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Skywire Networks Selected by Success Academy for Dual Path Network Connectivity

By Paul Harr on Aug 13, 2019 10:03:38 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 13, 2019

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Bringing Broadband to the Outer Boroughs of NYC

By Paul Harr on Jun 19, 2019 1:00:11 PM

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.

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Fixed wireless broadband startup Starry files to raise up to $125 million.

By Paul Harr on May 14, 2019 8:30:21 AM

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.  

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TBI Event: Darren Feder Spreading the Skywire Story!

By Paul Harr on Apr 5, 2019 9:30:02 AM

Awesome day at TBI's NYC Cloud Commission event! Thanks @TBI Team!

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Channel Partners: Intelisys Teams with Ethernet Provider Skywire

By Paul Harr on Mar 14, 2019 12:06:29 PM

"Intelisys has aligned with a major Ethernet provider to serve New York City.  The ScanSource-owned master agent/distributor is partnering with Skywire Networks, which has 525 lit buildings in the Big Apple. Intelisys subagents can now offer services on Skywire’s broadband network...The new supplier gives needed resources to partners facing portfolio gaps when it comes to serving New York City area customers.  Skywire prides itself on reaching “digital deserts,” which are offices that aren’t part of well-lit “class A” commercial buildings."

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Skywire Networks Announces Partnership with Intelisys

By Paul Harr on Mar 12, 2019 9:03:28 AM

New York, NY –– Skywire Networks, one of the fastest growing Ethernet providers in New York City, with more than 525 lit buildings, 35 distribution hubs and 39,000 near-net buildings, announced today that it is now a Supplier Partner with Intelisys, Inc., a ScanSource company, and the nation’s leading provider of technology services. This partnership will provide Intelisys Sales Partners with access to Skywire’s extensive NYC broadband network.    

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Skywire Networks Announces Partnership with TBI

By Paul Harr on Mar 5, 2019 9:00:00 AM

New York, NY –– Skywire Networks, one of the fastest growing Ethernet providers in New York City, with more than 525 lit buildings, 35 distribution hubs and 39,000 near-net buildings, announced today their partnership with white-glove master agent TBI. TBI, one of the nation’s leading third-party technology distributors, will now offer their customers and agents access to Skywire’s extensive NYC broadband network.

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Skywire Networks’ Partner Portal Enhanced in Q1 2019

By Paul Harr on Mar 1, 2019 3:01:19 PM

Skywire Networks is excited to announce significant enhancements to our Partners Portal in Q1 2019. 

Since the portal’s launch in June 2018, we have added thousands of more qualified buildings, lowered retail and wholesale prices and also built out the Portal’s Resource Center which debuted in October 2018 to include new partner sales resources including commission reporting.

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Skywire Networks Extends to the East Side of Manhattan

By Paul Harr on Feb 19, 2019 4:32:37 PM

Consistent access to the Internet - -- also known as the fourth utility -- is as crucial to our daily lives as electricity, gas and water. Yet high-speed quality Internet and the connections it facilitates to employment, culture, and commerce remain beyond the reach of many commercial business and building owners on the East Side of Manhattan.

As an area of New York City known for its prestigious hospitals, museums, restaurants and multi-million dollar townhouses, it is counterintuitive that the East Side of Manhattan is fiber challenged and has extremely unreliable internet connectivity. But it’s true!!
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Skywire Networks Announces the Launch of its Partner Resource Center.

By Paul Harr on Oct 9, 2018 9:40:58 AM

NEW YORK--Skywire Networks, one of the fastest growing Ethernet providers in New York City, announced today that it has launched an online resource center for agents, channel partners and wholesale carrier partners. Skywire recently announced the lighting of its 500th building in NYC. In addition to lighting 500 buildings, Skywire has also built 35 major distribution hubs throughout NYC, resulting in a near-net coverage area of 39,000+ commercial buildings.

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Skywire Networks Delivers Multi-Gigabit Connectivity to its 500th Building in NYC

By Paul Harr on Jun 28, 2018 9:39:40 AM

NEW YORK--()--Skywire Networks, one of the fastest growing Ethernet providers in New York City, announced today that it has recently “lit” its 500th building, a major milestone for the company in its 5 years of network buildout. In addition to lighting 500 buildings, Skywire has also built 35 major distribution hubs throughout NYC, resulting in a near-net coverage area of 39,000+ commercial buildings.

"We are incredibly excited to reach the 500th lit building milestone. Unlike most fiber providers that have focused exclusively on midtown and downtown Manhattan, our footprint covers the rest of the city,” said Alan Levy, CEO of Skywire Networks. “There is a shortage of quality carriers able to provide Gigabit Ethernet access to businesses throughout NYC. Skywire is passionate about filling this void in the marketplace.”

