123.Net Continues Growth in 2016; Company Offers Even Brighter Outlook for 2017

Southfield, Michigan, December 20, 2016 – Despite intense competition, Southfield-based 123.Net, a premiere fixed wireless, fiber and technical solutions partner for Michigan business customers, reported another banner year in 2016 with increased revenue and customer and employee growth backed by significant developments across its primary product lines, setting the stage for continued growth into the coming year.

The key highlight of 2016 was the opening of 123.Net’s advanced 20,000 sqft data center at its headquarters facility. The center uses sophisticated, ultra efficient technologies to optimize its network, power, security and cooling capabilities. Customers have responded enthusiastically and data center occupancy is ahead of schedule with participation from multiple Fortune 500 clients, including a couple in the top ten.

“The response to the data center has been solid from companies with complex requirements that need to be seamlessly managed,” said Dan Irvin, 123.Net CEO. “In fact, we’re so encouraged by the early response that we’ve already begun working on Phase II of what will ultimately become a 100,000 sqft 20 MVA data center project.”

According to Irvin, it’s equally important, although perhaps less exciting, to note that all 123.Net data centers earned SOC II compliance during 2016. The rigorous, third-party audit ensures that the 123.Net data centers strictly adhere to industry best practice and policies. The data center also boasts of 2(N+1) redundancy across all core systems and offers an Emergency Operations Center for clients.

“Our data center is directly connected to the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-IX) that we launched in 2015 as the region’s foremost peering exchange,” said Irvin. “DET-IX includes major accounts like Netflix, Google and Hurricane Electric and helps bring faster speeds, more bandwidth and lower costs for our clients and service providers across the state.”
123.Net’s network investment continued beyond its corporate walls. The Company went from a single fiber expansion crew to several crews by year end. With each crew laying miles of fiber, 123.Net’s 3,000+ route miles of proprietary fiber continues to expand allowing more Michigan businesses to easily and affordably connect fiber directly to their cabinets.

The Company’s wireless network was enhanced during the year with the Cambridge Broadband Network (CBNL) VectorStar agreement that provides123.Net customers carrier grade service on a performance-guaranteed network. The Company grew its downtown Detroit wireless network to five sites when it added a new tower atop the historic Maccabees Building in Midtown and also benefited from new PoP sites adjacent to industrial parks in Farmington Hills and Shelby Township.

Irvin, who in December was named to Crain’s Detroit Business “Top Names to Know in IT,” said he was particularly pleased that the firm was again included in Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” by the Michigan Business & Professional Association. “The most important aspect of the Best and Brightest program as far as we’re concerned is that the award is given only after extensive interviews with our employees. At 123.Net everything we do is backed by real people – Michiganders who are committed to customer first service and we’re delighted that they consider working for 123.Net to be a positive experience.”  

To meet growing demand for its products, 123.Net added over 30 employees in 2016 and is expecting similar growth in 2017. “We’ve hit important milestones in 2016 across our product platforms. These technological investments, backed by investments we make to bring in new team members who fit our culture of customer service and accountability, have us poised to continue on our current trend of delighting current customers and earning new ones. If we do that, 2017 could be an even better year.”

123Net Adds New Fixed Wireless Tower in Shelby Township

Shelby Township, MI., December 8, 2016 – As part of its continuing network investment, 123.Net has added a new fixed wireless tower in fast growing Shelby Township to provide greater capability and bandwidth to area businesses that rely on carrier class connectivity.

According to Jim Hart, 123.Net’s director of wireless, Shelby Township is focused on ensuring that businesses have the tools to thrive and create an even more vibrant community. “123.Net’s new Shelby Township fixed wireless tower brings carrier-grade high-speed wireless services with speeds of up to 2 Gbps on secure links to the Shelby business community. This level of sophisticated technology is exactly the type of infrastructure that Shelby Township and Macomb County businesses need to grow and thrive,” he said.

