and branded Metronet vehicles.
Metronet plans to hire local market management positions, sales and customer service professionals and service technicians to support the Colorado Springs area. Those interested in joining the Metronet team can visit Metronet.com/careers to search available positions and to submit applications.
Metronet is the nation’s largest independently owned, 100 percent fiber optic company headquartered in Evansville, Indiana. The customer-focused company provides cutting-edge fiber optic communication services, including high-speed Fiber Internet and full-featured Fiber Phone. Metronet started in 2005 with one fiber optic network in Greencastle, Indiana, and has since grown to serving and constructing networks in more than 250 communities across Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Wisconsin, Missouri, Colorado, New Mexico, and Louisiana. Metronet is committed to bringing state-of-the-art telecommunication services to communities — services that are comparable or superior to those offered in large metropolitan areas. By offering XGS PON technology, Metronet can easily carry its communities into the future of 5GB service. Metronet has been recognized by PC Mag as one of the Top 10 Fastest ISPs in North Central United States in 2020 and Top 10 ISPs with Best Gaming Quality Index in 2021. Broadband Now has recognized Metronet as the Top 3 Fastest Internet Providers and Fastest Fiber Providers in the Nation in 2020, and #1 Fastest Mid-Sized Internet Provider in two states in 2020. In 2020, Metronet was awarded the Vectren Energy Safe Digging Partner Award from Vectren.
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Globtel Holding | June 30, 2022
Resound Networks and Globtel Holding announced the results of testing in the fixed wireless gigabit tier. Globtel`s flagship product AIR Gigaray 70E achieved the RDOF gigabit throughput milestone at 7 miles utilizing unlicensed and license-exempt spectrum. The achieved distances are arguably the furthest at which any fixed wireless technology has met the FCC gigabit tier requirements.
AIR Gigaray 70E supports up to 10 Gbps downlink capacity per one 90-degree sector and can serve several hundred subscribers at a single base station location with 360-degree coverage. Capacities like these provide the tools needed for WISPs to successfully compete with fiber providers.
"The performance of the technology in the field was extraordinary and exceeded our expectations. Globtel`s AIR Gigaray will help us in our commitment to expand our gigabit network throughout rural America and will easily fulfill our RDOF obligations as we plan to use Globtel`s technology in our RDOF build-out."
Resound's CEO, Tyson Curtis
"We are excited to partner with Resound Networks, one of the pioneering wireless internet service providers. Globtel Holding is focused on supporting WISPs in providing state-of-the-art technology easily achieving gigabit speeds at significant distances which enables WISPs to comfortably compete with fiber in terms of service quality but at a much lower cost. Additionally, as FWA buildouts are faster, customers will get their service quicker while the ROI period for the service provider begins almost immediately," added Pavle Mikuz, VP of Sales at Globtel Holding.
About Resound Networks
Resound Networks was founded in 2015 as a rural-focused ISP determined to close the digital divide. The company is based in Pampa, Texas, and its carrier-class network provides coverage to over 400,000 homes throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. Resound plans to expand its network coverage to multiple neighboring states beginning in 2022, funded in part by the $311M awarded to the company in the FCC's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction.
Globtel Holding enables Cable companies, WISPs and Fiber based companies to deliver high speed broadband and services related to it like IPTV, DVB, VoIP via fixed wireless access. Globtel has developed a revolutionary fixed wireless access platform based on the DOCSIS standard which allows operators to provide triple-play services and gigabit access to residential and enterprise users in a flexible and efficient manner at a fraction of the time it would take to deploy a wired network and as such monetize the network virtually immediately.
Tango Networks | June 23, 2022
Tango Networks today announced a major upgrade of its award-winning Mobile-X Extend service, introducing lower pricing and a next-generation services architecture for migration to 5G.
The upgraded Tango Extend service includes:
VoLTE support for carrier-grade voice communications with the broadest availability across served markets.
Faster call set-up times and more efficient network utilization for higher quality user experience.
A new IMS core service architecture ready for HD voice and 5G connectivity where available and a foundation for future migration to next-generation mobile voice, video, messaging and data services.
