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Limelight Networks Colocates with 123NET

Southfield, MI – April 15, 2021 – 123.Net Inc. (123NET), a Michigan colocation and network services provider, connects with Limelight Networks, Inc., a leading provider of content delivery network and edge cloud services, to distribute Limelight’s online content closer to end users in the Michigan market.

Today’s launch comes when global streaming and viewer traffic is at their highest historical point due to the impact of the pandemic. Streaming services saw a 47% increase in subscriptions and 16% increase in video consumption due to the increased number of people studying, working, and shopping from home.

As a result of the dramatic increase in streaming, this is a welcomed announcement for Michiganders who use the digital services. The new point-of-presence at 123NET’s facilities enable Limelight Networks to establish servers hosting high-demand content closer to the end-user’s customers in the state, which effectively reduces the distance and the inherent delay in delivering rich content such as live sports and gaming.

Limelight has spent the last 20 years, building a large global network to deliver high performance and assist consumers in streaming videos and digital content. Initially entering the edge computing market in 2018, the content delivery network anticipates that this market represents an important area of growth. To assist with regional expansion, 123NET provides secure and compliant data center services, complete with cross-connect and high-performance computing options.

Limelight Networks Interconnection Manager Matthew Johnson said this is consistent with their geographic strategy of partnering with premier network service partners closer to their end-users.

“Our decision-making focuses on bringing proximity, capacity, and quality to end-users and connectivity into consideration. We chose 123NET because of its strategic Michigan location with a large composite of major networks.”

Matt Johnson, Limelight Networks Interconnection Manager

Noah Lessaris, Strategic Accounts at 123NET, views the data centers as the best way for 123NET to assist in expanding Limelight’s content audience.

“Our facilities are the best connected in Michigan, and that advantage makes it possible to work with Limelight Networks. This growth into our market adds momentum to our mission of improving connectivity for Michigan communities and businesses.”

Noah Lessaris, 123NET Strategic Accounts

Limelight Networks is the newest member to connect to the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX) and its 55+ peering partners. 123NET is also home to the DET-iX, the 9th largest internet exchange in North America.

ABOUT 123NET

123NET is a Michigan-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) focused on equipping businesses with an industry-leading data center, network and voice services. Over a dozen Fortune 500 companies and thousands of Michigan businesses trust 123NET to provide them with world-class connectivity. Home of the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX), 123NET operates one of the largest carrier-neutral data centers and peers with technology leaders such as Google, AWS, GM and others.

OUR MISSION:

BUILDING NETWORK TO MAKE MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESSES THE BEST CONNECTED ON THE PLANET.

May Mobility Selects 123NET Data Center

Southfield, MI – April 6, 2021 – 123.Net Inc. (123NET), Michigan’s best-connected colocation and fiber network provider, has been selected by Ann Arbor based May Mobility, an autonomous mobility company, to provide data center and connectivity services.  

Founded in 2017, May Mobility develops autonomous vehicle systems and operates cutting-edge autonomous shuttles with self-driving technology primarily for use in urban environments. It currently operates shuttles in the U.S. and Japan and has completed more than 270,000 passenger rides. 

“May Mobility has network and data needs similar to any high-tech engineering company,” said Ryan Duda, 123NET’s chief technology officer. “123NET’s deep experience serving automotive companies, including major OEMs and suppliers, made our company an obvious choice for them.” 

“May Mobility is pioneering autonomous tech in both lab and real-world settings, an endeavor that puts an absolute premium on connectivity, capability and reliability. 123NET is proud to support May Mobility as it continues to develop the future of autonomous vehicles.”

Ryan Duda,123NET Chief Technology Officer

Traditionally, enterprise networks are built over an extended time with a blend of both conventional and modernized systems. As a rapidly growing start-up in the high-tech sector, May Mobility had the unique task of designing a highly scalable, complex enterprise network from scratch and on a tight timetable. To put the amount of data in perspective, each shuttle is generating more data in one hour than the average US household uses in a month. May Mobility has seen a 400% increase in data generated per hour compared to a year ago, with that figure expected to grow as the company incorporates new technologies into its stack to collect insights for autonomy and municipalities. 

“At May Mobility, our manufacturing and fleet operations are dependent on moving and processing petabytes of data, backed by extremely high-speed, reliable connectivity,” said Daniel Marks, May Mobility’s network team lead on the project. “We’re working with 123NET to help meet this challenge as we continue to deploy our autonomous vehicles in more cities around the country. Our ultimate goal is to leverage this technology to help in creating a safer, greener, more accessible world.” 

123NET’s ‘Connectivity Hub’ Network strategy is proving to be a differentiator with software, engineering, and manufacturing companies like May Mobility. 123NET leverages its highly developed network of interconnections and peering relationships to create a ‘future-proof’ system capable of meeting ever-changing industry needs. The Connectivity Hub is further backed by 123NET’s close affiliation with the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX), a carrier-neutral exchange housed within 123NET’s headquarters that connects with more than 40 global carriers including many of the world’s best known and highest trafficked networks.  