The new tower is located along the vibrant 23 Mile corridor between Romeo Plank and Hayes. The tower will provide immediate benefit to a multitude of area businesses and becomes another important link in 123.Net’s state-wide network of dedicated fixed wireless and fiber capabilities, expanding reach and creating additional network redundancies.

“123.Net continues to invest in new infrastructure to support the explosive demand for high-speed fixed wireless data services,” said Hart. “As a Michigan-based provider, this new Point-of-Presence is a significant milestone in our service in Macomb County, Metro Detroit and across SE Michigan.”

123.Net provides colocation, fiber, fixed wireless, voice and data services to thousands of Michigan businesses, including a dozen Fortune 500 companies through a growing network that incorporates the latest and most reliable, fast and secure technologies.

123.Net built and owns its entire wireless network and now has 56 fixed wireless towers located strategically throughout Michigan. The Company expects to bring several additional fixed wireless sites on-line in the next 12 months. The Company’s Shelby Township tower will add capacity and quality coverage, including faster downloads, improved data speeds, and improved voice coverage. 123.Net built and owns its entire wireless network and is able to install most new customers within five to seven days. The Company supports its fixed wireless network with more than 3,000 route miles of proprietary fiber.

For more information how your business can benefit from this new expansion, please contact us at sales@123.net or go to 123.net/wireless

Crain’s Detroit Business Features Dan Irvin in its “Information Technology Names to Know”

Dan Irvin, 123.Net President and CEO, was included in a Crain’s Detroit Business feature listing the top ’50 Names to Know in the IT industry.”

The list included a range of IT professionals including medical researchers, autonomous car developers, 3-D printing manufacturers, educators, civic leaders, app developers and more. According to reporter Tom Henderson, “there are thousands of people working in information technology in Michigan, so pulling together a list of 50 people to know in IT puts one in a dauntingly big pool.”

Irvin was included on the list for his efforts to grow 123.Net into one of Michigan’s leading voice, data and colocation providers. The article mentioned 123.Net’s organic growth and its strategic acquisitions that helped the company build one of Michigan’s largest networks, including multiple state-of-the-art data centers, 3,200 route miles of proprietary fiber and its wireless network which includes five points-of-presence in downtown Detroit alone.

Crain’s Detroit Business subscribers can read the full article HERE.

SOC2 , HIPAA, PCI_DSS compliant

123.Net Increases Security Standards Throughout All Data Centers by Successfully Completing SOC 2 Audit

Southfield, MI., November 17, 2016 – 123.Net, a leading Michigan-based provider of colocation, fiber, fixed wireless, voice and data services for Michigan businesses, today announced completion of Service Organization Control (SOC2) audit, a rigorous third-party review of the company’s policies and procedures. The audit covers all 123.Net data centers in both metro Detroit and Grand Rapids.

The compliance approval provides 123.Net clients’ the absolute assurance they need that their data is managed with the utmost attention to security, administrative control, technical safeguards, availability, process integrity and confidentiality. In turn, 123.Net’s SOC 2 approval signals that the company has met controls for its clients to meet their own stringent compliance needs whether they’re HIPAA, PCI DSS, and a host of others.

“Our clients are under intense compliance pressure both from their respective industries and from nefarious cyber security threats,” said Dan Irvin, 123.Net’s CEO. “Our investment in SOC2 compliance serves as a clear signal that 123.Net not only has industry-best practices in place, but that we also have the policies and procedures to ensure that those practices are followed every day for every client.”

123.Net recently unveiled its largest, most sophisticated data center to date – a 20,000-sq-ft facility supported by cutting-edge equipment. “Businesses of all sizes are beginning to understand the myriad reasons for outsourcing data center needs to professional providers that more intimately understand the management complexities and best practices. As a leading Michigan-based services provider, it was important for us to secure this compliance so we can pass along the peace-of-mind to our clients,” said Irvin.

Irvin noted that several Fortune 100 companies already use 123.Net data center services. “SOC 2 auditing was an exhaustive process that examined every corner of our business. We believe it was an entirely worthwhile exercise and one that reflects our commitment to customer service.” As 123.Net continues to expand it’s footprint in Michigan, plans are to continue to meet all compliances throughout various industries.

