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GeoLinks Named a Supplier to Telarus, Largest Master Agent in the U.S.

Camarillo, CA – (March 31, 2021) – GeoLinks, the fastest growing telecommunications company in California, announced today that it had been named a supplier to Telarus, the largest privately held technology services distributor (master agent) in the United States. Telarus is known and respected for its home-grown software pricing tools and unique mobile apps.

GeoLinks will add its FixedWireless, Flexible FiberOptic, SD-WAN, Hosted Voice products, and more to the Telarus portfolio, backed by an industry-leading service-level agreement, as part of the company’s strategic growth and accelerated network expansion plans.

“We know that Telarus selects companies based on their ability to provide unique services and consistent and reliable solutions,” said Phillip Deneef, chief strategy officer, GeoLinks. “We are extremely proud to join this robust agency known for excellence and expand the availability of our services across the U.S.”

“GeoLinks has become a force to be reckoned with since acquiring the fixed wireless infrastructure and spectrum licenses from TPx Communications (TPx). They are known for innovation and unparalleled customer service and are a perfect addition to our portfolio,” said Patrick Oborn, Telarus co-founder and CPO. “We are pleased that our partners can now offer their products and services to their clients.”

In forging a relationship with Telarus, GeoLinks will be well-positioned to continue expanding its geographical footprint in the U.S. The company also recently announced the introduction of GIGA-AIR, a groundbreaking fixed wireless radio platform that will enable gigabit and multi-gigabit fiber-like connectivity.

 

About GeoLinks

GeoLinks is one of the nation’s leading telecommunications companies, nationally recognized for its innovative Internet and Hosted Voice solutions. Headquartered in Southern California and ranked on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America three-years running, GeoLinks delivers Enterprise-Grade Internet, Digital Voice, SD-WANCloud On-ramping, Layer 2 Transport, and both Public and Private Turnkey Network Construction expertly tailored for businesses and Anchor Institutions nationwide. More information on the company can be found at www.GeoLinks.com.

 

About Telarus, Inc.

Built for You, Telarus is the largest privately held technology services distributor (master agent) in the United States. Our dynamic agent-partner community sources data, voice, cloud, and managed services through our robust portfolio of over 200 leading service providers. We are best known for our home-grown software pricing tools and mobile apps unique in the industry. To help our partners grow their businesses, we’ve assembled the best support organization in the industry, including Cybersecurity, SD-WAN, Cloud, Mobility, Contact Center, and ILEC specialty practices whose primary goal is to help our partners identify and design the right technology solutions for their customers. To learn more about the Telarus opportunity, please visit www.telarus.com.

 

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GeoLinks Acquires 208 Spectrum Licenses from Verizon, Making it the Largest Holder of Active LMDS Licenses in the 29/31 GHz Bands

Camarillo, Calif., March 25, 2021 – GeoLinks, the fastest growing telecommunications company in California, today announced that it has entered into a deal to acquire 208 Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LMDS) band spectrum licenses from Verizon covering markets across the United States. The deal, once approved by the FCC, will make the company the largest holder of LMDS licenses in the 29/31 Ghz bands.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition reflects a total MHz/POP of 70,612,423,950. Markets in the spectrum license acquisition include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Atlanta, Houston, Washington, DC, Boston, Tampa-St. Pete, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Detroit, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Charlotte, St. Louis, Raleigh-Durham and Indianapolis, among others.

“The acquisition of this 28 GHz spectrum will allow us to achieve vastly higher speed over longer distances,” said Skyler Ditchfield, co-founder and CEO, GeoLinks. “With this deal we will control our own airwaves and have the ability to provide gigabit and multi-gigabit speeds at lower prices and with fiber-like latency and jitter statistics to our customer base across these markets.”

Ditchfield continued, “Thanks to this acquisition, we will be able to deliver superior solutions to existing carriers in the largest cities in the U.S., expand service in suburban areas, and bring connectivity to more underserved markets, all while maintaining our commitment to excellence and reliability. We will also be able to further expand our closing of the digital divide in rural markets while bringing a service offering comparable to the urban markets.”

GeoLinks plans to utilize the acquired spectrum to support its current and growing customer base, offering faster speeds with fixed point-to-point and point-to-multi-point wireless services, and provide backhaul for 5G services. The spectrum is not suitable for flexible use.

 

This press release has been updated to reflect MHz/POP.

 

About GeoLinks

GeoLinks is one of the nation’s leading telecommunications companies, nationally recognized for its innovative Internet and Hosted Voice solutions. Headquartered in Southern California and ranked on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America three-years running, GeoLinks delivers Enterprise-Grade Internet, Digital Voice, SD-WAN, Cloud On-ramping, Layer 2 Transport, and both Public and Private Turnkey Network Construction expertly tailored for businesses and Anchor Institutions nationwide. More information on the company can be found at www.GeoLinks.com.

 

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Is GeoLinks Fixed Wireless Internet the Right Solution for Your Business?

Is Fixed Wireless Internet Right for Your Business?
 

