CAMARILLO, Calif.—GeoLinks, the fastest growing telecommunications company in California, today announced it has secured a significant minority investment from a group led by Rock Mountain Capital (RMC). The investment will power GeoLinks’ accelerated network expansion plans, amplify funding for strategic acquisitions and streamline internal growth and operations.
“GeoLinks launched with the goal of disrupting a multibillion-dollar telecom industry,” said GeoLinks Co-Founder and CEO, Skyler Ditchfield. “We’ve done that by operationalizing a simple, yet profound idea – do everything better and treat your customer how you would like to be treated. Through strategic network growth, technological innovation and unwavering dedication, we’ve continued to deliver high-speed connectivity to more businesses, schools, libraries, hospitals and households throughout California and Nevada every day. Partnering with a premier team from Rock Mountain Capital allows us to scale our growth while reaching more customers in our coverage area and continuing to grow our network.”
“As the largest winner of Connect America Fund II programs in California, and with its cutting-edge fixed wireless technology, GeoLinks is poised for exciting growth over the next decade to meet increased demand for universal high-speed broadband access,” said David Stonehill, Founder and Managing Partner of Rock Mountain Capital. “Skyler Ditchfield and the management team at GeoLinks have an outstanding track record building and operating high-speed, high-quality broadband networks throughout California. With RMC’s support, we are confident the GeoLinks team will continue its technological innovation, stellar customer service and rapid rate of organic growth, and will serve as a platform for potential industry consolidation.”
The investment comes at a time when the company is in the process of deploying its revolutionary ClearFiber+ technology across one of the fastest growing fixed wireless networks in the nation. Capable of connecting businesses and anchors institutions to multigigabit networks in less than 10 days, GeoLinks owns exclusive rights to utilize the technology platform in key spectrum bands throughout the United States. Together with its recent acquisition of network assets and 5G spectrum licenses from TPx Communications, GeoLinks owns the largest coverage area of any single provider in California. Combined with its existing position as one of the fastest growing private companies in America, the company is poised for exponential growth over the next year.
Bank Street Group served as exclusive financial advisor to GeoLinks in connection with this transaction.
For media inquiries involving GeoLinks, please contact Ben Gallagher at [email protected] or (805) 276-8322. For inquiries involving Rock Mountain Capital, please contact Abbe Serphos at [email protected] or (917) 699-9661.
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 Hosted Voice solutions. 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.
About Rock Mountain Capital
Rock Mountain Capital works with entrepreneurs and management teams in the consumer goods & services, leisure & entertainment, and technology, media & telecom (TMT) sectors to accelerate organizational development, execute on organic growth opportunities and pursue strategic M&A and roll-up / consolidation strategies. Rock Mountain invests capital that matches its investment mandate – patient, long-term capital sourced from family offices of successful entrepreneurs, and other like-minded institutional investors. Rock Mountain was founded in 2019 by private equity industry veterans who bring over 30 years of experience investing in and growing middle market companies.
October 27th, 2020 [UPDATED]
Originally Published on January 15th, 2019
Fixed Wireless Business Internet Installations – What to Expect
Fixed Wireless Internet providers deliver high-speed broadband access to a single location via radio waves. Capable of delivering gigabit speeds with identical jitter and latency to fiber, Fixed Wireless Internet circuits can be installed at your business in a fraction of the time, and for a fraction of the cost, of competing technologies. Want to learn more about Fixed Wireless Internet? Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8GvGOKCpnk
How Does Fixed Wireless Internet Work?
Fixed wireless Internet uses a dish antenna that is affixed to the roof of your company’s building and connected to your server room or router through a cable, and beams an Internet signal into your location through radio waves from the nearest tower.
How Does Fixed Wireless Internet Installation Compare to Other Types of Internet?
The table below outlines how fixed wireless Internet compares to fiber, cable, DSL and satellite Internet connections:
So, what does a Fixed Wireless Business Internet installation look like?