For more information, or for businesses interested in connecting to 123.Net’s network, please visit www.123.Net.

123.Net Named Among Metro Detroit’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies…Again

123.Net, Michigan’s premier provider of fixed wireless, fiber and technical solutions, has been selected as one of “Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” by the Michigan Business & Professional Association after a thorough review by a panel of judges. 

So, what makes a tech firm one of the best and brightest?  For 123.Net, it’s a combination of smart, passionate people working together to develop a best-in-class network to support the diverse needs of the company’s business customers.

“The most important aspect of the Best and Brightest program as far as we’re concerned is that the award is given after extensive interviews with our employees,” said Dan Irvin, 123.Net’s CEO.  “Sometimes technology companies and the solutions we provide can feel impersonal or ‘face-less,’ however, at 123.Net everything we do is backed by real people – Michiganders who are committed to customer first service.  Best and Brightest reflects that dedication and is particularly rewarding for me, personally, as we’ve strived to develop our empowered culture.”

To earn the award, the company was evaluated based on various workplace issues such as compensation and benefits, educational and development initiatives, recruiting and retention practices, and community involvement. Some factors that made 123.Net a natural fit include:

• Participation on a team that’s empowered to make decisions
• Working at a high-tech company with cutting edge equipment
• Significant investment in eco-friendly and sustainable equipment and procedures
• Competitive compensation and benefits
• Health club equipment
• Free catered team lunch once a week
• Free daily upscale coffee bar, fruit, bagels, granola and healthy snacks
• Paid time off for community service and volunteer work
• Family friendly benefits
• Veteran friendly company

“It’s our people and our passion that differentiate us in the industry. That’s why each and every 123.Net employee is featured on our website with their photo, background and contact information.  We’re proud of our people, both individually and collectively,” said Irvin. 

123.Net was honored along with other notable metro Detroit companies like Red Level, Compuware, Barton Malow, Farbman Group, Henry Ford Health System, University of Michigan Health System and Taubman.

123.Net Named Dedicated Internet Provider for TEDxDetroit

TEDxDetroit is the celebrated event designed in the spirit of ‘ideas worth sharing’ and to connect area leaders for collaborative dialogue.  But how is TEDx itself connected?  By 123.Net, of course!

As TEDxDetroit kicks-off its eighth iteration this Thursday, October 6, 123.Net will again be providing internet and technology services to both power the presentations and to connect conference-goers to their respective networks.

“At 123.Net we share TEDxDetroit’s passion for connecting people and ideas,” said Dan Irvin, 123.Net’s CEO. “As Michigan’s premier provider of internet and data services, building networks and providing strong connections is at the heart of everything we do.”
    
According to event information, “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and event attendees can expect to hear from business professionals, educators, scientists, artists and more, all with strong connections to and from the city itself.  The event is expected to draw nearly 2,000 people to fill Detroit’s historic Fox Theater.

According to Irvin, data requirements at large conferences like TEDx are both complex and critical to the event’s overall success. “The presentations require reliable connectivity, but each of the volunteers and attendees also demand uninterrupted internet access. Being selected to work on events like this is an indication of the reliability and customer service we’re known to provide.”   

The 2016 TEDxDetroit Conference is expected to be the event’s largest gathering.  In addition to dozens of presentations, the event also offers live musical performances and other activities that make it a cross between a business expo, art festival, tech conference and revival meeting.

“At 123.Net, we like to go where the action is. And, on Oct 6, that means heading to TEDx and supporting one of our region’s leading tech and innovation conferences.  It’s our responsibility to ensure that the event is technically flawless – a role that we’re ideally suited to manage.”

123.Net is one of Michigan’s largest and fastest growing providers of data, voice and colocation services and is trusted by thousands of Michigan businesses. 123Net is one of the few companies that have the capability to support technology needs for large conference and entertainment venues as evidenced by its recent work on behalf of Jazz Fest and Electronic Music Festival, where complex technical requirements were essential to event success.

