DALLAS – Nov. 17, 2011 – Airband Communications, the largest fixed-wireless voice and data provider for businesses in the U.S., announced today its ranking among the fastest growing, privately held companies headquartered in the Dallas metroplex. On Nov. 16, Airband received the Dallas 100™ Award from the SMU Cox Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship.
“Airband has experienced solid financial performance, including strong revenue growth, in recent years driven by the insatiable demand for high-speed data and voice solutions,” said Airband CEO Michael Ruley. “Our entire team has worked hard to make Airband one of Dallas’ most innovative and market-leading companies, and we are proud to be recognized with the Dallas 100 Award.”
Organizations choose Airband for high-connectivity data, high-speed Internet access and voice over IP (VoIP) services that support their essential business functions and improve enterprise productivity. Airband’s Internet access offers a scalable and more affordable alternative to traditional providers by delivering bandwidth wirelessly, bypassing local phone and cable infrastructures. In addition, the company’s full suite of IP-based voice services provides flexible voice and unified communications features that can quickly scale to meet changing network requirements.
In response to the vast need for high-bandwidth data and enterprise-class voice services, Airband fueled its market expansion in 2010 by merging with Sparkplug Communications to provide a full suite of services in 17 markets nationally. In August 2011, Airband secured a $20 million investment from Boston-based ABRY Partners, LLC to further accelerate growth both organically and through mergers and acquisitions.
“Airband’s wholly-owned, fixed-wireless network overcomes many downsides of traditional voice and data services by giving customers the flexibility to instantly make bandwidth adjustments that correlate with dynamic business environments,” said Ruley. “Airband continues to see a strong demand for scalable network capabilities as customers deploy could-based solutions. We look forward to further delivering services that enable our customers to act nimbly as their operating environments evolve.”
Founded in 2000, Airband continues to thrive in Dallas, where the company has approximately 60 employees. Airband also operates key markets in Austin, Fort Worth and Houston, in addition to nationwide markets, such as Atlanta; Baltimore; Des Moines; Fort Lauderdale; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Miami; Orange County, Calif.; Philadelphia; Phoenix; San Antonio; San Diego and Washington, D.C.
The Dallas 100 Awards were created to promote economic growth and innovation while celebrating the success of local enterprises and job creation. Each year, the awards program analyzes the business environment and identifies the 100 fastest growing, privately held companies in Dallas. In order to be considered for the award, businesses must meet the following criteria:
- Be independent, privately held corporations, proprietorships or partnerships as of May 1, 2011, and must have at least three years history and not be a non-profit organization
- Be headquartered in the Dallas Metroplex area
- Have sales of more than $500,000, but less than $75 million in fiscal year 2007
- Have a three-year sales history, which reflects growth during the three-year sales period
- Have a credit report and character satisfactory to the Dallas 100
About SMU Cox
SMU’s Cox School of Business offers a full range of business education programs, including BBA, full-time MBA, Professional MBA (PMBA), Executive MBA (EMBA), Master of Science in Management (MSM), Master of Science in Accounting (MSA), Master of Science in Entrepreneurship (MSE) and Executive Education. The school also offers a number of unique resources and activities for students, ranging from its Business Leadership Center (BLC), Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship, Maguire Energy Institute and American Airlines Global Leadership Program (AAGLP) to its Associate Board executive mentoring program and an international alumni network with chapters in more than 20 countries. SMU Cox is ranked among the top business schools nationally and internationally by major publications, including Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist, Financial Times, Forbes and U.S. News & World Report.
Airband Communications, Inc. is the largest fixed-wireless voice and data provider for businesses in the U.S. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of high-speed Internet access, point-to-point data services, Voice over IP, security and other managed solutions – delivered over one of the industry’s most scalable last-mile networks. Airband bypasses the local phone and cable companies to provide faster provisioning intervals, immediate scalability and complete redundancy for its customers. Thousands of businesses nationwide already count on Airband for their broadband service. For more information, please visit www.airband.com.
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