Prior to Circuit Installation
In order to deliver high-speed Internet access, a Fixed Wireless Internet service provider must first confirm a client’s business location has an express line of sight (LOS) to a nearby Base Station (telecom tower). While different wireless business Internet providers may administer varying methods to confirm LOS, most Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) encounter situations where a site visit is sometimes needed to confirm serviceability. Typically, a roof access form (RAF) is required from the building owner or property management company prior to conducting a site visit. Assuming access is granted, on-site techs can then confirm LOS and test signal strength from the intended installation point.
Every WISP has its own unique installation process and preferred equipment. For the purpose of this post, we will specifically examine GeoLinks’ ClearFiber™ Fixed Wireless Internet installations. Fully insured with coverage that meets property management and owner requirements, all GeoLinks’ installations are managed by our team of experienced technicians that consider visual aesthetics and building and city code compliance.
GeoLinks Installation Equipment
Subscriber – When installing a ClearFiber™ circuit, a “Subscriber” unit, also referred to as Customer Premise Equipment (CPE), is placed on the roof of the client’s building. While Subscribers can vary based on the service ordered and location of the customer premises, the average GeoLinks’ Subscriber dimensions measure 24 – 36 inches in diameter and weigh between 5 – 20lbs. The Subscriber is responsible for transmitting the wireless signal from the Base Station to the customer premise, and vice versa.
Non-Penetrating Roof Mount – The Subscriber is mounted directly to a non-penetrating roof mount. This is a 36in self-supporting, square angle steel frame with a 60in x 2in diameter mast designed specifically for antenna installation. It does not damage or require any mounting to the roof.
Rubber Mat and Blocks – Included as part of GeoLinks’ installation is an outdoor anti-skid rubber mat, placed directly under the non-penetrating roof mount. This outdoor weatherized mat is used to protect the roof and measures 36in x 36in x 1/8in. Depending upon Subscriber height, 6in x 8in x 16in concrete blocks are placed evenly around the base to stabilize the roof mount. The average install requires 6 to 8 bricks, with each brick weighing about 30lbs.
Cable – Once the Subscriber is installed and secured, an exterior outdoor rated Cat5e cable is run through a pre-existing vent or access point of the roof directly to the customer’s network room. This cable is plugged into a Power Over Ethernet (PoE) power supply that powers the subscriber and delivers service to the customer.
How Long Does it Take to Get Installed?
Just like most business services, fixed wireless Internet installation periods vary from provider to provider. GeoLinks prides itself on having one of the industry’s shortest installation periods. Our expertly trained technicians can connect businesses in as little as 24 hours. For larger circuits, we average between 7 to 10 business days.
Why Should Your Business Install Fixed Wireless at Your Location?
When your company chooses GeoLinks’ ClearFiber™ Fixed Wireless Internet, you benefit from:
True Network Redundancy
Guaranteed Speeds up to 10Gbps
24/7 U.S-Based Customer Support & IT Expert Access
99.9999% Uptime Guarantee backed by an Industry-Leading SLA
It doesn’t matter your size, whether you’re a single-location small business or multi-location enterprise corporation looking for a reliable fixed wireless Internet connection, we’ve got you covered.
Plus, GeoLinks isn’t just an Internet connectivity provider. We offer over-the-top Hosted Voice communications solutions and IP phones to keep your business always communicating.
Questions About Fixed Wireless Installations?
GeoLinks in-house Client Consultants are available to assist with any questions you may have regarding your business installation or service. To speak to a GeoLinks’ Client Consultant call (888) 225-1571 option 2.
October 19th, 2020 [UPDATED]
Originally Published January 22nd, 2019
The Pros and Cons of Different Rural Business Internet Options
BroadbandNow Research reports that more than 41 million Americans don’t have access to broadband Internet. Similarly, a 2018 study conducted by Microsoft found that 162.8 million people still did “not use the Internet at broadband speeds.” Why? Inflated costs, poor availability, slow deployment, terrestrial restraints, and misguided land and airwave regulations contribute to a lack of broadband infrastructure in rural communities across America. Resulting inequalities in finances, education, and social status, encountered by those without access to the Internet versus those who do, has been coined the U.S. Digital Divide.
