Wabash Communications has selected Mimosa Networks’ to upgrade a rural fixed wireless network in Ohio. Wabash has 6,000 subscribers.

An uptick in demand led Wabash to deploy an LTE-based alternative in the 3.65 GHz band. That only added 50 MHz of spectrum, however, which was insufficient. Competitive tests were conducted and the decision made to deploy Mimosa’s fast-fiber 5GHz platform on Wabash’s towers in and around Celina, Ohio to buttress services.

“We were looking for a solution that could be rapidly deployed, provide a superior broadband experience and be installed with an ROI of less than 12 months on our CAPEX investment,” said Network Technician Travis Schlater in a press release. “By utilizing Mimosa’s latest 2.4 firmware, we were able to significantly decrease our overall installation time. Combining the Mimosa Install App with the Auto Unlock/ Auto Provisioning feature further simplified our deployment, as did integration with our RADIUS and accounting servers.”

Wabash Communications and parent Wabash Mutual Telephone Company offer voice, video, data and business services with packages ranging from 2 Mbps to 1 Gbps via fiber or fixed wireless.

Rural Fixed Wireless
So far, Wabash has deployed Mimosa’s portfolio of B5 backhaul radios, A5 access devices and C5 client devices. The carrier expects to deploy to most of its towers by the end of the year. Wabash also is using Mimosa’s cloud-based Design Tool for help with complex network designs.

These are good days for Mimosa. Late last month, Pioneer Telephone Cooperative and its affiliates said that they will install Mimosa’s equipment on most of their 400 towers by year’s end. Pioneer, which is active in southern Kansas and southern Oklahoma, is the third largest telephone cooperative in the country.

Last September, Nemont Telephone Cooperative chose Mimosa’s fiber-fast wireless solutions to provide wireless services to underserved subscribers in Montana.

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