Archive for month: September, 2017

California ISP Connects Isolated Areas with Fixed Wireless Broadband

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Mimosa Networks, the provider of 5G Fixed wireless solutions, has announced that it is teaming with GeoLinks, a California-based communications service provider, on a number of statewide projects to revolutionize internet access at underserved government, educational, and healthcare organizations, the company said.

GeoLinks, named one of America´s fastest growing companies by Inc. Magazine, is connecting these previously unreached organizations by providing ultra-reliable, fiber-fast broadband throughout the state of California and beyond, using pioneering wireless broadband technology from Mimosa.

On Catalina Island, for example, GeoLinks successfully deployed Mimosa´s fiber-fast broadband solutions to bring high-speed internet access to the island community for the first time in its history.

Taking into account the unique location — 41 miles offshore — and leveraging the existing infrastructure, a team of engineers considered a number of advanced options to tackle the challenge of connecting the island to the mainland. GeoLinks ultimately selected Mimosa for the last mile of the installation, deploying Mimosa A5 access and C5 client devices throughout the harbor town of Avalon.

Speeds on the island are typically 300 Mbps, and the ultra-fast broadband connection provides support for essential communications services, tourism services, and commerce.

Back on the mainland, GeoLinks is actively addressing one of the state´s most critical infrastructure needs — connecting rural schools to the internet. In order to help these schools provide the highest and most advanced educational services to their students, GeoLinks again turned to Mimosa solutions to reach these hard-to-reach customers. Thanks to Mimosa´s ease of use, reliable performance and Gigabit-plus connectivity, Geolinks will be continuing its rapid deployment to rural school customers.

Mimosa Networks is the provider of next-generation, Hybrid Fiber-Wireless fixed access broadband solutions. Founded in 2012, Mimosa is based in Silicon Valley and deployed in over 130 countries worldwide.

Can Fixed Wireless Fix Rural Broadband?

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It doesn’t matter whether you’re a telco, a cable company or a software giant with designs on the ISP market, everyone is hoping that new wireless solutions will cut the cost of providing broadband to large sections of the country. The big question is: How much juice does new wireless tech actually have? And is it enough to make rural broadband deployments cost effective?

Service provider GeoLinks and technology vendor Mimosa Networks Inc. , two partners on the fixed wireless frontier, are very bullish on the technology’s promise. How bullish? In working with the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB), GeoLinks CEO Skyler Ditchfield says he believes fixed wireless technology can be used to reduce the amount of money needed to connect underserved anchor institutions across the US by up to 70%. That could go a long way to helping close the digital divide, and it could even kick off new competition in some markets where service providers traditionally haven’t cared to venture.

“[We’re] working on doing the cost analysis on doing fixed wireless instead of fiber,” says Ditchfield, referring to a program SHLB is working on to get federal funds for rural broadband deployments. “We think we can probably reduce the total cost in the build ask by about 65% to 70%.”

As partners, GeoLinks and Mimosa have experience in delivering broadband to far-flung places. For example, Ditchfield notes that GeoLinks has built out service to a couple of dozen rural schools in the last 18 months, and that many of these deployments rely on solar- and wind-powered telecom relay stations with wireless links that range from 25 to 58 miles.

“These were schools that weren’t able to complete state testing. The students were being bussed out because they had to go do the state testing at another facility and that’s obviously very costly and time consuming,” says Ditchfield. “So we were able to come in and solve that geographical issue with fixed wireless.”

Ditchfield also recalls a recent deployment where an island off the coast of California needed help to improve the reliability of local Internet. In that case, the issue wasn’t so much the distance the wireless signal had to travel, but the fact that, in order to provide backhaul capacity for the island’s Internet service, the signal had to reach across water from the mainland. Unfortunately, the effects of temperature and air pressure caused the signal to bounce and bend off the water in unexpected ways, disrupting connectivity on a daily basis.

“If you’re looking on a hot day down the road and you’re looking at a distance and you see those heat waves where the light starts to bend a little bit, that mirage effect, that’s basically what’s happening with the radio frequency signals as well,” explains Ditchfield.

