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CENIC Honors GeoLinks for Outstanding California Wildfire Response

CENIC Honors AT&T, GeoLinks, and CENIC NOC for Outstanding California Wildfire Response

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CENIC announces recipients of 2019 Christine Haska Distinguished Service Award

Read the full release here:https://cenic.org/news/item/cenic-honors-att-geolinks-and-cenic-noc

La Mirada, CA & Berkeley, CA — February 28, 2019 —  In recognition of their immediate and effective response to ensure emergency connectivity to communities and organizations affected by catastrophic wildfires, AT&T, GeoLinks, and CENIC’s Network Operations Center are being recognized with CENIC’s 2019 Christine Haska Distinguished Service Award, which honors individuals who have provided extraordinary leadership and service to the CENIC community.

Project leaders being recognized are: Ryan Adams, GeoLinks; Skyler Ditchfield, GeoLinks; Rhonda Lutz, AT&T; Cheryl Santiel, AT&T; and Stanley Han, CENIC.

When wildfires struck, AT&T, GeoLinks, and CENIC quickly engaged with affected communities to troubleshoot circuit failures, deploy equipment, repair network sites, and provide connectivity for essential emergency services. As a result, anchor institutions, which often serve as communication hubs for first responders and meeting places for area residents during a disaster, were able to maintain Internet connectivity. Evacuated residents were able to contact loved ones and let them know they were safe. People were able to send and receive critical emergency alerts, access email and the Internet, and get vital information immediately…..

…In nearby Oxnard, GeoLinks deployed free temporary microwave circuits to provide Internet access to the main library and two branch sites. Statewide, AT&T’s Network and Disaster Recovery team also deployed portable cell sites and recovery equipment. Meanwhile, CENIC offered to leverage its relationships with ISPs, provide temporary communications links, and donate decommissioned hardware.

“The commitment shown by these organizations and their talented staff was integral to providing critical Internet access that helped affected communities respond and recover during this catastrophic emergency,” said CENIC President and CEO Louis Fox. “We thank them for their dedication to this important work at such a critical moment for these individuals and institutions.”

Established in 2018, the CENIC Christine Haska Distinguished Service Award honors individuals who have provided extraordinary leadership and service to the CENIC community and its partners. The award is named in honor of Dr. Christine Haska (1951-2017), a treasured member of the CENIC community with an exuberant personality, boundless energy, and wide-ranging interests. She brought foresight, grace, and an innovative spirit to all her work, and remains an inspiration to colleagues working in research and education institutions across the nation. Haska had a long career in higher education and in 2002 joined the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California, where she served as vice president of information resources and chief information officer. She played a vital role in establishing both NPS and the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center as CENIC members. Retiring from NPS in 2013, Haska went on to successfully lead an initiative to connect the major health care institutions in Monterey to the CENIC network.

The CENIC Innovations in Networking Awards are presented each year at CENIC’s annual conference to highlight exemplary people, projects, and organizations that leverage high-bandwidth networking. The CENIC conference will be held March 18 – 20, 2019, in San Diego, California. Learn more and register to attend.

Is 5G Worth All the Hype?

Industry experts weigh in on the global telecom debate

The telecom industry kicked 2019 off by continuing the highly publicized debate over the opportunities, or lack thereof, that 5G presents modern day society. The technology’s promise to deliver higher bandwidth, lower latency, reduced packet loss, and overall increased system capacity than its 4G and 3G predecessors, is still generating both high expectations and severe skepticism.

With the gradual emergence of autonomous vehicles, smart cities, and all things IoT, advocates and hopeful early adopters believe that 5G technology will support innovation and transform the world as we know it. Conversely, critics attest that the so called “next generation” is overly-hyped and still faces a magnitude of serious hurdles before it can prove revolutionary.

To weigh in on the debate, I asked a panel of diverse industry experts to comment on the following question:

What do you think of 5G, is it worth all the hype?