Several Business Class Internet Options Are Available to Your Company – It’s Just a Matter of Picking the Best Business Internet Solution for Your Circumstance

A variety of high-speed business internet options are available to provide connectivity to your business. They include satellite internet, cable internet, fiber internet and fixed wireless internet.

GeoLinks has created a breakdown of the pros and cons of each kind of internet in our blog, “What are the Best Rural Business Internet Options?”.

Here, we’re providing a deep dive on fixed wireless internet and how it may be a good fit for your business.

Note: GeoLinks has fixed wireless internet specialization through our ClearFiber™ service. ClearFiber™ is available primarily across the state of California. For a complete list of availability, check out our page on our service areas. If your company is not based in California or has business locations outside of California, we offer nationwide fiber internet services through our Flexible FiberOptic™ option. We also provide hybrid network environments that combine ClearFiber™ for businesses needing California internet with Flexible FiberOptic™ for all other nationwide locations. Our solutions team is happy to walk you through your options. Contact us here.

What is Fixed Wireless Internet?

Fixed wireless internet 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 signals, fixed wireless technology eliminates the need for costly terrestrial cable, problematic satellite connectivity or dependence on (often slow) DSL services over local phone lines.

Learn more by watching our introductory video on fixed wireless internet below:

How GeoLinks’ Fixed Wireless Internet Works

Fixed wireless internet uses a dish installed on the roof of your business premises – that’s connected to your router or server through a cable – to generate a high-speed, high-quality internet signal to your location through radio waves from a nearby broadcast tower.

How Fixed WIreless Internet Works
 

Benefits of GeoLinks’ ClearFiber™ Fixed Wireless Internet

GeoLinks’ ClearFiber™ offers unique benefits that are not provided by other fixed wireless internet providers, including:

  • Rapid deployment in 4-10 business days
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • True network redundancy
  • Guaranteed speeds reaching up to 10Gbps
  • Industry-leading service level agreement
  • 99.9999% uptime
  • Award-winning 24/7 in-house customer support

Rapid Deployment in 4-10 Business Days

Fixed wireless internet from GeoLinks can be turned up within two weeks of placing an order for service. Companies sometimes need our help often because they’re experiencing service disruptions or are turning up locations that need service fast. Builds with other technologies, like fiber, for instance, can take weeks or several months due to lengthy permitting processes and the undertaking of fiber construction.

GeoLinks ClearFiber™ Fixed wireless internet is quickly deployable because it doesn’t require a “build” at all. We simply need a line of sight (LoS) to your business from one of our towers and access to your business’ rooftop and server room or router to complete the install. It’s fast, reliable and gets your business up and running quickly. For more information on this process, we’ve broken down our install process in our blogs “What Does a Fixed Wireless Business Internet Installation Look Like?” and “What to Expect in a ClearFiber™ Fixed Wireless Installation.

Unlimited Bandwidth

When we say we offer unlimited bandwidth, we mean unlimited, with no data caps and no throttling. If you’re comparing internet providers, you’ll likely find this to be a benefit specific to GeoLinks regardless of which type of internet provider you’re researching.

True Network Redundancy

Each of GeoLinks’ fixed wireless internet circuits, including the one we’ll install at your business, is linked back to a fiber connection through at least one fixed wireless backhaul – providing 99.9999% uptime.

Guaranteed Speeds Reaching Up to 10Gbps

Since your business gets its own dedicated fixed wireless internet circuit, you’re not sharing your connection with anyone – this guarantees your speeds, which is a promise we back with our industry-leading service level agreement.

Award-Winning 24/7 In-House Customer Support

GeoLinks’ live and local support is available 24/7 to respond to any service issues that arise. Simply call 888.225.1571, and we’ll immediately address any issue live over the phone. Alternatively, you can submit a trouble ticket request using the form on our Support page, and we’ll respond to you within four hours or less.

Addressing Fixed Wireless Internet Misconceptions

Fixed wireless internet is a reliable and cost-effective connectivity solution in today’s marketplace. However, many misconceptions persist about fixed wireless internet services. To address these misconceptions, we’ve created a quick guide in our blog “8 Facts to Set the Record Straight About Fixed Wireless Internet.

At a glance, these facts include the following:

  • Fact 1: Fixed wireless internet is not the same as satellite internet.
  • Fact 2: Fixed wireless internet is just as reliable as fiber internet.
  • Fact 3: Fixed wireless internet is not just a rural solution.
  • Fact 4: Fixed wireless internet can be installed rapidly.
  • Fact 5: Fixed wireless radio technology is safe.
  • Fact 6: Fixed wireless internet is much more than a backup solution.
  • Fact 7: Fixed wireless internet is secure.
  • Fact 8: Fixed wireless internet works in any weather.

Comparing GeoLinks’ Fixed Wireless Internet to Other Business Internet Options

The table below outlines how GeoLinks’ ClearFiber™ service compares to other leading business internet options.

 
Business Internet Comparison
 

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Battle for Best Business-class Internet: Fiber Optic vs. Fixed Wireless

Business Internet Comparison Fixed Wireless vs. Fiber-optic
 

What is the best Internet service for business?

