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Get to Know GeoLinks Business Sales Consultant, Jacques Lee

1. Let’s start with something simple, what’s your role at GeoLinks?

I am a business sales consultant. I generate and close new business. I also educate clients on the solutions we provide.

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

My favorite part is the camaraderie and the inviting, welcoming vibe we have here. The environment makes me want to come to work every day. Everybody has fun, it feels like home. Feels like I’ve known these people forever.

3. What was the most interesting job you had before working at GeoLinks? 

I worked for MTV in their production department as a production assistant and eventually a production coordinator. I’d scout locations, contact talent, set up for production. It was a pretty fun, exciting, sometimes wild job.

4. What makes GeoLinks’ ClearFiber™ network different from other fixed wireless networks?

Simply put, we’re the best. It’s our customer service. We’re always available to help you. It’s also a dynamic network. We’re constantly evolving and engineering innovative solutions for businesses.

5. Outside of work, what is your favorite past time or hobby?

Hanging out with my kids. I help my youngest son with his sports. I’m a pretty family oriented person so I keep it close to home.

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

I would say most of them don’t know that I’m an avid snowboarder.

7. What does an average day as a GeoLinks Sales Consultant look like?

We’re always prospecting for new business. I’m following up with potential clients, learning about their business so that I can figure out how I can customize the best solutions for them. At the same time, I’m calling on new opportunities and building new relationships, building our client network.

8. You are allowed to do anything you want, anywhere in the world, for one whole day…what do you do, and where do you go?

I would go to the Giza pyramids with my sons. I just want to feel the energy of that region.

9. Do you have a favorite quote or mantra you live by? Please share!

Mine is a Bible Verse. Matthew 6: 14-15

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you don’t forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

That changed my life.

10. What’s next…what are you most excited for when you think of your future with GeoLinks?

Scalability. The company is growing in the right direction. There are a ton of great opportunities that come with that. As we grow, I want to continue to grow along with the company and continue to be a valuable asset for our customers and for GeoLinks.

GeoLinks Welcomes Technology Veteran Randy Chapman as New Sales Director for Direct, Channel and Wholesale Sales

Networking Expert to Lead Consultative Sales of GeoLinks’ Dedicated Internet, SD-WAN, Hosted Voice, IoT and Cloud Connectivity Services

June 15, 2020 1:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time

CAMARILLO, Calif.–As GeoLinks continues its strong growth trend, the company is pleased to welcome telecommunications industry veteran Randy Chapman as its Director of Sales. With nearly 15 years of experience in the technology sales sector, Chapman will oversee day-to-day and long-term sales strategy for all of the company’s business sales channels, including direct, channel and wholesale.

“In the midst of our rapid growth, this was really the prefect time to bring Randy onto our team,” said GeoLinks Chief Strategy Officer Phillip Deneef. “The experience and knowledge he brings to the table will allow us to execute on our short-term goals to accelerate sales to businesses, while continuing to plan for what we expect to be an extended period of expansion.”

Chapman brings an extensive background in channel sales. His successful tenure as an agent saw him engineer voice, network security, cloud enablement and infrastructure solutions for a broad client base. He also has nearly ten years of experience as a Director of Sales for technology companies in Southern California.

“I’m ecstatic to be joining such a mission-driven team that is on an impressive trajectory of development and progress,” said Chapman. “My experience has taught me to continue pushing during periods of growth while preparing me to consistently evaluate strategy to optimize results.”

Chapman will manage the organization’s sales team, as well as the continued development of partner relationships in the wholesale and master agent channels. To reach him directly, please email [email protected].

About GeoLinks

Headquartered in Southern California, GeoLinks is a leading telecommunications company and competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) public utility, nationally recognized for its innovative Internet and Digital Voice solutions. Ranked three-years running on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America, GeoLinks delivers Enterprise-Grade InternetDigital VoiceSD-WAN, Cloud On-ramping, Layer 2 Transport, and both Public and Private Turnkey Network Construction expertly tailored for businesses and Anchor Institutions nationwide.