“The connected and autonomous vehicle sector recognizes that one of its greatest challenges is exchanging and housing massive amounts of data gathered through an increasingly connected world,” said Noah Lessaris, Strategic Accounts at 123NET. “A core tenet of 123NET’s strategy is to provide a technological backbone for Michigan businesses, so we’re pleased to work with May Mobility and apply our Connectivity Hub strategy on behalf of this forward-thinking, next-generation and socially-responsible mobility company.”  

As part of this agreement, May Mobility also benefits from 123NET’s local infrastructure and 24/7/365 hands-on network operations center professionals.  

ABOUT MAY MOBILITY

May Mobility is a leader in autonomous vehicle technology development and deployment. With more than 270,000 autonomous rides to date, May Mobility is committed to delivering safe, efficient, and sustainable shuttle solutions designed to complement today’s public transportation options. The company’s ultimate goal is to realize a world where self-driving systems make transportation more accessible and reliable, the roads safer, and encourage better land use in order to foster more green, vibrant, and livable spaces. For more information, visit maymobility.com.

ABOUT 123NET

123NET is a Michigan-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) focused on equipping businesses with an industry-leading data center, network and voice services. Over a dozen Fortune 500 companies and thousands of Michigan businesses trust 123NET to provide them with world-class connectivity. Home of the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX), 123NET operates one of the largest carrier-neutral data centers and peers with technology leaders such as Google, AWS, GM and others.

OUR MISSION:

BUILDING NETWORK TO MAKE MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESSES THE BEST CONNECTED ON THE PLANET.

123NET Reaches the 2,000th Fiber Lit Commercial Building Milestone

SOUTHFIELD, MI., March 11, 2021 – Earlier this month, 123.Net Inc. (123NET) installed fiber into its 2,000th commercial building. This achievement comes less than a year after the company announced its 1000th lit commercial building milestone back in 2020.

“We are honored that Michigan businesses continue to trust 123NET with their connectivity needs. 123NET’s forward looking leadership and unified team has allowed us to reach this milestone in less than 6 years. We will continue delivering high quality fiber services to our customers and expanding our footprint by a thousand more buildings in the years to come.”

 

 Chuck Irvin,123NET Director of Sales & Network Development

123NET Dedicated Fiber Internet is up to 100 times faster than dated coax and DSL connections. As the network continues to expand, 123NET’s full suite of services are more accessible to nearby businesses to replace current legacy network infrastructures.

The next milestone of 2,500 fiber lit buildings is currently looking to be achieved before the end of 2021. As fiber construction increases, network density in cities like Grand Rapids and the Metro Detroit area help local communities and businesses become the best connected on the planet.

123NET Fiber Lit Buildings Timeline:

  • 2021: 2000 Lit Buildings  
  • 2020: 1500 Lit Buildings 
  • 2019: 1000 Lit Buildings 
  • 2018: 600 Lit Buildings 
  • 2017: 500 Lit Buildings  
  • 2007: First Fiber Lit Building
  • 1995: 123NET Established 

ABOUT 123NET

123NET is a Michigan-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) focused on equipping businesses with an industry-leading data center, network and voice services. Over a dozen Fortune 500 companies and thousands of Michigan businesses trust 123NET to provide them with world-class connectivity. Home of the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX), 123NET operates one of the largest carrier-neutral data centers and peers with technology leaders such as Google, AWS, GM and others.

OUR MISSION

BUILDING NETWORK TO MAKE MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESSES THE BEST CONNECTED ON THE PLANET.

Customer Spotlight – Baker College

Customer:

Baker College

Services:

123NET Data Center & Network Services

Industry:

Education

Number of Employees:

1,500+

At-a-Glance:

Founded in 1911, Baker College is Michigan’s largest private not-for-profit college while also being the state’s top private transfer school. They also have multiple campuses across the state offering 70+ degree programs while also providing an online global campus with 40+ academic program options for undergraduate and graduate degrees. Baker College strives to cultivate an environment that encourages positive action, critical thought along with providing the knowledge that students need to improve their lives and careers. 

Challenge:

Baker College had multiple service problems that they were looking to resolve. First, they needed to solidify their infrastructure and move to a managed data center. Second, Baker College was receiving subpar service from a national ISP and needed a reliable cost-effective service provider. Last year accelerated Baker College’s need to integrate new technologies that would allow their teams, faculty, and students to work collaboratively.

Solution:

123NET provided Baker College with seven multipoint fiber connections along with redundant high-speed internet back to a carrier neutral data center. Baker College also joined the Detroit Internet Exchange to create a faster user experience for their campuses across Michigan.

Results:

Upgrading Baker College’s network configuration with 123NET’s Services allowed the college to have faster, more reliable connectivity to their campuses at a cost-effective price. With a managed colocation solution, Baker College can store their data and infrastructure at 123NET’s Data Center, benefiting from full physical security, redundancy, and scalability options. Their new network structure has given each campus the means to support high-load traffic in addition to network continuity for their global campus and remote learning. 

