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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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Featured on Forbes: Content May Be King, But Not Without Access Via The Last Mile

By Paul Harr on May 11, 2018 3:37:33 AM

Alan Levy, co-founder & CEO of Skywire Networks, one of the largest Fixed Wireless Broadband Providers in New York City discusses why content is king, but not with access via the "last mile".

See the original article as seen on Forbes here.

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What To Expect In the Aftermath of Net Neutrality - Part I

By Paul Harr on May 10, 2018 12:11:27 AM

The repeal of net neutrality was not a popular decision - at least, not among the internet users of the United States, of which there are many. So why, then, was net neutrality repealed? The answer, according to FCC chairman Ajit Pai, is because the rules set out during the tenure of the previous FCC chairman Tom Wheeler were too “heavy-handed,” and worked to penalize telecoms companies at the expense of growth and innovation - in other words, because it wasn’t favorable for ISPs.

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Featured on Forbes: Who Owns The Customer?

By Paul Harr on Apr 10, 2018 6:54:56 AM

Alan Levy, CEO and co-founder of Skywire Networks, discusses who owns the customer with Forbes.

Topics: Forbes
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Skywire Networks/OVUM White Paper Featured in Fierce Telecom

By Paul Harr on Mar 23, 2018 12:10:30 PM

There is a growing appeal for fixed wireless access (FWA) as an alternative to fiber-class access methods, especially for enterprise-class services. FWA can compete directly against other technologies, like fiber, in its ability to transport Ethernet & support high-speed broadband Internet access. 

Check out our white paper as featured on Fierce Telecom.

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OVUM White Paper: Reveals Growth in Fixed Wireless as an Alternative to Fiber for Enterprise-Class Services

By Paul Harr on Mar 15, 2018 10:21:25 AM

Ascend Learning Featured Use Case Demonstrates Fixed Wireless Can Compete Directly Against other High-speed Connectivity Options including Fiber.

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Podcast: New technology allows Skywire Networks to provide ethernet at fiber speeds for rates at least 40% less than fiber providers in Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn or Bronx

By Paul Harr on Mar 8, 2018 10:30:54 AM

Alan Levy, CEO and Co-Founder Skywire Networks, describes the technology and speed with which they can light up buildings to Don Witt of The Channel Daily News, a TR publication.

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Featured on Forbes: Futureproofing Your Internet Connectivity

By Paul Harr on Feb 20, 2018 12:03:13 PM

Alan Levy, co-founder & CEO of Skywire Networks, one of the largest Fixed Wireless Broadband Providers in New York City discusses why it's important to futureproof your internet connectivity.

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Technical.ly: But what if the government did build a nationalized 5G network? Pros and cons

By Paul Harr on Feb 2, 2018 9:26:42 AM

Alan Levy, CEO and Founder, Skywire Networks made the point that private industry has already spent a ton of time and money working on 5G, and it would be a total waste to have the government start over.

Topics: Techincal.ly 5G
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Telecom Ramblings: Skywire has significantly scaled its wholesale and channel activities

By Paul Harr on Feb 1, 2018 11:28:04 AM

"...Also in NYC, Skywire has significantly scaled its wholesale and channel activities. They've put some of the capital they raised recently to work lighting buildings in the rest of the city outside of midtown and downtown. And they have now unveiled a Partners Portal to provide better access to connectivity and pricing for lit and near-net buildings."

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Skywire Networks Significantly Scales its Wholesale and Channel Partner Activities in New York City

By Paul Harr on Jan 25, 2018 9:34:25 AM

New York, New York – January 25, 2018 – Skywire Networks, one of the most active and fastest growing Ethernet providers in New York City, announced today that it has significantly scaled its wholesale and channel partner activities. Subsequent to a significant capital raise completed last summer, the company has now hit a new milestone – it has lit its 450th building and has now published its own near-net footprint of 20,000+ commercial buildings.

"We are incredibly excited to announce our plans to accelerate our wholesale and channel activities. Unlike most fiber providers that have focused exclusively on midtown and downtown Manhattan Class A commercial buildings, our NYC coverage area covers most of Brooklyn, Queens and those parts of Manhattan which have poor fiber density,” says Alan Levy, CEO of Skywire Networks.

Levy goes on to say, “With continued consolidation in the telecom space, there is a shortage of quality carriers that can provide wholesale SLA Ethernet private line access to buildings and businesses throughout NYC. Skywire is excited to help our partners fill this void in the marketplace.”

Skywire sells both wholesale Ethernet private lines to other carriers as well as Skywire-branded voice and data services to channel partners and agents. A key component of this effort will be the launch of our Partners Portal (https://www.skywirenetworks.com/partners). Registered users will be able to search for a NYC building by entering the service address and will immediately determine if Skywire can provide high-speed connectivity and the associated monthly recurring charges.

Skywire’s NYC portal includes Skywire lit buildings (Type 1), Skywire partner fiber buildings (Type 2), and Skywire near-net buildings. Today, the few carriers that do publish a pricing portal only include their own on-net buildings. Skywire’s portal is differentiated as an industry capable tool, in that Skywire publishes a building list of more than 60,000 NYC commercial buildings which covers essentially all of NYC.