GeoLinks’ accelerated success is largely due to its flagship product, ClearFiber™, which offers dedicated business-class Internet with unlimited bandwidth, true network redundancy, and guaranteed speeds reaching up to 10 Gbps. Named “Most Disruptive Technology” in the Central Coast Innovation Awards, GeoLinks’ ClearFiber™ network is backed by a carrier-grade Service Level Agreement boasting 99.999% uptime and 24/7 in-house customer support. With an average installation period of 4 to 7 days, GeoLinks is proud to offer the most resilient and scalable fixed wireless network on the market.

8 Facts to Set the Record Straight About Fixed Wireless Internet

Fixed wireless is one of the most reliable, cost-effective connectivity solutions in the marketplace. Despite a proven track record, many misconceptions persist about fixed wireless service. Some of this confusion stems from the early iterations of fixed wireless, some is the product of Internet rumors and some is based on simple misunderstanding of the different types of wireless connections. In reality, today’s fixed wireless solutions can be game changers for business in terms of cost, reliability, redundancy, speed of deployment and scalability.

To set the record straight, we’ve prepared this quick guide to 8 key facts about fixed wireless Internet services.

 

Fact 1: Fixed Wireless is Not the Same as Satellite

Radio-based fixed wireless broadband connectivity is not the same as satellite-based Internet. There is far less latency with radio-based fixed wireless services and, perhaps more importantly, there’s no throttling that’s common with satellite services. Both are  vitally important at a time when bandwidth-sensitive video content already accounts for more than half of Internet traffic and will account for 80 percent in two years.

 

Fact 2: Fixed Wireless is Just as Reliable as Fiber

A persistent myth dating to the early days of wireless services is that fixed wireless is less reliable than fiber connections. Just as wired connections have moved passed the dialup days of listening to electronic “beeps” and “bongs,” followed by “You’ve got mail!”, wireless technology has undergone quantum leaps forward. A fixed wireless connection running on licensed spectrum is not only as solid as a fiber connection, it’s more reliable, because a jackhammer, backhoe, flood or other disaster (natural or manmade) won’t take it down.

 

Fact 3: Fixed Wireless is Not Only a Rural Solution

While it’s true that fixed wireless makes an excellent rural broadband solution, fixed wireless is a fast and reliable solution in city environments as well. And, it’s more affordable to boot.

 

Fact 4: Fixed Wireless Can Be Installed Rapidly
Due to the glacial installation speeds of bringing wireline broadband connections to new buildings and locations, there is sometimes a misperception that fixed wireless deployment is equally slow to install. In reality, fixed wireless connections can be turned up in days, not months. In fact, many businesses order fixed wireless connectivity as a stopgap while they wait for fiber installations and then find that they don’t need the fiber installation at all.

 

Fact 5: Fixed Wireless Radio Technology is Safe

Fixed wireless connectivity sometimes gets lumped in with Internet conspiracy theories about the supposed (but also mythical) dangers of wireless radiation from mobile phones, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other wireless connections. In reality, as you are reading this blog, your body is absorbing up to five times the signal from FM radio and TV stations than you would if you were sitting right next to a wireless base station.

 

Fact 6: Fixed Wireless is Much More Than a Backup Solution

With the world moving to cloud applications, network redundancy and business continuity solutions have become vital to businesses of all sizes. It’s true that, as hurricanes, wildfires and other disruptors have taken down wireline connections, businesses have increasingly turned to fixed wireless solutions for redundancy. But many, once they experience the speed and performance of fixed wireless solutions, turn to fixed wireless for their primary connections as well.

 

Fact 7: Fixed Wireless Is Secure

May people think fixed wireless solutions aren’t secure. This myth could not be further from the truth. Using our own company as a reference point, GeoLinks delivers the same military-grade encryption to business customers that it delivers under government contracts. Your connections are safe, reliable and secure.

 

Fact 8: Fixed Wireless Works in Any Weather

With proper engineering, fixed wireless networks can withstand the elements. GeoLinks’ in-house engineering team begins a deployment by taking into account the terrain, historic weather patterns, rain fade and thermal ducting. Based on that data, the distance between radios and the required bandwidth, they choose the best frequency (or frequencies) and carrier-grade equipment for a weather-proof build. In addition, GeoLink’s adds multiple failover paths as well as a connection to a fiber optic backbone to ensure true network redundancy.

