Althea is announcing a new partnership with 5G zone contributor Hub Advanced Networks to build and expand new broadband networks and support telecom innovation as part of the Puerto Rico 5G Zone & Blockchain Ignition Lab initiative. PR5G Zone & Blockchain Ignition Lab is a new, nonprofit, Advanced Innovation Development and Test Lab creating opportunities for individuals, products, and companies to develop cost-effective, disruptive global solutions on the island of Puerto Rico.
This collaboration focuses not only on improving the resilience of Puerto Rico’s communications infrastructure, but also pioneering innovative approaches to internet access, smart Ag, and LTE networks. This 5G and blockchain research and development initiative will improve the quality of life for the people and businesses of Puerto Rico and extend coverage and affordable opportunities to even the most remote and challenging areas of the island.
Althea Network’s unique plug-and-play ISP platform utilizes blockchain technology to decouple the service and infrastructure layers of internet delivery, empowering end users to revenue-share by hosting network infrastructure. This is all accomplished in a user-friendly device that requires little to no training for blockchain novices to manage, thereby demystifying blockchain technology.
Powered by Althea’s Smart Routers and connected to Hub Advanced Networks’ vast fiber resources, last mile networks can be built in a flexible and agile way, delivering high broadband speeds and low latency. What’s more, users can choose to earn revenue by adding infrastructure to expand network coverage further. Each Althea Smart Router also features an easy to use blockchain wallet and firmware to meter usage and billing, allowing for the rapid and cost-efficient deployment of large, fast, and economically accessible broadband networks.
Althea is a leader in open telecom innovation and recently announced the introduction of the world’s first integrated LTE core. By embedding the LTE core directly in the home router, KeyLTE creates a small cell anywhere and enables the rapid and seamless deployment of LTE networks for data, mobile devices, and IoT management.
“Access to connectivity and broadband is essential to business development, education, and daily life, Althea and Hub Advanced Networks are committed to connecting more people through our work together in Puerto Rico.”
Deborah Simpier, CEO and co-founder of Althea
“Althea’s wireless infrastructure expands the geographic reach of our broadband networks, but just as importantly, our unique, no contract billing protocol expands the demographic of people who will have access to fast and affordable broadband.”
“Althea is excited to work with Hub Advanced Networks and proud to contribute to the success of the Puerto Rico 5G Zone & Blockchain Ignition Lab.”
Althea is a new way to access broadband internet that enables growth in the network through a unique system of revenue sharing. Althea was founded in 2017 with the vision to bring the open market and interoperable peering from the data center to the field and empower communities to build multi-stakeholder networks faster and more affordably than legacy telecom models.
About Hub Advanced Networks
Hub Advanced Networks is an Advanced Telecommunications and Technology company committed to enabling business leaders with the digital infrastructure and reliable connectivity needed to bring innovative services to market in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Our mission is to make Puerto Rico the main telecommunications hub of the Caribbean Region by providing the most reliable telecommunications infrastructure and technology services.