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Press Release -- May 3rd, 2017
Source: Fatbeam

Fatbeam Announces New Agreements with Cellular Providers

Fatbeam has entered into agreements with two national carriers to provide customers with higher fiber capacity

Two carriers have leased dark fiber from Fatbeam, LLC in the states of Washington and Idaho. The low-latency fiber carrier connections put major cellular providers one step closer to the much-anticipated architecture to deliver 5G for their next generation networks. Not unique to the industry, Fatbeam does not disclose the actual carrier name to respect confidentiality in fiber routes and other competitive- and security-related concerns.

“It’s gratifying to have national and global companies entrust us with their infrastructure,” said Fatbeam CEO Greg Green. “We very deliberately build fiber-rich networks to further leverage our assets and help drive economic growth, including that of cellular growth. Furthermore, long term leases and/or IRU’s (Indefeasible Right of Use) are great contributors to our financial bottom line.”

5G is the name being given to the next generation of wireless networks (this is the fifth generation, hence 5G). It promises significantly faster data speeds and ultra-low latency. Currently, 4G networks can achieve peak download speeds of one gigabit per second (Gbps). With 5G, this will increase to 10Gbps. Latency refers to the time it takes one device to send a packet of data to another device. Currently with 4G, the latency rate is approximately 50 milliseconds, but 5G will reduce that to approximately one millisecond. This will be particularly significant for industrial applications and driverless cars.

“We’re heading into a more connected world,” said Green. “The Internet of Things—things like wearables and smart-home appliances and connected cars—is expected to grow exponentially over the next 10 years, and it will need a network that can accommodate billions of connected devices. Part of the goal behind 5G is to provide that capacity, and to be able to assign bandwidth depending on the needs of the application and user.”

Fatbeam is a competitive access provider delivering data transport services to business and enterprise, healthcare, education and government customers in the Western U.S. While competitive telecom and broadband fiber capacity are mainstream throughout larger cities in the United States, Fatbeam focuses on underserved markets. In 2015, Fatbeam was voted #190 by Inc. Magazine’s “500 Fastest Growing Companies in the United States.”

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