There you have it – just the facts about fixed wireless.

 

Now that you know the facts – Get fixed wireless Internet today!

Contact a GeoLinks ClearFiberTM solutions specialist

LTE + Destination Based Failover: How to keep your phones and POS system connected

The powerful cost benefits of Software-defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) dominate conversations, so it’s easy to forget that impetus behind SD-WAN development was business continuity — Internet failover, to be specific.

Internet failover is just what it sounds like: When the primary Internet connection fails, experiences packet loss or latency spikes, SD-WAN technology switches traffic over to a secondary connection. At a time when your business is increasingly dependent upon Internet connections to access vital computing and communications infrastructure and applications, you can see why business continuity is critical. It’s not only essential to maintaining productivity, but also for the consistent delivery of service to your customers.

GeoLinks offers Fourth Generation Long Term Evolution (4G LTE) wireless service as the recommended choice for Internet failover for most businesses using fiber or our own dedicated fixed wireless network.

 

Why Choose 4G LTE Failover?

4G LTE wireless is particularly advantageous as an Internet failover connection for several reasons, including:

  • Diversity: 4G LTE wireless does not rely on last-mile wired connectivity and offers a completely diverse connection from a primary wireline connection.
  • Speed: 4G LTE is the wireless equivalent to a physical line with speeds averaging 10-20Mbps, with download speeds in the U.S. approaching 30Mbps and in some areas nearing 45Mbps, according to January 2020 research from Open Signal.
  • Responsiveness: 4G LTE wireless has both low latency and low idle-to-active times.
  • Cost Efficiency: From a failover perspective, the cost benefits of 4G LTE are considerable when compared to additional wireline connections.
  • Omnipresence: 94 percent of North American residents, and 98 percent of the U.S. population, in particular, have access to 4G LTE. The probability of 4G LTE reaching all of your business locations is very high, even in rural settings.
  • Simplicity: Deploying 4G LTE as a backup is plug and play.

 

How Can 4G LTE Failover Help You?

Having a disaster recovery plan is essential to today’s businesses. Human-caused outages (construction accidents, cyberattacks, etc.) and natural disasters like hurricanes and wildfires are on the rise. LTE-driven business continuity is a proven, affordable option for businesses of all sizes.

Here are the most critical use cases for SD-WAN with 4G LTE wireless:

Point of Sale (PoS): If your business is a retailer, restaurant, hospitality or entertainment business, processing electronic payments is the lifeblood of your business. If there’s a fiber cut, loss of power or any other disruption to your connection, 4G LTE can kick in so you can still accept credit cards or digital payments.

VoIP Calls: If your business is relying on data connections to carry voice calls (VoIP), then you need to ensure that those calls continue to stay connected with high clarity. With SD-WAN and 4G LTE Wireless as a failover option, you can continue to make calls if there’s a disruption. And, SD-WAN can enable primary and secondary circuits to be active at the same time, enabling calls to proceed uninterrupted (i.e., session persistence) even if one of the connections goes down.  (Plus, SD-WAN offers quality of service controls to make sure you voice calls are high fidelity.)

At GeoLinks, we leverage a configuration that allows for destination-based failover to address these two mission-critical scenarios. As a Verizon Wireless Preferred Partner, GeoLinks offers a high-quality LTE connection via a commercial-grade machine-to-machine routers that plugs into our SD-WAN device at the customer location. Because VoIP and PoS systems are low bandwidth applications, GeoLinks is able to offer this solution for $49 per month without incurring data overages.

Ready to Disaster-Proof Your VoIP or PoS Connection?

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Not All Connections Are Created Equal

With the sudden surge in remote work and distance learning, internet connectivity has been put to the test. As we predicted, shared circuits in residential areas have been stretched beyond their limits with web surfing and video streaming competing for bandwidth with videoconferencing and large data uploads.

These slowdowns are not unexpected. Most residential internet circuits were not designed to accommodate the increased levels of activity they’re experiencing, which rivals that of enterprise-grade broadband circuits typically used by businesses.

