XO Communications launches broadband wireless in Las Vegas

Businesses in the Las Vegas metropolitan area now have a new option for high-speed Internet access and private data networking services thanks to the roll out of broadband wireless technology from XO Communications and Nextlink Wireless, Inc., an affiliated XO company and the nation’s largest holder of Local Multipoint Distribution System (LMDS) spectrum with licenses in 75 metropolitan markets. With today’s launch in Las Vegas, XO Communications now operates broadband wireless networks in twelve metropolitan markets across the United States.

XO Communications is utilizing licensed broadband wireless spectrum covering the entire Las Vegas metropolitan area to extend the reach of its metro fiber network and offer high-speed Internet access and private data networking services to businesses and building owners. Through broadband wireless point-to-point connections, XO Communications can deliver high-speed network services directly to businesses at speeds ranging from 45 Mbps to 155 Mbps (OC-3) to support a wide range of communications services, including dedicated Internet access, metro Ethernet, voice over IP (VoIP), wide area networks in campus or business park settings and network redundancy.

“XO’s deployment of broadband wireless technology opens the door to a wider world of options for high-speed network access for businesses that do not have fiber access at their locations or are only served by one local telecom provider,” said Peter Kasparoff, general manager of the Las Vegas market for XO Communications. “This expansion of our network is part of our continuing focus to provide businesses in Las Vegas with innovative high-speed network services and alternatives in the wake of a consolidating telecommunications industry.”

Broadband wireless technology allows XO Communications to expand its network coverage beyond its 366-route mile metro fiber network in Las Vegas and fill a critical gap for businesses and building owners that require higher-speed network connections but lack direct access to fiber optic networks at their locations or lack competing alternatives for communications services. Today, less than 20 percent of buildings in the United States have direct fiber access to support high-bandwidth communications services. In addition new fiber optic network builds can be both costly and time-consuming to deploy.

XO Communications’ broadband wireless coverage includes all of downtown Las Vegas and its surrounding suburbs. In addition to Las Vegas, XO Communications operates wireless networks in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, DC.

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