XCHANGE TELECOM LIGHTS ITS 250TH BUILDING IN NEW YORK CITY
LAUNCHES NEW DIVISION -- SKYWIRE NETWORKS -- TO BRING ETHERNET ACCESS TO THE CITY’S NON-FIBER COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – July 28, 2016 -- Xchange Telecom, a diversified, New York City-based telecommunications company, announced today that it has just lit its 250th building, The Zipper Building at Austell Place in Long Island City, Queens. This is a major milestone in the company’s mission of bringing ethernet access to NYC’s underserved areas. The Brooklyn-based company also announces the launch of Skywire Networks, the business division of Xchange Telecom. Currently, more than 90% of commercial buildings in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan do not have access to gigabit speeds and are reliant on poor quality connections and services solely from Verizon and the cable companies.
This announcement of lighting its 250th building follows Xchange’s recent partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and its broadband expansion in Industrial Business Zones -- a program known as Connect IBZ-- to deliver business class data and voice services to currently underserved areas. “We all know that the copper infrastructure in New York City simply cannot keep up with modern IP requirements,” says Alan Levy Co-Founder and CEO, Xchange Telecom. “Skywire Networks is singularly focused on solving this access problem for non-fiber buildings in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. Just look around the city, all you see are construction cranes. There is so much real estate development going on, especially in Brooklyn and Queens, and there simply isn’t enough supply of affordable, fast, commercial ethernet to satisfy demand. Skywire Networks, with our 14 hubs and 24,000 NYC ‘near-net’ buildings is uniquely situated to address this demand.”
“The Zipper Building at Austell Place in Long Island City historically lacked any connectivity, which is necessary for growing businesses in today’s marketplace,” says George Karnoupakis, Vice President of Vanbarton Group LLC, which owns the property. “Skywire’s fixed wireless product has been a formidable, relatively low cost telecommunications option, helpful in attracting tenants to our redevelopment.”
Skywire Networks delivers business-class broadband ranging from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps as well as advanced voice systems to businesses in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens where, until now, high-speed internet has been unobtainable. Its solution, Skywire HQ, gives small- to mid-sized businesses a complete, robust and affordable Business Connectivity Platform with enterprise-class internet, adaptive voice, and personalized service. Skywire Networks becomes the much-needed telecom department that most SMBs cannot afford, enabling them to leverage an enterprise-class communications infrastructure without having to manage it themselves.