POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) is going away. What’s your plan for the future?

Unless you’ve been living entirely off the grid, you know that humans are consuming and generating more data than ever before. IDC predicts that by 2025, the global datasphere will grow to 163 zettabytes, which translates to 163 trillion gigabytes. While these massive numbers are hard to comprehend, the drivers behind the data deluge are less so. IDC concludes our data explosion hinges on three primary factors: the core, including traditional and cloud data centers, the edge, including server rooms and servers in the field, and the endpoints, comprised of mobile phones, laptops, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and more. (Source: IDC). With this growth and the role of endpoints and the edge growing at a rapid rate, businesses face a unique problem: how do we manage our massive appetite for data? 

Today, copper telephone lines that support POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) are an aging infrastructure that’s getting more and more expensive to maintain. Major telephone providers like AT&T have already started phasing out their support of analog POTS lines – promising for a full phase-out by 2020. These adjustments are pushing customers to look at other options to replace copper telephone connections. (Source: High-Speed Experts). Many big broadband providers are driving customers to wireless and fiber lines, so what’s the problem? In short, many ‘analog era’ office applications – security alarms, gate systems, FAX lines – weren’t built for digital connections and they run inherently better on analog lines! Not only that, fiber connections are expensive!

‘Analog era’ is coming to an end

While it’s clear the ‘analog era’ of communications is ending, there’s still a big gap that exists between analog POTS lines and the full-scale adoption of SIP trunking, Unified Communications (UC), fiber, and wireless connections. So is it all or nothing? Do customers have to pay more for fiber lines to replace POTS? What can companies do to keep their ‘analog era’ devices running smoothly? 

4G LTE for POTS Replacement 

The answer to a smarter transition to digital communications is converting POTS lines to a 4G LTE-enabled solution. Why? Let’s dig deeper. 

  • Fire alarms, gates, elevators, and emergency systems – As we mentioned earlier, functions like fire alarms, security systems, and elevators require POTS-like reliability, meaning they need to work no matter what. These must-have requirements are exactly in harmony with today’s digital solutions. Because VoIP lines are dependent on running power and the internet, they’re not 100% dependable. What happens if a VoIP line has distortions or ‘echoes’ during an emergency phone call? Or what about if the power goes out or there’s a natural disaster, how can you sound alarms? 4G LTE connectivity is more suited for always-on business applications like gates, alarms, elevators, etc.because it delivers stability and reliability at a reasonable price.

  • Faxing – Many companies still depend heavily on faxing to send and receive orders with customers, vendors, and partners. In particular, those companies in verticals like healthcare, financial, and the legal industry also rely on faxing to comply with industry and government regulations. Making the switch to running fax lines over 4G LTE provides a reliable replacement solution that costs much less than other internet-based solutions that are, in many cases, overkill for these functions. 

  • Point of Sale – A company’s Point of Sale system is the lifeline of the business. If it goes down, companies can lose thousands of dollars in sales in a matter of minutes, or worse, they can hurt their reputation with customers. Companies need a high-performance and cost-effective alternative to traditional telephone lines that include built-in redundancy and doesn’t require power or the internet. Making a move away from POTS and fiber for running Point of Sale applications means businesses can have greater peace of mind knowing they can serve customers. 

  • Business resiliency – As we’ve highlighted, power and internet outages can happen at any time. If your company relies 100% on digital communication, what’s your backup plan? A 4G LTE POTS replacement solution provides business resiliency and is self-contained, preparing you for anything. 

Make a plan and act on it

Regardless of the timeline for phase-out of POTS lines, it’s safe to say that over the next few years, conventional analog telephone services will only get more expensive and offer fewer options. As telcos begin retiring all copper-based communication, you need to help customers come up with a game plan for replacement. At Broad Sky Networks, we can convert all of your customers’ legacy landlines to a next-gen 4G LTE POTS-replacement solution. They’ll thank you, and you’ll have recurring revenue for keeping must-have business applications running smoothly. Email us to learn more!

The answer is complicated, but a big piece of the equation centers on having fast and reliable wireless networks. Only faster business wireless can support this massive influx of data and help companies efficiently share information across an entire IT ecosystem in near real-time. How else is faster wireless internet tied to digital transformation? Let’s explore. 

  • It’s all about the cloud – By 2025, IDC predicts that 49% of the world’s stored data will reside in public cloud environments. (Source: IDC). Companies need the ability to access business-critical cloud-based applications like Office 365 and Infrastructure-as-a-Service platforms like Azure, whether users are in the corporate office, working remote or mobile, or in branch locations. Only fast and highly reliable wireless internet can meet these needs and deliver an efficient and effective network that can also adapt, scale, and evolve with the changing needs of the digital business. 

  • Edge computing is here – Today, more and more data processing and analytics are happening at the edge of corporate networks. The edge promises better performance, faster transaction times, and the delivery of new digital services to customers. Given the expected growth of IoT – 21 billion connected things by 2020 – companies are turning to the edge to enable efficient cloud computing and to support IoT. (Source: Gartner). IoT involves the connection of countless numbers of devices, assets, sensors – all sharing and collecting real-time data. The underpinnings of a successful edge computing strategy are clear – fast, reliable, and secure wireless networks and internet connections. 

  • High speeds are a must for latency-sensitive apps and actions – In addition to running business-critical cloud applications, companies need faster wireless internet to support the next generation of latency-sensitive applications, such as bandwidth-intensive apps like HD video, virtual reality, and specialized applications within IoT. As more data is created and shared between the core, the edge, and endpoints, faster wireless internet speeds are also needed to make new advancements possible, including enabling advanced machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Want better performance?

Broad Sky Networks is helping customers build out their edge computing strategies and become more competitive with faster wireless speeds and advanced wireless solutions. What else sets our wireless services apart? Read on. 

