Nextlink Internet, which is said to be the sixth largest fixed wireless provider in the US, serving more than 60,000 residential/business customers, has acquired SkyWave Broadband Internet, an ISP operating in Texas. The deal represents part of Nextlink’s expansion of broadband and voice services in small towns and rural markets across central USA. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Bill Baker, CEO of Nextlink Internet, commented: ‘SkyWave’s footprint covers a large area, including parts of Hunt, Kaufman, Rains, Rockwall, and Van Zandt counties east of Dallas. We will begin working immediately to upgrade and expand the SkyWave network so that subscribers will be able to access download speeds of 100Mbps. We expect to complete these upgrades by the end of 2021.’
TeleGeography notes that Nextlink, which launched in 2012, currently provides internet and voice services throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. The company acquired more than 1,000 licences in last year’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) auction of 3.5GHz spectrum and went on to enlist Finnish vendor Nokia to deploy a fixed-wireless LTE solution covering eleven states.