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Catherine McNally

Internet Specialist, HighSpeedInternet.com

In 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) found that 92.3% of Americans have access to speeds of 25 Mbps or more—but more than 24 million Americans don’t have access to internet speeds that meet 25 Mbps. Because 5G nodes don’t necessarily require as much infrastructure as a cell tower, they can be used in areas lacking wireless coverage. This will extend wireless speeds of at least 10 Mbps (the FCC’s current definition of mobile LTE broadband) to rural areas lacking in Internet options. If done right, 5G will help level the current rural-urban divide when it comes to Internet speeds, so I think the hype is warranted.

James Graham

CEO and Co-Founder, Community Phone

@wittedhaddock@communityphone

[5G is] definitely not worth the hype for any end-user or individual human. Certain IoT or self-driving car applications are different. Notwithstanding all of the industry claims and promises for how 5G will fix all woes, the one piece that is never considered is how app developers consistently re-write apps to utilize all available bandwidth. So even should all the tenuous bandwidth promises of 5G [be real], app developers — if history is any guide — will stuff themselves with 3rd party frameworks and services that consume your newfound 5G connection. So, while one might be able to theoretically receive twice as much data per second, what matters way more is how your app is developed. Two years ago, websites became the size of DOOM. That’s only increasing.

Jim Poole

Vice President of Business Development, Equinix

The real value of 5G and the reason we’re seeing such heavy investments in building these networks is to help businesses and consumers unlock new, currently unattainable capabilities. 5G networks are expected to far surpass 4G networks in optimizing applications such as IoT, AI, next-generation high definition video and fixed wireless access. 5G’s extremely fast bandwidth and ultra-low latency makes mission-critical control possible, opening the door for new applications that demand absolute reliability, such as health care, energy or autonomous transportations.

Vassilis Seferidis

CEO, Zeetta Networks

@ZeettaNetworks

As a society we tend to over-hype technology. For the person-in-the-street 5G brings you little new functionality compared to a well-designed, uncongested 4G network. It will still let you watch Netflix. What 5G will also do is let you watch Netflix in high-definition, on a crowded train, moving at speed where everyone else on the train is also watching Netflix. Nothing new, but certainly a better experience.

Beyond the day-to-day changes, 5G is a network of networks and has the ability to bridge the digital divide by connecting the unconnected. If all you want to do is watch more box-sets 5G isn’t worth the hype. If you want to make the world a better place 5G may be the technology to help you do it.

Amy Smith

Technology Analyst, FitSmallBusiness.com

@FitSmallBiz

As giddy as I always get for new tech, I also remind myself that first-generation anything should be met with skepticism. The 5G jump promises faster download speeds, lower latency, and all-around better experiences with our smartphones; basically, it’s a bigger pipe for data transfer. However, coverage won’t be widespread initially, and depending on where you are, you might not be able to take full advantage of the network or that expensive new phone. Plus, I’d expect the data caps by wireless services to be prohibitive. The next generation in wireless phone tech is exciting, but I’ll wait a year before I personally invest in anything to make sure the networks are stable (and in my area), the bugs and glitches in new phones (and batteries) are worked out, and that there’s proof that 5G really will be faster than 4G LTE.

Zouhair Sebati

Lead Account Partner, IBM Global Business Services

While attracting a lot of hype about how it will disrupt everything — much like most emerging technologies—5G is different. The predicted transformational benefits are real, but it is still an uncharted landscape. Businesses need to prepare for plenty of first-generation challenges.

A recent report indicates that 60% of organizations surveyed plan to deploy 5G by 2020, with clear expectations for 5G use cases, but this demand is far ahead of what communication service providers (CSPs) can deliver. CSPs are initially focused on consumer broadband services. To businesses, 5G is more than just a better mobile network – it will improve the networks of companies in every industry, allowing them to take greater advantage of transformative technologies, such as AI, IoT, and machine-to-machine communication. From autonomous vehicles to smart cities and healthcare, companies expect 5G to improve how they collect, manage and use data, enabling better customer service, increased operational efficiency, and greater employee productivity. How well an organization plans for and implements 5G will determine the level of transformational impact on its business. This means preparing now to implement this next wave.

