ANCHORAGE, Alaska--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alaska Communications (NASDAQ: ALSK) is taking a leadership role in delivering high-speed, reliable broadband to its Alaska customers using Fixed Wireless Access (FWA). FWA technology advancements provide Alaska Communications a capital-efficient approach to improve its competitive positioning for residential and small business customers.
“FWA enables us to deliver high-quality service to Alaska consumers and small businesses in a capital and cost-efficient manner, as we continue to expand the reach and density of our fiber network to support our business and serve enterprise and carrier customers,” said Randy Ritter, Alaska Communications’ senior vice president, shared services.
As an important validation of FWA deployment, Alaska Communications has reached a milestone in its deployment of high-speed broadband service to underserved areas of Alaska under the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF-II). Alaska Communications expects to cover approximately 6,000 households by the end of 2018 covering both CAF II eligible and other locations in the respective communities.
“Combined with an innovative online customer interaction model, we are seeing positive market reception to our solution. With FWA, we are reaching more Alaskans with higher speeds and giving Alaskans a choice in the market,” said Ritter.
Ritter shared an update on Alaska Communications’ FWA deployment, leveraging RADWIN’s FWA solutions, with the telecommunications community at two recent industry events, Wispapalooza and the Telecom Infra Project’s TIP Summit.
At those events both companies also announced a mmWave mesh technology trial leveraging Facebook’s Terragraph technologies that will bring the latest technology to Alaska, allowing faster, more cost-effective deployments in select markets and giving customers higher speeds at competitive rates.
About Alaska Communications
Alaska Communications (NASDAQ: ALSK) is the leading provider of advanced broadband and managed IT services for businesses and consumers in Alaska. The company operates a highly reliable, advanced statewide data network with the latest technology and the most diverse undersea fiber optic system connecting Alaska to the contiguous U.S. For more information, visit www.alaskacommunications.com or www.alsk.com.