Internet is the lifeblood of modern business – an essential component of day-to-day operations, whatever those may be. It’s not enough to just have connectivity either. When selecting the best Internet service for business, most organizations require Internet connectivity that’s fast, reliable, and high-quality in order to operate with efficiency. And that’s not all—or at least it shouldn’t be. Businesses should consider other factors when choosing the right Internet connection because seemingly small differences can significantly impact operations, uptime, and the bottom line.

The top 5 factors to consider when choosing business Internet:

  1. Capability – Performance plays a major factor when selecting an internet service, which often means a lot more than just Internet speed.
  2. Cost – While many enterprises can afford big-budget Internet connections, small and midsized businesses looking for quality Internet service may be a more complicated sourcing decision.
  3. Ease of Deployment – When an organization is under time constraints or needs connections in multiple locations, easily-deployed Internet can make all the difference.
  4. Uptime – Dealing with Internet downtime can be painful to businesses of all stripes. Some Internet services have redundancy built-in to make sure you always stay online.
  5. Availability – Most Internet technologies require some infrastructure to be available in your area, so sometimes options are simply unavailable or limited.

 
Fixed Wireless Internet
 

Fixed Wireless vs. Fiber Optic

Fixed Wireless and Fiber Optic Internet are two of the best Internet connectivity options, with each offering unique benefits that businesses can leverage, depending on their needs. Let’s evaluate the two technologies.

What is Fixed Wireless Internet?

Fixed Wireless Internet allows for the transmission of data between two fixed points. Fixed wireless providers use towers, antennas, and an express line of sight (LoS) to deliver high-speed broadband Internet access to a business location in the form of radio waves.

The Pros of Fixed Wireless Internet

  • Upfront Costs – Compared to fiber’s high initial cost of installation, fixed wireless does not require an intensive setup. Businesses only need an antenna installed with network access.
  • Fast Installation – Because fixed -wireless-only requires an express line of sight (LoS) to a location and an antenna to receive the signal, installation is incredibly quick – especially compared to fiber. For example, a GeoLinks’ ClearFiber™ Fixed Wireless installation can be completed in just 7-10 days.
  • Uptime – Companies like GeoLinks have fixed wireless Internet networks with multipoint redundancy built into the service, which means each circuit installed has at least one additional fixed wireless backhaul for always-on connectivity.
  • Unlimited Bandwidth – Some fixed wireless services – like GeoLinks’ ClearFiber™ – offer businesses unlimited bandwidth without the throttling or capping employed by other internet providers.

The Cons of Fixed Wireless

  • Limited Speed – Providers like GeoLinks can deliver speeds up to 10Gbps with fixed wireless, while a GeoLinks’ fiber connection can reach speeds up to 100Gbps.
  • Line of Sight (LoS) Dependency – Fixed wireless requires a direct LoS, meaning that trees or buildings can potentially interfere with the signal. Also, proximity to the tower can often play a factor in signal strength or even the ability to use fixed wireless at a business location. Fixed wireless is less widely available than fiber. See if GeoLinks ClearFiber™ is available in your area.

 
What is fiber-optic internet?
 

What is Fiber Optic Internet?

Fiber optic Internet refers to an Internet connection that transfers data through fiber optic cables. Within the fiber optic cables, data is converted into light signals that pass through thin glass wires inside the larger protective cable. Transferring data in this way (by light signals) is what makes fiber-optic Internet incredibly fast.

The Pros of Fiber Optic Internet

  • Connection Quality – As previously mentioned, using light signals to send data makes for an incredibly fast connection and one of the fastest broadband options available. GeoLinks’ Flexible Fiberoptic™ fiber-optic Internet is available at speeds up to 100Gbps. Distance also does not degrade the connection like in other wired connections, or especially wireless ones.
  • Scalability – Fiber allows for bandwidth to be increased or decreased nearly on-demand, which is useful for businesses whose needs might change quickly.
  • Security – Although modern fixed wireless solutions are highly secure, fiber is generally considered the more secure technology.

The Cons of Fiber Optic Internet

  • Upfront Cost – Unlike fixed wireless, fiber optic cables are incredibly costly and usually require trenching to run the cables to a business location.
  • Slow to Deploy – Because the provider has to physically run fiber optic cables to a business location (trenching), they often require installation permits. Between the labor and permitting process, fiber can sometimes take longer than a month to install.

Compare Other Business Internet Provider Solutions

Both fiber optic Internet and fixed wireless Internet are considered some of the best in business-class Internet, but how do they stack up against other internet options? Here’s how GeoLinks’ ClearFiber™ Fixed Wireless Internet and Flexible Fiberoptic™ Fiber Optic Internet compare to cable, DSL, and satellite:
 
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Which Internet is best for your business?

Depending on what your needs are, fixed wireless and fiber optic are excellent choices for business internet. Chat with one of our in-house experts to see if GeoLinks ClearFiber™ Fixed Wireless Internet or GeoLinks Flexible Fiberoptic™ Fiber Optic Internet is right for your business. There are no high-pressure sales tactics here – we promise. We treat you like we would want to be treated.

