NoaNet and COS Systems expand partnership by launching an operator version of COS Service Zones. NoaNet has previously provided cities and public utilities with COS Systems’ demand aggregation platform and support in the project execution. Now NoaNet is set to further help rural communities in Washington get connected to fiber by launching their own COS Service Zones system ready to aggregate demand for fiber in any part of the State.

Gig Harbor, WA – NoaNet (Northwest Open Access Network) is a non-profit municipal corporation which operates an extensive open-access fiber back-bone network reaching every corner of Washington State. NoaNet has partnered with COS Systems in the past to provide the demand aggregation platform COS Service Zones to Public Utility and municipal customers. Since then, many communities have reached out to NoaNet asking if they could provide them with a managed demand aggregation solution delivered as a service. NoaNet is now in the process of launching a statewide COSService Zones application that can be leveraged as part of their Community Broadband Solutions program to assist communities in evaluating their need and readiness for municipal broadband deployment.

COS Service Zones is a web-based software platform that allows a community or provider to run a “fiberhood”campaign to learn if there is enough interest in the community to invest in a fiber infrastructure and in which neighborhoods the demand is greatest. Every neighborhood has a “take-rate” target to reach in order to qualify for build-out. The purpose is to involve the community in the process and build a common will to build the new fiber infrastructure. In successful COS ServiceZones campaigns demand grows rapidly as the community engages on the platform, sharing information about the project on social media, and spreading information to their neighbors and friends.

“When NoaNet explained that there were many communities interested in better connectivity but lacking the resources or expertise to run a COS Service Zones campaign themselves, we began thinking how we could best assist NoaNet in helping those communities. We developed the concept of an operator version of COS Service Zones, which allows NoaNet to add smaller communities as separate projects on their singleplatform. Practically, this means each of these communities will have their own section of the NoaNet managed website.” says Bjorn Wannman, Manager Partnerships and Strategic Accounts at COS Systems.

Chris Walker, Telecommunications Director at NoaNet is looking forward to offering this tool to Washington communities on a larger scale then NoaNet was previously able to support. “There are dozens of rural communities in Washington with limited or no access to modern telecom infrastructure. High speed broadband can make a huge impact for job creation, economic growth, high quality healthcare and smart services to increase the quality of life for our rural residents. In many cases, even if community leaders understand the need and want to close the digital inclusion gap, they might lack the resources to do something about it themselves. We’re now prepared to help them understand the options to pursue a telecommunications buildout plan.”

Chris has been with NoaNet through several service expansions and is excited about this new opportunity to help Washington communities help themselves increase their broadband access. He said, “Not only will we help them determine if there is enough demand to move forward and invest in the infrastructure, with our extensive fiber footprint and open access experience we will also be able to offer services in build-out and operations. This package of services will make a huge difference for rural Washington communities”

Claire Ward, Marketing and Communications Manager at NoaNet shares Chris’s excitement for this new opportunity. “NoaNet has been serving Washington state for nearly 20 years by working to bring telecommunications infrastructure to underserved communities. With the experience and knowledge we have within the company paired with the tools offered in the COS Service Zones platform, I’m convinced we can serve many parallel projects across the state and help communities move the dial on their broadband access without spending exorbitant resources many just don’t have, “adds ClaireWard, Marketing and Communications Manager at NoaNet, who has been involved in several previous COS Service Zones projects.

“COS Systems originates from the rural northern parts of Sweden, not much different from rural Washington State.We’ve seen first-hand how crucial it is for remote areas to get access to high speed broadband. In the digital economy traditional boundaries like country and city borders are getting less important. Instead communities lacking the critical broadband infrastructure will inevitably be left behind. All of us at COS are proud to support NoaNet in their mission to connect every corner of Washington state to their state-of-the-art fiber network. Fiber is an essential infrastructure for today’s communities, alongside water, electricity and roads for our modern digital world.” Says Isak Finer, CMO at COS Systems  

About NoaNet

Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet) is a non-profit wholesale only telecommunications network owner and provider which operates a fiber network spanning thousands of miles throughout the State of Washington. NoaNet engages their mission to serve Washington State by consistently looking for new opportunities to expand in meaningful ways that bridge the digital divide. For additional information, see www.noanet.net.

About COS Systems

COS SYSTEMS is a leading provider of software to plan, deploy and manage Open Access fiber networks, using a powerful yet simple self-service interface. COS Systems takes customer needs and delivers innovative software solutions that streamline operations, accelerate revenue and deliver more satisfied subscribers. Learn more about COS Systems on www.cossystems.com.