  1. Unmatched wireless speeds – Our wireless solutions are built on CAT 6/11/18 performance and use carrier aggregation to reach 100 Mbps download speeds in the field. 
  2. Superior carrier aggregation technologies – Carrier aggregation is the process of combining multiple carrier signals to enhance network performance. By leveraging carrier aggregation and combining multiple lines, Broad Sky customers can move more data at a faster rate, experiencing accelerated download and upload speeds. 
  3. Making a real business impact – Increased wireless speeds and reliable connections are essential in supporting the cloud and edge computing, giving business users real-time access to data, improving the user experience, enhancing productivity, and better-supporting customers. 

Let Broad Sky help

If you want help talking to your customers about what’s possible with faster and more reliable wireless internet, talk to Broad Sky Networks! We can play a role in guiding conversations with customers and mapping out a plan for meeting and exceeding business goals for 2020 and beyond. With faster wireless internet, your customers’ possibilities and your’s are limitless. Let’s do this!

When? 

While sunset dates vary, it’s clear the end is upon us. Verizon’s anticipated sunset date is December 31, 2019, meaning by that time, all devices connected to a Verizon mobile network must be capable of running on 4G LTE. AT&T, on the other hand, hasn’t released concrete plans, but most insiders anticipate the sunset of its 2G and 3G LTE services and network by 2022 in the US. (Source: Techblog). Here’s information about shutdown schedules for Sprint and T-Mobile

Why? 

So why are operators pushing out 3G networks? In a word: necessity. Users are demanding more and more bandwidth and faster speeds to stream video and other high-bandwidth applications on mobile devices and in branch offices, or temporary locations. Increasing demands are pushing wireless infrastructure and these networks past their limits. By mandating customers exit 3G networks, carriers can free up wireless frequencies, giving them the ability to add more capacity on LTE networks. Carriers can repurpose the 3G spectrum for alternatives – including faster and more efficient 4G LTE, and eventually 5G services. 

It is also more cost-effective to operate LTE networks, compared to 2G or 3G networks, because more devices can share the available spectrum. It’s important to point out that even before officially shutting down 3G services, network operators may also regionally tune their networks. Making these tweaks means that some connected devices may lose connectivity even ahead of ‘official’ 3G sunset dates.

What should you do?

As 3G services start fading out the way of cable TV services, what should you do? How can you help customers figure out their best upgrade path to newer solutions? As a technology partner, you should start by focusing on customers’ long-term transition plans, and by offering migration strategies to eliminate possible gaps in wireless services. Finally, making moves today you can get users on a viable path to 5G adoption. Let’s explore best practices and migration options for staying well ahead of 3G sunsetting.

  • Consider replacing devices and routers with upgraded technology – Partners should ask the right questions and look at connectivity requirements and locations before selecting 4G LTE-enabled routers, modems, and support for IoT. Also, do customers need mobile connectivity primarily? Or do they need reliable wireless for temporary locations or branch offices? These are all considerations you can walk through with customers. 

  • Evaluate bonded 4G LTE options – In many cases, 4G LTE and bonded 4G LTE services are ideal replacements for 3G. Bonding 4G LTE links from several mobile providers can provide maximum reliability and sufficient bandwidth, even for today’s bandwidth-hungry apps. With download speeds of 100 Mbps and 50 Mbps upstream speeds, 4G LTE can support web and video conferencing solutions, Unified Communication (UC), and VoIP applications. 

  • Don’t wait for 5G before making a move – While 5G services promise connection speeds that are 20 X faster than 4G, it’s going to take years before 5G is fully operational. The good news, however, is that 4G LTE technology will serve as the backbone for 5G services, while carriers continue developing these next-gen mobile solutions. So making a move today and implementing 4G LTE equipment isn’t a wasted investment. Instead, it’s a stepping stone that can help companies meet business-critical needs while also laying down the foundation for the digital enterprise and 5G down the road.

Your future looks bright!

With 3G sunsetting on the horizon, it’s time to get serious about the next chapter. You have a tremendous opportunity to help customers avoid gaps in service by acting now and upgrading outdated 3G equipment to LTE-capable phone and IoT devices, routers, and modems. If you want help talking with customers about transition plans, migration strategies, and the impending shutdown of 3G network services, talk to Broad Sky Networks! We offer complete bonded 4G LTE services and other custom wireless solutions your customers will love. Act now! 

Wireless business internet changes the game – the need for speed

Unless you’ve been living entirely off the grid, you know that humans are consuming and generating more data than ever before. IDC predicts that by 2025, the global datasphere will grow to 163 zettabytes, which translates to 163 trillion gigabytes. While these massive numbers are hard to comprehend, the drivers behind the data deluge are less so. IDC concludes our data explosion hinges on three primary factors: the core, including traditional and cloud data centers, the edge, including server rooms and servers in the field, and the endpoints, comprised of mobile phones, laptops, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and more. (Source: IDC). With this growth and the role of endpoints and the edge growing at a rapid rate, businesses face a unique problem: how do we manage our massive appetite for data? 

The answer is complicated, but a big piece of the equation centers on having fast and reliable wireless networks. Only faster business wireless can support this massive influx of data and help companies efficiently share information across an entire IT ecosystem in near real-time. How else is faster wireless internet tied to digital transformation? Let’s explore. 

