GeoLinks, DoubleRadius Offer Microwave Equipment, 29–31 GHz LMDS Spectrum
- January 7, 2022
Wireless broadband service providers and other wireline operators including electric utilities have access to an offering to accelerate efforts to deploy fixed wireless access broadband networks using licensed spectrum, according to GeoLinks. The company said it is the United States’ largest holder of licensed spectrum in the 29.5–31.3 GHz band.
According to GeoLinks, it is a provisional winner of more than $250 million of Rural Digital Opportunity Fund money and more than $80 million in the CAFII Program. The company said it acquired Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LMDS) licenses from Verizon in early 2021 and intends to use the assets in strategic locations throughout its core network and expansion markets for Gigabit broadband access as the company grows the GeoLinks brand.
DoubleRadius distributes microwave broadband equipment used in unlicensed, lightly licensed and licensed bands, the company said. DoubleRadius said it has been nominated as master distributor of the equipment that GeoLinks has commissioned with manufacturers to work within its 29–31 Hz spectrum. The distributorship includes point-to-multipoint products from Curvalux, Cambridge Broadband Networks, Intracom Telecom and Globtel. It also includes high-capacity point-to-point products from SAF and Ceragon, DoubleRadius said.
“We are excited about the opportunity to extend to other service providers reasonably priced economics to access licensed spectrum,” said GeoLinks President and COO Ryan Adams. “Working with the great team from DoubleRadius will add significant value to that effort. Combining the cost-effective coverage potential and low latency, high-capacity capabilities of the spectrum, with DoubleRadius supplied hardware will allow broadband operators quick access to long term leases, with a one-stop transactional experience.”
Gerry Ford, president of DoubleRadius, said that such a go-to-market strategy with GeoLinks would enable his company to expand its market leadership into the licensed millimeter-wave spectrum segment, which he said is poised for growth.
“We look forward to working closely with GeoLinks and the wide body of microwave equipment manufacturers who have stepped forward to provide broadband backhaul and access products that will enable this licensed spectrum to be used quickly in many U.S. markets,” Ford said.
GeoLinks said that with a network in California serving critical infrastructure and anchor institutions, it would use the LMDS spectrum to provide Gigabit-level speeds to businesses and residential customers.
“To date, this spectrum has been widely unaffordable and often inaccessible,” a statement from GeoLinks reads. “The announcement today of this spectrum and hardware partnership will change the destiny of the LMDS band by enabling many additional forward-thinking wireless internet service providers, municipalities and utilities to enter the licensed spectrum landscape.”
GeoLinks said it is open to multiyear leases and would entertain pay-as-you-grow models. As a company that grew from the ground up, GeoLinks said it recognizes how important licensed spectrum is for the delivery of Gigabit broadband services and the differentiation licensed spectrum provides to network security and quality of service. It said DoubleRadius would facilitate on the front line both spectrum leasing and the sale of microwave broadband equipment.