Navajo Internet getting closer, NTUA awards contract to a Global Network Firm
By: Editor | The Navajo Post | May 24
Paramus, NJ — NTUA, a Navajo Tribal company has hired a New Jersey firm to complete it Internet connectivity throughout the reservation. According Ceragon, they said they have achieve revenues of $117.8 million with improving gross margin and profitability.
Ceragon Networks, Inc. a New Jersey firm, said in a press release they have received orders of approximately $4 million to supply microwave back haul solutions and turnkey services including installation, project management and commissioning to the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA).
“With the installation of the network, more than 15,000 miles of the 27,000 square miles of the Navajo Nation will be served. The selection of Ceragon is expected to enable NTUA to quickly provide needed broadband connectivity throughout the majority of the Navajo Nation,” said Lester Lee, Telecommunications Manager for NTUA.
The Navajo Nation said they selected Ceragon to power the Navajo Nation’s wireless backhaul network. The systems is part of an over 530 mile network which is made up of microwave towers and fiber optics to be placed throughout the Navajo Nation.
NTUA said the project is a result of a federal grant award from the National Telecommunications Infrastructure Administration to NTUA in 2010 to establish broadband connectivity within the Navajo Nation.
The contract to Ceragon is partially funded by the federal grant and is meant to ensure that broadband Internet access and adoption is expanded to all areas across America, bridging the “digital divide.” Expanded Internet access will help improve connectivity conditions for the residents of the Navajo Nation.
“Broadband access is a fundamental foundation for participating in the modern economy,” said Ira Palti, Ceragon’s President and CEO. Mr. Palti joined Ceragon in 2005 and currently serves as President and CEO. From January 2003 to August 2005, Mr. Palti was CEO of Seabridge Ltd., a Siemens company that is a global leader in the area of broadband services and networks.