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123Net Connects with Switch Data Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Industry-Leading Connectivity Offers Customers Maximum Diversity in Fiber Transport

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., October 02, 2019 – 123.Net, Inc., (123Net) Detroit’s premier network & voice services provider and host of the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-IX), today announced that it is working with Switch to connect and offer new diverse connectivity with dual-fiber entrances into Switch’s Pyramid Campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Switch customers now have the option to use 123Net’s connectivity resources at its Pyramid Campus in Grand Rapids Michigan. Switch (NYSE: SWCH), is the global technology infrastructure corporation that develops hyperscale data center ecosystems for enterprise colocation, differentiated multi-cloud, and industry-leading telecommunications solutions.

123Net has been experiencing demand for data connections from content providers and businesses in automotive, manufacturing, health care, technology and finance. This trend coupled with the ongoing digitization of business and its move to the cloud are driving significant demand for data center connectivity among all of the cities throughout the state. Expanding 123Net’s fiber network into Switch operated data centers helps strengthen Michigan’s economy by providing businesses with more network options and more resilient services.

Switch’s Pyramid Campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan is a hyperscale data center ecosystem with a capacity of over 1 million square feet. With its close proximity to Chicago (within 2.8ms), global businesses are taking advantage of this facility as they look to enter into the Michigan market. Benefits such as zero taxes, robust connectivity options, industry leading security, low latency and 100% uptime have enticed business from all over the region to look at Switch as a powerful business and technology partner.

As Grand Rapids and Metro Detroit industries continue to expand their reach throughout the state, 123Net remains focused on building network connectivity for local businesses to ensure growth and success.

“We’re excited to connect with Switch’s data center campus on the west side of Michigan,” said Chuck Irvin, Director of Network Development at 123Net. “We’re dedicated to providing Michigan businesses and our partners with the best service possible. This month we lit our 1,200th building with fiber.”

Our Mission – Building network, to make Michigan communities and businesses the best connected on the planet!

123Net Increases Wireless Internet Footprint to Support Mobility

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., January 21, 2019 – 123Net, Michigan’s largest private provider of Fixed Wireless, has added their newest Point of Presence (PoP) site in Romulus, north of Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Businesses in Romulus, Wayne, and Westland can now benefit from dedicated, symmetrical Internet connectivity at up to 1 Gbps speed.

123Net deployed this PoP site for two main reasons, to continue to support the mobility movement throughout Metro Detroit, and to increase the redundancy of their current network infrastructure. This PoP site is servicing a major automotive OEM, creating a reliable, low-latency connection, enabling large data transfers throughout their campus. 123Net is also building a ring between this new site, and several other nearby PoP sites, increasing density and redundancy of its network.

Adding bandwidth capacity and expanding coverage in the business-dense pockets of Romulus, Wayne and Westland areas, provides businesses with dedicated internet options traditionally lacking in the region. Businesses will benefit from faster download speeds and data transfer speeds, along with enhanced voice services.

The organization now has 57 Fixed Wireless PoP sites strategically located across Michigan and remains committed to providing customers with the latest, most reliable and secure technologies available. 123Net’s fixed wireless network is backed by almost 4,000 route miles of proprietary fiber and four Tier 3 data centers.

For more information on how your business can benefit from 123Net’s latest wireless PoP site, visit: Fixed Wireless.

123Net’s Fiber Network Growing at Light Speed in Michigan

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., December 18, 2018 – 123Net is becoming the fastest growing business-exclusive Fiber Network in Michigan. Businesses requiring high capacity internet to keep up with their customer demands are taking advantage of 123Net’s fiber footprint. Currently, their expansions are focusing on Dearborn, Ferndale, Warren, Oak Park, Auburn Hills, Troy, Novi, Wixom, and Milford. See how your business can benefit from 123Net’s growth: You Have Options

Since June, 123Net’s On-Net list has grown to 760 buildings. “On-Net” refers to the buildings that already have at least one tenant utilizing a specific provider’s fiber. Similarly, “Near-Net” buildings, close to the fiber network but not currently on it, provide reduced installation times and build-out costs as well. With 123Net, Fiber-Lit buildings also offer competition and the ability to buy from multiple carriers, as their fiber network connects to the largest, private carrier neutral data center in Michigan. This can mean even more savings for customers as they are able to choose the carrier that best suits their individual needs. By committing to lighting over 1,000 buildings by the end of the next two years, 123Net is earnestly working to add buildings to both the On-Net and Near-Net lists through extensive fiber growth.

