Alaska Communications installs mesh fixed wireless nodes

Aug. 4, 2021
Alaska Communications announced it has debuted its AKXinternet internet service, offering 1 Gigabit speeds for subscribers.

Alaska Communications (NASDAQ: ALSK) in July announced it has launched its new AKXinternet internet service, offering 1 Gigabit speeds for Alaskan subscribers.

Per the provider, AKXinternet is a mesh fixed wireless solution offering 1 gigabit download speeds and up to 100 Mbps upload speeds. Alaska Communications notes it is among the first internet service providers in the country to deploy this technology.

The ISP noted that, also in July, Cambium Networks awarded Alaska Communications with its Wireless Connectivity Hero Award, which "recognizes visionaries who are changing the world with wireless technology."

The provider contends its use of mesh fixed wireless technology meets the growing demand for reliable, high-speed internet. The deployed system uses a network of fiber and radios to create a "mesh" of connectivity around the customer.

“We’re using wireless solutions to extend the reach of our fiber infrastructure to serve Alaskans,” said Diedre Williams, senior vice president, operations, at Alaska Communications. “Through AKXinternet, we’ll be able to bring higher speeds to more customers in a quicker time to market than trenching fiber, which is difficult to do in populated areas and is labor intensive, resulting in a slower pace of expansion.”

The new service offers unlimited data through a tiered speed model, with options starting at 100 Mbps. This service is now available in select Anchorage neighborhoods. The company will expand to more locations in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and the Kenai Peninsula through 2024.

“We’re bringing more speed, more reliability and more choices to Alaskans,” concluded Bill Bishop, president and CEO of Alaska Communications. “Internet usage needs have changed, especially over the past 17 months, and we’re expanding our availability and options in response. The pandemic underscored just how critical the availability of affordable broadband is for accessing work, education, healthcare, entertainment, and staying connected with friends and family. In particular, fast upload speeds are needed for seamless video conferencing, which is an essential component of working from home."

 The AKXinternet service is part of Alaska Communications’ focus on network expansion, the company said. The provider’s stated goal is to reach 6,500 new addresses with this service this year. The AKXinternet service expansion is set continue in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and the Kenai Peninsula through 2024.

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