On January 29th through January 31st, the Skywire Team will be attending the Metro Connect conference in Miami, Florida.
If you’d like to learn more about Skywire Networks and our extensive capabilities, connect with us in room 147 and hear us speak at the event:
Session Title: Understanding How to Cater to the Enterprise
Speaker: Darren Feder, President, Skywire Networks
Date: January 29, 2018
Time: 4:20 p.m. ET

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Featured on Telecom Ramblings: A Further Look into Why the FCC Has Lowered Broadband Standards

By Paul Harr on Jan 19, 2018 1:53:18 PM

Skywire Networks' very own Alan Levy discusses why the FCC has lowered broadband standards with Telecom Ramblings.

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Featured on Forbes: Why Sky Is The Future

By Alan Levy on Dec 28, 2017 3:42:47 PM

New York City is a city of skyscrapers, high-rises and water towers perched far above the ground. But so much of what connects our city -- the subway system, water and electric utilities, fiber and so on -- lies beneath the ground. In an old, densely built city like New York, instead of perpetually looking to dig up of streets to deliver essential services to NYC businesses, we should be looking to solutions that allow for minimal disruption while providing the highest quality service.

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Cornell Tech Relies on Skywire Networks

By Paul Harr on Dec 28, 2017 3:31:13 PM

Two Providers Promise Better Cell Service, Innovative Broadband
by Briana Warsing

There is help on the way for Islanders whose phones regularly drop calls in the Westview arcade, the Good Shepherd Church plaza, the bowels of the Cultural Center, and elsewhere. At next Tuesday’s Board meeting for the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), members will vote on a proposal to increase cellular service on the Island by laying down fiber lines to new, small cell towers attached to lamp posts along Main Street.

The goal is higher capacity and better in-building coverage. Crown Castle has worked with RIOC to determine the Island’s dead spots. Together, they identified specific locations to install new small cell solutions networks based on a careful and thorough review of existing poles and neighborhood sites.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the Island, Cornell Tech is getting a boost of a different sort. When looking for a way to bring high-speed internet access to its high-demand campus, the school made the surprising choice to not lay down fiber. Instead, they looked to the sky.

In a nod to the school’s innovative architecture, focus on sustainability, and investment in New York’s tech industry, Cornell Tech relies on Skywire Networks, a company that connects commercial buildings to their network via microwave radios which are installed on the roofs of tall buildings. Skywire CEO and co-founder, Alan Levy, has spent the last five years building the company to deliver high-quality, high-speed internet to buildings traditionally underserved by cable and copper-based carriers.


“Fiber is a terrestrial network. It’s in the street,” says Levy, “You have to dig up the roads in order to install it.” According to Levy, most of the fiber in New York City was installed in midtown and in the financial district because those businesses are the ones that could afford it. But in other parts of the city, Levy says, there’s much less fiber installation (less than 5 percent according to his research), which means businesses and buildings have to rely on an old copper technology, and, in many instances, cable technology, for broadband. “That’s the problem we are solving via Skywire.”

Skywire Networks delivers high-speed internet through the air.

In the scheme of fiber haves and have-nots, Roosevelt Island is a have-not. “During construction, many times they will coordinate fiber, and all the conduits inside the building will be built for that,” he says. “Part of it, obviously, has to do with it being on an Island. It’s expensive to dig under the water and lay fiber, particularly for the size of Roosevelt Island. Most times, when fiber is used to deliver high speed broadband, you dig up the street from point A to point B.”

Skywire Networks, he says, can deliver the same speed that fiber delivers. The difference is that their equipment sits on the roof that goes into the building, versus fiber that goes into the basement that goes into the building; it’s just a different path to get into that building.

Skywire’s technology connects to the building, the signal comes through the sky through point-to-point radio equipment. In Cornell Tech’s case, it connects the buildings at Cornell Tech to the Skywire network in Long Island City, where there is fiber. The strategy, says Levy, is to deploy fiber, and then that last mile or so use the microwave radios to deliver the same type of speeds that fiber gets.

Levy says that his company’s installation at Cornell Tech will not impact the rest of the Island, but that he would be happy to work with RIOC in order to connect the rest of us. He is aware that there isn’t great service here. “To the extent there are other needs outside of Cornell Tech, we can address those with the building owners themselves because we can connect to Roosevelt Island.”

Cell Service

For those who spend most of their time on a mobile phone, the Board is expected to vote December 19 on a plan to connect us with new cell towers being installed around Main Street.

In a presentation given at RIOC’s Real Estate Development Advisory Committee meeting on November 9, Joseph Klem and Esme Lombard from wireless infrastructure provider Crown Castle proposed building and maintaining a fiber ring around Roosevelt Island to supply the Island with reliable cellular connectivity. Part of their plan requires them to provide four strands of dark fiber around the Island.

They will then install additional small cell towers in weak-signal or high-data-traffic areas around the Island. Crown Castle is a neutral cell host system, and is designed to host all carriers; “every carrier has a chance to come in,” said Klem.

The good news is that, unlike the Con Edison work that was recently done on the Island, Klem says this work would take only three to six months, and that it can go right on the edge of the curbline.

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