SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) — 123.Net, Inc., the largest high-speed fixed wireless voice and data provider for businesses in Michigan, will be expanding its wireless network to serve Grand Rapids beginning April 30.

Company officials say the Grand Rapids market has a strong demand for affordable, high-quality, and rapidly scalable Internet access without the high construction costs that can occur with fiber systems.

The scalability of 123.Net’s high speed fixed wireless network ensures that increased customer demands for higher bandwidth and hosted applications, including Internet voice, are met. In addition, 123.Net’s high speed fixed wireless network bypasses the local phone and cable infrastructure. Businesses won’t have to worry about downtime that can be caused by cable cuts, wet wires, or other issues.

High speed fixed wireless service options up to gigabit speeds and businesses are not restricted to buying services in traditional T1 or DS3 increments. All services from 123.Net also come with service level agreements unlike “best effort” broadband options from the phone and cable companies.

“This deployment will cut down barriers for businesses, making them more competitive by giving them access to better data and voice services,” said 123.Net Inc. CEO Dan Irvin. “123.Net expects to have coverage for more than 50 percent of the businesses in the metro area by midsummer 2014.”

Added 123.Net wireless infrastructure manager Jim Hart: “Grand Rapids businesses need strong and reliable systems, which is why 123.Net has developed some of the most stringent and hardened construction standards in the industry. The Grand Rapids high-speed fixed wireless network will be second to none as we employ some of the highest quality and robust design to our network. Between multiple owned fiber optic transports overlaid with FCC licensed redundant microwave paths, ruggedized wireless designs, and heavy-duty power backup systems like on site generators and long-life batteries, we are here to set the standard in high-speed fixed wireless.”

Today, 123.Net serves thousands of business in Metro Detroit, Ann Arbor, Saginaw, Flint, and Lansing and has launched more than 35 wireless point-of-presence sites. Headquartered in Southfield, 123.Net has been successfully providing voice, data, and collocation infrastructure services to enterprises, carriers, ISPs, and technology companies for more than 15 years. The company operates an IP network operating at more than 50 gigabits per second, connected to multiple global transit carriers, including Level 3, Savvis, Cogent, Global Crossing, Comcast and others. Four metro fiber rings and long-haul fiber networks span more than 1,600 route miles and cover more than 50 nodes across Michigan.

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