Sky Fiber Internet, a Reno, NV-based wireless internet service provider, has expanded its service coverage in Lake Tahoe and northern Nevada. The company has upgraded its network with Tarana Wireless’ Gigabit 1 (G1) next generation fixed wireless access product line to bring high-speed internet to 25 towns in northern Nevada, passing 30,000 rural homes and hundreds of businesses with broadband service. Utilizing Tarana base node radios installed on Genoa Peak, Sky Fiber says its customers located up to 15 miles across Lake Tahoe can now access speeds of up to 500 Mbps.
Previously limited to a maximum speed of 50 Mbps on point-to-multipoint deployments, Sky Fiber is now offering service plans that range from 50 to 500 Mbps. By leveraging the capabilities of the G1 platform, the company says it can consistently provide reliable and enhanced service during all four seasons. This new capability allows Sky Fiber to retain its existing customers and to compete against established service providers in the market. “Finding a high-bandwidth solution was critical to our ability to stay competitive,” said Garry Gomes, Sky Fiber Founder and CEO.
According to Tarana, the G1 platform provides dependable high-speed service in “noisy” radio frequency environments and challenging long-range settings. Sky Fiber says that its previous wireless equipment had a restricted range and was susceptible to significant performance degradation, known as “rain fade,” particularly during inclement weather. These limitations resulted in service disruptions in snowy regions of Nevada like Lake Tahoe and neighboring towns.
Gomes also shared, “Tarana enabled us to upgrade our current customers with faster speeds and more reliable service, significantly improving their ability to game, stream, and work from home. Our customers are not just numbers to us, they are our neighbors and part of our community.”
Basil Alwan, Tarana CEO, added, “Delivering great broadband to Lake Tahoe and the surrounding areas is challenging. Trenching is difficult and previous wireless options are hampered by interference, weather, and scant tower locations. Together with Sky Fiber, our G1 technology is working around all of these obstacles.”