According to GeoLinks’GeoLinks’ Co-Founder and CEO Skyler Ditchfield, there are “Five Crucial Steps Needed To Close The U.S. Digital Divide.” The final and arguably most imperative item listed is America’s need to adopt a technology-agnostic, hybrid approach to broadband development. While technologies such as 5G and fiber were are prominent buzzwords, Fixed Wireless Internet, digital subscriber line (DSL), satellite, and cable all play an equally vital role in closing the divide.
When your company is deciding how to upgrade your connection (or get connected for the first time), it’s vital to compare business Internet providers and evaluate the services they offer. Learning about all the different rural business Internet options and their pros and cons will help you make a choice that’s right for your business. To that end, GeoLinks has put together this comparison guide of the different options available to rural businesses.
*Note that Dial-up Internet access is technically an option available in rural areas. Still, due to the requirements of always-on and reliable connections for business continuity in today’s marketplace, and with less than 0.3% of all Americans still using dial-up according to a study in 2018, dial-up isn’t discussed as a viable Internet option for rural businesses.
So, what technologies from business Internet Providers are available in rural America? Here are the pros and cons of various Rural Internet options:
Pros and Cons of Internet Options
Fixed Wireless Broadband Internet
Fixed wireless Internet providers serve high-speed broadband Internet access to a single location via radio waves. While capable of servicing suburban and urban communities, Fixed Wireless Internet is most widely known for reaching and connecting rural America quickly.
Pros of Fixed-Wireless Internet:
Quick to deploy – Fixed Wireless Internet networks are deployable in a fraction of the time of competing wired technologies. For example, GeoLinks ClearFiber™ fixed wireless Internet can be deployed in seven to 10 business days.
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, like those engineered by GeoLinks, have multipoint redundancy built-in. Each circuit installed has at least one additional fixed wireless backhaul – often more – linking to a fiber connection, which provides always-on connectivity with 99.9999% uptime.
Unlimited Bandwidth – With ClearFiber™ fixed wireless Internet, your business gets unlimited bandwidth with no throttling or capping like satellite providers.
Cons of Fixed-Wireless Internet:
Line of Sight (LOS) – because circuits require direct LOS, trees or large buildings in the connection path can cause signal interference.
Bandwidth Cost – Bandwidth can be more expensive than DSL, Cable, and some Satellite providers.
DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) broadband is a wireline technology that transmits data over traditional copper telephone lines installed to homes and businesses. Because it operates on pre-existing phone lines, DSL can be quickly installed when infrastructure is present.
Pros of DSL Internet:
Accessible – because DSL runs through phone lines, it ‘sit’s more widely available nationwide. (According to broadbandnow.com, DSL has 90% coverage nationwide.)
It’s relatively inexpensive – the cost to install and maintain is less than many other broadband technologies, such as Fiber.
Cons of DSL Internet:
Slow speeds – rural DSL speeds are generally between 128 Kbps – 3 Mbps.
Inconsistent network quality – because circuit quality relies heavily on the distance from an ISP’s ISP’s central hub, a significant problem for many businesses in rural areas, speeds and network reliability are inconsistent.
Satellite Internet beams data from your Internet provider to a satellite in space and then back to a dish at a user’s location. Historically, the technology’s primary use has been to connect businesses in rural areas that don’t have access to wired services.
Pros of Satellite Internet:
Expansive availability – because it transmits to a satellite in space, it ‘sit’s available virtually anywhere on earth.
Decent speeds – delivering speeds up to 100 Mbps, Satellite is faster than DSL.
Cons of Satellite Internet:
Latency issues – Satellite has inherent latency issues – this is especially problematic with video conferencing and VoIP applications.
Unreliable – circuit quality is susceptible to moisture (weather) and objects, such as trees and vegetation.
High cost – Satellite Internet is one of the most expensive broadband technologies on the market.
