Metro Optic | February 02, 2022
Metro Optic (MO) and Crosslake Fibre (CLF) have integrated their networks and service offering to provide turnkey network infrastructure and low latency fiber solutions to large data users in North America.
In response to a dramatic increase in demand for diverse, high-performance, ultra low-latency networks between key commercial hubs in North America, the two companies have partnered to deliver a seamless network solution that offers hyperscale connectivity between Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago, Washington D.C. and New York.
"The combination of Metro Optic's strong, local presence in the fastest growing datacenter and interconnection markets in Canada with Crosslake Fibre's high-speed long-haul network between the U.S. and Canada, creates a unique, one-stop solution for large data users with high performance network requirements,"
Michael Bucheit, General Manager of Metro Optic
"Crosslake Fibre and Metro Optic have built state-of-the-art digital networks in North America and Europe focused on route diversity, performance and scalability. Reaching our customers in more than 40 critical, local data centers and providing long-haul routes to key international locations is a powerful proposition," states Mike Cunningham, CEO of Crosslake Fibre.
The joint service offering will include diverse high-count dark fiber, 1G to 100G lit services and ultra low-latency options.
Both companies are already majority owners of Maple Leaf Fibre, a joint venture with Utilities Kingston, which is in advanced stages of development and expected to be in service by December 2023. The Maple Leaf Fibre cable system will have a terrestrial segment between Montréal, and Kingston, and a submarine segment through Lake Ontario between Kingston and downtown Toronto.
About Metro Optic
Metro Optic is one of Canada's largest carrier- and datacenter-neutral builders and operators of high-capacity fiber networks. The company offers dark and lit fiber solutions to medium and large sized businesses, telecom carriers, cloud operators, wholesalers and datacenter operators. The Metro Optic network reaches critical corporate and wholesale datacenters and interconnection locations in the greater Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver areas. Metro Optic is an affiliate of Cologix Inc., a leading provider of carrier and cloud neutral hyperscale edge datacenter solutions in North America.
About Crosslake Fibre
Crosslake Fibre is an International Network Service Provider (INSP) and developer of fibre-optic projects throughout North America and Europe. Crosslake's innovative approach to operating and developing next-generation networks provides a range of capacity services on new backbone routes for financial services, telecommunications operators and cloud service providers (CSPs).
BAI Communications | October 05, 2021
BAI Communications, a global communications infrastructure provider, today announced the close of its acquisition of Mobilitie, one of the largest privately-held telecommunications infrastructure companies in the United States. News of the agreement between the two companies was first announced on 28 June this year.
With the close of the acquisition Mobilitie becomes a BAI Group company, alongside BAI's majority-owned Transit Wireless in the United States, significantly extending its footprint and services in the region. As part of the acquisition, BAI acquires Mobilitie's portfolio of assets, including existing telecommunication infrastructure contracts with transit operators in San Francisco and Seattle, as well as 220 large public venues' DAS networks, 10,000 small cells and 300 tower sites across the United States. This portfolio, and the team of experts that manage and operate it, further builds on BAI and Transit Wireless' focus to expand its neutral host 5G connectivity solutions across major city transport networks, public infrastructure and large venues.
Mobilitie now operates within the BAI global organisation, bringing together two complementary customer offerings. The acquisition enables BAI to strengthen and expand its current services, as it couples Mobilitie's expertise in above-ground connected venue infrastructure solutions with BAI's ability to deliver 5G communications infrastructure in complex transit environments. Mobilitie will continue to operate as a separate entity within BAI, and its existing operations and customer partnerships will remain unaffected.
As part of BAI, Mobilitie will further advance its neutral host networks to help US mobile network operators and venue owners expand 5G coverage to ensure it meets growing demand. With its extended global reach, the company is well positioned to drive additional growth across transit, sports, entertainment, hospitality, real estate and higher education industries. Additionally, it allows Mobilitie to quicken its ongoing deployment of outdoor infrastructure, bringing connectivity to underserved communities and creating the foundation for smart cities of tomorrow.
The acquisition accelerates BAI's growth strategy, as it becomes a leading connected infrastructure 5G player in North America and globally. This one-of-a-kind partnership strengthens BAI in the region as it pairs Mobilitie's offerings with Transit Wireless' to bring innovative connectivity solutions across the US. BAI has identified North America as a region targeted for expansion as it accelerates its growth across transit, smart cities, venues, fibre networks, private networks, and public safety services.
The expertise and current partnerships that Mobilitie holds are incredibly valuable. Bringing Mobilitie into the wider BAI Communications group solidifies us as a leading connected infrastructure provider in North America.
Igor Leprince, Group CEO of BAI Communications
"The natural fit between Mobilitie's expertise and that of BAI enables us to extend the services we offer clients across both entities. This will be increasingly beneficial as we see the prioritisation of connected infrastructure continue to gather momentum in the US and around the world," he added.
"This acquisition makes a significant contribution to our strategy for portfolio balance across neutral host, transit communications and broadcast with an increasing focus on North America, the UK and Europe, in addition to deepening our extensive Australian operation."