  • It’s all about the cloud – By 2025, IDC predicts that 49% of the world’s stored data will reside in public cloud environments. (Source: IDC). Companies need the ability to access business-critical cloud-based applications like Office 365 and Infrastructure-as-a-Service platforms like Azure, whether users are in the corporate office, working remote or mobile, or in branch locations. Only fast and highly reliable wireless internet can meet these needs and deliver an efficient and effective network that can also adapt, scale, and evolve with the changing needs of the digital business. 
  • Edge computing is here – Today, more and more data processing and analytics are happening at the edge of corporate networks. The edge promises better performance, faster transaction times, and the delivery of new digital services to customers. Given the expected growth of IoT – 21 billion connected things by 2020 – companies are turning to the edge to enable efficient cloud computing and to support IoT. (Source: Gartner). IoT involves the connection of countless numbers of devices, assets, sensors – all sharing and collecting real-time data. The underpinnings of a successful edge computing strategy are clear – fast, reliable, and secure wireless networks and internet connections. 
  • High speeds are a must for latency-sensitive apps and actions – In addition to running business-critical cloud applications, companies need faster wireless internet to support the next generation of latency-sensitive applications, such as bandwidth-intensive apps like HD video, virtual reality, and specialized applications within IoT. As more data is created and shared between the core, the edge, and endpoints, faster wireless internet speeds are also needed to make new advancements possible, including enabling advanced machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Want better performance?

Broad Sky Networks is helping customers build out their edge computing strategies and become more competitive with faster wireless speeds and advanced wireless solutions. What else sets our wireless services apart? Read on. 

  1. Unmatched wireless speeds – Our wireless solutions are built on CAT 6/11/18 performance and use carrier aggregation to reach 100 Mbps download speeds in the field. 
  2. Superior carrier aggregation technologies – Carrier aggregation is the process of combining multiple carrier signals to enhance network performance. By leveraging carrier aggregation and combining multiple lines, Broad Sky customers can move more data at a faster rate, experiencing accelerated download and upload speeds. 
  3. Making a real business impact – Increased wireless speeds and reliable connections are essential in supporting the cloud and edge computing, giving business users real-time access to data, improving the user experience, enhancing productivity, and better-supporting customers. 

Let Broad Sky help

If you want help talking to your customers about what’s possible with faster and more reliable wireless internet, talk to Broad Sky Networks! We can play a role in guiding conversations with customers and mapping out a plan for meeting and exceeding business goals for 2020 and beyond. With faster wireless internet, your customers’ possibilities and your’s are limitless. Let’s do this!

When? 

While sunset dates vary, it’s clear the end is upon us. Verizon’s anticipated sunset date is December 31, 2019, meaning by that time, all devices connected to a Verizon mobile network must be capable of running on 4G LTE. AT&T, on the other hand, hasn’t released concrete plans, but most insiders anticipate the sunset of its 2G and 3G LTE services and network by 2022 in the US. (Source: Techblog). Here’s information about shutdown schedules for Sprint and T-Mobile

Why? 

So why are operators pushing out 3G networks? In a word: necessity. Users are demanding more and more bandwidth and faster speeds to stream video and other high-bandwidth applications on mobile devices and in branch offices, or temporary locations. Increasing demands are pushing wireless infrastructure and these networks past their limits. By mandating customers exit 3G networks, carriers can free up wireless frequencies, giving them the ability to add more capacity on LTE networks. Carriers can repurpose the 3G spectrum for alternatives – including faster and more efficient 4G LTE, and eventually 5G services. 

It is also more cost-effective to operate LTE networks, compared to 2G or 3G networks, because more devices can share the available spectrum. It’s important to point out that even before officially shutting down 3G services, network operators may also regionally tune their networks. Making these tweaks means that some connected devices may lose connectivity even ahead of ‘official’ 3G sunset dates.

What should you do?

As 3G services start fading out the way of cable TV services, what should you do? How can you help customers figure out their best upgrade path to newer solutions? As a technology partner, you should start by focusing on customers’ long-term transition plans, and by offering migration strategies to eliminate possible gaps in wireless services. Finally, making moves today you can get users on a viable path to 5G adoption. Let’s explore best practices and migration options for staying well ahead of 3G sunsetting.

  • Consider replacing devices and routers with upgraded technology – Partners should ask the right questions and look at connectivity requirements and locations before selecting 4G LTE-enabled routers, modems, and support for IoT. Also, do customers need mobile connectivity primarily? Or do they need reliable wireless for temporary locations or branch offices? These are all considerations you can walk through with customers. 
  • Evaluate bonded 4G LTE options – In many cases, 4G LTE and bonded 4G LTE services are ideal replacements for 3G. Bonding 4G LTE links from several mobile providers can provide maximum reliability and sufficient bandwidth, even for today’s bandwidth-hungry apps. With download speeds of 100 Mbps and 50 Mbps upstream speeds, 4G LTE can support web and video conferencing solutions, Unified Communication (UC), and VoIP applications. 
  • Don’t wait for 5G before making a move – While 5G services promise connection speeds that are 20 X faster than 4G, it’s going to take years before 5G is fully operational. The good news, however, is that 4G LTE technology will serve as the backbone for 5G services, while carriers continue developing these next-gen mobile solutions. So making a move today and implementing 4G LTE equipment isn’t a wasted investment. Instead, it’s a stepping stone that can help companies meet business-critical needs while also laying down the foundation for the digital enterprise and 5G down the road.

Your future looks bright!

With 3G sunsetting on the horizon, it’s time to get serious about the next chapter. You have a tremendous opportunity to help customers avoid gaps in service by acting now and upgrading outdated 3G equipment to LTE-capable phone and IoT devices, routers, and modems. If you want help talking with customers about transition plans, migration strategies, and the impending shutdown of 3G network services, talk to Broad Sky Networks! We offer complete bonded 4G LTE services and other custom wireless solutions your customers will love. Act now! 

