FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. & MILPITAS, Calif.–(BUSINESS PROPERTY)–Veteran US internet service provider (ISP) Bluespan and Tarana, which pioneered next-generation fixed wireless access (ngFWA) technology with its G1 broadband platform, today announced a series of hybrid network projects. This would result in over 750,000 homes in Arizona and Washington states.
Bluespan has been operating in Arizona and Washington since 2001, offering primarily fixed wireless broadband service. Their “no-cut-corners” business philosophy has earned them a great reputation among customers, and they pride themselves on providing better customer service and faster support than the “big guys” because they are local to the cities they serve.
Tarana has made waves in the broadband industry since launching its G1 platform, which overcomes previous fixed wireless limitations through robust operation in non-line-of-sight conditions and environments with strong radio interference. Powered by first-of-its-kind ngFWA technology, launched in 2021 after 12 years of research and development and a complete overhaul of reliable wireless broadband, G1 is currently deployed by more than 200 ISPs worldwide.
Bluespan was an early adopter of Tarana technology, first using G1 to cover its entire network in Flagstaff, Arizona to provide better internet speeds to its customers. Before ngFWA was introduced in the region, locals had only two options for broadband service: 10 Mbps DSL or older fixed wireless technology from Bluespan, which also reached speeds of around 10 Mbps and struggled to reliably cover all the homes on their network. After taking just a month to deploy the G1, Bluespan now offers plans up to 500 Mbps in Flagstaff and doesn’t face capacity constraints on more densely populated networks. “The G1 changed the game in this area, which has never been more than 5 or 10 Mbps.” said Bluespan CEO Scott Stace. He reports many retained WISP customers after the upgrade to Tarana and an influx of new subscribers who are happy about the new internet speeds.
Stace and the Bluespan team use a hybrid approach to achieve these improved service plans. Across Arizona Networks, they are deploying fiber to 15 new G1-equipped towers and using Tarana to bring broadband from the tower to the home. Stace noted, “Marrying Fiber and Tarana’s capabilities has positioned us well to expand into underserved areas. This combination allows us to go through more houses than anything else. It’s the only really cost-effective option.”
Bluespan developed a similar deployment in Sanoita, Arizona, a popular wine region that lacks affordable options for reliable, high-speed Internet. Located on the edge of a mountain pass in a rural area, Sanoita was almost impossible to serve with fiber or cable alone. Instead, they installed fiber to a Taran-backed tower overlooking the greater Sanoita and Elgin communities and now offer them 500+ Mbps internet service.
Bluespan is targeting a minimum of 30 Tarana towers in the two states over the next six months, with additional plans to increase G1 deployments in its Washington service footprint. Tarana CEO Basil Alvan added: “It has been great to see Bluespan grow alongside G1 over the past year. We are excited to grow their business and look forward to supporting more network upgrades and new deployments in the coming months and years.”
Stace confirmed, “We don’t have to fear wireless. Tarana has proven this with its roadmap, vision and engineering talent, and it will only continue. There is nothing as effective for WISPs as Taran.”
We founded Bluespan when we saw a deep need in society for reliable and fast internet. When it came to ISPs, the locations in the area had several options. Bluespan’s fiber optic and wireless technology is the solution today’s businesses and homes need to get the fast web service they need. Today, thousands of Bluespan customers are getting internet connectivity they never thought possible. Read their stories and reviews and learn more at https://bluespan.com/.
Tarana is on a mission to accelerate the deployment of fast, affordable Internet access worldwide. With a decade of research and an investment of more than $400 million, the Tarana engineering team has created a unique next-generation fixed wireless access (ngFWA) technology built on the first commercial platform, Gigabit 1 (G1). Using both licensed and unlicensed spectrum, G1 delivers a game-changing breakthrough in broadband economics in both mainstream and underserved markets. The G1 began production in mid-2021 and has been sold to more than 200 service providers worldwide. Tarana is headquartered in Milpitas, California with additional research and development located in Pune, India. For more information on the G1, visit www.taranawireless.com.