The Skywire Network and coverage area is especially strong in the boroughs of NYC, where demand for high-quality broadband far outweighs available, affordable supply. The company’s near-net coverage area includes:

 

Brooklyn  21,000 buildings  
Queens  10,000 buildings  
Manhattan 6,000   buildings  
Bronx  2,000   buildings  
Total     39,000 commercial buildings in the NYC area  
 
 

More than 80% of the near-net buildings above are challenged by not having high-quality, SLA Gigabit capable network services in place. Furthermore, if a Skywire competitor can actually “light” the building, significant additional costs such as special construction often drive up rates considerably. Skywire Networks does not charge for special construction for getting their network to qualified, published near-net buildings.

Skywire sells wholesale Ethernet Private lines to other carriers as well as Skywire-branded voice and data services to channel partners and agents. Skywire also offers a robust MPLS network as well as UCASS solutions covering the entire US. Skywire recently launched its Partner Portal, where registered users enter a NYC address to immediately determine if Skywire can provide high-speed connectivity, on either (or both) of their terrestrial and aerial MPLS networks, as well as the expected installation interval and the pricing. In addition to the near-net footprint, Skywire has established interconnects with over 30 major fiber providers across the US.

Skywire invites all carriers and channel partners looking for high-quality NYC broadband access to reach out to Michael DenBlaker, Skywire’s Director of Wholesale Carrier services at mdenblaker@skywirenetworks.com or (646)-722-7215, and to sign up for the partner portal: https://www.skywirenetworks.com/partners

ABOUT SKYWIRE NETWORKS

Skywire Networks is one of the fastest growing Ethernet providers in New York City, with more than 500 lit buildings, 35 distribution hubs, and a near-net footprint of over 39,000+ commercial buildings. The company provides both direct and wholesale Ethernet Private Lines and Internet with speeds ranging from 50Mbps to 10Gbps. Skywire Networks addresses the problem of poor fiber density in NYC by leveraging various edge technologies to deliver SLA, fiber-class throughput, and connectivity.

 

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Featured on Forbes: What To Expect As Net Neutrality Fades Into The Distance

By Paul Harr on Jun 5, 2018 2:40:24 PM

Alan Levy, co-founder & CEO of Skywire Networks, one of the largest Fixed Wireless Broadband Providers in New York City discusses what to expect as net neutrality fades into the distance.

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How Connectivity Will Determine the Cities of Tomorrow: Part Two

By Paul Harr on May 31, 2018 6:53:05 AM

Not only has the internet become a vital part of our lives, it’s also become an integral part of the economy. Think about how much investment and innovation is driven by companies in Silicon Valley, all of whom rely on the internet in some way, shape, or form. For those companies who reap billions of dollars in revenue every year, having access to high-speed internet is something they don’t really think about because they have the money to pay whatever fees companies like Verizon or Comcast are charging them. They also have the wherewithal to build their own infrastructure, which means they care less about the general state of internet connectivity.

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How Connectivity Will Determine the Cities of Tomorrow

By Paul Harr on May 25, 2018 4:59:38 AM

The internet has taken over our lives. Whether that will turn out to be beneficial or harmful (or a combination of both) remains to be seen, but the fact of the matter is that it’s near impossible to conduct any aspect of everyday life without using the internet in some way. We communicate using the internet. We pay our bills over the internet. We consume news and entertainment on the internet. Many of us require the internet to do our jobs. The internet has become woven into the fabric of everyday life, but it has become so commonplace as to seem invisible. We turn on our computers with the assumption that we will be able to access everything we need, without a thought to the infrastructure that allows that to happen. In doing so, we ignore the role that the internet - and access to it - plays in shaping the landscapes around us, particularly with regard to determining the future urban landscape and the cities of tomorrow.

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The State of Fixed Wireless

By Paul Harr on May 20, 2018 6:15:00 AM

For a long time, people looking for an alternative to fiber providers such as Verizon and Time Warner Cable had nowhere to turn to. As Daryl Schoolar, a principal analyst at OVUM, a market research and consulting firm, has noted, “For more than a decade, there has been great interest in operators using fixed wireless access, or microwave, as a viable ‘last-mile’ technology”, despite the fact that such technology was at the time unstable under certain conditions. But providers persevered, and fixed wireless access (also known as FWA) has become an increasingly popular option in both densely populated cities such as New York and rural areas in places like Oklahoma and Iowa.

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