3G is Sunsetting – Transition to LTE and Future 5G

It’s time to have a heart to heart about 3G wireless. It’s over! And, it’s not you – it’s them. 3G services are sunsetting in the near term, and it means you need to start planning for what’s next. Mobile network carriers will be shutting off the cellular infrastructure required to operate communication devices based on 3G wireless technology, including UMTS, HSPA, and EVDO. While it may seem like 3G is old technology, in reality, is it’s still widely used. Analysts tell us that there are more than 80 million existing 3G devices using networks in North America alone. (Source: RCRwireless). To avoid gaps in service, companies should evaluate and replace old devices – cell phones, routers, GPS devices, and IoT equipment – before shutdowns take effect. 

When? 

While sunset dates vary, it’s clear the end is upon us. Verizon’s anticipated sunset date is December 31, 2019, meaning by that time, all devices connected to a Verizon mobile network must be capable of running on 4G LTE. AT&T, on the other hand, hasn’t released concrete plans, but most insiders anticipate the sunset of its 2G and 3G LTE services and network by 2022 in the US. (Source: Techblog). Here’s information about shutdown schedules for Sprint and T-Mobile

Why? 

So why are operators pushing out 3G networks? In a word: necessity. Users are demanding more and more bandwidth and faster speeds to stream video and other high-bandwidth applications on mobile devices and in branch offices, or temporary locations. Increasing demands are pushing wireless infrastructure and these networks past their limits. By mandating customers exit 3G networks, carriers can free up wireless frequencies, giving them the ability to add more capacity on LTE networks. Carriers can repurpose the 3G spectrum for alternatives – including faster and more efficient 4G LTE, and eventually 5G services. 

It is also more cost-effective to operate LTE networks, compared to 2G or 3G networks, because more devices can share the available spectrum. It’s important to point out that even before officially shutting down 3G services, network operators may also regionally tune their networks. Making these tweaks means that some connected devices may lose connectivity even ahead of ‘official’ 3G sunset dates.

What should you do?

As 3G services start fading out the way of cable TV services, what should you do? How can you help customers figure out their best upgrade path to newer solutions? As a technology partner, you should start by focusing on customers’ long-term transition plans, and by offering migration strategies to eliminate possible gaps in wireless services. Finally, making moves today you can get users on a viable path to 5G adoption. Let’s explore best practices and migration options for staying well ahead of 3G sunsetting.

  • Consider replacing devices and routers with upgraded technology – Partners should ask the right questions and look at connectivity requirements and locations before selecting 4G LTE-enabled routers, modems, and support for IoT. Also, do customers need mobile connectivity primarily? Or do they need reliable wireless for temporary locations or branch offices? These are all considerations you can walk through with customers. 
  • Evaluate bonded 4G LTE options – In many cases, 4G LTE and bonded 4G LTE services are ideal replacements for 3G. Bonding 4G LTE links from several mobile providers can provide maximum reliability and sufficient bandwidth, even for today’s bandwidth-hungry apps. With download speeds of 100 Mbps and 50 Mbps upstream speeds, 4G LTE can support web and video conferencing solutions, Unified Communication (UC), and VoIP applications. 
  • Don’t wait for 5G before making a move – While 5G services promise connection speeds that are 20 X faster than 4G, it’s going to take years before 5G is fully operational. The good news, however, is that 4G LTE technology will serve as the backbone for 5G services, while carriers continue developing these next-gen mobile solutions. So making a move today and implementing 4G LTE equipment isn’t a wasted investment. Instead, it’s a stepping stone that can help companies meet business-critical needs while also laying down the foundation for the digital enterprise and 5G down the road.

Your future looks bright!

With 3G sunsetting on the horizon, it’s time to get serious about the next chapter. You have a tremendous opportunity to help customers avoid gaps in service by acting now and upgrading outdated 3G equipment to LTE-capable phone and IoT devices, routers, and modems. If you want help talking with customers about transition plans, migration strategies, and the impending shutdown of 3G network services, talk to Broad Sky Networks! We offer complete bonded 4G LTE services and other custom wireless solutions your customers will love. Act now! 

No Overage Plans are Here! Tips for choosing the right wireless data plan.

 Pervasive wireless access is now a must-have for businesses. And, no matter what type of business you run, wireless connectivity and networking are at the heart of your success. That might include having multiple offices or retail locations that require secure branch networks and connectivity to business-critical apps, such as a point-of-sale system. Or, your business may have several remote employees or sales executives that travel frequently. Mobile data plans might also support a mobile workforce, which includes first responders, public transit, or mobile health professionals. 

What are your wireless plans missing? 

To meet the growing demand for wireless data, most companies follow a ‘build your own’ model, selecting the best carriers for their region. But the problem is, for most businesses no single carrier can deliver adequate coverage for every single location. So, in order to keep employees productive and always-connected, companies are often purchasing multiple wireless data plans from several top-tier carriers. While this approach can work, it can also present other problems. Challenges might include gaps in coverage, overbuying data services, or choosing between expensive ‘unlimited plans’ or those that have strict caps on data. On top of that, having several wireless providers also means companies have to contend with managing multiple invoices and carriers, which can be a pain. 

Is there a better way?

So how do you make the right decision when it comes to wireless connectivity? How can you help your customers feel confident that their wireless data plans will grow with them? 

It all starts with finding the right partner. Broad Sky Networks now offers managed wireless solutions, based on advanced engineering and cross-carrier pooling and provisioning capabilities. Broad Sky’s mobility solutions are unique because they provide reliable nationwide coverage by combining service from the most trusted carriers – AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. Our multi-site wireless solutions meet always-on wireless data needs, giving customers access to cross-carrier pooling without the headaches of managing the services internally. Companies can choose from ‘no overage’ plans and others – always getting the very best wireless data connection at each business location, or when teams are on the go. Let’s review of highlights of Broad Sky’s wireless data plans:  

  • Simplified and managed cross-carrier pooling of wireless data plans – cross-carrier pooling delivers nationwide coverage anywhere, anytime, with a unified single-source solution. Companies with multiple offices can share single plans across various providers, guaranteeing the best possible wireless performance and access at each given location. 

