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ClearSky Technologies Launches Small Cell as a Service in Alaska with GCI

Deployment of residential small cells addresses capacity and coverage issues to reduce churn.

ORLANDO, FL, November 19, 2015 – ClearSky Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of hosted mobile data infrastructure and managed services to wireless operators, today announced that GCI, Alaska’s largest Mobile Network Operator (MNO), has launched its Small Cell as a Service (SCaaS) into commercial production. GCI signed a multi-year contract with ClearSky earlier this year to further improve coverage and capacity for its wireless users.

Alaska’s extreme climate and rugged terrain create one of the most challenging environments for MNOs in the United States. Residential and enterprise buildings constructed to withstand harsh Alaskan winters are often difficult for radio waves to penetrate. Furthermore, with only 12,000 miles of paved roads, Alaska’s high mountains and low valleys are not conducive to providing ubiquitous mobile coverage.

As the top provider of voice, data and video services in Alaska, GCI hopes to overcome these environmental challenges by filling coverage gaps and delivering the consistent, reliable service its subscribers demand. GCI will initially deploy residential small cells to subscribers experiencing poor in-home coverage. As the market’s leading provider of communications services to enterprise customers, GCI also plans to deploy enterprise small cell access points to expand network capacity for its corporate accounts.

“Our strategy is to leverage small cell technology as a churn prevention tool by improving in-home and in-building coverage, and thereby increasing overall customer satisfaction,” said Dan Boyette, GCI Vice President of Wireless. “As the only provider of SCaaS in the Americas, ClearSky allows us to accomplish those goals at a fraction of the cost and in half the time it would take to address the issues internally.

“Virtually every MNO in the world today is challenged to address coverage and capacity issues in their respective 3G and 4G networks,” said Tony Tagliareni, ClearSky Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, “Since 2012 ClearSky’s SCaaS has brought to the industry a complete small cell ecosystem that includes a small cell gateway, RAN management system, Small Cell Service Center for automated provisioning and integration to legacy OSS/BSS systems, as well as a comprehensive portfolio of 3G and 4G small cells for residential, enterprise and outdoor deployments. Moreover, for those MNOs that may lack the empirical network performance data to tell them where the small cells should be located, what type of small cells (i.e., indoor or outdoor) should be deployed, the number of small cells they need, ClearSky’s NetView 360® service answers all of those questions and more.”

About ClearSky Technologies, Inc.

For more than a decade, ClearSky Technologies has been a leader in providing hosted infrastructure to mobile operators. ClearSky’s powerful array of products and services includes hosted small cell as a service, traffic and policy management, LTE services, SMS, MMS and mobile Internet access. Headquartered in Orlando, ClearSky currently provides mobile data services to more than 50 wireless operators across the Americas. For more information, visit www.clearskytechnologies.com.

About GCI

GCI is the top provider of voice, data and video services in Alaska, through which consumers can experience entertainment everywhere. GCI is also the leading provider of communications services to enterprise customers, particularly large enterprise customers with complex data networking needs. More information about GCI can be found at www.gci.com.

ClearSky Helps GTA TeleGuam Optimize Network for Entire Island

NetView 360 Solves Challenges of Network Evolution

ORLANDO, FL –May 19, 2015 – ClearSky Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of hosted mobile data infrastructure and managed services to wireless operators, has partnered with GTA TeleGuam (GTA), a leading Mobile Network Operator (MNO) in Guam, to optimize network coverage and capacity throughout the territory. GTA operates a WCDMA and LTE network on the island of Guam, with a commitment to increase capacity, data speeds and in-building coverage while reducing customer churn.

MNOs such as GTA face growing challenges during network expansion as they work to ensure peak performance. Key factors in addressing GTA’s network evolution plan include expanding 3G and 4G service, VoLTE readiness, multiband LTE, and Wi-Fi and/or small cells to address future capacity offload.

