Ceragon Networks has won orders from the Florida Rural Broadband Alliance (FRBA) for high-capacity wireless backhaul point-to-point (PtP) and point-to-multipoint solutions and last-mile backhaul solutions for its all-IP network. The deployment is part of the FRBA’s project to build a “middle mile” broadband infrastructure connecting two rural areas of Florida to provide high-capacity broadband to unserved and underserved communities in 15 counties.
“Ceragon’s FibeAir IP-10G and FibeAir 2500 wireless backhaul solutions were chosen for the network. FRBA selected Ceragon’s solutions because of the reliable high-capacity performance and the superior quality of the technology, Ira Palti, Ceragon’s president and CEO, told Backhaul Bulletin. “That combined with Ceragon’s experience and expertise led to fast network set-up, which enabled FBRA to deliver services faster, and therefore lowered the total cost of ownership of their network.”
Building out broadband service in rural Florida would not have been possible without the broadband stimulus fund. “Widespread broadband investments have not been made in the rural communities, until the investment by the federal government, Gina Reynolds, CEO of Florida’s Heartland REDI and co-manager of Florida Rural Broadband Alliance told Backhaul Bulletin. “The $23.6 million grant plus $10 million in matching funds from the local communities will pay for the cost of deployment,” she said.