  • Zero surprises with ‘no overage’ plans – With ‘no overage’ plans, customers benefit from predictable monthly charge for wireless data. By partnering with top carriers and providing advanced routers, organizations can also spend more time focused on their business instead of dealing with wireless bills and issues. 

  • Adapt plans as needed – Managed plans from Broad Sky Networks empower customers by sending notifications when data usage is trending over the allotted usage pool. Monitoring and alerting capabilities help businesses adapt to changing conditions, even mid-month. Greater insight and control also gives teams the ability to find optimal plans on an on-going basis. 

  • No ‘one size fits all’ – The Broad Sky managed wireless service is ideal for large enterprises with dozens of retail locations or SMBs with one office and remote employees. 

  • Simplified billing – The solution also streamlines billing so that businesses receive a single monthly bill, rather than individual invoices from multiple providers. Unified billing saves tremendous time and gives organizations a better handle on their monthly wireless bills for cost analysis.

Move forward with confidence

Need help understanding the nuances of various wireless data plans and options? Talk to Broad Sky Networks! We know the ins and outs of wireless connectivity and network infrastructures, plus we manage data and connectivity for customers! That means your customers are always getting the best possible deal at the best possible prices, protecting them from inadequate coverage or costly wireless bill surprises. Email us to learn more! 

 

 

Broad Sky Named in The Top Third on Inc. 5000’s 2019 List of Nation’s Fastest Growing Private Companies

 Managed Wireless Internet Provider Broad Sky Networks ranked for the third consecutive year on Inc. 5000 at 1717 with a three-year growth rate of 301 percent.

For the third year, Broad Sky Networks, a business-class wireless provider helping businesses to deploy managed cellular LTE wireless solutions for primary Internet, business continuity, and IoT connectivity, was named on the Inc. 5000 list. This year, Broad Sky ranked No. 1717, placing them in the top third of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The Inc. List represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“Broad Sky Networks is proud to be named to the Inc. 5000 list for the third year in a row and honored to work with dedicated employees and partners focused on our vision and sustained revenue growth,” says Mike Mudd, Broad Sky, Founder and CEO. “We value the Inc. 5000 award as a testament to our passion for customer service and our commitment to delivering the best in Managed Wireless Solutions. We’re also excited that TechLink Services https://www.techlinksvc.net, a Broad Sky sister company, ranked in the Inc. 5000 for the last five years. Our team work, customer-first, and nothing-is-impossible cultures continue to accelerate our momentum and excitement for future growth.”

Not only have the companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 (which are listed online at Inc.com, with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 20) been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The 2019 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 454 percent, and a median rate of 157 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $237.7 billion in 2018, accounting for 1,216,308 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at https://www.inc.com/inc5000.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have followed so many different paths to success,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “There’s no single course you can follow or investment you can take that will guarantee this kind of spectacular growth. But what they have in common is persistence and seizing opportunities.” The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring the companies on the list will be held October 10 to 12, 2019, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. As always, speakers include some of the greatest innovators and business leaders of our generation.

About Broad Sky Networks

Founded in 2003, Broad Sky Networks is a single source for Business Class Wireless Internet Solutions, specializing in 4G LTE and future 5G wireless solutions for Business Continuity, Primary Internet, Temporary Connectivity, Machine to Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) as well as VSAT Solutions. Broad Sky offers a multi-carrier solution that is seamless to the customer to provide the best service at each location in a single source solution. Broad Sky offers bundled services with the best in breed hardware for a $0 CAPEX package that enables the best technology and performance for any budget. Broad Sky’s M2M platform provides secure, reliable wireless connectivity to mobile and fixed devices with the greatest coverage in the United States and Canada. Broad Sky is a proven leader in Wireless solutions earning them a spot on the Inc 5000 list in 2017, 2018, and 2019 and ranked on the MSP 501 list in 2019. To reach Broad Sky call (877) 291-9575, e-mail sales(at)broadskynetworks(dot)net or follow us on linked in at https://www.linkedin.com/company/broad-sky-networks.

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Methodology

The 2019 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2015 and 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2018. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2015 is $100,000; the minimum for 2018 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000. About Inc. Media Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Inc. took home the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. The total monthly audience reach for the brand has been growing significantly, from 2,000,000 in 2010 to more than 20,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com. The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates the remarkable achievements of these companies. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

Want ‘everywhere internet’? Get Bandwidth Aggregation – Dedicated-a- a-Service (BaDaaS)

In today’s world, high-speed internet connectivity – especially wireless internet – is no longer the exception, it’s the rule. Businesses require ultra fast, reliable broadband services for running point-of-sale, digital signage, and other critical cloud-based apps. On top of being central to daily operations, think about the last time you were in a retail store, corporate event, or even a dentist office? They probably had ‘guest Wi-Fi’ available. People now expect guest wireless internet just about everywhere they go. It’s part of companies’ broader strategies to build loyalty and deliver exceptional customer experiences. One recent study by iGR suggests that small retail businesses offering guest Wi-Fi see increases foot traffic, time spent on-premise, and an increase in the amount customers spend. Sounds great, right?

 

Challenges with ‘everywhere internet’

So, what’s the downside? The growing trend on ‘everywhere internet’ is putting pressure on businesses to rethink how they address bandwidth needs. For example, when it comes to procuring and managing internet, having multiple store locations or temporary internet needs each present their own set of unique challenges. Companies often have to work with numerous regional internet carriers to procure coverage, and it can take weeks or months to set up and deploy. From an administrative and management standpoint, having multiple carriers means there are several vendors, invoices, and schedules to juggle as well. Companies also have to aggregate several internet connections together for reliability, which requires specialized skills and bandwidth aggregation equipment. These factors add complexity, which can cause delays and unexpected downtime for businesses. 

