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Sckipio Gfast Technology and Siklu mmWave Solve Urban Digital Divide

August 21, 2018

CLEVELAND, Aug. 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sckipio Technologies, the leader in Gfast chipsets, teamed up with millimeter wave leader Siklu to solve the urban digital divide crisis gripping the U.S. The Siklu-Sckipio gigabit solution, installed in the Cleveland Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), is the first commercial solution to use Gfast and wireless millimeter technology to connect fiber from the street to a low-income, multi-dwelling unit (MDU). This breakthrough wireless millimeter-Gfast combined solution is delivering real-world aggregate broadband speeds topping 800Mbps – up to 40 times faster than the national U.S. average.

“Our Gfast technology was built to deliver ultra-high-speed broadband to the masses,” said David Baum, CEO of Sckipio. “This installation proves that Gfast is helping to solve the urban digital divide by bringing the Internet to those who had no access or very slow speeds. Partnering with DigitalC and Siklu has enabled CMHA residents to access ultrafast, affordable internet that will allow them to connect to their families, search for jobs, improve their education and health, and participate in the global digital economy.”

In this installation, Siklu’s millimeter wave solution was used to bring ultrafast speeds to the building – avoiding the disruption and pollution from digging up streets and installing fiber. Then, within the building, the solution used Sckipio’s award-winning Gfast technology to deliver high speed to each resident over existing copper phone wires.

“The ability of our EtherHaul mmWave wireless to deliver up to 10Gbps to the building and Sckipio’s Gfast technology to deliver the broadband access to the individual apartments is the best-in-class and affordable solution for urban communities,” said Siklu Co-Founder and Chairman Izik Kirshenbaum.

With Gfast, urban communities such as Cleveland’s CMHA, are receiving the fastest residential connectivity in the Northeast Ohio region. Initial speed tests run after the installation clocked individual unit connectivity at up to 650Mbps down and 160Mbps up, providing breakthrough, fiber-like, aggregate speeds for residents who previously had no internet connectivity. The average U.S. broadband speed hovers around 18Mbps and achieving higher speeds usually requires expensive, time-consuming and disruptive fiber installations or anti-competitive cable agreements.

“Gfast has the potential to compete with fiber and cable installations and serve the underserved urban markets,” said Teresa Mastrangelo, Founder, Broadbandtrends LLC. “And with net neutrality expired in the U.S., there’s an even greater need for competitive ultra-fast broadband speed to keep broadband pricing affordable for consumers.”

Gfast provides access over traditional copper wires or coax cables that are already in most apartment buildings. Ultrafast broadband speeds are delivered by connecting to the existing infrastructure with a Gfast unit inside or next to the building. Gfast solutions are more reasonably priced than fiber because Gfast solutions use existing infrastructure, which eliminates the expense from installing fiber all the way.

About Sckipio Sckipio, the leader in Gfast, develops award-winning, standards-compliant Gfast modems used to enable ultra-broadband access and mobile backhaul. Sckipio partners with more than 30 companies globally on Gfast and is one of the leading contributors to the ITU-T standard. For more information about Sckipio, visit our website at www.sckipio.com. For more information follow us on LinkedIn, SlideShare and Twitter @SckipioTech.

About Siklu Siklu was founded with a goal to develop, build and deliver the best mmWave wireless connectivity radios on the planet, bringing high-speed Gigabit connectivity to the world. Our products operate in the virtually interference free 60GHz-70GHz/80GHz frequency bands. This large swath of available frequency stems from the fact that there is over 24GHz of available spectrum in these bands coupled with extremely narrow beams yields almost unlimited spectrum. Our technology brings scalability, multi-gigabit capacity and reliability to the world of wireless networks, and we are dedicated to delivering great value through fast-and-easy-to-deploy solutions that deliver flawless, predictable performance. We continue to look for new opportunities to change people’s lives for the better through the magic of wireless fiber communication systems.

Media Contacts:Rainier Communications for Sckipio Marianne Dempsey/Michelle McMahon sckipio@rainierco.com 508-475-0025

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