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How Does Fixed Wireless Compare to Other Business Internet Services?

Fixed Wireless Internet for Business

 

Here’s how fixed wireless Internet stacks up against other internet technologies.

High-speed Internet service has become as essential as electricity in today’s modern business, and there’s no shortage of options available. Fixed wireless Internet is an often-overlooked, less widely known option among its competitors. However, in many cases, fixed wireless Internet delivers businesses more reliability and performance, in addition to potential cost savings. First, let’s review the Internet service options available for businesses today.

Business Fixed Wireless Internet

Fixed wireless Internet is a wireless Internet service that broadcasts data between two fixed points using a tower, antenna, and an express line of sight (LoS). Fixed wireless Internet providers, like GeoLinks, operate wireless broadcast towers connected to a fiber-optic backbone. With a direct line of sight to a business location, those towers deliver broadband Internet access by sending a signal through radio waves to an antenna that resides at that business.

Business Internet Options



 

Other Business Internet Options

    • DSL Broadband – Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) broadband connections use standard phone lines to deliver high-speed Internet.
    • Cable Broadband – Cable Internet uses coaxial cable lines to deliver broadband internet access to a home or business. They are the same lines that deliver cable TV.
    • Fiber Optic Internet – Fiber optic Internet is an Internet connection that uses fiber optic cables to deliver broadband Internet access to a business location. Data converted into light signals moves at light speed through thin glass wires inside larger, protective cables.
    • Satellite Internet – A satellite provider passes an Internet signal to a satellite in space. That signal is pushed to a satellite dish at a business location.

Why Businesses Choose Fixed Wireless

Businesses that choose fixed wireless Internet do so for the distinctive features and benefits that separate it from other Internet services. Here are some examples of why:

Example #1: More Reliable than Satellite Internet

Let’s take a look at fixed wireless Internet and the weather, for example. The effects of bad weather on wireless technologies are common causes of concern for network downtime. This type of outage is most commonly associated with satellite internet services. Although both solutions require a dish or antennas, fixed wireless Internet, when engineered effectively, has far superior resiliency than satellite solutions and is unaffected by clouds, rain, and other types of bad weather conditions. In fact, in many cases, fixed wireless solutions stay operational when weather or natural disaster events disrupt all other forms of Internet access. Furthermore, advanced fixed-wireless Internet service providers (ISPs) build redundancy into their fixed wireless networks. In the case of GeoLinks, for example, this engineering translates to a 99.999% uptime capability.

Example #2: Faster Installation and Lower Up-front Cost than Fiber

Fiber optic Internet is a robust business Internet solution in terms of pure performance, but fixed wireless touts plenty of speed as well. They are both incredibly reliable and have dedicated connections. Businesses usually choose fixed wireless over fiber because of the significant cost savings during installation and because of significantly faster time-to-deployment windows. Fiber can often require construction to run fiber lines to a location, permits to do so, and then construction time. All in, a fixed wireless installation is a much faster process.

Example #3: Faster Download Speeds than Cable and DSL

While they are the most widely available Internet services, DSL and cable solutions generally have slower connections than fixed wireless. Some DSL ISPs offer speeds up to 100Mbps, while most cable ISPs max out at 1000Mbps (1Gbps). By way of comparison, GeoLinks ClearFiber™ Fixed Wireless Internet provides speeds up to 10Gbps.

Example #4: No Shared Internet Connection

A shared internet service like Cable shares bandwidth with surrounding areas. As a result, network speeds slow down significantly at peak hours of internet usage. Fixed wireless Internet offers unlimited bandwidth on its dedicated connection, which means businesses get guaranteed speeds, not “up to” speeds.

Business Internet Comparison Chart

See how fixed wireless compares to all other business Internet services.

Business Internet Comparison



 

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Does Weather Affect Fixed Wireless?

Does Weather Affect Fixed Wireless?
October 10th, 2020 [UPDATED]
First Published January 4th, 2019

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, high-speed Internet connections have become paramount for businesses of all sizes. There are numerous broadband technologies to consider when shopping in today’s business marketplace— from DSL to copper, to fiber, to satellite, to fixed wireless Internet.

When exploring fixed wireless connections, a variety of questions may come to mind. For example, is fixed wireless Internet reliable? Is fixed wireless Internet affected by weather? Does fixed wireless Internet perform 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 Internet?

what is fixed wireless

What is Fixed Wireless Internet?

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 is deployable in a fraction of the time – and for a fraction of the cost – of terrestrial fiber. Unlike a standard Wi-Fi connection, fixed wireless networks can be directionally focused to produce dedicated speeds of up to 10 Gbps. When configured correctly, fixed wireless technology can withstand extreme weather conditions such as heavy rain, high winds, and severe temperatures, both hot and cold, with the ability to operate over licensed or unlicensed wireless spectrum.