Skyler Ditchfield

Co-Founder and CEO, GeoLinks

@GeoLinks_USA | @SkylerJesseD

As it currently stands, 5G is not worth the hype at all. There are still countless issues with the technology, such as your hand or body blocking the signal, and deployment timeframes continue to be pushed further out. In reality, 4G provides us with enough speed and low latency to support all of today’s modern applications. Unless an area is overly saturated, such as urban markets, the general Public will virtually notice no difference between 4G and 5G. Moreover, 5G has a strong potential to hinder progress in connecting rural America. Why? Expansion dollars will likely be focused on building out new 5G infrastructure causing less and less capital being dedicated to closing the 4G gaps in rural and suburban America. I can tell you personally in my town of around 110k (Ventura) there are countless 4G dead spots. In fact, I even run into dead zones throughout Los Angeles and Beverly hills on Verizon. All in all, instead of focusing on the overly-hyped marketing of 5G, our energy and dollars should instead focus on densifying 4G networks and adopting a hybrid-network approach to closing the digital divide.

Chris Nicoll

Principal Analyst Wireless, ACG Research

@CANicoll

Despite promises and early launches by Verizon and T-Mobile in the US, and other operators around the world, the main differing features of 5G – namely very low latency in support of VR-type applications and remote robotic control and ‘network slicing’ to allow networks to be virtually separated into virtual private networks – will not come for at least another 2 to 4 years.

[Furthermore,] the much-touted use of ‘sub-6GHz’ and mmWave spectrum requires 2 to 5x the densification of today’s existing mobile networks. There are some technologies that can mitigate this densification, but as the FCC in the US is pursuing, this requires massive numbers of small cells, and current zoning rules are localized which slows down deployment. This argument also misses the high costs of running fiber to all of these small cells and the only solution is wireless backhaul which requires more spectrum. [So,] 5G will eventually live up to the hype, but for now, consumers should be patient and not fall for the shiny object dangling in front of them.

Michael Bancroft

Co-host, Globalive Media’s “Beyond Innovation”

There’s plenty of hype about incoming 5G networks, and they are definitely worth getting excited about – not only because it will deliver dramatically faster speeds to your smartphone (though that is a nice bonus!), but also because it will unleash the potential of the Internet-of-Things. 5G delivers gigabit speeds at very low latency, making it possible to connect millions of devices simultaneously and constantly, without interruption. Exciting new technologies, such as augmented reality experiences and autonomous vehicles, [will] become possible by laying the 5G groundwork. In the bigger picture, by hooking up IoT sensors to everything from traffic lights, to factory robots, to vending machines, we can gather incredibly granular data on nearly every interaction that occurs, and all of this data can be processed and analyzed by AI algorithms to identify ways to make services vastly more efficient and cost-effective.

However, where the 5G hype gets a little outlandish is in how quickly we’ll see the improved capabilities of 5G come to market. It will take some time to scale these networks and develop the IoT applications that will run on them, and that’s something consumers need to keep in mind.

So as articulated in the above comments, the 5G debate continues with a split verdict. Now, what do you think of 5G, is it worth all the hype?

Get to know GeoLinks’ Client Consultant Dillon Lowen

Get to know GeoLinks’ Client Consultant Dillon Lowen

Q + A with GeoLinks’ Client Consultant Dillon Lowen

 

1. Let’s start with the basics, what’s your role at GeoLinks?

My role at GeoLinks is to provide potential clients with the necessary information that allows them to make the best decision for their business’s telecom needs. Anyone can pitch a specific product, but when you are able to educate a client on the industry itself, it builds trust, and that typically develops into a long-term relationship. To sum it up, clients call because they have a problem; it is my job to provide them with solutions.

