Nextlink Expands Footprint, Will Act as Last-Mile for XO
By Tara Seals
Posted on: 08/28/2006
Nextlink Wireless Inc. has launched broadband wireless in Atlanta,
Chicago and Houston, and said announced that CLEC parent company XO will
use Nextlink services as an alternative last-mile solution within the
Nextlink nine-city footprint.
Nextlink holds spectrum in the 75 largest U.S. markets. Today’s launch
extends the company’s footprint to nine markets, including Dallas, Los
Angeles, Miami, San Diego, Tampa and Washington, D.C.
Nextlink services include broadband wireless access at speeds ranging
from T1 up to OC 12 over licensed spectrum in the 28GHz-to-31GHz range.
Nextlink’s point-to-point and point-to-multipoint solutions work through
line-of-sight connections of up to seven miles.
XO will avoid leasing circuits from the RBOCs by using Nextlink’s
services where available as a last-mile access method to deliver
dedicated Internet access and metropolitan and inter-city Ethernet
solutions to businesses at speeds of 10mbps and 100mbps. XO will
particularly target businesses that require higher speed broadband
access but are constrained by the bandwidth limitations of copper, or
lack direct access to fiber.
Nextlink also targets the mobile backhaul space, and offers leased-line
replacements to enterprise and governments directly.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates that we are on track to meet our
previously announced objective to launch services in twelve markets this
year. It also illustrates the potential of fixed wireless services for
applications beyond mobile backhaul,” said Nextlink CEO Bob Beran. “XO’s
use of our broadband wireless solution for last-mile access and
middle-mile leased line replacements validates the need for alternative
access solutions in the carrier marketplace.”
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