Cable Broadband utilizes a modem to access the Internet through the same coaxial cables that deliver pictures and sound to a user’s television. Mainly used to service residential customers, cable networks are considered shared circuits.
Pros of Cable Broadband Internet:
Easy and quick to install – because it uses existing infrastructure, it sometimes can be immediately available.
Faster – Capacity to be substantially faster than other types of broadband connections such as satellite and DSL.
Cons of Cable Broadband:
Unreliable connection – Cable connections are shared with nearby users, causing performance issues, such as varying speeds, during peak usage times.
Rural limitations – due to the lack of infrastructure extending outside of urban communities, cable often is unavailable.
Cellular Mobile Broadband Internet
Mobile broadband delivers Internet connectivity over a mobile network – the same infrastructure utilized by your smartphone. Mobile broadband is accessible via portable wireless hotspots and wireless modems from anywhere with a cellular connection.
Pros of Mobile Broadband:
Easy access – assuming there is reception in the area, it has the potential to be immediately available.
Quick and easy install – the “plug and play feature” of this technology eliminates the need for physical cables, phone lines, or an electricity source.
Cons of Mobile Broadband:
Inconsistent coverage – If you live in a remote area, you may not get cellular reception, preventing access altogether.
Unreliable performance – Average rural mobile speeds fall around 12 to 15 Mbps and fluctuate depending on location and the number of people connected to the network.
Capped data usage – To prevent network saturation, mobile broadband plans typically come with data caps. Overages can be expensive.
Fiber Broadband Internet
Fiber broadband provides Internet access by converting electrical signals carrying data to light and sends the light through transparent glass fibers. It is one of, if not the most requested broadband technology on the market.
Pros of Fiber Broadband:
Speed – Fiber can deliver multi-gig speeds making it one of the fastest broadband options on the market alongside fixed wireless.
Scalable and flexible bandwidth – once installed, bandwidth can be increased or decreased almost on-demand.
Cons of Fiber Broadband:
Not available everywhere – Fiber is currently available in only 32% of the country.
Expensive and slow to deploy – fiber optic cable is exceptionally costly to deploy and requires trenching (often stalled by lengthy permitting processes.)
Comparing the Pros and Cons of Rural Business Internet Options
While there are advantages and disadvantages to each Rural Business Internet option, these technologies can be strategically deployed to create a ubiquitous solution capable of delivering multi-gigabit bandwidth to communities across the country. This technology-agnostic, hybrid network approach is key to closing the digital divide.
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In rural locations throughout the country, the Digital Divide has long been easier to discern than in more densely populated locales. For Borrego Springs Unified School District (BSUSD) in San Diego County, Calif., the reality of this scenario has been highlighted throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
In one pocket of its jurisdiction, a concentrated group of students remained completely isolated from the district’s new online learning environment, with most of them unable to log on in any capacity. After exhaustive efforts to provide means of connectivity for its students, district officials contacted GeoLinks. Moving quickly, our network team engineered and deployed a 50Mbps/25Mbps circuit to the area, free of charge to the district and its constituents.
“I grew up in a rural area similar to the one we recently connected for the Borrego Springs Unified School District,” said Skyler Ditchfield, GeoLinks CoFounder and CEO. “At GeoLinks, we’re doing our part to make sure that every child has equitable access to the internet. Without it, we might be hindering the growth of the next generation of great American innovators.”
GeoLinks has focused deployment efforts on connecting rural schools and libraries throughout the state of California and beyond for the last several years. A proud member of the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) and Corporate Partner of the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), Geolinks was the largest construction grant winner for Calif. K-12 schools and libraries four out of the last five years. Providing dedicated internet access throughout our network, we connect anchor institutions to enterprise networks at a fraction of the cost and timeframe required for fiber deployments.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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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Chat with one of our in-house experts to see if ClearFiber™ is right for your business.
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One of GeoLinks’ most recent hires, Frankie Garcia joined the team in June. We sat down with him to learn a little more about what his transition into his new role has been like.
Let’s start with the basics, what’s your role at GeoLinks?