Why Has Fixed Wireless Internet 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 that operated across only one frequency. This practice 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 fixed wireless technology is that it is equivalent to satellite Internet quality of service (QoS). Satellite Internet, which is notoriously known for its high latency, operates by transmitting signals from a dish to a satellite orbiting more than 20,000 miles above the earth. This distance is drastically different than a 20-mile point-to-point fixed wireless link.

GeoLinks has put all the misconceptions about fixed wireless Internet to rest in our article “8 Facts to Set the Record Straight About Fixed Wireless Internet”.

Here are the highlights:

  • Fact 1: Fixed wireless Internet is not the same as satellite Internet
  • Fact 2: Fixed wireless Internet Is just as reliable as fiber
  • Fact 3: Fixed wireless Internet is not just a rural solution
  • Fact 4: Fixed wireless Internet can be installed rapidly
  • Fact 5: Fixed wireless radio technology is safe
  • Fact 6: Fixed wireless Internet is much more than a backup solution
  • Fact 7: Fixed wireless Internet is secure
  • Fact 8: Fixed wireless Internet works in any weather

Today’s Commercial High-Speed Fixed Wireless Internet Technology

As with all types of broadband connections, fixed wireless speeds and service varies from provider to provider. From technical equipment upgrades to improved and simplified network management through software, commercial fixed wireless networks have advanced rapidly in recent years. When topped off with the ability to combine and switch between more diversified spectrum links (both licensed and unlicensed), properly-deployed modern fixed wireless networks can deliver gigabit connection speeds that rival fiber connections.

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Fixed Wireless Internet 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 that fixed wireless providers are often asked, “Does weather affect fixed wireless Internet?”

The answer? Yes, it can if it’s not deployed correctly – 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, historical weather patterns, rain fade, and thermal ducting. 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 the specific region and build. With 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.

Plus, GeoLinks can craft a disaster recovery plan for your business to help you combat any weather event or natural disaster you encounter.

Why Should Your Business Implement Fixed Wireless Internet?

In addition to being weather-proof, Fixed Wireless Internet is:

  • Quick to deploy – fixed wireless Internet networks can be deployed in a fraction of the time of competing wired technologies.
  • Cost-effective – by avoiding costly trenching, fixed wireless Internet networks are far less expensive to build and have a lower impact on the environment.
  • Widely available – because they use radio waves, fixed wireless Internet networks can reach areas “off the grid,” such as rural America.
  • Uptime – Fixed wireless Internet networks have multipoint redundancy built-in. This provides always-on connectivity with close to 100% uptime.

Comparing Fixed Wireless Internet to other Business Internet Options

Fixed Wireless Business Internet Comparison Chart 



GeoLinks’ Fixed Wireless Internet Case Studies – Proof of Concept

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Multi-Site Locations:

A great case study to prove the potential of a well-constructed fixed wireless network is GeoLinks’ project with global coffee distributor Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. In 2016, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf was slated to open a series of new locations in Southern California in just 20 days and needed more than 30 circuits to support 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. 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 new store locations in just 14 days, enabling the stores to open as planned.

GeoLinks’ ClearFiber™ initially was hired as a temporary backup solution while Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s copper network was installed. However, ClearFiber’s seamless operation, combined with further buildout delays, led Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to cancel its copper installations altogether and to use GeoLinks as their primary provider.

The decision to use GeoLinks paid off again when Southern California was hit with a massive storm in the Spring of 2017, causing outages across the state as California’s poor irrigation caused underground reservoirs to flood for nearly two weeks straight. As terrestrial cables live underground, many of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s pre-existing locations operated on copper and experienced extended outages and downtime. All of their ClearFiber™ locations, on the other hand, remained unaffected and avoided outages and downtime altogether.

You can learn more about our success story with Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf here, or you can download the PDF of the case study here.

Coffee Bean Case Study

Catalina Island - Does weather affect fixed wireless?

Santa Catalina Island:

Santa Catalina Island is located more than 20 miles off the California coast, which creates an ongoing problem to secure reliable high-speed Internet access. Before 2016, most island residents lived with either unreliable satellite or cellular connections or no access whatsoever. At one point in time, the island commissioned an outside network builder to deliver a fixed wireless connection to solve this problem. Unfortunately, however, the design was dramatically impacted by weather and atmospheric ducting, causing consistent drops, outages, packet loss, and high latency. The poorly designed network left residents and businesses with an unsustainable and unreliable 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 over 50 years of weather patterns, the GeoLinks team, led by CTO Ryan Hauf and CEO Skyler Ditchfield, were able to conceptualize an innovative network design in under two weeks.

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

GeoLinks – The Most Reliable Fixed Wireless Internet Provider

So, let’s answer our initial questions. When engineered effectively, fixed wireless Internet 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 Internet may very well be the best Internet solution for your business.

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ClearFiber™ – Enterprise-Grade Internet Delivered in 7-10 Days

What to Expect in a ClearFiber™ Fixed Wireless Installation

Not sure what to expect from a fixed wireless installation?