In 2015, 123.Net launched the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-IX) to further establish Michigan’s internet infrastructure and bring faster speeds, greater bandwidth and lower costs for service providers across the state.  The company owns and operates more than 3,000 route miles of fiber and provides up to 100G speeds.  

For more information, please visit 123.Net/tedxd

Macabees Building

123.Net Expands Detroit Presence with Maccabees PoP Site

As part of its continuing network investment in its wireless technology, 123.Net has added a new wireless Point-of-Presence (PoP) site atop the historic Maccabees Building at 5057 Woodward Ave in Midtown Detroit. The building is currently owned and operated by Wayne State University.

This is 123.Net’s fifth PoP location in Detroit, including sites at the Renaissance Center, Fisher Building, and David Stott Building enabling 123.Net to deliver up to 2Gbps speeds to any location in the Downtown, Midtown and New Center Areas. This wireless footprint further establishes 123.Net as the clear market leader with an unrivaled ability to meet the growing technical demands of an increasingly vibrant Detroit business community.

Jim Hart, Director of Wireless Operations, at 123.Net commented, “Data speed and security has become a critical concern for global businesses. 123.Net’s Detroit customers benefit from our best-in-class wireless offering and are able to turn that concern into their competitive advantage.

“As a Michigan-based and Michigan-only provider, we are thrilled to be part of Detroit’s economic comeback by providing the highest quality dedicated internet solutions to Downtown and Midtown organizations. By delivering limitless bandwidth and agile, rapidly deployable services, we are committed to offering local companies the resources necessary to create and sustain a world-class business climate.”

123.Net’s carrier-grade high-speed fixed wireless service offers speeds up from 3Mbps to 2Gbps (up to 10Gbps with fiber connection) for both uploads and downloads on secure links. This is an important added asset to Detroit businesses that may have suffered from slow speeds or unreliable connections. 123.Net’s fixed wireless installation time is among the quickest in the industry, with some circuits taking less than a half day to complete.

The Albert Kahn-designed art deco and Romanesque Maccabees Building is on the national registry of historic places and has a history of housing sophisticated technology – Detroit Public Television continues to maintain a studio there.  Another noteworthy tenant was Detroit’s WXYZ radio and television station which had its offices and broadcast facilities in the Maccabees Building prior to 1959. During that period, the nationally broadcast and wildly popular radio programs “The Lone Ranger” and “Green Hornet” were broadcast from the Maccabees Building to listeners throughout North America.

“For us, it’s an honor to partner with the Maccabees Building and become its latest generation of technology leaders,” said Hart. “We’re equally excited to work with Wayne State University and be able to offer our services to its related facilities and businesses.”

123.Net built and owns its entire wireless network and now has 55 towers located strategically throughout Michigan and expects another to bring new wireless sites on-line in the next 12 months. 123.Net supports its wireless network with 3,000 route miles of proprietary fiber.

For more information, or for businesses interested in connecting to 123.Net’s network, please visit www.123.Net.

About 123.Net

123.Net is a Michigan business, privately owned and managed by a team of accomplished executives with strong engineering backgrounds and proven success. Headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, 123.Net has been successfully providing voice, data, and colocation infrastructure services to enterprises, carriers, ISPs, and technology companies for over 15 years.

123.Net currently operates a 50Gbps+ IP network connected to multiple global transit carriers, including Level 3, Savvis, Cogent, Global Crossing, Comcast and others. Four metro fiber rings and long-haul fiber networks span over 3,000 route miles and covers over 70 nodes across Michigan.

FiberRolls

Fiber Wars

It seems like everybody is talking about Fiber these days. And why not? With nearly one trillion connected devices on the planet, 191 billion e-mails sent daily and business data requirements doubling every 1.2 years,  reliable, hyper-fast and cost-effective connectivity is a critical business asset.  And Fiber is the best way to deliver it.

