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GTS Open House Event 2021

“Detroit, MI – July 29th, 2021 – 123NET Top Selling Agent, Global Telecom Solutions (GTS) hosted their Open House event at the Detroit Athletic Club on July 29th, from 2-9. With over 250 people in attendance, the event focused on building relationships with subagents and showed the investment companies have with GTS. The event included prizes and networking while allowing attendees to learn the newest technological information of the year. As a proud sponsor, 123NET provided prizes including a growler from Craft Master Growlers as a toast to connectivity in the future.

  • 123NET won Service Provider-Carrier of the Year
  • 123NET Agent Channel Manager Heather Tokman won runnerup Channel Manager of the Year

“The GTS Open House is an event that we look forward to every year! It is a great time to connect with our partners and colleagues, learn industry insights from our peers and celebrate our accomplishments together.”

Agent Channel Manager, Heather Tokman

 

 

 

 

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.

Fiber vs. Cable

Your connection is only as good as your transport. Coax (cable) and fiber-optic (fiber) are two different technologies for delivering broadband internet service. Cable internet was first deployed in the 90’s and is now installed in over 69 million U.S. homes while fiber internet first started appearing in the mid 2000s.

PRIMARY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN FIBER & CABLE

Bandwidth, Speeds & Capacity

FIBER is made up of many small, bendable strands of glass that allows the transport of enormous amounts of data at high speeds over long distances. Fiber technology allows multiple users to access the network at the same time without affecting a user’s internet experience. This is due to its dedicated connection bandwidth, true symmetrical speeds, and scalable capacity.

CABLE is a shared asymmetrical connection. A pool of bandwidth is allocated to several users, leading to the possibility of having your internet performance disrupted by your neighbors at times of peak usage. Cable internet speeds range from 10 Mbps to 1 Gbps, but cable speeds vary depending on utilization rates by other subscribers in your area.

Physical Characteristics

FIBER includes an outer armor jacket, a buffer tube, glass cladding and a glass core.

CABLE is made up of a plastic jacket, metallic shield, dielectric insulator, and a copper core.

Life Cycle

FIBER has a life expectancy beyond 25 years saving consumers money in the long run. There are also less technical issues with fiber eliminating many repair costs.

CABLE has a similar initial cost structure to fiber, but it will need to be replaced more often due to its shorter life cycle.

Security

FIBER has increased security over cable, primarily due to how it transmits data through pulses of light over the thin glass strands. This makes the data harder to intercept.

CABLE is a shared medium and transmits data through electrical signals. These signals are easier to tap into making cable a less secure option.

WHICH ONE IS BETTER FOR BUSINESS? OUR CHOICE – FIBER!

There are a multitude of reasons why fiber has become the preferred solution versus the older coax cable. Previously, fiber was considered the more expensive transport medium, but is now comparable to the cost of cable. Fiber’s glass composition allows it to withstand temperature fluctuations and severe weather conditions. Unlike cable, the glass utilized in fiber reduces the risk of fire and power outages since electricity is not being carried through it.

Fiber has flexible and reliable connectivity, which makes a huge impact on business productivity when reaching customers, working with partners and hosting virtual meetings. Fiber infrastructure supports growing businesses by easily scaling up their bandwidth and network capabilities based on their specific needs. Fiber is the fastest, most reliable transport for internet obtainable today. 123NET has 4,500+ miles of fiber and has been providing internet services across Michigan for over 25 years.

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 & BUSINESSES THE BEST CONNECTED ON THE PLANET.

Customer Spotlight – Colasanti Construction Services, Inc

Customer:

Colasanti Construction Services, Inc

Services:

Direct Internet Access & SIP

Industry:

Construction

Number of Employees:

1000+

At-a-Glance:

In 1953, Colasanti Companies, a family-owned business, started as a small Michigan-based construction company, and since then it has continued to build a reputation as one of the leading self-perform concrete contractors in the United States. Impressively, it has branched off into two separate national companies, known as Colasanti Construction Services, in 25 states. Their offerings include full-service construction management, general contracting, design-build, and self-perform concrete work.