GeoLinks and Mimosa solved the issue by dropping wireless equipment to two separate locations on the island, with a fiber run in between, and creating redundancy to counter the interference. Now when one link goes down, the local ISP fails over to the second link.

For future fixed wireless broadband expansion, there is still the issue of finding enough available spectrum to meet bandwidth demand. However, the good news is that companies that are providing fixed wireless services don’t necessarily need to compete with mobile providers for some of the most coveted spectrum real estate. Mimosa Chief Product Officer Jaime Fink and others are lobbying the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to open up more mid-band spectrum, and Fink says that while frequencies in the 3.7GHz band aren’t ideal for mobile services, they are a viable option for fixed wireless connections.

The FCC issued a Notice of Inquiry to study opportunities for mid-band spectrum in July.

“Mimosa has been extremely aggressive with the FCC,” says Fink, noting that the company has put together a Broadband Access Coalition that includes members such as GeoLinks, Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE: CBB) and others. The coalition, as he explains it, is “really pushing the envelope of how fast can we share the 3.7GHz spectrum. It’s really perfect for fixed wireless applications. It’s not something that would be typically used by mobile guys out in rural areas especially so we’re trying to really advance access to that band for multipoint as soon as possible.”

TV white spaces, the spectrum encompassed by the guard bands around older analog television stations, offer another possible alternative. Microsoft Corp.(Nasdaq: MSFT) is pushing heavily for white spaces development as part of a $10 billion rural broadband project and Ditchfield sees the company as a potential partner for GeoLinks down the road. (See Microsoft Pushes White Spaces for Rural Broadband .)

There’s long been a question of whether fixed wireless service will eventually be a cable killer, ending cable’s long dominance of the home broadband sector. Even beyond rural markets, if fixed wireless technology can cut the cost of deployments and still deliver high-speed Internet, it has the potential to radically shift market dynamics.

However, even if wireless technology becomes the preferred solution for last-mile broadband delivery in the future, it won’t negate the need for wired backhaul. Fink points out that even though wireless links can span 50 miles and beyond, the more common scenario is to have a fiber connection within five miles or so of end users in order to support fixed wireless service.

The logical conclusion is that broadband going forward will be a mix of wired and wireless technologies. That’s why cable ISP Charter Communications Inc. is running 5G fixed wireless trials, and why Google Fiber Inc. is considering fixed wireless solutions in conjunction with existing fiber-to-the-home deployments. (See Charter Reveals New Details on 4G/5G Trials and Google Fiber Now a Wireless ISP!.)

Fixed wireless isn’t likely to kill cable, nor to let telcos off the hook for fiber. But it could still open up a lot more opportunity for broadband expansion and specifically for reaching unserved and underserved rural communities across the country.

— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading

GeoLinks Teams with Mimosa to Deliver Fiber-Fast Broadband to Underserved Institutions

GeoLinks Teams with Mimosa to Deliver Fiber-Fast Broadband to Underserved Institutions

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GeoLinks Teams with Mimosa to Deliver Fiber-Fast Broadband to Underserved Institutions
California ISP Connects Isolated Areas Quickly and Reliably with Fixed Wireless Broadband

September 19, 2017 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mimosa Networks, the leader in 5G Fixed wireless solutions, announced today that it is teaming with GeoLinks, a California-based communications service provider, on a number of statewide projects to revolutionize internet access at underserved government, educational, and healthcare organizations.

GeoLinks, named one of America’s fastest growing companies by Inc. Magazine, is connecting these previously-unreached organizations by providing ultra-reliable, fiber-fast broadband throughout the state of California and beyond, using pioneering wireless broadband technology from Mimosa.

“Mimosa fixed wireless is the perfect solution for many of our rural and more complex enterprise clients,” said Ryan Hauf, CTO at GeoLinks. “Because it is ultra-fast, reliable, and very easy to deploy, we are able to get broadband connectivity to previously underserved areas within days.” Hauf has been working with Mimosa solutions for over two years and based on his experience with the products, recommends Mimosa frequently for projects that require rapidly deployed installations.