Additionally, the vast majority of residential internet customers share a connection with their neighbors so bandwidth must be divvied up amongst all the households that are connected to it. While these connections fit the needs of residential customers under most normal circumstances, conditions are far removed from normal at the moment.

Subscribers to GeoLinks’ ClearFiber network have not experienced any slowdown, whatsoever. Our Fixed Wireless service provides every customer with a dedicated connection, eliminating the need to share and guaranteeing high speeds that are unaffected by the activity of any neighboring circuits.

Clearly, not all internet connections are created equal. GeoLinks’ Fixed Wireless guarantees speeds and provides residential and business customers with additional advantages, such as fast installation (5-7 days) and 99.999 percent uptime.

To learn more about how you can benefit from Fixed Wireless internet, contact us at (888) 225-1571 or  visit our Youtube channel to watch a three-minute video primer.

Keeping You Connected: Beacons of Growth and Recovery

As we continue to navigate our way through the Coronavirus pandemic, we would like to take a moment to connect with you, our customers and partners. While the situation continues to evolve, as does our way of life along with it, one thing remains unchanged — our commitment to keeping you connected.

In March, GeoLinks joined the Federal Communications Commission’s pledge to Keep Americans Connected and we are steadfast in our commitment to do so. This formal pledge is our vow to ensure that our customers remain connected to vital information infrastructure during these uncertain times.

Over the last several weeks, we have worked closely with our partners and clients to honor this commitment. When possible, we have granted temporary speed bumps to residential clients who are working remotely due to the “safer at home” guidelines. We have differed billing for clients experiencing difficulties paying their bill due to the loss of business and steady income. We have been diligent in ensuring that no clients’ service is suspended due to an inability to pay their bill because of economic difficulties caused by the pandemic.

“As a telecommunications company, we have been in the fortunate position of continuing our growth trend during a time when many industries have been hit extremely hard by the economic toll of the pandemic,” said GeoLinks CEO Skyler Ditchfield. “Our customers are the heart of our company and are driving our success. In kind, we are committed to fueling their continued success and their return to economic vitality in a very real way by keeping them connected to the networks that keep their businesses running.”

While many businesses have been forced to make difficult decisions such as closing for indeterminate timeframes, we have continued to see a high demand for connectivity over the last several weeks. “Our country has weathered many challenges over its history, and what has inevitably led us through each one has been the resilience and ingenuity of our entrepreneurial and business communities,” said Ditchfield. “We have seen signs of recovery over these last few weeks as our network has continued to grow, connecting new customers on a daily basis.”

As we move forward, please remember that we’re here to help. Whether you need help with a disruption to your business caused by the pandemic or you’re looking to connect a new business, we’re your partners in connectivity and nothing is going to change that.

Network downtime can be a thing of the past

IT downtime can cost businesses on average $9,000 per minute, or $540,000 per hour, according to a 2016 study by Ponemon Institute. Think it won’t happen to you? Think again.

With thousands, if not millions, of dollars on the line, it’s imperative to closely examine your service level agreement (SLA) when choosing your ISP. Ninety-nine percent uptime sounds great, but it means you’ve agreed to up to 87.66 hours of annual unplanned downtime. At GeoLinks , we guarantee 99.999% uptime, which promises no more than 5.25 minutes of unplanned downtime throughout the year.

Nearly half (46%) of companies experienced more than four hours of downtime over 12 months, with estimated costs ranging from $12,000 to more than $1 million per hour, according to a 2017 study of 400 IT decision makers. While this number may seem high, keep in mind that Delta airlines was forced to cancel 280 flights due to an outage in 2017, with losses exceeding $150 million.

So What’s the Solution

Guaranteed five 9s uptime is a great place to start. But you can take business continuity a step further by incorporating SD-WAN into your planning.

SD-WAN (or Software-defined Wide Area Networking) can ensure connectivity in the event your primary circuit fails by using at least two circuits for every connection.  The secondary connection can be on standby and kick in when the primary fails or in more critical scenarios, SD-WAN also gives you the option use connections simultaneously so that if one drops, your application doesn’t.

