16 2022 VISIONARY SPOTLIGHT AWARDS | CHANNELV ISION Bluebird Network Bluebird Network accelerated its innovation to keep pace with the increased digital demand to provide and strengthen connectivity for underserved communities in the Midwest. Bluebird is bridging the digital divide and giving communities equal access to connectivity throughout the region with its aggregated services including fiber-based services, cutting-edge data center offerings and ongoing network expansion. Bluebird also has expanded into new markets in Iowa and has several builds slated to continue across its 11-state footprint, including, Kansas, Illinois and Oklahoma. Tarana Wireless Tarana Wireless is a new category creator in next-generation fixed wireless access (ngFWA), powered by breakthroughs in perfect, multidimensional optimization of radio signals. The G1 access platform overcomes network economic challenges for service providers in rural, suburban and urban markets. Tarana began its G1 shipments to two operators in March 2021, and as of May 13, 2022, the company has 290 operator customers worldwide and dozens more in the sales pipeline. Since G1’s launch, Tarana has begun commercial service through MTN in Africa, British Telecom, multiple WISPs in the United States and XCIEN in Mexico. Ziply Fiber Ziply Fiber has completed, building, or is in the construction planning phase for fiber build projects in more than 80 Northwest towns. Most towns fall within the “digital divide” – areas where no broadband infrastructure exist to provide minimally acceptable speeds. Once considered a luxury, Ziply Fiber knows broadband is a prerequisite for modern living, regardless of zip code. Software-Defined Networking (SDN)/Network Function Virtualization (NFV) Masergy Communications As a Comcast Business company and a 20-year pioneer in software-defined networking, Masergy is a secure cloud networking platform. Its managed SD-WAN service leverages the performance of Masergy’s global software-defined network along with 24/7 NOC services, SASE, and AI intelligence. The Masergy AIOps provides ways to enhance companies’ cloud application performance, troubleshooting, managing, making data-driven decisions, prevent outages and performance degradation. Telecom Legal/Regulatory Sterling Business Law Sterling Business Law provides corporate legal and advisory counsel to entrepreneurial and emerging growth firms across industries. As outside counsel to a variety of companies, Sterling Business Law adds value at the crowded and confusing intersection of law, finance, strategy and operations. Wholesale Broadband and Capacity Astound Wholesale Astound Wholesale (formerly Wave Wholesale) has grown by acquisition and organic builds to increase service areas throughout the United States with a focus on rural and hard-to-reach markets. Astound’s initiatives are to drive automation for streamlined and immediate access to products, pricing and other status for broadband wavelength, DIA, e-access and no-fee MNI deployments. Frontier Communications Frontier ’s next-generation network architecture for Hyper Bandwidth Ethernet (HBE) will deliver the backbone and backhaul capabilities to support building Gigabit America, including Frontier ’s goal of providing 25G (and beyond) to consumers via FTTH; 5G wireless carrier deployments; and the increasing demand to connect more devices, such as digital voice assistants, smart appliances and home security systems, in addition to connected cars, smart cities, and smart homes. Global Cloud Exchange Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) owns a large private subsea cable network with extensions available into more than 200 countries worldwide. The company provides connectivity through its robust infrastructure, network services and software to create channel and customer value in major and emerging markets. GCX works with MSPs and others to power digital transformation in response to demands from enterprises, hyperscalers, media/content providers, and telecom carriers.