I am an Accounting Clerk. I process all payments and checks for our customers, handle new customer invoicing and I’m the main one that handles any billing questions.
What’s your favorite part about working for GeoLinks?
The atmosphere and the culture that is instilled here. Our relaxed dress code allows you to feel unique, like an individual while still being part of professional, corporate environment.
Being a recent hire, how has your onboarding and transition gone?
Being new and transitioning into the role, it’s been a great opportunity to learn a broad set of skills in accounting. There’s been a lot of new material, but my supervisors have been great at showing me the nuances needed to do my job. For someone new and entry level, I feel very supported.
Outside of work, what is your favorite past time or hobby?
I enjoy being in nature a lot. Going hiking and going to the beach are my favorite pastimes. I enjoy music a lot and have quite a variety in my musical tastes.
What’s something most of your coworkers don’t know about you?
I’m a gamer. I play computer games. League of Legends is my favorite.
If you could have any job, other than your current job, what would you be doing?
I would ideally like to work for a non-profit. One that works with combating pollution, particularly cleaning up our oceans.
If you could live in any other time period, when would it be?
I would go back to the renaissance area and see what it was like to be in Florence during that time.
What is your favorite movie and why?
The Lion King… It’s a classic.
What’s next…what are you most excited for when you think of the future with GeoLinks?
The potential for our company’s growth and the chance to be a part of it. Personally, I’m just excited about the opportunities that it will bring for me.
We’re pleased to announce another addition to our team, in the form of telecom industry expert, Hugh Vujnovich as our newest Channel Manager. We sat down with Hugh to learn a little more about his background and the unique value he brings to agent partners.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, Hugh. How did you break into the telecom industry.
In my early 20’s, I started traveling, as many of my fellow Kiwis are known to do. I was actually on my way to Europe and I ended up in California! As you might expect of a young man in his early 20’s, I ran out of money rather quickly and I needed a job. My background was in engineering, but I ended up finding a job in the telecom industry. After working in the role for about 18 months, I realized I really had a knack for it, so I went out and started my own company.
That certainly is an interesting route you took to California and to telecom. What was your experience like running your own business within the industry?
I loved helping my employees evolve and grow, as I did with our partners. Telecom hardware distribution and the channel are kindred spirits. It is your job to educate, nurture, and empower resellers as well as agents with the tools and knowledge needed to sell your solution.
Given your experience, what do you see as the biggest value you can provide to partners as a GeoLinks Channel manager?
It is the expertise and the consultative approach we take for our agents that enable them to succeed in the market place.
With all the change you’ve seen in the industry over the years, what’s one piece of advice you would give your younger self?
The transition from CAPEX to OPEX revenue has been the biggest change I have seen and a difficult challenge for some but as long as we remember it’s the relationship with our agents and their relationship with their customers that provides the path to success for all of us, you will be successful.
That sounds like advice that applies to the modern day as well. Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any personal details?
Well I’m a SoCal guy now and I know the market very well. I’ve been here in Costa Mesa for the last 25 years. My wife and I raised our three kids here and just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. I guess the only thing to add would be that if you work with me, you should know I only support two teams: the New Zealand All Blacks and anybody playing Australia!
Good to know, Hugh. What’s the best way to get in touch with you?
I’m active on LinkedIn and am connected with a lot of my industry friends there. But you can email me anytime or call me directly at (949) 533-6304.
Scottsdale, Ariz —ChannelVision Magazine has recognized GeoLinks, a provider of fixed wireless and fiber connectivity as well as SD-WAN and HostedVoice services, as a winner in the 2020 Visionary Spotlight Awards for Fixed Wireless Business Technology for its ClearFiber™ Fixed Wireless Solution.
“We are honored to present GeoLinks with a 2020 Business Technology VSA for Wi-Fi & Fixed Wireless Solutions,” said Beka Business Media president and CEO Berge Kaprelian. “GeoLinks was recognized for the innovation of its ClearFiber™ and ClearFiber+™ fixed wireless solutions, which deliver up to 10Gbps of dedicated enterprise-grade internet with identical latency and jitter as fiber. Congratulations to the entire team at GeoLinks.”