Challenge:

Colasanti Construction needed a local, cost-effective business phone service and internet connection for their headquarters in Macomb, Michigan. They searched for a provider with a reliable billing process and trustworthy technical support system.

Solution:

Initially, 123NET provided internet via a T1 connection with SIP Trunking to Colasanti Construction Services. Two years later, they were able to scale their services and rely on 123NET to upgrade their T1 connection to a 123NET Fixed Wireless internet circuit.

Results:

123NET’s T1 internet and SIP Trunking Services provided Colasanti with a solution that allowed them to expand their business and upgrade their existing phone system. Colasanti was seamlessly transitioned from their T1 connection two years later to a fixed wireless internet circuit, providing them more bandwidth, faster speeds, and enhanced reliability with minimal additional cost.

After years of working together, Colasanti knew it could rely on 123NET to accommodate its growth and needs. 123NET has continued to show its strength and ability to offer service solutions that work for all customer demands, including providing quotes for Colasanti’s construction business which requires temporary wireless internet in its construction trailers on job sites all around Michigan.

“One of the best features of 123NET is the customer service. From the billing to tech support, everyone is super knowledgeable and LOCAL. So, when things are referenced, it is not like I am calling someone out of state if I need help. That is a huge priority to me. The way it looked to me and our executives is 123NET is strictly looking out for us as a customer.”

Will Kosnik

IT Manager, Colasanti Construction Services, Inc

Carrier Partner Spotlight – STELLAR Broadband

At-a-Glance:

STELLAR Broadband, previously known as Spartan Net, was founded in 2001 and was originally known as a fiber internet and TV provider in East Lansing, Michigan. They delivered the first residential gigabit internet service to both students and multi-family communities around the area and in 2020, they were recognized nationally as the first to deliver 10 Gigabit service to students in off-campus student housing. Partnerships began to grow organically as the demand for high-speed internet increased which allowed them to expand into Grand Rapids and Southeast Michigan. New partnerships brought new demands to fulfill multiple technology needs under one umbrella causing service offerings to evolve. Today they are a turnkey service provider offering engineered and managed solutions.

Agent Partner:

STELLAR Broadband

Number of Employees:

30+

Services Offered:

Multi-Family, Student Housing, and Residential: Fiber Internet, Engineered Wi-Fi, DIRECTV and AT&T TV, Door Entry and Access Systems, Security Surveillance Systems, Voice services, and Internet of Things for Property Management and Residential Amenities

Business: Business Internet, Internet Marketing, Voice, Security & IT Solutions

Primary Industries Served:

Metro-Detroit, Lansing/East Lansing, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Novi, Brighton, and Traverse City.

Partnership Opportunity:

Both STELLAR Broadband and 123NET share a vision to bring the best internet and connected technologies to businesses and communities in Michigan. STELLAR Broadband wanted to be able to expand quickly without sacrificing any quality or user experience. The two companies have worked together for over a decade, fully aligning with STELLAR Broadband’s “help first” way of serving customers. The service and support that 123NET provides allows STELLAR Broadband to deliver a high level of service while continuing to bring customer satisfaction. As they expand into new geographic markets in Michigan, their existing partnership with 123NET allows them to go “One Step Further” for their customers.

“Our 15 years of working closely with 123NET has developed into a true partnership that is based deeply on common values and mutual trust. 123NET continues to help STELLAR Broadband go One Step Further to serve our clients. We all win.”

Richard Laing

Co-Founder & Vice President, STELLAR Broadband

Agent Partner Spotlight – GTS

At-a-Glance:

Global Telecom Solutions (GTS) was founded in Detroit, Michigan in 2001 and now has 20 employees with over 3,500 customers globally. The main goal of the company is to be a trusted advisor and assist businesses with all of their telecom needs.

