SAC WIRELESS AND OPEN RANGE PARTNER TO BRING WIMAX TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ACROSS THE MIDWEST
U.S. Schaumburg, Ill. – June 17, 2009 – SAC Wireless, LLC signed a five-year contract to build wireless network infrastructure for leading wireless broadband service provider Open Range Communications (ORC), headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colo.
Over the next five years, Open Range Communications is building a 17-state network under the Department of Agriculture’s RUS program covering un-served and under-served communities in more than 500 markets across the country.
According to the contract, SAC Wireless will join Alvarion in deploying the Open Range network in Colorado, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. SAC Wireless will deploy the 4G WiMAX network, taking charge of all aspects including site selection, installation and service.
“Not only is 4G WiMAX leading edge technology, it is the best way to rapidly build and deploy a high-speed broadband network in areas of limited infrastructure,” said Keith Paglusch, executive vice president of Open Range Communications. “This partnership with SAC Wireless enables Open Range to deploy high-speed broadband Internet to millions of Americans in nearly 200 communities in the six states where SAC will support us.”
In January 2009, Open Range Communications received a $100 million investment from JPMorgan’s private equity arm, One Equity Partners (OEP). This investment was a prerequisite to a $267 million Broadband Access Loan from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Utilities Program (RDUP). Within the next five years, Open Range, through the use of WiMAX technology, plans to deliver wireless broadband to more than 500 un-served and underserved communities within the United States.
“Working with Open Range provides SAC Wireless the opportunity to leverage our assets and realize the full benefit of our regional presence and abilities to self-perform the breadth of services required to provide a fully outsourced solution,” said Joseph Sanzo, COO at SAC Wireless. “We are excited to be partnered with the Open Range team as it undertakes this important endeavor to bring WiMAX services to rural communities across the US.”
About SAC Wireless SAC Wireless develops and implements network infrastructure for telecommunications companies. SAC Wireless has been serving the wireless community since 1996. Today, the company self-performs site acquisition, architectural engineering design, construction, equipment installation and commissioning services and is recognized for its quality, commitment and professionalism. SAC Wireless is headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois. For more information, visit http://www.sacw.com.
About Open Range CommunicationsOpen Range is a broadband wireless provider using WiMAX technology to deliver wireless broadband to un-served and underserved American communities. Open Range plans to deliver portable and eventually mobile voice and Internet services to customers within its robust WiMAX footprint. In January 2009, Open Range announced a $100 million investment by One Equity Partners, the private equity arm of JPMorgan Chase and the closing of a Broadband Access Loan previously approved by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Utilities Program (RDUP) for $267 million. The combined funding will allow Open Range to build 4G WiMAX networks in 546 communities in 17 states where the Company will offer high-speed Internet and voice services to approximately six million people. For more information, visit www.openrangecomm.com.