Lower latency data communications.
Along with these technical upgrades, wholesale tariffs for Tango Extend services have been decreased effective June 1 in the United States and later this year in the United Kingdom.
Tango Extend automatically integrates mobile phones into company communications systems, turning mobiles into business extensions and allowing users to operate their phones’ native dialers for business calls without a separate UC app. This makes the user experience dramatically better. The service also enables business communications on personal mobile phones to be captured and recorded for retention and compliance.
“Today’s work-from-anywhere world demands communications that tie in employees everywhere they work, while giving their employers precise control over those communications, Mobile phones are the simplest and most effective communications choice for companies to maximize worker productivity in any location and streamline operations. Tango Extend is the new standard for modern ‘Mobile First’ business communications.”
Andrew Bale, Tango Networks Executive Vice President
The service is the industry’s first to use eSIMs to add a business-controlled extension to an existing phone in minutes.
Tango Extend allows employees to use personal Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phones for business, eliminating the need to carry two devices. The service creates dual user personas. Personal communications use the personal SIM and remain private, and business communications use the business number with the business SIM.
The solution cuts a company’s carbon footprint by enabling it to eliminate phones and converge on a single device. It also allows a company to significantly expand its business communications reach to encompass previously disconnected workers, including firstline employees and contractors.
Winner of more than 10 best new product and channel awards, the advanced version of Mobile-X, Tango Extend, utilizes Tango Networks’ fixed-mobile convergence technologies covered by more than 90 patents.
Businesses use Tango Networks solutions for Mobile Unified Communications (Mobile UC), Mobile First and Mobile Only communications, and work-from-home, hybrid and work-from-anywhere flexibility. The solutions bring fully integrated business communications to mobile employees, deskless workers and firstline workers, many for the first time.
Reach Mobile | June 08, 2022
Reach Mobile today formally announced the company has secured an additional $8 Million in funding, bringing its two-quarter fundraise to $16 Million, for a total of $35.6 Million in funding to date. The company also announced the formal introduction of ReachNEXT, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform that accelerates and streamlines how companies bring network-based services to market. ReachNEXT offers a one-stop-shop for launching and operating use cases such as MVNO, Fixed Wireless Access, Failover Internet, and IOT with unprecedented simplicity and speed. Clients of ReachNEXT range from emerging lifestyle brands to broadband providers reaching millions of homes.
Virtually everything needed to operate a network-based service can be found in the cloud-native platform, including the front-end customer experiences, back office customer care and operations portals, and the network integration itself. Capabilities include billing, policy, catalog and data plan management, provisioning, layered security, and customer care, which can be deployed as an end-to-end solution, plug-and-play modules, or REST APIs.
"Demand for turnkey mobile and fixed wireless offerings is skyrocketing, particularly among ISPs, The platform provides a clear path to market for innovative offers that have previously taken years and millions to build."
Reach Mobile CEO, Harjot Saluja
"Reach is popularizing the idea that network-based services can be launched quickly and easily by companies without wireless expertise," said Jake Maas, Executive Vice President at Graham Holdings Company, a lead investor in Reach Mobile's recent $8 million funding round. "We're excited to help Reach double-down in the domestic broadband space and fuel growth in new geographies and use cases."
"ReachNEXT is built on the premise that cloud-native and software-defined networks will redefine how networks are leveraged and drive new monetization opportunities for carriers, solution providers, and enterprises," added Saluja. "It's our mission to make network-based services quicker to launch and easier to manage, and we believe the entire mobile ecosystem stands to benefit."
About Reach Mobile
Reach Mobile has integrated with more than 50 carriers across 75 countries and currently supports 40mm monthly active users with its first use case, toll-free data. Reach Mobile believes that connecting people and things to network possibilities will ultimately create a better world. With offices in Boston, Bangalore, and Ottawa, Reach Mobile is fueled by a decade of wireless expertise and the innovative spirit of a startup. Reach Mobile is the creator of ReachNEXT, a global SaaS platform that radically simplifies how network-based services are launched and operated.