Let’s start with an overview of fixed wireless technology. Simply put, fixed wireless provides high-speed direct Internet access using radio waves to create a point-to-point link from a wireless network tower antenna to a dish with a radio on a building roof. Because there are no underground connections involved, fixed wireless technology is deployable in a fraction of the time and cost of a standard terrestrial fiber connection.

It takes 30-60 days to install fiber and that’s only if your business location is already lit (i.e. connected to fiber). If you need to fiber to be deployed to your building, construction can delay your installation to 90-120 days and sometimes longer.

When you sign up for our award-winning ClearFiberTM fixed wireless Internet, you can get high-speed Internet service with speeds up to 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) in as few as 24 hours, but typically five to 10 days.

How can we install ClearFiber fixed wireless so quickly? We’ve broken down our installation process into five easy steps, so you know what to expect before you sign on the dotted line.

 

Step 1: Qualify Service Availability

Your service request is sent through a serviceability qualification process wherein GeoLinks’ staff verify that ClearFiber fixed wireless service is available in your area.

 

Step 2: Order & Contract

Once serviceability has been confirmed, an official order request is sent to GeoLinks’ Quotes Team to prepare contracts for e-signature.

Once contracts are signed and returned to GeoLinks, an in-house project coordinator is assigned to your account and will follow-up with the following documents:

  • Roof Access Form
  • On-site Contact
  • Site Readiness Questions

 

Step 3: Pre-Installation

Once all documents are completed and submitted, your order is moved to our engineering department, where the circuit is designed to fit your business needs, based on the specs laid out in your contract.

Then, your order goes to the fulfillment department, which makes sure that we have the equipment (e.g. radios and dishes) required for the installation. The fulfillment department also pre-configures or programs the radios for your installation.

Next, our dispatch department will reach out to your on-site contact with the soonest available date time of arrival for installation.

We’ll work to meet your scheduling needs, but installation date from order confirmation is typically between five to 10 business days. We usually schedule multiple installations in the same campus on the same day. Separate locations typically are scheduled and rolled out one at a time.

 

Step 4: Installation

On the day of the installation, GeoLinks’ project coordinator will call 30 minutes in advance of our team arriving. When our in-house technicians arrive, they will meet with your point of contact and confirm that we have access to the server room and roof and secure approvals to proceed.

GeoLinks’ technicians then transport the weatherproof fixed wireless radio dish – usually two- or three-feet in diameter –to the top of your building and secure it to the roof.  To do this, we use a non-penetrating, flat mount with rubber matting between the mount and the roof to protect the roof. The mount is weighed down by bricks to keep it stable. Weatherproof CAT-5 cabling is strung from the radio dish to the handoff inside the building. We’re typically able to drop cables through the ventilation system, so that we don’t need to drill.

We take care to position the mast and dish low so that it is not noticed by passersby on the sidewalk at ground level.

The installation typically takes two to four hours. Once installed, our technicians take pictures of the radio and share them with you, so that you’re aware of the radio location without having to climb to the roof. We then conduct a speed test with you live in-person to verify the installation was successful.

Before GeoLinks’ technicians leave, we obtain a signature indicating your approval that the deployment is in working order.

 

Step 5: Post-Installation Follow Up

Following the installation, our project coordinator will send you IP information with confirmation of the successful installation. Our customer service representative will contact you to verify there are no issues and our billing department will then invoice for the installation and first month of service.

 

Contacting Support

From here on out, if you ever have a need to contact customer support, simply submit a trouble ticket at the form available at our Support page and we’ll get back to you in four hours or less.

If you have an immediate need, and support can’t wait, call us at 1.888.225.1571 to speak with a GeoLinks’ representative.

 

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Should You Bundle Business Internet Services?

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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 today!

How Do I Know When it’s Time to Upgrade to a Business Internet Plan?


How Do I Know When it’s Time to Upgrade to a Business Internet Plan?

How to identify the signs that your company may need to upgrade to Dedicated Business Internet

Deciding when to upgrade to a Dedicated Business Internet plan is a key decision in any company’s growth. When your company’s Internet connection slows down, or worse, goes offline, it can cost you lost sales, harm your reputation, and cause operational delays. For example, when your business upgrades to a new CRM, or grows an in-house team adding new devices to your network, it’s not a given that current bandwidth and existing infrastructure are equipped to support the transition. Thus, it’s important to understand the network requirements your business needs to operate. Specifically, it’s imperative to realize when it’s time for your company to upgrade to a Dedicated Business Internet plan.

What is Business Internet?

When you upgrade to “Dedicated Business Internet”, you’re moving to a dedicated Internet connection. Unlike shared Internet circuits, a dedicated circuit provides private Internet access to a single location. This means bandwidth is delivered and accessible exclusively to the circuit owner guaranteeing they receive the bandwidth they sign up for. Keep in mind that upgrading may require switching telecom providers.

While shared Internet circuits may be adequate for residential or small business use, as businesses grow, the cost of downtime and inefficiency inherent in shared solutions becomes prohibitive. Research shows that companies on average experience 87 hours of downtime each year. This equates to an average cost of $42,000 lost per hour, for a total cost of over $3M/year. As multiple devices proliferate and companies come to rely on their employees’ ability to communicate and facilitate online transactions, (such as collecting payment) the impact and cost of slow or unreliable Internet access grows exponentially.