For additional information contact:

Claire Ward
Marketing and Communications Manager
NoaNet
+1 (816) 519-2370
claire.ward@noanet.net
www.noanet.net

Isak Finér
Chief Marketing Officer
COS Systems
+46737 51 99 38
isak.finer@cossystems.com
www.cossystems.com

Comsof and COS Systems announce that FiberPlanIT, used for automated FTTx network planning, and COS Service Zones, used for Demand Aggregation, have been verified to be used collaboratively to enable fast and accurate fiber plans and deployment cost estimates based on actual customer demand.

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Ghent, Belgium – The starting point of every fiber network build-out is to decide which addresses to serve. These addresses to connect are needed to generate automated fiber network plans with FiberPlanIT, developed by Belgian software company and fiber deployment experts Comsof. FiberPlanIT creates network designs in a fraction of the time required to do it manually with a layout that minimizes the long and short term deployment and maintenance costs. Its advanced algorithms take in all the geographic information of the area and in the blink of an eye provide a detailed network design connecting every serviceable location at minimum cost compliant with the desired network architecture.

 

In the industry, the addresses to connect have traditionally been chosen based on estimates on where demand will be greatest or where deployment costs will be lowest. Now, with COS Service Zones you can instead choose a customer centric approach by targeting your future subscribers neighborhood by neighborhood with a demand aggregation campaign to pre-sell the fiber connections. With neighborhoods reaching take-rate thresholds and addresses where customers have already signed up as input for FiberPlanIT’s algorithms you can be sure to design a network that will start generating revenue from day one after deployment.

 

With the deployment cost calculations from FiberPlanIT and the revenue from subscribers pre-signed up in COS Service Zones as input your will have a complete Business Case to base your deployment decisions on.

 

“We have verified that the COS Service Zones data fits perfectly with our network design platform. The first step in a fiber project is to decide your target area, for this you need address information. Now we can propose a tool for them to use to get that address list from the most reliable source – their future subscribers. We are excited to help deliver not only well designed networks, but also networks with subscribers from the start, which guarantees profitability,” says Comsof CEO Raf Meersman.

 

“So many fiber projects have failed due to the wrong decision on where to start the build-out. We developed COS Service Zones to eliminate these unprofitable networks. But knowing the future revenue is only a part of the picture. FiberPlanIT will ensure that deployment costs are kept low and will give you the important cost component needed to make an optimal deployment decision. We look forward to see our customers build profitable networks designed with the help of FiberPlanIT,” says COS Systems CEO Peter Lidstrom.

 

About FiberPlanIT

FiberPlanIT is a software solution that turns FTTx network planning into profit by lowering planning and design time, avoiding design errors, and reducing construction costs. This is made possible thanks to FiberPlanIT’s unique automated and optimized design capabilities based on GIS data.

Learn more about FiberPlanIT at www.fiberplanit.com.

 

About Comsof

Started in 1998 as a spin-off company of the internationally recognized Department of Information Technology (Intec) of Ghent University, Comsof keeps in close touch with the state-of-the-art in ICT.
The success of Comsof is based on a team of highly-skilled professionals who combine an extensive technological knowledge concerning telecommunications, computer networking and multimedia with a broad experience in software development.

 

About COS Service Zones

“Build it, and they will come?” Now, there’s a better way to roll-out fiber-optics by beginning with committed customers. No more deploying from one end of town to the other only to chase customers after. Just follow these steps:

 

  1. Draw up multiple competing zones across your city or town.
  2. See demand build in real-time as customers signup using your branded website.
  3. Wait until target take-rate is reached before deploying to accelerate profitability.

 

Our mission: Subscriber-backed, successful fiber, with no more failed projects. COS Service Zones brings broadband to homes all across the globe. Let’s discover the demand in your community.

 

About COS Systems

COS SYSTEMS is a leading provider of software to plan, deploy and manage modern broadband networks that support services from one or more providers, using a powerful yet simple self-service interface. COS Systems takes customer needs and delivers innovative software solutions that streamline operations, accelerate revenue and deliver more satisfied subscribers. Learn more about COS Systems on www.cossystems.com.