“As speed and reliability become more and more critical to today’s businesses, dedicated internet access is key to achieving company performance metrics,” says Heather Garey, Senior Account Executive at 123Net. “By utilizing an On-Net Fiber provider, not only will you see dramatic cost savings, but a much faster installation time, allowing pivotal project time frames to be met without any unexpected delays,” she added. Recently, Garey was able to cut a new customer’s turn up time in half with a fiber circuit since their building was already On-Net.

Chuck Irvin, Director of Network Development, says that 123Net has been turning up an average of 3-4 new customers a day, culminating in 84 new circuits over the last two months. Many of these customers are Fortune 500 companies, automotive OEMs, and mobility-focused suppliers, including all three auto manufacturers.

Check if your building is On-Net or Near-Net, visit https://www.123.net/fiber-network

About 123Net
123Net is a Michigan-based Internet service provider focused on equipping businesses with industry-leading data center, voice, fiber, fixed wireless and other network services. Home of the Detroit Internet Exchange, 123Net maintains the largest carrier hotel and peers with technology leaders such as Google, AWS and others.

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123Net Media Contact:
Ihor Diachenko
Director of Marketing
idiachenko@123.net
248.228.8244

Why Data Center Location Matters

Data center location should always be a top priority for customers. Choosing a data center in an optimal location not only provides immediate advantages, it also prevents major headaches down the road. 123Net carefully handpicked an ideal environment for each of its four Michigan data centers.

Network Speed

While people may think that bandwidth is the only factor determining speed, that’s not the case. The physical distance from a data center to an application can significantly affect network latency. For this reason, many companies, such as healthcare companies, are seeking data centers local to their office space. These companies are gaining a clear edge over the competition due to the speed advantage lower network latency provides. While it could be less expensive to collocate further away, it is often not worth sacrificing speed.

Natural Disasters

Businesses that collocate in areas prone to natural disasters are playing with fire. Events such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes can cause critical power outages, leading to crippling downtime. If the best data center option happens to be in a disaster-prone area, consider selecting a backup data center at a safer location, preferably on a different power grid.

Accessibility

Data center space should be in an area that is comfortable to reach. Personnel may need to travel to the data center to make upgrades and service equipment. If a data center is out of driving distance, consider the logistics of transporting personnel and equipment through the air.

Connections

Businesses can take advantage of data center connectivity by creating multiple channels that will keep data moving freely despite outages. This makes data centers in well-connected areas safer and more reliable. It also gives businesses more room for growth, as they can easily make plenty of connections within the data center itself.

123Net’s three Southfield data center facilities have a superior location. They have access to more than 20 carriers, are in low-risk southeastern Michigan and close to thousands of Metro Detroit businesses. 123Net also has secure, easily accessible data center space in Grand Rapids that makes for premier primary or backup colocation space. Learn more about the strategic advantages you can gain from data center location or to schedule a tour of our data centers, visit: https://www.123.net/data-center/

Temporary Wireless is Key to Events Requiring High Capacity Internet

TEDx, Detroit Jazz Fest, and Electronic Music Festival rely on 123Net’s premier event wireless, because it provides quick and easy high-speed internet access. Fixed Wireless technology is a highly effective solution for concerts, trade shows, conferences, and much more.

When organizing an event, finding a dependable, high-speed internet connection is always a concern. Premier event wireless solutions simplify this challenge by creating a temporary, reliable internet solution that is rapidly deployed and does not require a long-term commitment. Premier event wireless gives event-goers access to high-capacity applications needed to send pictures, stream videos, and much more.