2. What’s your favorite part about working for GeoLinks?

Dillon Lowen - GeoLinks

There are a lot of things I love about working for GeoLinks. One of them would be the opportunity to grow in a company that is flooded with talented and hardworking individuals. The environment here is incredible. It truly is a team atmosphere and we are all here to achieve the same goal. Also, it’s the extra time I get to pursue outside activities in the community and with my family. Being a father of 2 beautiful children, I now get to see them every weekend and every evening when I am off. I also have the opportunity to work with the youth of Ojai by Coaching Varsity Football at Nordhoff High School. Altogether, I get to work with amazing people, spend time with my family, and make an impact on the young community of my hometown.

 3. What’s your favorite part about helping connect businesses?

The best part about helping businesses get connected is the change of attitude I get to hear and feel over the phone after we have fixed their problems. The first conversation I usually have is with a stressed out client that is in a pickle with their current provider or can’t seem to find one at all. Once they get connected, their sigh of relief is hugely rewarding for me. I have literally had people call to say, “If you didn’t get us connected as quick as you did, we probably would have closed our doors.” It is an extremely good feeling to know that there are people out there that still have jobs because we, at GeoLinks, got their business connected.

 Dillon Lowen - GeoLinks4. Outside of work…what is your favorite hobby?

Outside of work, my favorite hobby is coaching football. There is no better feeling than seeing a kid develop because of what you have taught them. This goes for both on and off the field. If you show a kid that you truly care, then they will run through a wall for you. Knowing that I have an opportunity to have an impact on a kid’s life is something that is truly fulfilling for me.

5. What’s something most of your coworkers don’t know about you?

I am terrified of the dark and really dislike silence. When I go to sleep, I usually have a fan on and will set my TV on sleep mode in the living room. I also can’t have my closet light off when I go to sleep. Even though my closet is closed. I also put a shoe up against my bedroom door so I don’t have to worry about it opening or closing itself during the night haha.

6. What’s your favorite GeoLinks product or service, and why?

My favorite service that we offer is actually the rapid installation of our ClearFiber™ product. We have a vicious team of technicians that will do an install in a brutal rainstorm, defend towers from wildfires, and climb towers hundreds of feet tall so that we can increase service availability to other clients. So even though ClearFiber™ is amazing itself, the team that deploys it is unparalleled.

7. What is one of the most common questions you get asked as a Client Consultant, and how do you answer?

“How does your service compare to my Cable or Satellite circuit?” My answer is that it is much more reliable, redundant, and scalable for growing businesses. Now as a Cable customer myself, I understand the convenience of having a shared cable circuit at a low price point. I love my $70 cable bill, and it works great for my basic home needs. But if my Internet goes down at home it isn’t costing me money. If my 100 Mbps cable circuit drops to 5 Mbps, and I can’t stream movies, it’s not going to affect my income. Now a business is different. Down time and high latency can be detrimental to a business. Can you imagine if a business’s point of sale system couldn’t connect to the Internet? What if a new client couldn’t contact your business because your VoIP system was powered through a low-quality fluctuating circuit? It comes down to how much you value your business staying up and running. What does an hour of downtime cost you? As an ISP we are relied upon by businesses such as Amgen, McDonalds, League of Legends teams, and more! We not only want to make sure that your business stays connected, but when your business grows, we want to ensure that you have a scalable circuit that can grow with you.

8. Alright, let’s hear it…what are your favorite sports teams?

Oh, this is easy. I am a die-hard Rams and Lakers fan. It’s to the point where I will play GM by trying to predict trades and potential free agent signings.

9. Why do you like to sell, well, the Internet?

I enjoy selling the Internet because it isn’t a product that you just use until it is worn out and then replace it. It is a product that powers businesses. These same businesses are paying hard working people so that they can go home and put food on the table for their families. It’s the same service that provided first responders with the ability to stay connected during the Woolsey and Thomas fires. It’s the same service that made sure that rescue centers set up for people who were displaced from their homes had access to reliable Internet. There is a lot of pride in that. I am happy to say I work for a company that can provide such services.

