BLiNQ Networks, through its affiliate, Communication Components Inc. (CCI) has signed a cooperation agreement with Microsoft as part of its Airband Initiative that will help expand broadband access in unserved and underserved rural communities. Through the agreement, BLiNQ Networks will offer Citizens Radio Broadband Service (CBRS) OnGo Certified radio equipment and tailored services to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) across the nation that are part of Microsoft’s Airband Initiative ISP Program.
BLiNQ’s LTE-based equipment, licensed to operate within the CBRS spectrum, creates connectivity by leveraging spectrum capacity from small to wide channels. The company operates General Availability Access and Priority Access Licenses within the CBRS band.
“The excellent propagation characteristics and availability of the CBRS spectrum, combined with BLiNQ’s all-in-one CBRS radio will provide the Airband Initiative’s ISP partners a solution to better serve their customers,” said Patrick Buthmann, vice president of Sales and Business Development at BLiNQ Networks.
Microsoft’s Airband Initiative works to expand broadband access to unserved and underserved people living in rural areas of the U.S., with the goal of expanding to 3 million people residing in unserved rural areas by 2022.