SD-WAN can work with your private networks or widely available low-cost broadband. And, with the ability to combine up to four internet connections, SD-WAN can boost your bandwidth cost-effectively.

So while you may have heard that 100% uptime is not realistic, with strong SLAs and SD-WAN, network downtime truly can be a thing of the past. And with the high cost associated with network downtime, SD-WAN’s cost-effectiveness makes it a no-brainer as a solution for your business.

How to Create an IT Disaster Plan to Prepare for California Wildfires

How To Create Your IT Disaster Plan to Prepare for California Wildfires - GeoLinks.com

How to Prepare Your IT for Wildfires in California

Wildfires in California are a serious concern for any business. They present both a danger to the people working at your organization and to your operations as a whole. Many businesses create plans for the former concern, which is, of course, the most important. However, the latter, continuing operations during and after a wildfire, can be overlooked, especially concerning IT. Below are some tips on creating an IT disaster plan for California wildfires.

1) Analyze Your Vulnerabilities

Consider how your information technology would be affected by a natural disaster. For example, do you have server hardware on-site in your main office? Do you rely on Internet connectivity to work? If you have IT resources outside of your headquarters, where are they located?

Understanding your vulnerabilities is essential to creating an IT disaster management plan. By thinking through what would happen if your physical location(s) were shut down, you can prepare your business for lasting operations during and after a wildfire.

Keep in mind that IT disaster planning doesn’t just revolve around safeguarding computers and data. More important are the essential personnel who help keep your IT infrastructure running. Hopefully, you already have a plan in place to ensure the safety of your staff. If you don’t, that should be your number one priority.

Once you have planned for your team’s safety, consider how they will resume work during and after the disaster. Will they need to connect remotely? If so, how will you enable them to do so?

2) Set Priorities

In the event of a disaster, there are scenarios that may prohibit your company from immediately resuming full operations. To determine what business elements are most important to get up and running again quickly, set and communicate priorities beforehand.

For example, perhaps the top priority is to get everyone connected to your network and each other again. Or it may be to ensure your proprietary data is both secured and accessible.

Understanding these priorities will help you to create your IT disaster prevention and disaster recovery plan. It will also help your team members to maintain clarity in the event that things don’t go exactly as planned. They can make decisions on the fly more easily when they have pre-determined goals.

3) Plan Redundancy

One of the most important elements of any IT disaster management plan is redundancy. IT resources can become unavailable in the event of a disaster. This can include hardware hosted at your place of business, overall network infrastructure, off-site resources, and more.

For example, if your business currently uses a terrestrial-based Internet connection, you may find yourself disconnected in the event an earthquake or wildfire damages nearby network infrastructure. Unfortunately, repairing damage can take a long time depending on the extent of the destruction. A great solution to avoid this vulnerability is to have two Internet circuits, a fiber optic connection (terrestrial) and a fixed wireless circuit (air), that issues automatic failover via a SD-WAN device in the event one experiences an outage. Having duel Internet circuits also ensures a business’s hosted VoIP connections remain active during a wildfire.

All in all, establishing IT redundancy ensures business continuity in the case of a wildfire or other natural disaster.

4) Plan for Data Continuity

No matter what business you are in, data is important. Perhaps your business is quite literally based on collecting and analyzing data. Perhaps you use customer information to make critical marketing decisions. Regardless of how you use the data, having access to critical business information is vital.

If you let it be a vulnerability, you may find your bottom line significantly impacted when a wildfire hits California.

Thus, cloud-based data back-ups are an absolute must for any business. If your business isn’t currently leveraging the cloud, it is time to get started. Additionally, you should have at least one back up drive located off-site. Issuing nightly backups of your key data is also strongly encouraged.

5) Evaluate Your Insurance

For many businesses, IT resources represent a significant investment. You need the proper insurance coverage to ensure that you can reestablish your operations promptly without risking your cash flow. This is especially true for California businesses given the state’s frequency of catastrophic events including wildfires and earthquakes.

Policies such as business interruption, loss of use, and extended coverage are worth significant considerations for any CA-based business. Insurance should be a component of every business’s IT disaster plan.