GTA selected ClearSky’s NetView 360 platform to perform the network evolution planning and design. The NetView 360 design service was chosen for its ability to plan multiband LTE, 3G macro, multi-year data projections, small cell and Wi-Fi design and perform crucial business analytics. The NetView design service considers not only the technical attributes of network evolution but also the business impact, to help operators make informed decisions about the most timely and cost-effective way to evolve their networks. NetView 360 was used to perform 1-meter propagation modeling on the entire island as well as to characterize individual building impact using ultra-high-resolution propagation techniques and a 4-meter resolution traffic map that pinpoints smart phone data—indoor and outdoor.
“The level of detail and time to complete the project exceeded our expectations,” said Andrew Gayle, Chief Operating Officer of GTA. “We had everything we needed—and more—in less than three months, including a detailed traffic map of demand and a plan to add small cells and macro cells in specific locations. The level of resolution in the NetView 360 model is like nothing we’ve seen before in the industry. Most important, ClearSky’s team was with us every step of the way.”

NetView 360 eliminates the guesswork by offering a comprehensive service for designing a HetNet with unprecedented detail and accuracy. It is a new-generation, proprietary software tool and planning service that combines big data sources for advanced traffic analytics, high-resolution propagation modeling and business case analysis. And, because ClearSky is not a network infrastructure OEM, its analysis is completely unbiased, providing MNOs with the best coverage and capacity recommendations without advocating superfluous upgrades.

“NetView 360 is a relatively new offering from ClearSky,” said Alberto Rubio, Vice President of Professional Services, “but it has been quickly embraced by MNOs to solve a variety of challenging network issues.” NetView 360 is gaining popularity in part due to its performance as a comprehensive solution rather than a short-term fix. The forward-looking evolution analysis includes improvement recommendations that are based on projections of future growth (usually three years) rather than serving as a temporary patch to address a current network problem.

About ClearSky Technologies

For more than a decade, ClearSky Technologies has been a leader in providing hosted infrastructure to mobile operators. ClearSky’s powerful array of products and services includes hosted small cell as a service, traffic and policy management, LTE services, multi-generation SMS, MMS and mobile Internet access. Headquartered in Orlando, ClearSky currently provides mobile data services to more than 50 wireless operators across the Americas. For more information, visit www.clearskytechnologies.com.

About GTA TeleGuam

GTA provides complete communications services in Guam. These include local and long-distance telephone service; wireless; DSL Internet access; advanced digital television, or IPTV; and carrier-class data circuits. The company also operates a data center in Guam for offering business data storage and managed wide-area networking. Based in Tamuning, Guam, GTA is privately owned and locally managed.

CellularOne® of East Central Illinois Selects ClearSky’s NetView 360 to Optimize Its Wireless Network

ORLANDO, FL –March 19, 2015 – ClearSky Technologies, Inc., a global provider of network optimization and hosted infrastructure, has announced an agreement with CellularOne® of East Central Illinois that will help to maximize coverage, enhance capacity and improve end-user experience. CellularOne® selected ClearSky for the company’s extensive network expertise and its NetView 360 RF network optimization solution that analyzes and develops high-performance network strategies.

NetView 360 uses a state-of-the-art approach to traffic modeling that gives a Mobile Network Operator (MNO) the capability to identify coverage gaps and high data traffic areas and determine the best corrective strategies. The platform can determine the optimal combination of wireless infrastructure options for indoor, outdoor, low power or high power scenarios, with accuracy of one meter.

“ClearSky’s NetView 360 optimization and planning tool was an integral part of our comprehensive network optimization strategy,” stated Jake Kasper, Data Services and Product Development Manager. “Their experience with handling complex networks saved us significant time and money.”

As a comprehensive solution, NetView 360 weighs all variables such as frequency band, building geometry, clutter, and availability of backhaul, to facilitate the most effective combination of small cells and other technologies for maximum network performance and efficiency.  Providing quick, accurate results, the state-of-the-art analytics tool is managed by ClearSky engineers, who have been helping MNOs optimize networks for more than a decade.  The ClearSky team delivered complete results to CellularOne® in just two weeks.

“Constant growth and change in network requirements and technologies have made it more and more challenging for operators to sustain efficient networks and manage coverage and capacity needs over time,” said Tony Tagliareni, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of ClearSky. “NetView 360 takes the guesswork out of the process, regardless of network topology or spectrum.”