 

The solution? Bandwidth Dedication-as-a-Service (BaDaaS) 

Luckily deploying reliable, secure high-speed internet is getting simpler and less costly with innovative as-a-service options from Broad Sky Networks. Broad Sky is now offering an internet service that uses channel bonding of multiple wireless frequencies to create one high-speed internet connection. No matter the location, Broady Sky’s managed BaDaaS solution uses bonded technology across carriers for temporary deployments, or for high-speed primary or failover connections. Let’s review the biggest benefits of as-a-service bandwidth aggregation: 

 

  • Dedicated connections – Broad Sky leverages dedicated connections because they offer a high and predictable rate of data throughput and provide low delays in data transmission or latency. 

 

  • Available anywhere – Often remote or off-site events – concerts, festivals, airplane hangers, construction sites, food trucks, etc. – can’t get fast enough dedicated internet speeds from a single provider. As-a-service channel bonding takes the headache out of bringing together multiple connections. The bonded technology can use connections from up to four carriers, for ultimate reliability virtually anywhere. 

 

  • Ultra-fast business-grade – By bringing together multiple internet frequencies gives users access to fast and highly-stable internet at all times. An example includes bonding one Verizon LTE-A circuit (25/15) to one AT&T LTE-A circuit (32/12) delivering speeds of 50 to 200 MB at each internet site. User often source the fastest available unlimited wired circuit and use LTE-A to augment speeds. 

 

  • Immediate deployment – Whether it is an event deadline or a company is opening a new retail location, businesses need reliable internet from day one. Broady Sky Network’s BaDaaS solution can be deployed in less than two weeks and installed using a single box on-premise.

     

  • Built for business 

  • Are your customers facing unique internet connectivity challenges? Talk to Broad Sky Networks! We can help you speak to your customers about how one high-speed internet connection, using channel bonding and BaDaaS, can meet their goals. With BaDaaS, you’ll be the hero and they’ll have peace of mind knowing they have dedicated, secure internet to support all their cloud applications – when and wherever they need it. Let’s do this!

 

Business continuity and failover – Can you afford to get it wrong?

Today’s enterprise networks are being pushed way beyond their intended limits. Mobility capabilities are now a must with more remote workers requiring always-on access to cloud-based applications. Broadband connectivity and network infrastructure also need to support a growing number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and to handle the constant flow of data between sensors, corporate data centers, and big data applications. Branch offices, digital signage, and fleet vehicles also require constant connectivity. In short, MPLS, traditional virtual private networks (VPNs), and other wired legacy network infrastructures can’t keep pace with the demands of the modern business.

 

The pathway to 5G – Introducing Gigabit LTE

In this environment, how can businesses connect people, places, and things in a way that’s simplified and cost-effective? Today, the answer is clear with Gigabit LTE. Gigabit LTE provides more than just blistering speeds – it’s the evolution of mobile connectivity and it’s an ideal counterpart to next-gen WAN networks. Because 5G is currently available only available in a small number of cities, Gigabit LTE is a new router technology and service that makes wireless WANs a reality for businesses today, while 5G networks are being built.

 

It is ideal for startups, growing SMBs, and large enterprises because it has more than enough bandwidth to support unified communications, video conferencing, collaboration tools, and the other data-hungry applications users demand. Checkout Gigabit LTE benefits:

 

  • Faster speeds and low latency – Gigabit LTE provides a new level of speed, delivering ultra-low latency and peak upload/download speeds of up to 150Mbits/sec and 1.0Gbits/sec

  • Simplified branch connectivity at a lower cost – Organizations with multiple branches across several regions can deploy a nationwide network, relying on cellular carriers partnerships, instead of procuring wired internet from dozens of ISPs

  • Seamless access to cloud-based apps – Gigabit LTE provides pervasive connectivity and reliability for branch offices and mobile employees, giving them blazing fast, no-wait access to critical cloud-based apps

  • Shorter setup time – Instead of waiting weeks or months for providers to procure wired broadband, cellular-based connectivity is available very quickly

  • Business continuity – Used as a secondary network source, Gigabit LTE protects against flood, cut fiber or cable lines, or other issues. Down wired connections won’t impact workers on mobile devices connected via Gigabit LTE

 

Exploring Gigabit LTE routers

WAN networking provider Cradlepoint is already offering Gigabit LTE routers as a  critical component to the pathway to 5G. The router is targeted at enterprises using AT&T services and is designed to fill the gap until the full-scale build-out of 5G. 5G, gigabit-class LTE routers work by using multiple new technologies including carrier aggregation, 4X4 multiple-input and multiple output (MIMO), and 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM). (Source: Trusted Reviews).

 

  • Carrier aggregation – This Gigabit LTE technology enables mobile networks to ‘widen the number of lanes’ for sending data from a cell tower to the LTE-enabled devices to deliver more speed

  • 256-QAM – This tech essentially enables more data to the device from the cell tower at a single time, relieving congestion on the network and enabling up to 33% faster data connection speeds

  • 4X4 MIMO – This capability improves the efficiency of the network by stacking ‘new lanes’ on top ‘widened data traffic lanes.’ With double the number of antennas, it can also lock on to the strongest and fastest signal available at all times

 

The future of the enterprise network starts today

 

If you’d like to learn more about Gigabit LTE routers and services, talk to Broad Sky Networks! We can help you make a case for Gigabit LTE today, as a stepping stone to 5G tomorrow. Wow your customers with blazing fast speeds and get help positioning Gigabit LTE as the must-have mobile connectivity source for the modern WAN. Your customers will benefit from a wireless WAN that delivers faster connection speeds, lower latency, and the flexibility to thrive in today’s always-connected, mobile world.  Don’t wait!