Benefits of Dedicated Business Internet

Dedicated Business Internet offers many benefits to companies that need more reliable connectivity.

  • Guaranteed Bandwidth
    When you don’t share your circuit with other companies, you know you will get the download and upload speeds promised. Not sure how much bandwidth your business needs? Learn “How to Determine the Amount of Bandwidth Your Company Needs”.
  • Faster Throughput
    Dedicated Business Internet gives access to to low-traffic backbones so connectivity is fast from origin to destination. If Internet access is like getting on the freeway, then Business Internet users get both faster onramps and a pass to the carpool lane because their Internet traffic is routed onto low-traffic backbone circuits that experience fewer delays.
  • Matched Upload and Download Speeds
    Unlike shared circuits which typically have inconsistent download than upload speeds, Dedicated Business Internet connections offer packages with guaranteed symmetrical upload and download speeds. This becomes useful for businesses that require robust file transfers, online streaming, and video conferencing.

Dedicated Business Internet Service Level Agreements (SLA)

Speed and performance for a Dedicated Business Internet connection are guaranteed with very specific, enforceable Service Level Agreements (SLA). Shared Circuit SLA’s typically claim to make their “best effort” to provide contracted services, without any recourse if the circuit gets crowded and performance drops. Dedicated Business Internet SLA’s list specific deliverables for service. As an example, here is the guarantees that come with GeoLinks’ Business Internet SLA:

  • Response Priority: Critical: 4hrs or less
  • Network Quality of Service
  • Network Availability: Target of at least 99.999% uptime
  • Round Trip Latency Under 40ms
  • Jitter under 10ms
  • Packet loss target < 0.1%

Should You Get Dedicated Business Internet?

Now that you know the benefits of moving to a Dedicated Business Internet circuit, how do you determine whether or not it’s time to upgrade. One of the first questions to ask is whether you are experiencing network problems on your current shared circuit. Here are a few examples of businesses that would typically require Dedicated Business Internet:

  • Hotels where broadband service is part of their offering to guests.
  • Medical practices where reliable communications and data access can literally be a matter of life and death. They may also be subject to regulation requiring them to maintain reliable connectivity.
  • Real estate offices and banks, both of which handle large volumes of electronic transactions and often transfer large files in bulk to support purchases or financial arrangements.
  • Restaurants or retail establishments with POS systems. If their Internet goes down, so does their POS system. This prevents them from collecting debit or credit payments.

If you’re currently experiencing any of the network issues mentioned above, or are in a business where reliable internet is essential to your day-to-day operations, then it’s time to seriously consider upgrading to Dedicated Business Internet. Still not sure if the benefits outweigh the hard cost? Calculate the Return on Investment (ROI) of upgrading.

How to Calculate the ROI of Dedicated Business Internet

The basic formula for ROI in any business is net gain/cost. Choose a time frame as the basis – with larger IT upgrades like this you’ll want to consider at least a year, if not more. Compare the costs associated with keeping your current shared solution. Then compare the costs or cost savings of upgrading. Keep in mind that some costs are hard, while others are less tangible.

Here are a few examples of hard costs and cost savings to consider:

Hard Costs:

  • Installation and hardware fees
  • Monthly recurring ISP charges

Cost Savings:

  • Improved internal and external communications
  • More reliable video conferencing, VoIP, and web access
  • Reduced risk of employee and systems downtime
  • Increased capacity for growth and expansion
  • How much would it cost you if your internet went down altogether for 1 hour? 1 day? 1 week? What would you pay for peace of mind?

Once you have costs and benefits of both scenarios, you can compare ROIs and also look at the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). The final decision whether to upgrade to Dedicated Business Internet should take into account the tangible business benefits, ROI, and TCO as well as the harder to quantify benefits such as improving your business infrastructure.

Let’s Recap

Do your day-to-day business operations require reliable Internet access? If yes, it’s time to upgrade. Have you recently changed your company’s internal systems, such as onboarding a more robust CRM? It’s time to upgrade. Are you expanding your team or increasing the number of devices (such as computers) connected to your network? It’s time to upgrade. All in all, does it give you peace of mind to have a contractual SLA that you can rely on? It is time to upgrade.

To learn more about GeoLinks’ Business Internet Plans, chat with one of our team members today.

The 7 Best Business Resources in Los Angeles

The 7 Best Business Resources in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California is a vibrant and diverse city. While most known as the subject of many iconic songs, movies, and TV series, it is not just the entertainment industry that thrives in this famous cultural melting pot. Industries such as tourism, high-tech, fashion, real-estate, and even aerospace also enjoy plenty of success. Add in the sunny weather and miles of beaches, and it’s no wonder why 1 in 10 Americans live in California. If you just moved to Los Angeles and have an entrepreneurial spirit, you are in luck, because the city has a lot to offer for your next big idea. Here are 7 of the best business resources in Los Angeles.