Rapid Deployment

Fixed Wireless can be up and running in as little as 7-14 days. Traditional internet solutions require more time and effort from the service provider. With premier event wireless, organizers can plan weeks ahead instead of months.

Flexible

Temporary Fixed Wireless is far more versatile than traditional internet services. Bandwidth is easily scalable, ensuring that specific requirements are met. Wireless internet provides service in hard-to-reach areas where physical cables are not available. If events are held in an area limited by infrastructure or other restrictions, customers can simply have a Fixed Wireless receiver installed for connectivity.

Reliable, Low Latency Internet

Temporary Fixed Wireless offers premium quality without the hassle. Towers transmit narrow beams, limiting interference. This helps lower latency and improve overall connectivity. Fixed Wireless beams are also secured by 128-Bit AES Encryption, protecting customers’ confidential information.

Traditional internet options are often more expensive and time-consuming. Wireless networks are installed with far less construction, reducing overall cost. After events, Fixed Wireless equipment can be quickly dismantled upon request.

123Net’s premier event wireless provides dedicated, symmetrical speeds up to 10 Gbps, along with the flexibility to scale bandwidth to your specific requirements. If your event requires reliable, high-capacity internet, 123Net’s premier event wireless will deliver. For more information, visit https://www.123.net/fixed-wireless/

123Net and the Detroit Community Technology Project Partner to Bring Internet to Detroit’s Neighborhoods

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., October 09, 2018 – The Detroit Community Technology Project’s (DCTP’s) passion is fostering digital literacy and human connection within their communities and globally. The Equitable Internet Initiative (EII), a DCTP program, is a collaboration between several community organizations and neighbors in Detroit to distribute Gigabit internet connections to at least 150 homes. EII trains Digital Stewards to ensure that more Detroit residents have the ability to leverage online access and digital technology for social and economic development.

Diana Nucera, Director of the Detroit Community Technology Project, sees partnering with 123Net as a great opportunity to expand the work that DCTP has already been engaged in, “123Net sees what we see in Detroit. They understand that this City is experiencing tremendous growth, but too many people are being excluded from that growth. Our goal is to empower our community to own digital infrastructure and change the narrative of the internet from a place of consumption to a place of creation.”

123Net is excited to partner with DCTP through its Equitable Internet Initiative. “We know that in a city so poorly connected, our residents won’t be able to attain the opportunities, education, and careers that they deserve to pursue. The Detroit Community Technology Project focuses on preserving the rich culture of the city by progressing the digital literacy of the population, and we saw an opportunity to use our infrastructure successes to advance that goal. We hope to be able to help DCTP leverage our experience and technology to propel Detroit’s inevitable development by empowering Detroiters to control their own network,” said Dan Irvin, CEO of 123Net.

The partnership consists of six 1 Gbps connections from 123Net to three neighborhoods that are part of the Equitable Internet Initiative: Southwest Detroit through a partnership with Grace in Action, Islandview in Southeast Detroit through a partnership with Church of the Messiah, and the North End through a partnership with the North End Woodward Community Coalition. Digital Stewards, community members who are trained by DCTP in technical skills and community organizing, distribute and maintain those connections throughout these neighborhoods. The Digital Stewards share a passion for digital literacy and a desire to expand their own knowledge base.

 

About 123Net

123Net is a Michigan-based internet service provider focused on equipping businesses with industry-leading data center, voice, fiber, fixed wireless, and other network services. Home of the Detroit Internet Exchange, 123Net maintains the largest, private carrier hotel and peers with technology leaders such as Google, AWS, and others. For more information, please visit https://www.123.net/news

 

About the Detroit Community Technology Project

The Detroit Community Technology Project seeks to promote digital literacy, education, and creation through multiple programs, including the Equitable Internet Initiative and Digital Stewards programs. Through these projects, the DCTP expands access to wireless broadband and digital literacy training to three Detroit neighborhoods. For more information, please visit https://detroitcommunitytech.org/

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123Net Media Contact:

Ihor Diachenko

Director of Marketing

idiachenko@123.net

248.228.8244