CANTON, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Agile Networks, a telecommunications services company headquartered in Canton, Ohio, announced today that its rollout of a statewide data network has completed deployments in Canton, Cleveland and Columbus, and that those markets are now “live” with their service. The Agile Network combines fiber and 4G wireless for business, residential and government clients.
“We believe in broadband as an economic development driver, because we’ve seen firsthand what it can do for communities that have gone without”
The Network is in many ways an economic development project for Ohio. The 3-city rollout covers over 2,200 community anchors (such as libraries, hospitals and government locations), over 40,000 businesses and 380,000 homes. Once complete in 2014, the utility will cover over 3 million address points, including over 100,000 homes in Ohio that do not currently have access to broadband.
“We believe in broadband as an economic development driver, because we’ve seen firsthand what it can do for communities that have gone without,” said Kyle Quillen, Agile’s chief technology officer. “But that’s not a problem in these first three markets; the residential coverage here is strong. The value we bring to Canton, Cleveland and Columbus is in delivering carrier class services to government and businesses. The Agile Network is an ideal solution for small- to medium-sized companies that are looking for alternatives to traditional business class solutions like T-1 lines.”
The design and engineering phase of this new infrastructure began in the spring of 2011. By spring of 2012, the company had successfully executed its Columbus pilot and crafted a Master Service Agreement with the State of Ohio to deliver carrier class Ethernet services to both state and local government locations.
In June of 2012, the company made its first public announcement of its privately funded statewide build-out during a panel discussion at the annual Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) conference in Dallas, TX. By the end of October, it had completed its network core build-out, which was needed to support the statewide network and was ready to deploy its initial markets.
The Network can deliver large connections (all the way up to 1Gbps) without the cost and lengthy cycle time of digging new landlines. Quillen added that, “large organizations with multiple locations will find enormous efficiencies on The Agile Network, in both rural and urban markets.”
The challenge in 2013 will be rolling the network out to communities that need it most. The company is attending and exhibiting at the annual County Commissioners Association of Ohio and County Engineers Association of Ohio Conference in Columbus on December 10 and 11.
As part of engaging local communities, Agile plans to work closely with Wholesale Carrier and Wireless ISP partners so it can provide them with wholesale data transport and last mile connectivity services. This will allow communities to ultimately expand their coverage footprint in their select markets.
Agile Networks is a telecommunications services company headquartered in Canton, Ohio. They are committed to economic development through innovations in technology and telecommunications service. To learn more about Agile Networks, visit www.agilenetworks.com.