 

For additional information, contact:

 

Jan Moeremans

Global Sales Director
Comsof
+32 9 275 31 00
jan.moeremans@fiberplanit.com
www.fiberplanit.com

 

Isak Finér
Chief Marketing Officer

COS Systems
+46 737 51 99 38
isak.finer@cossystems.com

www.cossystems.com

A unique product suite and the last years’ international successes were the main reasons why COS Systems was named winners in the category Best New Business at this year’s Umea Gala (Umeågalan).

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Since 2004 the Umea Gala has recognized successful companies in COS System’s hometown Umea that are contributing positively to the city’s development and the local business community. This year the prize for Best New Business 2016, was won by COS Systems.

 “The best new business of the year is a company that enriches the business community of Umea with new ways of thinking. The winning company offers a unique product or service and has built a solid foundation for long term growth and success. The winner is a role model for others starting and growing their business. Other important factors are export outside of the city and country and the constant challenging of established ways of conducting business.”

“It’s always great to win and this prize is something we can all be very proud of,” says COS Systems CMO Isak Finer. “The entire COS team has worked very hard to develop, market and sell our unique solutions for Demand Aggregation (COS Service Zones) and Open Access Network Management (COS Business Engine). With the successes we’ve seen the past few years we all feel we are getting up to speed, but with our targets set very high the common feeling is that we’re just getting started. When you’re working hard every day it’s often difficult to take a step back and look at what you’ve achieved so far. This recognition made us do just that and we are very proud of the prize and what we have accomplished the past few years.”

“This prize might not have a great meaning to our international customers who probably have never even heard of Umea, but for us winning this prize is fantastic. We have a great team that has managed to take us to where we are today, with a truly unique product suite and customers soon in every corner of the world. But to keep the momentum going we need to grow our team. Backed by a state of the art fiber infrastructure our city boasts a very strong IT sector and there’s fierce competition to recruit developers and other competences we need. Winning this prize certainly puts us on the map. I hope and believe that this recognition will help us in recruiting the best talents,” says Peter Lidstrom, CEO.

About Umeågalan and Umeå

Umeågalan was founded in 2004 to recognize successful companies and entrepreneurs and their importance to the growth and development of the City of Umeå. The Gala has grown into the biggest and most important event for the city’s business community. It’s a place for entrepreneurs to meet and the vision of the event is that Umeå will offer the best opportunities for starting and growing new businesses in Sweden. Umeå is the largest city in the northern part of Sweden with 120,000 people. It is one of the fastest growing IT regions in the country with many successful startups and an inflow of new competency from one of Sweden’s largest universities with over 30,000 students.

About COS Systems

COS Systems is a leading provider of software to plan, deploy and manage modern broadband networks that support services from one or more providers, using a powerful yet simple self-service interface. COS Systems takes customer needs and delivers innovative software solutions that streamline operations, accelerate revenue and deliver more satisfied subscribers. Learn more about COS Systems on www.cossystems.com.

For additional information, contact:

Peter Lidstrom
Chief Executive Officer
COS Systems
+46 70 656 58 72
peter.lidstrom@cossystems.com
www.cossystems.com

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Are you interested in learning more about Demand Aggregation and Strategic Planning for Your Business? Then don’t miss COS Systems Key Account Manager Anders Lindehall speak on Wednesday Oct 12th 8:30am PST at the WISPAPALOOZA “Strategic Planning for Your Business” session.

No matter if you are expanding your Wireless network, or going Fiber come by our table at Fiber Weekend or booth #304 at WISPAPALOOZA and speak to Anders, Olof, or Spencer about Demand Aggregation and see how easy it is to run your own Fiberhood campaign with COS Service Zones.

For event details visit: www.wispa.org

We look forward to meeting you there.

COS System’s Demand Aggregation Platform COS Service Zones will Enable Infiniti Broadband to Survey Communities and Pre-sell Services in Order to Determine Optimal Roll-Out Order of Their Fixed Wireless Network.

Infinity broadband chooses COS Service Zones

Johnie Johnson, Infiniti Broadband, Bjorn Wannman, COS Systems, Gregg Iser, Infiniti Broadband

Louisville, KY – In WISPA’s (Wireless Internet Service Providers Association) spring meeting, WISPAmerica, Infiniti Broadband announced they selected COS Service Zones to aggregate demand for their future network build-outs. Infiniti Broadband has set out to deliver state of the art fixed wireless LTE broadband services in underserved top major markets, medium-sized cities and rural areas. Their services will first be launched in selected US markets, but the ambition is to rapidly expand into more US states and the Caribbean.

