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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.

Customer Spotlight – Jekyll and Hyde

Customer:

Jekyll and Hyde

Services:

123NET Fiber Voice & Data Solutions

Industry:

Advertising

Number of Employees:

25

At-a-Glance:

Jekyll and Hyde is an advertising, marketing, and communications firm with over 25 years of experience. They have two core business areas: direct response advertising and marketing and brand advertising. Their direct focus is to grow sales and market-share for challenger brand consumer-packaged goods.

Challenge:

Beyond the basic requirements of an internet service provider (ISP), Jekyll and Hyde searched for a provider that could go above and beyond just fast internet. They needed a partner to provide transparency, great communication, and proactive capabilities for any future issues.

Solution:

123NET’s expansive network in Redford made them an excellent candidate for fiber services. Jekyll and Hyde opted for a fiber voice and internet solution to consolidate their services onto one dedicated provider.

Results:

123NET Voice and Data Solutions provided Jekyll and Hyde with high-speed internet and reliable voice services. Communication was a large priority for Jekyll and Hyde. 123NET’s Project Manager Carol Johnsonbaugh, and Account Manager Dan Lang kept the company informed during the project and provided excellent options for continued growth.

When the agency was under a tight timeline to move their company headquarters from Redford to Northville, the strong partnership between 123NET and Jekyll and Hyde made continuing services an obvious choice. They needed to seamlessly transition their existing 123NET Voice and Internet Services to their new building. 123NET was able to install a temporary fixed wireless solution under a condensed timeline while constructing fiber to the new Northville location.  

“123NET was capable, efficient, and exact with my latest project with them. From inception to final delivery, every part of the evolution was handled by professional, friendly people always willing to go the extra mile to make sure I had what I needed. Keep up the great work guys.”

Matthew Umbarger

Director of Creative and Production, Jekyll and Hyde

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.

What is Microwave Technology?

Microwave Technology, a line-of-sight wireless communication, uses specialized equipment to transmit and receive radio frequency (RF) over long distances without the use of wires or cables. Specific RF allows information to be transmitted through extreme weather conditions such as rain, hail, snow, dust, or even smoke.

History Behind Microwave Technology:

In 1865, James Clerk Maxwell used his famous “Maxwell’s equation” to predict that electromagnetic waves existed. In 1888, Henrich Hertz, proved the existence of these waves by building an instrument that not only produced but detected microwaves. After his experiment, other inventors became aware of wireless communications based on their microwave knowledge. This is the origin of the many kinds of wireless communication including AM/FM Radio, 2-Way radio technology, radar systems and the communication systems utilized in telecom industry today.  

Utilizing Microwave Technology in the Form of Fixed Wireless:

Fixed Wireless is communication between multiple points of presence that utilizes Microwave RF to transmit high-speed data. These frequencies permit high bandwidth and low latency, which increases end user productivity. By utilizing fixed wireless, companies eliminate the need for costly and time-consuming installation of cable or local phone lines. There are many advantages for companies that use fixed wireless such as scalable bandwidth, network diversity, and quick installation.  

How 123NET can Help:

123NET’s Fixed Wireless offers ethernet connectivity, supplied by microwave technology. This solution offers a high-speed access alternative for businesses, allowing your company to look past build-out costs and permits with a faster installation timeline. 123NET’s Fixed Wireless can be used as a primary, temporary, or a redundant solution.

Benefits of 123NET Fixed Wireless:

  • Quick Installation 
  • Cost-Effective 
  • Secure 
  • Reliable 
  • Scalable Bandwidth 
  •  Service-Level Agreement 
  • 24/7/365 NOC Support

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 – Mindfield

Customer:

Mindfield

Services:

Voice & Data Solutions

Industry:

Marketing & Advertising

At-a-Glance:

Mindfield was founded in 2000 when three partners, who were successful freelancers, had hopes of a production company. They took an innovative approach on video and live engagement production. After several successes, the business included different positions such as video editors, graphic artists, interactive developers, and customer service specialists. As of today, Mindfield continues to design and produce high quality videos for broadcast, online channels, big screens, interactive experiences, and live engagements.

Challenge:

Mindfield needed a modernized network infrastructure that would ensure reliability and stability for their 120-year-old building. They hoped to find a solution that allowed their business to always remain secured and connected.

Solution:

The answer to their needs came with 123NET’s Dedicated Voice and Data Solutions, enabled Mindfield to improve their uptime and response time, as well as grant them a strong network connection. 123NET’S Dynamic Voice and Data (DVAD) provides customers with a more modernized utilization of integrated data circuits by granting bandwidth between voice and data. For their voice solution, 123NET provided Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) which allows a company to replace traditional phone lines with connectivity via 123NET’s SIP Trunking on an IP network. These services granted Mindfield the ability to always be available and functional for clients and customers.

Results:

Improving Mindfield’s network foundation allowed them to increase their up-time and response time, as well as provide reliable connectivity for their company. This let them stay connected to ensure they are available for their customers.

We have been nothing but pleased with the service, the support, and the relationship.  I’d recommend 123NET to any and all.

Sean Emery

Owner , Mindfield