'Digital deserts' of Brooklyn, Queens to get broadband boosthttp://www.bizjournals.com/newyork/news/2015/07/01/xchange-telecom-stealth-comm-bring-nyc-broadband.html
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Rachel Haot, chief digital officer and deputy secretary for technology for New York State as part of Gov. Cuomo’s executive chamber; Erik Grimmelmann, president and CEO of the New York Technology Council; and Cyna Alderman, managing director of the Daily News Innovation Lab, an initiative that seeks to engage with the city’s startup community.
Levy, who attended PS 209 in Whitestone and grew up with Friedman, said his company, Xchange Telecom, is working on a broadband network in Queens and Brooklyn to bring internet to areas that desperately need it.
"Queens is like a digital desert ... a lot of businesses are struggling with getting good broadband connectivity and we’re solving these problems" Levy said.
Xchange Telecom LLC (Xchange) today announced the launch of its next phase in its Business Class Broadband expansion in Brooklyn and Queens. Focusing on areas that currently are "digital deserts" without any competitive access to Business Class Broadband, the network expansion will provide services in the Long Island City, Williamsburg, North Brooklyn, and Greenpoint areas. Fast and reliable broadband access has become increasingly critical for businesses of all types in New York City, and this network expansion will help to bridge the "Digital Divide" by increasing access to broadband connectivity for hundreds of businesses in these currently underserved communities.
Xchange Telecom is creating a fiber core, fixed-wireless edge broadband network in the Long Island City, Williamsburg, North Brooklyn, and Greenpoint areas, enabling customers to receive service from network hubs wirelessly via rooftop-mounted equipment. Customers signing up for service from Xchange will have access to Business Class Broadband service at speeds from 20Mbps to one gigabit per second (1 Gbps) or higher. Customers will also be offered an array of telecommunication services including hosted VOIP telephony applications, and a variety of data services. Kickoff events will be held this summer in each of the IBZ’s , where commercial tenants will be able to learn more about the program and sign up for services. Businesses interested in upgraded broadband service may visit http://www.xchangetele.com/NYCIBZ to learn more about these events and submit their information to be put in touch with Xchange as service rolls out in their area.
Xchange Telecom is proud to announce this network expansion. Xchange will deliver business class broadband services as well as state of the art Communications services to the rapidly growing and thriving business community located throughout Long Island City, North Brooklyn and Williamsburg", says Alfred West, CEO of Xchange Telecom. "Brooklyn and Queens, each with more than 2.2 million residents, will finally have a broadband alternative to Verizon and cable. We look forward to working with thousands of businesses, both large and small, that need more powerful and reliable internet connectivity", says Alan Levy, Chairman of Xchange Telecom. This network expansion is part of Xchange's larger goal to increase affordable Business Class Broadband availability throughout NYC. Xchange continues to work with public/private partnerships to increase broadband availability and awareness, including WiredNYC, an initiative aimed at bringing transparency to broadband connectivity in NYC's commercial buildings and the NYC Broadband Map, which provides an up-to-date view of the availability of broadband infrastructure in commercial buildings as well as a view of emerging demand for broadband services in the City’s commercial buildings and neighborhoods.
About Xchange. Xchange Telecom is a NYC based voice and data service provider serving the greater NY area. Xchange Telecom, which was founded in 2002, builds and operates customized network, Ethernet and voice solutions for business, enterprise and carrier customers. Xchange Telecom is committed to the highest level of customer service and support. For more information on the company services, please visit www.xchangetele.com. For more information on the Xchange SkyWire project, please visit www.xchangetele.com/NYCIBZ.
It's shocking, but true. Residential customers in downtown Seoul and Moscow enjoy Internet access speeds 100 times greater than residents of the Big Apple in many places. In spite of the city's announcement in 2012 that it would invest $25 million annually to expand fiber optic network technology to businesses, the growth has not been fast enough for some.
High speed fiber optic cable has not been laid in many areas of New York, leaving buildings to depend on antiquated DSL lines or cable lines whose performances decrease as more and more people log on in peak times. With content increasingly rich, these no longer suffice for businesses looking to compete.
Typical is a complaint that I recently heard from a busy pediatrician in Williamsburg. Although his provider promised Internet speeds of 10 meg by 3 meg (download - upload), he finds his Internet line crawling and IP phones not working. This is simply not business-grade Internet.
For a city that prides itself on being fast-moving and cutting-edge, New York has remarkably slow Internet connections outside Wall Street and midtown, thanks to the high cost of running fiber-optic cable beneath busy streets.
That bottleneck, however, may be loosening for the thousands of commercial buildings just in Manhattan—about 90% of the 13,000 total—that are not wired with business-class broadband. Advances in a technology known as fixed wireless broadband is helping bring high-speed Internet access to buildings whose owners can't persuade fiber providers to shell out the money to connect them.