When compared with our previous national provider, 123NET has met or exceeded our expectations in every area with one major difference—their level of personalized customer support is beyond anything we’ve experienced with other service providers.

Scott Wood

Sr. Director of Infrastructure Security & Support , Baker College

123NET Constructs 52-Mile Dark Fiber Ring for Tier-1 Carrier

SOUTHFIELD, MI., Tuesday, November 24, 2020 – 123.Net Inc (123NET), a Michigan data center and network services provider, has signed a deal with a Tier-1 carrier for a 52-mile large dark fiber ring in the Greater Grand Rapids Area.

This new construction of dark fiber will open up connectivity options for the carrier and its customers presently as well as in the future.

123NET Carrier Relations Manager Bob Evenson said the deal represents a major achievement of a nimble and regional carrier helping a Tier-1 IP provider.

“Our dark fiber solution proves how important regional carrier partnerships are to helping Tier-1 partners arrive at their network goals,” Evenson said.

Evenson added this continues 123NET’s commitment to growing network for Michigan communities and businesses.

“Partnerships with carriers let us build network that will have a fundamental impact on the state of Michigan,” Evenson said. “Our pledge to Michigan municipalities and companies for network growth has never been stronger than it is now.”

Evenson said it continues 123NET’s business and community-focused dark fiber network builds for different carriers active in the state.

“123NET’s flexible custom dark fiber network options in Michigan continue to seek opportunities with our different carrier partners across the state,” Evenson said. “We welcome any chance to offer connectivity options to other carriers in need that seek additional network in the state.” 

123NET Sales and Network Development Director Chuck Irvin said one-third of 123NET’s business comes from the Grand Rapids market.

“This new ring brings 123NET’s full suite of fiber services to thousands of additional business customers along the route,” Irvin said. “It also allows us to upgrade services to our existing customers by offering diverse paths back to our network, the Detroit Internet Exchange, or one of the many great data centers in the Grand Rapids market, including DC1.”

ABOUT 123NET 

123NET is a Michigan-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) focused on equipping businesses with an industry-leading data center, network and voice services. Over a dozen Fortune 500 companies and thousands of Michigan businesses trust 123NET to provide them with world-class connectivity. As home of the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX), 123NET operates one of the largest carrier-neutral data centers, peering with technology leaders such as Google, AWS, GM and others. 

OUR MISSION:  

BUILDING NETWORK TO MAKE MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESSES THE BEST CONNECTED ON THE PLANET.

ABOUT DET-iX 

The Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX) is a not-for-profit Regional Internet Exchange Point (IXP) with a switching fabric expanding throughout Michigan. Membership and ports are free. The collaboration of carriers, ISP’s, content providers and enterprise businesses connected to DET-IX allows for traffic to be exchanged freely, rather than paying upstream service providers for the connection and traffic. For more information, visit www.detroitix.com.

 

Expanding Dark Fiber Carrier Connectivity Into Novi, Canton & Warren

SOUTHFIELD, MI., September 29, 2020 – 123.Net Inc. (123NET), a Michigan data center and network services provider, is partnering with a multinational carrier to expand their network connectivity into 123NET’s Novi, Canton, and Warren Dark Fiber Routes over a five-year term and beyond. 

 

 

The carrier will splice into 123NET’s Dark Fiber Network Foundation across 51.29 miles in the Metro Detroit area, combining their fibers to allow customers to access information concurrently over long distances. 

 

 

123NET Carrier Relations Manager Bob Evenson believes 123NET’s Dark Fiber not only helps the carrier but offers their customers unique benefits. 

 

 

“What makes 123NET different is our offering of metro dark fiber to any of our customers, allowing unlimited bandwidth either for their own network needs or to connect end users, which is not a product most carriers have,” Evenson said. “We appreciate the continued partnerships we are able to build with our carrier partners.” 

 

 

Evenson also added this brings connectivity benefits to the Novi, Canton, and Warren communities. 

 

 

“Our work with this large carrier allows us to bring increased connectivity to Michigan communities,” Evenson said. “It continues our commitment to the municipalities within our state.” 

 

 

123NET continues to seek out other opportunities with additional carriers to assist them in growing their network. 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT 123NET

 

 

123NET is a Michigan-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) focused on equipping businesses with an industry-leading data center, network and voice services. Over a dozen Fortune 500 companies and thousands of Michigan businesses trust 123NET to provide them with world-class connectivity. Home of the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX), 123NET operates one of the largest carrier-neutral data centers and peers with technology leaders such as Google, AWS, GM and others.

 

 

 

 

 

OUR MISSION:

 

 

BUILDING NETWORK TO MAKE MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESSES THE BEST CONNECTED ON THE PLANET.

ABOUT DET-iX 

 

 

The Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX) is a not-for-profit Regional Internet Exchange Point (IXP) with a switching fabric expanding throughout Michigan. Membership and ports are free. The collaboration of carriers, ISP’s, content providers and enterprise businesses connected to DET-IX allows for traffic to be exchanged freely, rather than paying upstream service providers for the connection and traffic. For more information, visit www.detroitix.com.