 

 

 

 

 

 

Wireless powers business apps- SD-WAN, VoIP, VPN and more!

Today we’re asking more and more of our enterprise networks – support reliable access to a large number of cloud apps and connect all our IoT devices and branch offices. Oh, and we also want fast speeds for remote workers while keeping our data secure at all times. Whew!

That’s quite a list of demands. Luckily, software-defined and LTE-pervasive wide-area networks (WANs) have stepped up to the plate. But some business leaders remain skeptical. So, beyond the hype, is wireless WAN really ready for the big leagues? Can cellular-based connections support mission-critical business applications? What about running Unified Communication (UC) platforms or VoIP? Or can they support Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to secure corporate data and applications? The answer is simple – yes, and yes. Check out these results from Cradelepoint’s recent State of the WAN report for evidence playing out in the enterprise. (Source: Cradlepoint).

  • 52% of the organizations surveyed are leveraging cellular connections, including 4G LTE today are using it as a primary connection. Moreover, 29% plan to shortly.
  • 45% of organizations rely on LTE for mobile offices in vehicles.
  • 33% of organizations are actively working toward using 5G for enterprise networking.

At Broad Sky Networks, we want to set the record straight about 4G LTE and cellular-based SD-WAN. If your customers are curious about the changing role of wireless WANs, consider these key points.

  • Wireless WANs, VPNs, and VoIP – Because an SD-WAN is a virtualized WAN, the technology ‘bonds’ transport links between sites using the best path available to route traffic – T1, DSL, or a wireless 4G LTE connection. The appliance finds the ideal route suited for the application, including for VPN and VoIP, based on QoS requirements and other user-defined protocols. These capabilities mean companies can take advantage of uninterrupted real-time data transmission in 4G LTE wireless networks to run business-critical applications with confidence.
  • Wireless networks for failover or primary connections – It used to be that wireless service was a ‘second tier’ connection with users experiencing frequent dropped calls, or down service. Today, however, wireless networks consistently deliver excellent speed and reliability. Cellular connections are also immune to instances where wired lines get cut, or ripped out accidentally. Another benefit is that wireless connections are resilient and generally available during inclement weather, unlike wired connections. Today, in many cases, customers are often reporting better speeds and performance of 4G LTE, compared to wired connections like T1, DSL or cable internet, making wireless ideal for both primary or secondary links.
  • Launching IoT and M2M deployments –  Whether it’s digital signage, security cameras, ATMs, or remote monitoring sensors, today’s IoT and M2M deployments are anywhere and everywhere. The good news is that these deployments help organizations seize new business opportunities, streamline operations, and reduce costs. The challenging part is keeping these devices connected to the internet cost-effectively and reliably. 4G LTE wireless links are the ideal counterpart for connected devices because they provide the visibility, security, and control that IoT requires, minus high costs and complexity.
  • Don’t forget about branch networking – In a distributed branch office environment, nearly all tools and applications now require an internet connection. Mobile workers and branch offices also need internet access quickly, and they don’t have time to wait weeks or months for connections to get installed. 4G LTE-enabled branch routers meet all of these goals, plus many are plug-and-play, with cloud-based configuration capabilities. Cellular-based connections also minimize the need for branch networks to rely on several regional ISPs for connectivity, making vendor management less of a hassle.

What’s coming with 4G LTE and 5G?

At a time when businesses are requiring more and more bandwidth for mobile connectivity and cloud-based apps, wireless WANs are a welcome shift from traditional networking. SD-WAN and wireless networks are now advanced enough to meet companies’ growing demands –  connecting people, places, and things so businesses can continue to innovate.

Looking ahead, Gigabit-class LTE is bringing even higher-speeds and lower-latency connections. These characteristics make Gigabit-class LTE an essential building block to 5G. If you’d like help talking to your customers about the benefits of 4G LTE – and soon to be 5G – talk to Broad Sky Networks! We’ll break down a plan for augmenting traditional MPLS-only WANs with wireless connections – either as a failover or primary link – without reinventing the wheel. We know the ins and outs of 4G LTE and wireless SD-WAN, so we can help customers make the decision that’s best for them. Don’t wait! Your customers will high-five you!

Why you should be thinking about Gigabit LTE

Today’s enterprise networks are being pushed way beyond their intended limits. Mobility capabilities are now a must with more remote workers requiring always-on access to cloud-based applications. Broadband connectivity and network infrastructure also need to support a growing number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and to handle the constant flow of data between sensors, corporate data centers, and big data applications. Branch offices, digital signage, and fleet vehicles also require constant connectivity. In short, MPLS, traditional virtual private networks (VPNs), and other wired legacy network infrastructures can’t keep pace with the demands of the modern business.

 

The pathway to 5G – Introducing Gigabit LTE

In this environment, how can businesses connect people, places, and things in a way that’s simplified and cost-effective? Today, the answer is clear with Gigabit LTE. Gigabit LTE provides more than just blistering speeds – it’s the evolution of mobile connectivity and it’s an ideal counterpart to next-gen WAN networks. Because 5G is currently available only available in a small number of cities, Gigabit LTE is a new router technology and service that makes wireless WANs a reality for businesses today, while 5G networks are being built.