On Catalina Island, for example, GeoLinks successfully deployed Mimosa’s fiber-fast broadband solutions to bring high-speed internet access to the island community for the first time in its history. Taking into account the unique location – 41 miles offshore – and leveraging the existing infrastructure, a team of engineers considered a number of advanced options to tackle the challenge of connecting the island to the mainland. GeoLinks ultimately selected Mimosa for the last mile of the installation, deploying Mimosa A5 access and C5 client devices throughout the harbor town of Avalon. Speeds on the island are typically 300 Mbps, and the ultra-fast broadband connection provides support for essential communications services, tourism services, and commerce.

Back on the mainland, GeoLinks is actively addressing one of the state’s most critical infrastructure needs – connecting rural schools to the internet. In order to help these schools provide the highest and most advanced educational services to their students, GeoLinks again turned to Mimosa solutions to reach these hard-to-reach customers. Thanks to Mimosa’s ease of use, reliable performance and Gigabit-plus connectivity, Geolinks will be continuing its rapid deployment to rural school customers.

GeoLinks is also partnered with California’s “Internet for All Now” fund, a statewide $300 million fund with the goal of closing the state’s “Digital Divide” and providing high-speed broadband to 95% of Californians by 2027. Future initiatives and projects for GeoLinks include a focus on healthcare in 2018, connecting hospitals and medical institutions to ultra-fast broadband for mission-critical services.

For each of the installations, GeoLinks deployed a combination of point-to-point (PTP) and point-to-multipoint (PTMP) architectures, using Mimosa B11 licensed backhaul radios, along with Mimosa B5c connectorized radios, C5 client devices and A5 access points. GeoLinks also relied heavily on Mimosa’s robust network design tool to plan, design and implement these networks.

“We are honored to team with GeoLinks on these important and strategic initiatives to address educational, healthcare, public institutions, business-to-business and consumer needs,” said John Colvin, SVP of Global Field Operations at Mimosa. “Mimosa’s next generation of fiber-fast wireless solutions have the power to bring the ultimate broadband experience to those who need it most – in this case, the underserved areas in California. We look forward to working with GeoLinks and assisting them in accelerating these critical business initiatives throughout California and beyond.”

About GeoLinks

Founded in 2011 by CEO, Skyler Ditchfield, and CTO, Ryan Hauf, GeoLinks is the fastest growing Internet Service Provider in California, and Inc. Magazine’s 2017 Inc. 5000 NO. 5 Fastest Growing Telecommunications Company in America. Delivering Enterprise-Grade Internet, Layer 2 Transport, Hosted Voice, and both Public and Private Turnkey Network Construction expertly tailored for businesses and Anchor Institutions nationwide, GeoLinks officially became a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) public utility in 2017. As a CLEC, GeoLinks is able to actively participate in the California Teleconnect Fund (CTF), expanding the company’s ability to service non-profits state-wide.

GeoLinks’ accelerated success is largely due to its flagship product, ClearFiber™, which offers customers fixed wireless on the most resilient and scalable network ever built. From land procurement, to construction, to permitting, and more, GeoLinks is the country’s only ISP that does everything in-house, expediting installation periods nationwide. Boasting ultra-low latency, 99.999% uptime, sub 10ms jitter, and a 4-hour max response time, GeoLinks prides itself on delivering the industry’s best Service Level Agreement backed by round-the-clock US based customer support.

About Mimosa Networks

Mimosa Networks is the leader in next-generation, Hybrid Fiber-Wireless fixed access broadband solutions. Mimosa access, backhaul, and client devices empower service providers to deliver ultra-broadband connectivity in suburban, urban, and hard-to-reach rural areas at a fraction of the cost of fiber, driving new industry competition and closing the global connectivity gap. Mimosa’s technology demonstrates unprecedented levels of efficiency, sharing scarce spectrum concurrently across an entire network. Founded in 2012, Mimosa is based in Silicon Valley and deployed in over 130 countries worldwide.