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1. Mucker Capital / MuckerLab

MuckerLab is ranked as the United States’ number two most successful accelerator. Mucker gets its name from Thomas Edison’s legendary laboratory that gave us both AC and DC electricity. They like to get involved early on with companies, not just with funding, but with mentoring, coaching, and setting up new ventures for success.

Mucker believes that Los Angeles and Silicon Beach is beginning to rival Silicon Valley in funding and talent. Do you believe your big idea is ready for funding? Then contact MuckerLab – they even get involved in “pre-seed” stages.

 

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2. Business Source Centers

Every new business owner needs a helping hand. The most successful individuals almost always have a mentor or life coach that gave them the tips and confidence to succeed. That’s what MCS Business Source is all about. They offer the following:

  • Free training for entrepreneurs and small businesses to improve operations
  • Free consultation and counseling on obtaining funding, including help with completing loan applications
  • Business plan development, including financial planning, and marketing strategy
  • Access to capital
  • Obtaining business licenses and permits

You can find Business Source locations around Los Angeles by visiting: https://business.lacity.org/resources/service-centers.

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3. WeWork Co-working Spaces

With the mission to, “create a world where people work to make a life, not a living”, WeWork provides private office spaces, lounges, shared workspace, conference rooms, and event spaces all under a common roof. The communal design provides occupants an excellent opportunity to network, collaborate, and truly be part of a diverse business community. Whether it be a single entrepreneur, or a team of 100, WeWork is a great alternative to leasing a traditional office space. Membership includes access to high speed Internet, coffee, business printers, office supplies, a front desk service, daily cleaning, craft beer on tap, mailing services, and ultimately an innovative and thriving business community.

To find the closest of the 19 based Los Angeles WeWork spaces near you, visit: https://www.wework.com/l/los-angeles–CA.

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4. Shopify’s Los Angeles Space

Shopify is known for its easy-to-use e-commerce platform. It supports thousands of e-commerce businesses by providing them with free website templates and easy integration into, for example, payment gateways.

So, what does the office in Los Angeles offer? Shopify’s space in LA is a destination for current and aspiring business owners seeking to learn, experiment, and build with Shopify. The location offers 1:1 “Guru Appointments”, educational sources, community events, and retail consultations. You can reserve a spot in their “Getting Started with Shopify” class for free online by visiting: https://www.shopify.com/local/los-angeles/products/getting-started-with-shopify.

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5. SCORE Mentors LA

SCORE is an excellent resource for entrepreneurs and small business owners living in Los Angeles. Most of what SCORE offers is either free or is offered at a very affordable price. They provide:

  • Free mentoring – you can find a mentor that understands the area of expertise that you need help with. Plus, some mentors can offer you a “way in,” since most are respected members of the community
  • Workshops – SCORE offers workshops for managing all aspects of your business, such as marketing, accounting, and finance
  • Templates –why reinvent the wheel when you don’t have to? SCORE offers templates for business and financial planning

Mentorship has proved vital in building some of the world’s most successful individuals. Give SCORE a visit to take advantage of this amazing and accessible resource.

 

Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Business Resource

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6. Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

One of the most impactful networking and business resources in Los Angeles is the local chamber of commerce. Representing more than 235,000 businesses in L.A. County across 35 industry sectors, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most influential business association in the county. While membership does typically come at an annual fee, chamber members gain access to:

  • More than 40,000 direct referrals to member companies
  • 120 plus business and professional development programs
  • More than 25 advocacy and signature events
  • Nearly 100 graduates participating in our civic leadership programs
  • More than 10,000 job opportunities and internships for L.A. youth

Outside of the Los Angeles Chamber, there are 60 additional city chambers that offer similar resources. See a full list online at: http://www.seecalifornia.com/business/los-angeles-county-chambers-of-commerce.html

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7. GeoLinks – Dedicated Business Internet Provider in Los Angeles

To support the high-demand, high-bandwidth applications that fuel today’s mission-critical business operations, you must have a fast and reliable Internet connection. And while the city of Los Angeles is home to a variety of different carriers, the vast offer unreliable, shared connections. GeoLinks is the fastest growing Business Internet provider in Los Angeles. The Company offers:

  • Rapid installation – Average 4 to 7 business days
  • Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) – Learn more about the difference between a dedicated and shared Internet connection here: https://geolinks.com/shared-vs-dedicated-internet-access/
  • Industry’s leading Service Level Agreement – this means guaranteed 99.999% uptime, ultra-low latency, and virtually no jitter or packet loss
  • 24/7/365 local in-house customer Support. Almost every business owner knows all too well how difficult and frustrating it is to worth with a major telecom company. With GeoLinks, you can actually develop a relationship with a team member, and call in and ask for them by name. This has contributed to why GeoLinks has some of the highest reviews of any provider in the area.

Often referred to as “The City of Dreams”, Los Angeles is a fast growing and thriving place to start and own a business. And while yes, there will always be challenges that unavoidably come with entrepreneurship, the city is equipped with ample accessible business resources.

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