10. Do you have a favorite quote or mantra you live by?

“There’s no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent does not exist, we are all equal as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top, and that is that. I am not talented, I am obsessed.” In other words, “Hard work beats talent when talent isn’t working hard.”

Call Dillon directly at (805) 290-4875 to get connected today!

8 Things to Consider When Expanding Your Business

8 Things to Consider When Expanding Your Business - GeoLinks

Tips on How to Prepare to Expand your Business Seamlessly

Have you reached a point of growth where you’re considering expanding your business by opening another location? This could be your first expansion, or perhaps you’re going on your tenth location by now. Either way, expanding your business’s footprint and bandwidth is a big deal. So first, congratulations on your success thus far – you should genuinely feel proud of where you’re at! Celebrations aside, however, there are a multitude of items you must consider before you officially open shop. Whether it be a restaurant chain, an ad agency, an accounting firm, a boutique clothing store, or really any business type of that matter, there are foundational economies of scale that apply for any industry. Outlined below you will find 8 topics to carefully consider when scaling and growing your business:

1. Evaluate your expenses

Can you afford to expand? While it may seem like an obvious question, have you truly evaluated all the associated hard costs that come with opening another location? From leasing costs, to operational expenditures, to staffing, to infrastructure expansion, etc., there is an abundance of line items that can add up, quickly. A new restaurant will need appropriate kitchen appliances, a new POS system, tables, chairs, menus, the works! A new office location may need more phones, more computers, desks, office supplies etc. Does your current business insurance cover multiple locations? To evaluate your new investment, sit down, and make a list of all the items you first purchased to get your initial business up-and-running, and a list of current monthly recurring costs. Will all these items be needed for your next location? Narrow it down, get price quotes, and see if your current cash flow can truly support this new venture. Furthermore, if you’re a fast-growing business, anticipate that you may soon outgrow your space, so plan ahead and go a little bigger if you can afford it.

Tips on How to Prepare to Expand your Business Seamlessly - GeoLinks

2. Choose your location thoughtfully

Where your new site will be located can be make or break, both externally and internally. If you plan on migrating a portion of current staff over to this new location, have you considered their new commute times? Before GeoLinks opened its second office location, the company did a full assessment of new commute times for the employees that would be moving offices. You may be at a higher risk of employee turnover if this isn’t truly accounted for. Also, is the area and building itself conducive of company culture? Externally, does the location accommodate your targeted audience or customer base? If you’re opening a new coffee shop targeted at a working audience, are you near any business parks or office buildings? Remember, convenience is key. Furthermore, is there another coffee shop on your block that may already have a dedicated following? Just as you probably were selective in choosing where you live, be selective with where you open shop.

3. Know your “Ts and Cs” (Terms and Conditions)

Make sure the location you choose fits your business needs, and always read your lease! Make sure you fully understand the lease you are about to sign. For example, according to the lease, you might be on the hook for building repairs or other future expenditures. Based on what type of business you have, it’s also critical to discern the legalities and any permitting required in the city and county you’re moving into. Work with your city’s local chamber to ensure you’re set to do business in that area prior to signing any long-term lease. During your research you’ll be able to uncover if that city or county is more or less “business-friendly” than others. Take this into serious consideration before making any commitments.

On-premise PBX

4. Upgrade IT Services if Needed

If any part of your business requires having an Internet connection, it’s crucial to evaluate your current and needed IT infrastructure preceding any move. For example, is your current Internet Service Provider (ISP) able to service your new location? If so, integration will be far less of a headache. If not, you’re now looking at juggling multiple carriers and multiple bills. Furthermore, is the bandwidth available needed to support your business operations? Are your current systems prepared to integrate with a multi-location business? How about your phone system – are you operating on an on-premise PBX or a Hosted VoIP system? For ease of management, it’s worth considering onboarding with an aggregator like GeoLinks (a telecom who has both their own services/access to wholesale services of other carriers) who can provide all of your needed IT services under a single bill. With this, comes one support contact, and one project management team (AKA less contacts to juggle.)