Getting Ready for the Next Wildfire

Whether you are ready or not, you may be affected by a wildfire in the very near future. It is best to have a plan in place so you’re prepared to handle the situation. Having a strong IT disaster management plan can make all the difference in the world.

Finding the right resources, such as GeoLinks’ GeoLit Bundle, will help you ensure your business continues operations even after a disaster.

GeoLinks Formally Approved by USAC to Begin CAF Build Out

The Universal Service Administrative Company has officially cleared GeoLinks to begin CAF II build outs in California and Nevada

CAMARILLO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) formally approved GeoLinks to start receiving funding for the Company’s Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF II) buildout in California and Nevada. Announced by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in August of 2018 as the largest CAF II winner in the state of California, and 5th largest winner in the nation overall, with GeoLinks’ deployment plans and Letters of Credit officially approved, the innovative telecom will officially begin broadband deployment this summer.

Awarded a total of $87.8M in the auction, GeoLinks will provide more than 11,000 rural locations across California and Nevada with Internet at 100 megabits per second. The Company is also confident that this new infrastructure will simultaneously reduce the cost of bringing high speed broadband access to anchor institutions, such as Schools, Libraries, Hospitals, and Community Colleges, throughout both states.

“We are thrilled to have officially cleared both the FCC and USAC’s approval process for CAF II,” stated GeoLinks’ Co-Founder and CEO Skyler Ditchfield. “While the announcement back in August was undoubtedly exciting, we are now officially in the position to begin deployment throughout both states.”

With the GeoLinks’ team fully prepared to break ground, the Company is now looking forward to participating in the FCC’s LIFT America Act, which will support another $40B worth of broadband infrastructure deployment in aims of closing the digital divide.

For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact Lexie Smith at [email protected]

Does Weather Affect Fixed Wireless?

Does Weather Affect Fixed Wireless? GeoLinks

Can Weather Affect a Fixed Wireless Internet Connection?

The majority of businesses today have become intrinsically reliant on the Internet. From serving as an accessible means to communicate globally, to hosting e-commerce stores, to conducting online credit transactions and transfers, it has become paramount for businesses to have a reliable, high-speed Internet connection. From DSL, to Copper, to Fiber, to Fixed Wireless, there are a variety of broadband technologies to consider when shopping in today’s business marketplace.

When exploring fixed wireless connections, there may be a variety of questions that come to mind. For example, Is fixed wireless reliable? Is fixed wireless affected by weather? Does fixed wireless perform just as well as a wired connection? To answer these questions, let’s first take a step back and ask the foundational question, what is fixed wireless?

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What is Fixed Wireless?

Fixed wireless provides high-speed broadband Internet access to a single location via radio waves. By utilizing antennas, towers, and an express line of sight (LoS) to transmit point-to-point and point-to-multi-point signals, fixed wireless technology can be deployed in a fraction of the time and for a fraction of the cost of terrestrial fiber. Unlike a standard WiFi connection, fixed wireless networks can be directionally focused to produce dedicated speeds of up to 10 Gbps. With the ability to operate over licensed or unlicensed wireless spectrum, when configured correctly the technology can withstand extreme weather conditions such as heavy rain, high winds, and severe temperatures, both hot and cold.

Why has Fixed Wireless Developed a Bad Reputation?

Although trusted and utilized by global militaries and law enforcement for upwards of a century, over the years of perfecting fixed wireless for commercial use, many small carriers deployed inexpensive equipment operating across only one frequency. This caused a multitude of problems, including interference from other links in the surrounding area. The result? A deceiving reputation for being slow, unreliable, and inferior to wired networks.

Another common misconception that has been tagged to the technology is that it is equivalent to satellite Internet. Notoriously known for its high latency, it’s important to note that satellite Internet operates by transmitting signals from a dish to a satellite orbiting more than 20,000 miles above sea level. This is drastically different than a 20 mile point-to-point fixed wireless link.

Today’s Commercial High-Speed Fixed Wireless Technology

As with all types of broadband connections, speeds and service will vary from provider to provider. From technical equipment upgrades, to improved and simplified network management through software, commercial fixed wireless networks have advanced over the years. Top that off with the ability to combine and switch between more diversified spectrum links, both licensed and unlicensed, when deployed properly, modern fixed wireless networks can deliver gigabit connection speeds rivaling fiber connections.