Christos Karmis, President of Mobilitie, said: "Closing this acquisition is an exciting development for Mobilitie, our customers and telco partners as it will expand and accelerate our deployment of wireless infrastructure solutions in the marketplace and position us to better support our customers globally.
"BAI's proven track record of prioritising customer needs and delivering state-of-the-art technical solutions aligns perfectly with our own values, ensuring we remain focused on exceeding our customer expectations. Furthermore, our complementary offerings make for an exciting proposition for both Mobilitie and BAI customers, as close collaboration between the teams enables us to offer the most innovative and robust wireless solutions available in the marketplace today and in the future."
About BAI Communications
BAI Communications designs, builds, and operates cellular, Wi-Fi, broadcast, radio, and IP networks around the world. We are engineering experts and technology innovators with proven experience in delivering the next wave of connectivity solutions through long-term partnerships with broadcasters, transit operators, governments, and MNOs. As a leading communications infrastructure provider, BAI's neutral host solutions connect people, enrich communities and advance economies. Our global operations span Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and in the United States through our BAI Group company, Mobilitie, and majority-owned Transit Wireless.
Movandi | May 25, 2021
Movandi, a leader of new 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) technology, revealed today the successful demonstration of mmWave repeaters, delivering on the promise of seamless 5G cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) communication for the next generation of connected vehicles. On the Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband network, a Movandi BeamXR powered mmWave repeater installed within a car allowed greater than 10x efficiency gains with an average throughput of 1.5 gigabits per second (Gbps). The test results revealed a 25X improvement in throughput over a standard 4G LTE service, and it was carried out on behalf of an industry partner.
The 5G mmWave spectrum has orders of magnitude greater efficiency than the sub-6 GHz spectrum by providing for much higher data rates and lower latency. This performance will allow the low latency and high throughput expected by sensor-laden connected cars, which generate terabytes of data for cloud-based AI systems and predictive algorithms to improve safety and collision avoidance systems.
However, as the industry transitions from 4G to 5G, many service providers see sub-6 GHz technology as the only viable 5G solution for mobile connectivity in automobiles. Higher-speed mmWave technology is believed to be too difficult to implement in fast-moving vehicles where steel and glass materials act as barriers to mmWave signal penetration. This challenge is illustrated by the short-range and lower data speeds experienced by users of 5G mmWave-enabled handsets while on the road.
Gartner predicts that the attach rate of 5G interfaces in embedded automotive telematics will rise from 0% in 2019 to 51% by 2029. The automobile industry will accelerate 5G adoption for the Internet of Things (IoT), with almost 180 million connected vehicles by 2029.
Movandi has shown that its BeamXR mmWave powered repeaters integrated into vehicles can overcome these difficulties, allowing uninterrupted ultra-wideband communications in urban areas with 5G access points spaced approximately 1,000 meters apart. Next-generation Node B (gNB) base stations are often deployed 500 meters apart in today's typical 5G coverage areas. Coverage is often restricted within a few meters of a gNB, while BeamXR-powered mmWave repeaters extend continuous coverage and have a seamless handoff between gNBs to ensure continuity. 5G connections with 1.5 Gbps data speeds can be achieved with gNBs placed farther apart (1000 meters or more) by using mmWave repeaters within vehicles, allowing operators to reduce costs by reducing the number of gNBs deployed along roadways.
If the vehicle is moving or stationary, BeamXR-powered repeaters can have uninterrupted 5G ultra-wideband coverage for end-users and edge computing systems in infotainment control panels. The repeaters collaborate with the base station to provide continuous coverage at highway speeds while completing handoffs between gNBs in sub-seconds. A single repeater can support multiple mobile phones or modems within a vehicle while also providing 5G backhaul to the cloud for self-driving cars. Movandi repeaters also help to reduce mobile phone power usage and mmWave radiation inside the vehicle.
Movandi provides full 5G mmWave reference designs, demos, and trial opportunities to customers to help them lower development costs and accelerate time to market.
Movandi is the fastest-growing 5G mmWave solutions company, focusing on the design and development of deep technologies for 5G and beyond, interconnecting our world and enabling AI apps to improve the lives of all humanity. Former Broadcom innovators who are RF and SoC world-recognized pioneers and visionaries, including today's top leaders in the wireless industry, founded the company. Their innovations have shaped and transformed wireless over the last few decades. Movandi, the leader of wireless RF systems, is solving real-world 5G mmWave deployments with unmatched differentiation and high-performance core technology in 5G integrated circuits, antennas, systems, algorithms, and design disciplines, enabling 5G to achieve its maximum potential. Movandi's flexible solutions solve 5G mmWave deployment cost and scheduling challenges while also providing future-proof solutions that use mesh and routing to improve 5G coverage and capacity. Movandi's robust and diverse system IP and patent portfolio powers the entire 5G ecosystem, from infrastructure to mobile, thus ensuring optimum 5G coverage.