AeroNet and IgniteNet Work Together to Restore Critical Internet Connectivity to Puerto Rico

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AeroNet, a leading Broadband Service Provider in Puerto Rico, has been working around the clock to restore critical communications infrastructure to the hurricane-battered island with help from equipment provided by IgniteNet.

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"The destruction left in the wake of hurricane Maria is unprecedented", says Hal Bledsoe, President of IgniteNet. "Puerto Rico is lucky to have an operator like AeroNet who can mobilize quickly using the latest mmwave technologies to restore communication services for the island."

AeroNet is deploying IgniteNet's latest 2.5Gbps MetroLinq 60GHz mmwave PTP and PTMP solution as quickly as possible to rebuild the network and get customers access that is greatly needed. By using this kind of technology, AeroNet is able to bypass the wired infrastructure left in tatters and deliver multi-gigabit connectivity to critical places much more quickly.

Multi-gigabit connectivity can be extended to unconnected areas using 60 GHz MetroLinq platform. The variety of models available allows choosing the most suitable one based on distance and capacity requirements. The platform is also well-suited for building hopping - extending coverage using high points in an area to form the backbone and using multipoint technology from each of these points to provide connectivity to the surrounding area.

Mmwave technology is also ideal for higher-density areas due to its narrow beam width, signal absorption by oxygen, and ample free spectrum (7 GHz) ensuring connection security while essentially eliminating interference. It is also simple to co-locate multiple units on a single tower or building without having any RF interference or noise issues.

"The destruction left in the wake of hurricane Maria is unprecedented," says Hal Bledsoe, President of IgniteNet. "Puerto Rico is lucky to have an operator like AeroNet who can mobilize quickly using the latest mmwave technologies to restore communication services for the island."

“During this great catastrophe, the Internet has become an invaluable service, permitting people in PR to reach out and communicate!” says Gino Villarini, President of AeroNet. “We at AeroNet are committed to providing Internet connectivity where needed! That’s our commitment with our customers and fellow citizens. IgniteNet equipment is one of the tools that allow us to fulfill this promise.” #WeCareWeLove #GoFaster

A recovery fund has been set up to help the residents of Puerto Rico get powered back up with electricity and internet. We encourage everyone who can to pitch in for our fellow Americans in this time of need.

About IgniteNet
Headquartered in Irvine, CA, IgniteNet is a wholly owned subsidiary of SMC Networks, Inc. IgniteNet has a proven track record of producing powerful, reliable, easy to deploy, and innovative cloud managed wireless solutions for Enterprises and Service Providers. IgniteNet products are available at the industry's lowest cost for 60 GHz wireless technology and are sold through channel partners worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.ignitenet.com.

About AeroNet
AeroNet is a private Company established in 2001 and provides Data and Internet Access services to the Business segment of Puerto Rico, including Vieques, Culebra and the US Virgin Islands. AeroNet is a member or the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association, The PR Bridge Initiative, Puerto Rico Broadband Task Force, and the PR Telecom Alliance.

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