That’s why we’re so proud that DBusiness Magazine focused on 123.Net in its detailed “Fiber Wars” story in its March/April issue as well as being currently featured online. (Click here to read the Fiber Wars article)

The article focuses on 123.Net’s aggressive fiber network expansion and also discusses our wireless technology; our power-protected, climate-controlled colocation facilities; as well as our leadership role in creating the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-IX).  We’re particularly pleased that DBusiness underscored the importance of ultra-fast connection speeds in attracting new corporations, businesses, entrepreneurs and residents to Michigan. We agree, and that’s why it’s 123.Net’s mission to be Michigan’s backbone for business.

We hope the DBusiness story will help you to get a better understanding of how 123.Net is powering Michigan’s fast moving and faster connecting market.  Give us a call if we can help you improve your business connectivity.

Sincerely,

Dan Irvin

Chief Executive Officer

866.460.3503

Click here to read the Fiber Wars article

Fiber Optic Cable

Federal Officials Investigate Fiber Optic Systems Attack

Recently fiber optic cables in the Bay Area in California were deliberately severed.  This was just one of the risks highlighted by an internal memo that was distributed by the FBI and Homeland Security intelligence analysts weeks before Super Bowl 50.

We think they likely have a redundant internet connection at the site of Super Bowl 50.  Have you explored the benefits of having redundancy in your internet connection? 123Net fiber internet and high speed high capacity wireless solutions make the perfect compliment for your team!

Story Source: NBC Washington 40

Michigan Blood

Ryan Duda

About:

Michigan Blood is one of the leading blood supply entities in Michigan. Providing more than 40% of all blood needs across the state, the organization’s vision is to become the biggest and best blood center in the region over the next two years. Based in Grand Rapids, with significant reach in Mid-Michigan and Southeast Michigan, Michigan Blood is partnered with some of the largest and most reputable hospital systems in the state including a recent partnership with a 12 hospital system in Metro Detroit. The organization’s services help to save countless lives daily.

Challenge:

Michigan Blood is responsible for providing blood supply to those in need 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Their resources are truly a matter of life and death for individuals and it is imperative that they never lose connectivity. Through their blood collection centers and mobile Area Donor Centers Michigan Blood has employed a collection system in which 96% of their blood donations are 100% wireless. Despite manual collection options in the event of an outage, connectivity is a necessity at all times. The organization required a solution that was flawless and could support the centers without a hitch. Additionally, it needed to be able to withstand the most critical of circumstances as often the greatest need for resources occur following disastrous acts of nature. Finally, with Michigan Blood’s continued growth across the state it was necessary that its Board of Directors and executives be able to easily connect via videoconferencing and other tools seamlessly.

Solution

123Net’s 30Mbs High-Speed Fixed Wireless solution provides Michigan Blood with unparalleled reliability, speed and security. 123Net’s renowned speed of deployment gave the organization the opportunity for a quick, confident turnaround without any downtime. The stability and security of 123Net’s wireless connection is also fully equipped to accommodate Michigan Blood’s expansion across the state with ease allowing for easy scalability.

Results

123Net’s relationship with Michigan Blood has grown consistently since it began. The unmatched reliability and speed of 123Net’s High-Speed Fixed Wireless has helped to position Michigan Blood as a leader in its industry and has directly played a part in saving lives across the state. 123Net’s circuit recently was put to the test when a large tornado ripped through the city of Portland, MI just a few miles from Michigan Blood’s headquarters. Despite the devastation of the severe storm, 123Net’s connection stayed up and running without fault, allowing Michigan Blood to deploy resources to the injured. This stellar level of reliability set 123Net apart from other providers in the region. Secondly, a recent backhoe cable cut took out connectivity to all businesses surrounding Michigan Blood, however they remained fully operational without a single glitch, thanks to the 123Net connection. This level of service is imperative for the organization and is why 123Net continues to be the preferred vendor for Michigan Blood as it expands its reach and adds additional hospital partners to its roster.

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