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Alaska ISP to Improve Broadband Speeds with SES Capacity

By | July 20, 2017
      Satellite dish in rural Alaska. Photo: Business Wire.

      Satellite dish in rural Alaska. Photo: Business Wire.

      OptimEra in Alaska is leveraging SES Networks’ new managed infrastructure service and a full 72MHz transponder to improve broadband connectivity speed 10-fold throughout the remote port city of Unalaska, and neighboring towns and islands across Southwest Alaska. In an agreement announced by SES, OptimEra has secured capacity aboard SES’ NSS 9 satellite to roll out enhanced city-wide Wi-Fi network and broadband services to meet growing business and consumer demands for faster, more reliable and affordable connectivity in the largely underserved region.

      SES will also provide OptimEra with fully managed infrastructure services, including data center hosting services, uplink and downlink satellite services, as well as IP network services for internet connectivity, delivered using a primary SES teleport in Brewster, Washington. OptimEra will use scalable SES satellite capacity to extend its high-speed broadband service packages of 10Mbps to new business customers and consumers in nearby towns and villages. OptimEra is delivering 250 Mbps of capacity to the city of Unalaska.

      According to Emmett Fitch, OptimEra Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the company wants to better connect people and businesses across rural Alaska, where 25 percent of the state’s population lives and 90 percent of its revenues are generated.