Progress Telecom Launches Wireless Last-Mile Service

Progress Telecom LLC today announced it has deployed a wireless last-mile solution offering point-to-point or point-to-multipoint Ethernet to wholesale customers serving the Orlando area.

Proximiti Communications Inc. is the first service provider to use the product and will serve its MDU clients, says Elizabeth Vanneste, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Progress Telecom.

Vanneste says the product offers 1.5, 3 and 5mbps Ethernet circuits and is targeted primarily at service providers offering Internet and VoIP services to commercial and residential clients. The service is cost-effective when compared to T1s, she says, noting a 1.5mbps connections is $150 per month wholesale.

She says that the wireless solution allows Progress Telecom to offer a more granular access solution that leverages the depth of its fiber network in Tier 2 and 3 markets.

Vanneste says the service was beta tested by two carriers Proximiti and another unnamed carrier both of which tested QoS to run voice services over the wireless connection.

The Progress Telecom wireless last-mile solution is currently offered in Orlando from five PoPs in office buildings and carrier hotels using Motorola Canopy equipment. Each PoP serves a 5-mile radius.

The service also will be available in the Tampa Bay area later this year. Other locations have not been determined. Vanneste says the company will wait for customer requests to narrow it down, but says locations in Florida and North Carolina are likely.

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