TC3 SPONSOR SERIES: Meet GeoLinks CEO, Skyler Ditchfield

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Born in Ojai, California, Skyler Ditchfield first dove into the world of technology at the age of 13 when he set up a bulletin board system (BBS) to service 200 members of his local community with dial-up Internet. Directly after high school, Ditchfield accepted a Network Engineer job in Silicon Valley servicing high-level clients such as JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Quotron, Reuters, and more. Eventually, he returned to Ojai where he proceeded to build a network business from scratch with $550 in startup capital. Within 4 years, in a town of only 8000 people, Ditchfield grew his small I.T. company to nearly 3M in revenue before selling his shares and moving on. During this venture, Ditchfield simultaneously won a six-figure government RFP, beating out a number of incumbent I.T. providers. In 2010, Ditchfield purchased a 50% share of an outside I.T. company where he quickly reworked operating procedures to maximize efficiency. With newly allotted time, Ditchfield was able to officially start GeoLinks in 2011.

Ditchfield currently serves as the CEO of GeoLinks, the fastest growing B2B Internet Service Provider in California, and Inc. Magazine’s 2017 Inc. 5000 NO. 5 Fastest Growing Telecommunications Company in America. GeoLinks delivers Enterprise-Grade Internet, Layer 2 Transport, Hosted Voice, and both Public and Private Turnkey Network Construction expertly tailored for businesses and Anchor Institutions nationwide. Under his leadership, Ditchfield has led the company to record more than 100% growth for six years straight, and is on track for a seventh, finishing the last three-years sales growth at 748%. In 2017, Ditchfield spearheaded GeoLinks’ efforts in obtaining its status as a California Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) public utility, and launched the company into the national marketplace.

With a clear passion and dedication to providing affordable broadband to Anchor Institutions across the country, Skyler was invited to speak at the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition’s 7th Annual National Convention in June of 2017. He took the stage addressing how and why GeoLinks’ fixed wireless technology, ClearFiber™, is a viable solution when looking to close the digital divide in United States’ rural communities. Following his address, GeoLinks was officially inducted into SHLB membership where Ditchfield currently sits on the fundraising council. Further recognizing him as an industry thought-leader in the country’s evolving broadband discussion, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai formally appointed Ditchfield to the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee’s Streamlining Federal Siting Working Group in August of 2017.

With recent induction into these elevated platforms, Skyler plans to help close the digital divide by shaping policy on a state and national level. How? By shaping policy, working on plans for more affordable broadband, and working to free up more wireless spectrum to close the digital divide.

Ditchfield is passionate about GeoLinks’ Mission Statement — “Always put the customer first, by serving them in the same way that everyone wants to be treated.” His innovative ideas have revolutionized the way data is transferred from global data centers to its final delivery destination. Ditchfield is committed to developing state-of-the-art advancements through the IT marketplace so the GeoLinks’ culture may one day be available to everyone.

About GeoLinks:
Founded in 2011 by CEO, Skyler Ditchfield, and CTO, Ryan Hauf, GeoLinks is the fastest growing Internet Service Provider in California, and Inc. Magazine’s 2017 Inc. 5000 NO. 5 Fastest Growing Telecommunications Company in America. Delivering Enterprise-Grade Internet, Layer 2 Transport, Hosted Voice, and both Public and Private Turnkey Network Construction expertly tailored for businesses and Anchor Institutions nationwide, GeoLinks officially became a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) public utility in 2017. As a CLEC, GeoLinks is able to actively participate in the California Teleconnect Fund (CTF), expanding the company’s ability to service non-profits state-wide.

A proud member of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, GeoLinks was the largest construction grant winner for California K-12 schools and libraries in both 2016 and 2017. Recognizing CEO Skyler Ditchfield as an industry thought-leader in the country’s evolving broadband discussion, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai formally appointed GeoLinks to serve on the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee’s Streamlining Federal Siting Working Group in August of 2017.

GeoLinks’ accelerated success is largely due to its flagship product, ClearFiber™, which offers customers fixed wireless on the most resilient and scalable network ever built. From land procurement, to construction, to permitting, and more, GeoLinks is the country’s only ISP that does everything in-house, expediting installation periods nationwide. Boasting ultra-low latency, 99.999% uptime, sub 10ms jitter, and a 4-hour max response time, GeoLinks prides itself on delivering the industry’s best Service Level Agreement backed by round-the-clock US based customer support.