 

It is ideal for startups, growing SMBs, and large enterprises because it has more than enough bandwidth to support unified communications, video conferencing, collaboration tools, and the other data-hungry applications users demand. Checkout Gigabit LTE benefits:

 

  • Faster speeds and low latency – Gigabit LTE provides a new level of speed, delivering ultra-low latency and peak upload/download speeds of up to 150Mbits/sec and 1.0Gbits/sec

  • Simplified branch connectivity at a lower cost – Organizations with multiple branches across several regions can deploy a nationwide network, relying on cellular carriers partnerships, instead of procuring wired internet from dozens of ISPs

  • Seamless access to cloud-based apps – Gigabit LTE provides pervasive connectivity and reliability for branch offices and mobile employees, giving them blazing fast, no-wait access to critical cloud-based apps

  • Shorter setup time – Instead of waiting weeks or months for providers to procure wired broadband, cellular-based connectivity is available very quickly

  • Business continuity – Used as a secondary network source, Gigabit LTE protects against flood, cut fiber or cable lines, or other issues. Down wired connections won’t impact workers on mobile devices connected via Gigabit LTE

 

Exploring Gigabit LTE routers

WAN networking provider Cradlepoint is already offering Gigabit LTE routers as a  critical component to the pathway to 5G. The router is targeted at enterprises using AT&T services and is designed to fill the gap until the full-scale build-out of 5G. 5G, gigabit-class LTE routers work by using multiple new technologies including carrier aggregation, 4X4 multiple-input and multiple output (MIMO), and 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM). (Source: Trusted Reviews).

 

  • Carrier aggregation – This Gigabit LTE technology enables mobile networks to ‘widen the number of lanes’ for sending data from a cell tower to the LTE-enabled devices to deliver more speed

  • 256-QAM – This tech essentially enables more data to the device from the cell tower at a single time, relieving congestion on the network and enabling up to 33% faster data connection speeds

  • 4X4 MIMO – This capability improves the efficiency of the network by stacking ‘new lanes’ on top ‘widened data traffic lanes.’ With double the number of antennas, it can also lock on to the strongest and fastest signal available at all times

 

The future of the enterprise network starts today

 

If you’d like to learn more about Gigabit LTE routers and services, talk to Broad Sky Networks! We can help you make a case for Gigabit LTE today, as a stepping stone to 5G tomorrow. Wow your customers with blazing fast speeds and get help positioning Gigabit LTE as the must-have mobile connectivity source for the modern WAN. Your customers will benefit from a wireless WAN that delivers faster connection speeds, lower latency, and the flexibility to thrive in today’s always-connected, mobile world.  Don’t wait!




 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Wireless? Why Now?

Why Wireless? Why Now?

As 4G LTE wireless connectivity – and now 5G – continues to get faster and more reliable, wireless services have evolved from trusty sidekick to full-on superhero status. CradlePoint’s 2019 State of WAN Study hits this point home: 52% of respondents report using LTE for primary connectivity and 48% use LTE for backup solutions. (Source: CradlePoint). Part of the reason for the greater adoption of wireless comes from the fact that employees are now more mobile than ever. Not only that, cloud-based apps and Internet of Things (IoT) devices are proliferating to the point where enterprises require constant connectivity. There’s increased pressure to deliver reliable 24/7 connections on more flexible and adaptable networks. Regardless of the industry they’re in, organizations need the ability to easily connect people, places, and things in a way that’s cost-effective and flexible, even in challenging environments – and 4G LTE wireless is delivering in a big way.

 

4G LTE in action

Today, 4G LTE is seamlessly providing connectivity for the branch, mobile, and IoT deployments. Wireless LTE is fast becoming a trusted WAN source, providing high-performing and reliable connections that are also scalable. Let’s look at innovative ways businesses are leveraging wireless services and how partners can help their clients succeed.

 

  • Backup connections – It used to be that companies relied on DSL or ISDN connections for failover protection at primary and branch offices. Now for MPLS failover, wireless WAN backup is outperforming old analog copper lines as a trusted backup network solution. As a backup solution, a wireless WAN generally includes a second network interface for remote routers to access if the primary link is down or unavailable. Branch offices are turning to 4G LTE as a backup solution to run critical Point of Sale (POS) applications, ATMs, digital signage, security cameras, laptops, and more. And, wireless as backup continues to grow in popularity. In fact, the CradlePoint WAN study tells us that 62% of survey respondents plan to increase their LTE usage in the deployment of WAN solutions in the next three years. Most predict this trend to accelerate as Gigabit LTE and 5G and mobile services expand as well.

  • Primary connections –  In addition to serving as a rock-solid backup solution, 4G networks are also gaining traction as a primary connectivity source. For mobile deployments such as emergency vehicles, police cruisers, fire trucks, buses, and service trucks, 4G wireless is an ideal choice for highly-reliable and cost-effective internet access. The cellular-based services are providing constant connectivity needed for GPS, sensors, telematics, surveillance cameras, WiFi, and other mission-critical applications. Always-on 4G powered WAN links are also running large-scale IoT deployments, giving organizations the ability to collect critical sensor data from remote sites and streamlining operations to reduce costs across.

For companies that require internet at remote locations, or temporary sites, 4G is an attractive option as well because businesses don’t have to run cable or other wiring. Unlike conventional primary WAN links from service providers that can take months to provision and deploy at times, 4G LTE can be ‘switched on’ almost immediately. It’s also a much cleaner and simpler solution when dealing with multi-tenant spaces, where it’s challenging to gain permission from landlords or others to install conventional T1 lines, for example.

 

Hold tight! It’s going to be a wild ride

The accelerated pace of wireless adoption shows no signs of slowing down. As business agility becomes a must-have for enterprises, businesses need smarter ways to keep people, places, and things connected at all times. Unfortunately, MPLS and legacy wired networks just can’t keep pace. Wireless WANs and enterprise-grade LTE solutions, on the other hand, are an obvious choice for companies that want to meet their ‘always connected’ goals while keeping cost and complexity down.

 

Want to learn more about managed wireless services? Or learn how you can help your customers get the optimal wireless solutions for their business? Talk to Broad Sky Networks! We’re ready to help you sell premium wireless LTE solutions and prepare for the rapid growth in the LTE market: Gigabit LTE – 5G. Let’s do this!