"Rather than ripping up the roads, we're lighting the sky, and Building better wireless Some 90% of Manhattan offices lack high-speed Internet. These gizmos could change that.the technology is accelerating rapidly," said Alan Levy, chairman of Xchange Telecom, a Brooklyn-based phone company that expanded into fixed wireless several years ago.
NYC Broadband Map Demonstrates Broadband Availability in Nearly 2,000 Buildings Across the City.
New York City Economic Development Corporation today announced the launch of the NYC Broadband Map, an initiative designed to expand connectivity and ensure that the City further establishes its position as a leader in technology in the 21st century. The NYC Broadband Map, first announced by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in June 2012, is designed to provide an up-to-date view of the availability of broadband infrastructure in the City’s commercial buildings, as well as a view of emerging demand for broadband services in the City’s commercial buildings and neighborhoods.
Xchange Telecom is proud to announce that it has been chosen by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to participate in the FCC’s new pilot project to advance broadband adoption. As one of only fourteen companies across the United States to be selected, and as the only New York provider to be selected, Xchange will, over the next few months, begin rolling out a discount plan for eligible low income customers that will provide significant savings to their broadband costs. In order to rigorously test how best to use a “Lifeline” discount program to support broadband adoption, the pilot will focus on specific neighborhoods in Brooklyn and gather data and provide analysis on a wide a range of geographic, technological, and programmatic variables. The Pilot Program will run for 18 months, beginning on Feb. 1, 2013. This pilot program will enable New York City low income residents to participate in these broadband pricing discounts well in advance of the rest of the country.
In partnership with Baruch College of the City University of New York, Xchange will test market different Lifeline discount plans in different areas of Brooklyn, in order to provide the FCC with actual results assessing adoption rates. In addition, Xchange, in partnership with CUNY and Older Adults Technology Service (OATS) will also offer digital literacy classes to a select group of participants in the pilot to also help increase broadband adoption rates. Xchange is also working with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to provide these Lifeline broadband discounts in a group of NYCHA developments located in Brooklyn.
Xchange is thankful to all of its partners, and the myriad of area elected officials who have helped support its participation in the pilot program, including State Senator Daniel Squadron and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.
Xchange Telecom, started in 2002, is a regional Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) serving the New York region. As a fully interconnected CLEC with state of the art facilities and interconnects to most major carriers and data providers, we provide the personal attention and customized solutions required by the most discriminating of customers. Our corporate culture and experience allows us to service even the smallest business with a personal relationship while scaling to provide enterprise level telecommunications solutions for the largest corporations.
Thousands of small, medium and enterprise sized business customers throughout the metropolitan area rely on Xchange Telecom's state of the art network for the highest quality, personalized service and exceptional value.
Xchange’s WiMax Network - Skywire
Over the past 12 months, Xchange has been developing a 4G wireless network in NYC, to provide voice and data solutions, and Xchange is deploying a fixed wireless network called Skywire around Brooklyn, NY. Xchange is in the process of deploying initial base stations on rooftops and has just launched its pilot program.
Simultaneously, Xchange is deploying a point-tomultipoint, business grade network in the Brooklyn area. Xchange’s network will allow business to receive SLAlevel data connections – something many businesses in Brooklyn were not able to get until now due to the lack of infrastructure.
Xchange Telecom Corp. has launched a new wireless network in Brooklyn. This wireless network is designed to provide fixed wireless voice and data connections to area businesses and residential customers. This network will supplement Xchange’s existing infrastructure, operated by Xchange over the last 10+ years and allow Xchange customers to bypass terrestrial network limitations, like much of the deteriorating copper infrastructure currently available in Brooklyn, and will allow these customers to receive highly reliable high-speed data and voice connections.
Built with two separate and distinct layers of services, the network allows residential and small business customers to connect with data speeds up to 25MBPS down by 5MBPS up, and to provide fiber class SLA protected wireless connections for larger business with speeds up to 1 GBPS.
The residential and small business network, called Skywire, provides data and voice services using WiMax technology delivered over 3.65GHZ spectrum. Xchange is the only provider of 3.65GHZ in the area, and using this spectrum allows it to deliver an outstanding broadband experience to it’s customers. This technology has become the new global standard for broadband access for web and voice customers. Also, given the recent events with Hurricane Sandy, residents of Brooklyn can feel secure in knowing that their phone and Internet service have a much more likely probability of staying live during adverse weather and a nearly certain opportunity of restoring quickly after calamitous weather. Long suffering business, traditionally forced to use unreliable DSL and low speed T1s, can now feel secure with their reliable, high-speed data connection. The Skywire network is transforming the telecommunications landscape in New York City.
The business-grade network, SkyWirePro, provides data services using point-to-multi-point (PTMP) and point-to-point (PTP) wireless connections. Using proprietary technologies, these connections give reliable, data connections at competitive cost and with the service level agreements that enterprises need. Large businesses, schools and medical facilities finally have the network options they need to support their networking needs.
For more information, please contact Xchange Telecom at (877) 853-8350 or visit us at www.xchangetele.com