5. Ensure your systems are equipped for expansion

Now that you’re going to have more than one business location, have you outlined how to seamlessly scale your current systems and processes? For example, if you have a warehouse at only one location that houses all your inventory, how will your outside location communicate and receive order requests? Is your customer service department now split? What software or CRM will you use to coordinate service tickets and feedback? If you’re a restaurant that has fresh produce delivered every morning, have you communicated with your supplier the need for a multi-location delivery? It’s highly likely that new systems and processes will be required to support current and future growth. That being said, establish a backup protocol in case system failures occur during the transition. Update all your mailing and billing addresses with outside vendors and utilities to the appropriate location, and don’t forget that anytime a business scales beyond current operations, there will always be some extent of trial and error.

6. Assess internal communication methods

Similar to organizing your systems and processes, it is absolutely critical you optimize your internal communication structure. Today, millions of organizations use softwares such as Slack, or Google Chat to streamline employee communications globally. Google drive and Dropbox are also popular resources to house company documents, all accessible online. (Which once again speaks to the importance of making sure your company has a strong and fluid IT infrastructure plan.) Sync up with your organization’s critical managers and team members to ensure they are fully aware and prepared for any new communication protocols.

Tips on How to Prepare to Expand your Business Seamlessly - GeoLinks.com

7. Have a marketing and PR Strategy

This may or may not apply to your business model. If it does, make sure you have a marketing and PR plan in place to help spread the word about your new location. Examples of simple ways to help spread the word can include sending an email blast to your customers, notifying your local paper, posting on social media, connecting with your city’s chamber of commerce, sending out a press release, and even advertising in your founding location. Past that, decide if you want to market the locations under one main brand account (on Instagram for example) or have separate accounts unique to each location. For brands at this stage of growth, it’s worth considering onboarding someone in-house or bringing on an agency to help manage, formulate overall strategy, and implement (unless your business itself is a marketing or PR agency of course.)

8. Establish a “Business Continuity Plan”

Have a clear business continuity plan before making the move. In fact, this is critical whether you have one location or multiple locations. Outline a clear course of action that will ensure your business remains operational before, during, and after the move. For example, make sure your utilities are turned on before you move in. Have your IT services installed, and tested, weeks prior to relocating. Make sure your network is truly redundant. Double-check that all of your required business licenses and permitting are configured and live. Don’t put yourself in a position to get behind or fail, before you even begin. The more locations you open, the more visible your brand becomes to the public; prepare accordingly.

8 Things to Consider When Expanding Your Business - GeoLinks.com

Wrapping up

While the dozens of questions posed above may seem overwhelming at first, they are critical in ensuring your expansion is a success. Take it in strides, and ask for help where and when needed. Do your research, and learn from others. Acknowledge that not everything will be perfect, and unavoidably there will be a bit of trial and error involved. Be willing to pivot quickly. Support your team before and during the transition. Have patience, but work to keep overall momentum moving forward. Understand scaling requires change; be willing to adapt. Maintain a healthy work-life balance, for both yourself and your team. And finally, allow yourself to celebrate and feel excited for the exciting new venture that lies ahead!

 

Need or want assistance in understanding the IT infrastructure your business will need when expanding? Talk to a GeoLinks’ Client Consultant today!

 

 

Should You Bundle Business Internet Services?

Should You Bundle Business Internet Services? GeoLinks

Why bundling Business Internet services is critical for ensuring business continuity

With modern businesses becoming progressively reliant on the Internet, ensuring business continuity is becoming a major operational priority. Just as businesses understand the importance of manning the phone during business hours, assuring internal systems remain connected and operational is essential to a company’s success. So, what does it mean to ensure business continuity? Furthermore, how can you guarantee business continuity? This article will walk you through the whats, whys, and hows, and ultimately explain why bundling your business Internet services is a critical part of your overall business continuity plan.

What is Business Continuity?

