Everywhere we look in the telecom and internet infrastructure space we see preparations for 5G underway. But in many cases, the technological hurdles aren’t the difficult ones. In markets like New York City it’s easier to talk about network densification but a whole lot harder to actually do it. Places like NYC have long been minefields for large carriers, but opportunity zones for smaller companies with the necessary local knowledge and capabilities. One such operator in NYC is Skywire Networks, which has been busy deploying its network throughout the digital deserts of NYC. With us today to talk about Skywire’s approach to bringing high-speed internet to every corner of NYC is founder and CEO Alan Levy.
Words can’t adequately describe what we all experienced in 2020. In early March and through the spring and summer, NYC was at the epicenter of the Covid-19 crisis.
Early on, a number of our employees (including me) had the virus. Fortunately, we all got through the first wave in good shape. For months, most businesses either moved to remote working or shut down, thereby leaving the city as a ghost town. The sounds of sirens filled the air around our offices in Brooklyn, only interrupted by the loud clanking of the pots and pans at 7PM each night by our citizens thanking our nurses, doctors and first responders.
I recently read a thoroughly researched article titled – “It’s 2020: Why Is The Internet Still Treated Like A Luxury, Not A Utility?” As the CEO of Skywire Networks, not only have I been asking this same question for many years, but I have worked with my team over the past 6 years to build an internet network throughout NYC, especially in the “fiber poor” outer-boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.
Early last month, with much fanfare, Apple announced their new 5G iPhone12. As the Apple ads hit the airwaves, not surprisingly so did the ads for Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T all touting their “5G” networks. If you read the fine print, you will realize that a very small portion of the 5G nationwide network is available and operating. There are 20,000 cities in the US and one of the carriers noted that they have lit 2,000 cities or 10%. If you dig a bit deeper, the total populations of these 2,000 cities is less than 1% of the total population. Anyway, these companies want to sell tons of phones and selling a new shiny object like 5G is a great way to do so.
We were featured in American Security Today regarding our pandemic response.
Skywire Networks, one of NYC’s fastest growing ISP’s, having lit more than 800 buildings and providing data services to thousands of business customers, is excited to announce that it has extended its network to Northern Manhattan and Southern Bronx.
The following article was written by our good friend Skyler Ditchfield, the CEO at California based GeoLinks and we couldn't agree more. While Skywire Networks provides both Fiber and Fixed Wireless access methods (often both resulting in true diversity), Fixed Wireless is a key component of what we do as owners of one the largest networks in NYC.
We hope that everyone is safe and healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic.
As an essential service provider and one of the most active network builders in NYC, we have stayed busy during the crisis. We are proud to announce that we have recently lit our 800th building.
We hope that you and your families are safe and healthy during this pandemic.
NYC is at the center of this crisis and our team is on the front lines in deploying critical infrastructure to city, state and federal agencies.
Dear Skywire customers and partners,
At this time when the news is dominated by Coronavirus, I wanted to personally reach out and let you know that we are vigilantly implementing enhanced protocols and increasing network capacity, redundancy, and security to ensure that your network and business continues to run seamlessly and without interruption.
We are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control regarding the spread of the virus, which among other things has resulted in the implementation of unprecedented levels of remote workforce policies. Demand for broadband services continues to rise especially as video conferencing, virtual-events tools, conference calling and other UC tools, are relied on to insure seamless communication with your employees, customers and partners.
Here’s what we’re doing:
We have all been through it. We go through the process of identifying what we thought were “lit” facilities, prepare a quote for the customer and eventually win the opportunity. Then after a month of back and forth with the underlying carrier, we get that deal killing news….SPECIAL CONSTRUCTION CHARGES!
NEW YORK, Oct. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Velstar International LLC, a global technology solutions provider, announced today the deployment of a high-quality, fully redundant, dual-path Internet network into 555 West 25th Street in New York City. Owned by MacTaggart Family & Partners (MFP LP), this PLATINUM Certified building is a stately, six-story, pre-war loft building in the heart of the West Chelsea Art District and a few blocks from Hudson Yards. It offers tenants a broad range of technology amenities in partnership with Skywire Networks, one of the fastest-growing Internet builders in NYC. MFP LP has made a significant investment in the building's elevator system, common-area upgrades, surveillance and access security, as well as fiber-based, high-speed Internet, data and voice services.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 13, 2019
In 2004, an article was published by a research thinktank called The Center For an Urban Future titled - New York’s Broadband Gap. It’s remarkable how little has been accomplished in the 15 years since the article was published. Sometimes you need to look into the past to see the future.
It’s nice to see Starry, a Boston based fixed wireless company focused primarily on the urban MDU space, raise $120 million at a pre-money valuation of $875 million.
For $50/month, Starry delivers 200MB speeds to residential customers living in apartment buildings initially in Boston and in other cities. Starry, Skywire and other platforms which deliver OTT services are contributing to the massive increase in “cord cutting” which increased to 1 million homes in the fourth quarter.