Earthlink

EarthLink has continued its foray into the fixed wireless access access (FWA) sector with the acquisition of BroadAspect, a service provider headquartered in Virginia.

The acquisition is effective immediately. EarthLink will take over BroadAspect’s fiber and FWA business and clientele while BroadAspect continues operations as a managed IT and cybersecurity firm.

The BroadAspect website says that the BroadAspect fiber network focuses on metropolitan areas in the Midwest and mid-Atlantic region.

“We’re thrilled to welcome BroadAspect to the EarthLink family,” EarthLink CEO Glenn Goad said in a prepared statement. “Adding BroadAspect’s network as our fourth acquisition of a fixed wireless company in the last year signifies EarthLink’s strategy of expansion. Together with One Ring Networks, Telegia, and QX.net, our broad network allows us to deliver high-speed internet across the nation, providing businesses with our dedicated internet services.”

The move into FWA to which Goad referred began in December, 2021 when the company introduced EarthLink Wireless Home Internet. The offering uses LTE or 5G for Internet connectivity and the company said at the time that it was supported by a wholesale agreement with a wireless network operator.

More recently, Trive Capital, a private equity firm, said last August that EarthLink had acquired One Ring Networks, which it characterized as one of the biggest fixed wireless companies in the United States with market share in Arizona, California, Georgia, Maryland and Texas. EarthLink is a Trive portfolio company.

This February, EarthLink said it acquired QX.net, an FWA provider that focuses on business customers in Kentucky. The press release said that QX.net built the state’s largest dedicated wireless Internet network. It offered Internet, voice, data center and SD-WAN services to businesses.

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