About ClearSky Technologies
For more than a decade, ClearSky Technologies, Inc. has been a leader in providing hosted infrastructure to mobile operators. ClearSky’s powerful array of products and services includes network optimization, small cell as a service, traffic and policy management, LTE services, multi-generation SMS, MMS and mobile Internet access. Headquartered in Orlando, ClearSky currently provides managed infrastructure and network optimization services to more than 50 wireless operators across the Americas. For more information, visit www.clearskytechnologies.com.

About CellularOne® of East Central Illinois
CellularOne® provides exceptional wireless communications through its commitment to personalized services and advanced technology. Since its inception in 1991, CellularOne® of East Central Illinois has focused on differentiating itself from large corporate competitors by providing outstanding customer service and the best technology for local customers. The company is one of the few independent cellular service providers in the country that has operated continually under the same owners since first opening for business. It maintains a philosophy of personal service extending to customers, community and employees. CellularOne® is licensed to serve the residents of Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Jasper, Lawrence, Richland and Vermilion counties. For more information, please visit http://www.cellular1.net.

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CellularOne® Chooses ClearSky Technologies for Network Planning of Small Cell Deployment

ORLANDO, FL, February 4, 2015—ClearSky Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of hosted mobile data infrastructure and managed services to wireless operators, today announced the signing of its first NetView 360 customer, Cellular One of Northeast Arizona.

“We recognize the effectiveness of small cells to fill coverage gaps and increase capacity, but so many unknowns—such as the ideal locations, quantities and small cell types—have prevented us from moving forward with deployment,” said Judd Hinkle, CEO of Cellular One. “NetView 360 eliminates the guesswork by answering these questions, and more while presenting side-by-side comparisons of different deployment options.”

NetView 360 enables Cellular One to accurately plan the placement of small cells for indoor, outdoor, low-power, high-power or Wi-Fi with 1 meter accuracy. The innovative service platform allows the carrier to confidently model coverage, capacity, and subscriber improvements through a combination of advanced traffic analysis, high-resolution RF planning, backhaul and real estate assessment, and comparative business case analysis.

“This platform takes into account everything from outdoor attachment points to in-building geometry and availability of backhaul, allowing Cellular One to identify the type, location and quantity of small cells to achieve the best outcome,” said Alberto Rubio, ClearSky Vice President of Professional Services. “We expect that the results produced by NetView 360 will validate the technical and business cases for small cell deployment in Cellular One’s network.”

NetView 360 is the first logical step in HetNet deployments, producing accurate and easy-to-understand results regardless of the carrier size, coverage area, network type or spectrum. The process starts with a new approach to traffic modeling that incorporates a wide variety of public and private big data files to create detailed 4m indoor and outdoor traffic maps. The service then employs a proprietary method for creating 3D building outlines that can be applied to virtually any city or town in the world to generate RF propagation modeling at sub 1-meter accuracy.

About ClearSky Technologies
For more than a decade, ClearSky Technologies has been a leader in providing hosted infrastructure to mobile operators. ClearSky’s powerful array of products and services includes hosted small cell as a service, traffic and policy management, LTE services, multi-generation SMS, MMS and mobile Internet access. Headquartered in Orlando, ClearSky currently provides mobile data services to more than 50 wireless operators across the Americas. For more information, visit www.clearskytechnologies.com.

About CellularOne
Cellular One www.cellularoneonline.com is a leading provider of wireless communications service committed to providing the most reliable service to its customers in rural Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. Headquartered in Show Low, Ariz., Cellular One operates a network of more than 201 cell sites, with additional sites in the works, and a total of 22 stores within its coverage area—providing nearly 200 jobs in the region. 

Many of the communities Cellular One serves are rural and/or situated on Native American reservations.  In fact, before Cellular One arrived, telephone penetration for most regional tribal communities was roughly 27%. In cooperation with the FCC, the U.S. government, and the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, and White Mountain Apache Native American Tribal Councils, today Cellular One currently provides basic cellular telephone service to approximately 80% of these rural tribal areas.

For more information, visit www.cellularoneonline.com and www.facebook.com/CellularOneOnline.

 

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