Agent Partner:

Global Telecom Solutions – GTS

Number of Employees:

20

Services Offered:

  • Connectivity
  • SD-WAN
  • Colo & Cloud Services
  • Internet of Things (IoT) & Mobility
  • Expense Management
  • Software-as-a-Service
  • Security/Cybersecurity
  • Security/Access Control
  • Unified Communications, Hosted PBX & Traditional Voice
  • Call Center (CCaaS)
  • Telo Aggregators
  • Work from Home Enablement

Primary Industries Served:

Enterprise & Small-Medium Business

Partnership Opportunity:

GTS has been a trusted 123NET partner for over a decade and was recently awarded the 2020 Top Selling Partner of the Year. GTS believes this success comes from shared core principles of serving local communities with the best ISP, telecom and colocation solutions. 123NET provides a unique and competitive portfolio of solutions to GTS customers, growing and expanding both client bases. Through 123NET’s excellent support team, GTS is able to provide their customers with the best pre-and post-sale support to ensure satisfied clients. Building a company with a culture focused on strong moral ethics is the foundation for GTS and is a shared passion that they have found in 123NET.

Awards:

• 123NET Top Selling Partner of 2020
• 123NET Top Selling Partner of Q1 – 2021

“From our sales support to the project management, the 123NET team has created the confidence at GTS to consistently consider and recommend their services to both our sales partner community as well as direct client base.  123NET has been an integral and trusted partner now for nearly a decade.  Congratulations to 123NET for their continued growth and success, and we look forward to many more mutual customers utilizing 123NET services and solutions.”

Mark Stackpoole

CEO, GTS

123NET Connects with Bluewater for Additional Canadian Border Crossing

Southfield, Michigan,  June 3, 2021 – 123Net, Inc. (123NET), a Michigan colocation, network, and voice services provider, has connected with Bluewater Regional Networks Inc., a network operator, to improve network speed, cost and diversity for connectivity between the U.S. and Canada, the busiest and most crossed telecom border on the planet. 

The new network linking Sarnia, Ontario with Port Huron and Lapeer, Michigan provides a unique border crossing between Toronto and Chicago without touching Detroit or Buffalo. The new route further addresses the growing but underserved regional needs between Michigan and Ontario with new high-speed connection capability and local diverse access points.

“The new connection with Bluewater both figuratively and literally opens the door for improved connectivity between the U.S. and Canada. Truly effective internet and data connectivity requires multiple, redundant pathways. Working with Bluewater gives 123NET clients Pure Diversity in a Pure Michigan way.”

Bob Evenson, 123NET Carrier Relations Manager

Improved international crossing alternatives are a benefit to any business with operations on both sides of the border. With the new connection, Bluewater’s customers will have access to 123NET’s large Michigan network, and be able to route traffic through the Detroit Internet Exchange, the largest fee free exchange in the world, housed at 123NET’s Southfield headquarters.

“When we built our new international crossing to provide high value disaster recovery capability to the global customers in Southwestern Ontario, we were looking for a great partner who shared our core values to help us reach their U.S. locations. 123NET shares our drive to be the go-to resource for mission critical network operation in the region with both companies becoming stronger as a result of this new relationship.”

Chris Gould, Bluewater Regional Networks’ Chief Operating Officer

Protecting data moving across international borders is becoming more critical for businesses requiring shorter diverse route options between markets. It’s critical for businesses to partner with established service providers and maintain multiple connection points to enhance edge connectivity.

This connection is now live and available to Michigan businesses. 

ABOUT BLUEWATER REGIONAL NETWORKS INC.

An affiliate company within the Bluewater Power Group of Companies that has been serving Sarnia Lambton for over 100 years, Bluewater Regional Networks Inc. was formed in 2016 to provide digital infrastructure in Sarnia-Lambton and complete connectivity throughout Canada. Through innovation and vision, we originally evolved from our local utility offerings to provide telecommunications services including data, internet, wireless and advanced cloud services to underserved areas. For more information, contact sales@bregional.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.