ClearFiber™ is the first fixed wireless solution to use renewable energy to generate telecom-grade internet circuits. By building state-of-the-art solar- and wind-powered telecommunications facilities, GeoLinks is able to build off the grid in a fraction of the time and for a fraction of the cost of fiber. In Q4 2020 GeoLinks is taking another leap forward in innovation with the launch of ClearFiber+™ enhanced wireless technology that offers fixed wireless at multigigabit speeds and market disruptive prices in the company’s famously expedited timeframe (7-10 days). ClearFiber+™ will deliver fiber-quality Internet with 100 times greater speed, ultra-low latency, low jitter and 99.999% uptime.
ChannelVision’s editors hand-picked the winners that best demonstrated creativity, feature set differentiation and forward-thinking ability, as well as the ability to help drive growth for channel partners and their business customers.
“We are thrilled to be recognized as a visionary by ChannelVision Magazine,” said Phillip Deneef, Chief Strategy Officer for GeoLinks. “The indirect sales channel is a vital part of our success and we’re glad to bring innovative solutions like ClearFiber™ and ClearFiber+™ to help them solve communications challenges for their business clients whether they’re in metro or rural areas.”
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 Hosted Voice solutions. Ranked on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America four-years running, GeoLinks delivers Enterprise-Grade Internet, Hosted 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.
About the Visionary Spotlight Awards
ChannelVision’s annual Visionary Spotlight Awards competition was created to highlight channel and service provider innovation in communications. The awards honor outstanding products, services, and deployments across numerous technology categories. Visionary Spotlight Award winners exemplify this goal, showcasing the communications industry’s overall innovation, capacity for future-thinking execution, creativity, and feature set differentiation; and offering channel partners a cornucopia of opportunities to boost their roles as trusted providers. For more information about the Visionary Spotlight Awards program, click here or contact Berge Kaprelian at [email protected].
With a 92 percent confidence rating, GeoLinks celebrates its third consecutive year of recognition.
Camarillo, CA – GeoLinks recently announced that it is once again, Great Place to Work-Certified™. A significant achievement, certification is validated by gathering employee feedback through Great Place to Work’s rigorous, data-driven method. The most recent certification confirms that 9 out of 10 employees have a consistently positive experience at GeoLinks. A summary of GeoLinks’s ratings can be found at http://reviews.greatplacetowork.com/geolinks.
“We are thrilled to be Great Place to Work-Certified™,” said GeoLinks President, Ryan Adams. “It shows that our commitment to creating an inclusive, motivating and inspiring workplace is recognized and appreciated by our employees. It also continues to hold us accountable so that as we grow, we continue to measure our success not only by performance metrics, but by the overwhelmingly positive mindset that is present throughout our organization.”
“We congratulate GeoLinks on their Certification,” said Sarah Lewis-Kulin, Vice President of Best Workplace List Research at Great Place to Work. “Organizations that earn their employees’ trust create great workplace cultures that deliver outstanding business results.”
According to the study, 92 percent of employees at GeoLinks say it is a great place to work, compared to 59 percent of employees at a typical U.S.-based company.
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 Hosted Voice solutions. Ranked on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America three-years running, GeoLinks delivers Enterprise-Grade Internet, Hosted 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.
About Great Place to Work
Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture. Since 1992, they have surveyed more than 100 million employees around the world and used those deep insights to define what makes a great workplace: trust. Great Place to Work helps organizations quantify their culture and produce better business results by creating a high-trust work experience for all employees. Emprising®, their culture management platform, empowers leaders with the surveys, real-time reporting, and insights they need to make data-driven people decisions. Their unparalleled benchmark data is used to recognize Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies and the Best Workplaces™ in the US and more than 60 countries, including the 100 Best Companies to Work For® and World’s Best list published annually in Fortune. Everything they do is driven by the mission to build a better world by helping every organization become a Great Place to Work For All™.