By literal definition, “Business continuity is the result of proper execution of Business continuity planning and Disaster recovery.” Essentially, this means that your business will continue to operate regardless of potential outside disruptions. For example, if a massive rainstorm comes through your area and knocks out your company’s primary terrestrial Internet circuit, will your company still be able to operate without an Internet connection? If so, great – you have a proper business continuity plan in place; business is able to continue as usual. If not, it’s time to reevaluate, and make a plan. For details on the specifics that go into creating an overall successful business continuity plan, check out our blog post on Disaster Recovery Planning.

If we focus specifically on how to safeguard businesses’ telecom services, having true network redundancy, quick access to support, and routine systems backups all become essential.

How Network Redundancy is Vital to Business Continuity

When a network is truly redundant, it rarely, if ever, experiences a real or perceived outage. Instead, it’s engineered to failover to an alternative or backup connection when the primary fails (and so forth). A truly redundant network should integrate both air and ground technologies, such as a fixed wireless circuit and a fiber circuit. This prevents a single point of failure from potentially wiping out both circuits running through the same conduit.

Past that, it’s wise to have connections from multiple providers so again, if one experiences a network-wide outage, you can failsafe to the others’. However, the concept of managing multiple telecom contracts would make most bang their head against a wall (isn’t dealing with one major telco enough of a headache?!) Good news – there is a solution. Onboard your services with an aggregator, such as GeoLinks, so you can have multiple connections all managed by a single provider.

Benefits of Bundling Business Internet Services with a Single Provider

One Point of Contact for Project Management

Do you have a multi-location business? Project management can be an absolute nightmare. Office A may only have access to one telecom, while office B has access to another. Now you’re juggling not just one, but two providers. Want to have a backup circuit? We may be talking about juggling three or four at this point. When you onboard with an aggregator – a telecom who has wholesale agreements with other providers – they do the juggling for you. That way you only have to deal with one project management team.

One Point of Contact for Support

Having a problem with your network? Telecom companies are infamous for the blame game. It’s not me, it’s them. This consequently forces the client to call hop between, once again, multiple carriers. When you bundle with an aggregator, that headache and responsibility falls onto your provider to handle – behind the scenes. You, the client, then only have to work with a single point of contact, regardless of the issue!

One Bill

Past ensuring you have a redundant Internet connection, consider where you’re getting your other business services, like VoIP for example. Bundling with a single telecom provider condenses all of your business services onto a single bill. Trust us, your accounting team will thank you.

What Business Telecom Services should you bundle?

To ensure true business continuity, experts suggest bundling at least two Internet circuits, fixed wireless (air) and fiber (ground), and your business VoIP services. If you choose to onboard VoIP services, and have a redundant network, you’re assuring your business phone services stay connected when you need them most. Now, where do you find that magic aggregator?

Enter GeoLinks:

By cross-connecting with every major network in the country, GeoLinks provides truly redundant business Internet services. Understanding the importance of business continuity, GeoLinks offers business customers the ultimate IT disaster prevention plan – the GeoLit Bundle. Combining Flexible FiberOptic (wholesaled fiber managed by GeoLinks in-house), ClearFiber™ (GeoLinks’ proprietary fixed wireless network), and Hosted Voice services, the GeoLit Bundle streamlines and manages a businesses’ most important IT services. The result? Business continuity and peace of mind! Backed by a carrier-grade service level agreement (SLA), more and more businesses are getting GeoLit every day.

Yes, You Should Bundle Business Internet Services

All-in-all, today’s digital landscape is getting increasingly complicated and more robust. Day-to-day business operations and the rise of IoT are demanding more and more from our networks. Simultaneously, crowding of the airwaves and unavoidable natural disasters are becoming commonplace. To protect your business, it’s critical to have a disaster prevention and recovery plan in place. Bundling your business Internet services with a single telecom provider, specifically an aggregator, ensures effective and manageable business continuity.

Learn more about GeoLit Bundles toady!