Sckipio Technologies has partnered with Siklu to combine Gfast and wireless millimeter wave (mmWave) technology to connect fiber from the street to a low-income, multiple dwelling unit (MDU) in the Cleveland Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA). The companies say initial speed tests run after the installation clocked individual unit connectivity at up to 650 Mbps downstream and 160 Mbps upstream.
"Our Gfast technology was built to deliver ultra-high-speed broadband to the masses," said David Baum, CEO of Sckipio. "This installation proves that Gfast is helping to solve the urban digital divide by bringing the Internet to those who had no access or very slow speeds. Partnering with DigitalC and Siklu has enabled CMHA residents to access ultrafast, affordable Internet that will allow them to connect to their families, search for jobs, improve their education and health, and participate in the global digital economy."
Siklu's millimeter wave solution was used to bring ultrafast speeds to the building. Within the building, the solution used Sckipio's Gfast technology to connect each resident over existing copper phone wires.
"The ability of our EtherHaul mmWave wireless to deliver up to 10 Gbps to the building and Sckipio's Gfast technology to deliver the broadband access to the individual apartments is the best-in-class and affordable solution for urban communities," said Siklu Co-Founder and Chairman Izik Kirshenbaum.
"Gfast has the potential to compete with fiber and cable installations and serve the underserved urban markets," said Teresa Mastrangelo, founder, Broadbandtrends. "And with net neutrality expired in the U.S., there's an even greater need for competitive ultra-fast broadband speed to keep broadband pricing affordable for consumers."