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Fixed Wireless and the Weather

When we think of our Internet connection transmitting data wirelessly, the effects of weather can be a natural concern. Thus, it’s no surprise why fixed wireless providers are often asked, “Does weather affect fixed wireless?”

The answer? Yes, it can – and that is one of the primary reasons the technology gets overlooked. However, with informed engineering and experience, fixed wireless networks can be unaffected by weather. For example, before building out any wireless network, GeoLinks’ in-house engineering team first looks at an area’s terrain, historic weather patterns, rain fade, and thermal ducting. Then, based on the data collected, and considering the distance of the shot and required bandwidth, they choose the best frequency or frequencies and carrier-grade equipment for that specific region and build. Creating multiple failover paths, every GeoLinks network eventually connects to a fiber optic backbone to ensure true network redundancy. The result? A stable high-speed fixed wireless network designed to withstand the elements.

GeoLinks Case Studies – Proof of Concept

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Multi-site Location:

A great case study to prove the potential of a well-constructed fixed wireless network is GeoLinks’ project with a global coffee distributor. In 2016, the distributor was slated to open a series of new locations in Southern California in just 20 days and needed more than 30 circuits to support both their public Wi-Fi and POS systems. The company initially contracted to provide a terrestrial connection was projecting massive delays and restrictions of available bandwidth. In order to meet their quickly approaching deadlines, the company looked to contract an outside local provider to administer a temporary solution–enter GeoLinks.

GeoLinks successfully delivered more than 30 redundant circuits to all of the new store locations in just 14 days, enabling the stores to open as planned.

Although originally hired to serve as a temporary backup solution until their copper network could be installed, with the promise of further delays and all locations running seamlessly on GeoLinks’ ClearFiber™ network, the distributor canceled their copper installations all together and made GeoLinks their primary provider.

Furthermore, Southern California was hit with a massive storm in the Spring of 2017 causing outages across the state. California’s poor irrigation caused underground reservoirs to flood for nearly two weeks straight. As terrestrial cables live underground, many of the client’s pre-existing locations operating on copper experienced ample outages and downtime. All of their ClearFiber™ locations, on the other hand, remained unaffected and avoided any outages or downtime.

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Santa Catalina Island:

Santa Catalina Island is located more than 20 miles off the coast of California, consequently making it an ongoing problem to secure reliable high speed Internet access. Before 2016, the majority of island residents were forced to live with either using an unreliable satellite or cellular connection or simply having no access whatsoever. At one point in time, the island commissioned an outside network builder to try and deliver a fixed wireless connection that would solve this problem. Unfortunately, however, the design was dramatically impacted by weather and atmospheric ducting causing consistent drops, outages, packet loss, and high latency. All in all, island residents and businesses were still left with an unsustainable network.

In 2016, GeoLinks was brought in by an affiliate partner to design a custom solution that would deliver Catalina its first ever reliable and redundant multi-gigabit network. By understanding the inherent issues of thermal ducting and rain fade, and by examining weather 50 years of weather patterns, the GeoLinks team, lead by CTO, Ryan Hauf and CEO Skyler Ditchfield, were able to conceptualize an innovative network design in under two weeks’ time.

Having ample tower coverage supported by fiberoptic backbones throughout Southern California, GeoLinks’ team of expert engineers were able to construct a fully redundant network in just 60 days. By using multiple paths over various frequencies to deliver long-haul middle mile, the network was built to seamlessly failover when rain or packet loss was detected, preventing the island from ever experiencing a perceived outage.

GeoLinks – The Best Fixed Wireless Internet Provider

So, let’s answer our initial questions. When engineered properly, fixed wireless is a reliable technology that can withstand extreme weather conditions and perform equal, if not better than, a wired connection. With innovative companies like GeoLinks building businesses and anchor institutions multi-gigabit networks that guarantee ultra-low latency, virtually no jitter, 99.999% uptime, fixed wireless may very well be the best Internet solution for your business.

Not sure if you’re within the GeoLinks coverage area? Inquire here.

 

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