BEC Technologies Inc., a developer and manufacturer of 4G LTE and 5G wireless broadband technology, announced that Standing Rock Telecommunications has selected BEC for its 2.5 GHz Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) deployments.
The deployments will be facilitated by the FCC's2.5 GHz Rural Tribe Window, a first-of-its-kind initiative that gives federally recognized rural Native American Tribes a "priority window" to apply for licenses that allow them to obtain and use 2.5 GHz spectrum. Standing Rock is one of the first applicants to receive their license grants and start deployments.
Rock Wireless, a division of Standing Rock Telecom and the first tribally-owned wireless telecommunications company in the nation, will rely on this spectrum to provide wireless service for K-12 education, residential, and businesses across the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and surrounding communities. The provider notes that the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored how critical internet connectivity is to daily life; this prized mid-band spectrum will play a critical step in expanding broadband access in these communities.
"We have been very pleased with the network performance of the BEC equipment and value them as a partner for their quality and excellent customer support," said Fred McLaughlin, general manager of Standing Rock Telecom.
Rock Wireless selected the BEC MX-210NP R7-Q, an ultra-compact router known for delivering hassle-free, subscriber self-installation to reduce costs and speed up deployments with robust connectivity over LTE Band 41. BEC says that subscribers will enjoy the benefits of a feature-rich platform capable of supporting advanced services with multiple Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, high-powered Wi-Fi, and Power over Ethernet (PoE).
"BEC is thrilled to support Rock Wireless with this unique opportunity," said D'Andre Ladson, VP of marketing at BEC. "We share the same vision for reliable high-speed broadband connectivity to under-served rural communities."
Launched in 2010, Standing Rock Telecommunications, Inc. provides cellular and fixed wireless voice, fax, data transmission, and high-speed Internet services for residents and businesses across the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Headquartered in Fort Yates, North Dakota, Standing Rock delivers the benefits of high-quality technology to members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.