“Our ambition is to deliver best-in-class services and solutions to the rural areas, which are frequently overlooked” said Johnie Johnson, President and CEO of Infiniti Broadband.

“Our decision is based on two major factors; use COS Service Zones to survey the targeted communities and sign up customers. If we ask the residents to show us where they want our services, we will be able to deliver great broadband where the need is greatest. It also enables us to expand faster, as we know our ROI is achieved when we deploy our network where enough subscribers have committed to our service which helps justify the build-out.”

Johnie Johnson, President and CEO of Infiniti Broadband

“We are thrilled to work with Infiniti Broadband to connect rural America. Their leadership has extensive experience of the industry and a firm plan for a rapid expansion. We are very proud to be part of that plan”

said Bjorn Wannman, International Business Developer at COS Systems.

The COS Service Zones platform will enable residents and businesses to locate their community’s zone on the web based platform at infiniti.servicezones.net, where they will see how many people are needed to reach the take-rate threshold for their zone to qualify for Infiniti’s final assessment prior to build-out. The platform will also be open for survey takers from any location within the selected states, so that anyone wanting better broadband can indicate their interest. If Infiniti finds enough interest in a specific location it will be added to the list of communities competing to get enough subscribers pre-signed to justify a network build-out.

“It’s really up to the people out there in rural America to show us where they want our services the most”, concludes Johnson.

“We know we have a great platform for demand aggregation which is proven by the customers already signed up in half of all US states. But Infiniti’s project is the first of this magnitude, where entire states are targeted. We are very excited to see COS Service Zones execute on this large scale and to be part of this journey where the rural communities will have the opportunity to get access to next generation connectivity,”

Isak Finér, CMO at COS Systems.

About Infiniti Broadband

Infiniti Broadband: a nationwide provider of fixed wireless broadband services. Infiniti Broadband, based out of Tulsa, OK, will launch services throughout the United States and Caribbean in 2016 and will expand rapidly into many top major markets, medium sized cities and rural areas. In addition to its state of the art Broadband Services, Infiniti Broadband provides technology CORE hosting services and resale of equipment to medium and small technology companies in an effort to expedite speed to market and meet and exceed customer demands. For more information, visit www.infinitibroadband.com

About COS Systems

COS Systems is a leading provider of software to plan, deploy and manage modern broadband networks that support services from one or more providers, using a powerful yet simple self-service interface. COS Systems takes customer needs and delivers innovative software solutions that streamline operations, accelerate revenue and deliver more satisfied subscribers. Learn more about COS Systems on www.cossystems.com.

About COS Service Zones

“Build it, and they will come?” Now, there’s a better way to roll-out broadband networks – with committed customers. No more deploying from one end of town to the other – then chasing customers.

  1. Draw multiple competing zones across your city or town.
  2. See demand build in real-time as customers signup using your branded website.
  3. Deploy, once target take-rate is reached, to accelerate profitability.

Our mission: Subscriber-backed, successful build-outs, and no more failed projects. COS Service Zones brings broadband to homes all across the globe. Let’s discover the demand in your community.

For additional information, contact:

Johnie Johnson

Infiniti Broadband

918-861-0303

jj@infinitibroadband.com

Isak Finér
COS Systems AB
+46-737 51 99 38
isak.finer@cossystems.com

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Sweden based investors Ekstrom Invest and PartnerInvest have jointly invested in COS Systems to propel the company’s on-going success in the US. COS Systems develops software and cloud based tools for internet operators and network owners on a global market and during the last year tripled their customer base in the US.

The world’s first, cloud based demand aggregation system, COS Service Zones, empowers service providers, operators and network owners to engage the community and sign up subscribers before deployment, where after they can plan and build their networks where customers demand it and financial targets are met. The COS Service Zones solution has been recognized by international market analysts as well as both hardware and software vendors/integrators in the industry.

In Scandinavia, COS Systems is known for its BSS/OSS software COS Business Engine, which is used to operate and manage large fiber optical Open Access networks in Sweden. New international customer deployments can be found in both North America and Africa, continents now experiencing a rapid growth in new network deployments.

The investors Ekstrom Invest and PartnerInvest have a history of investing in Swedish tech companies and see great potential in COS Systems’ products and the company’s international market expansion.

“COS Systems has the expertise and proven solutions for network owners to plan, build and operate networks with market leading efficiency and profitability. Combined with the experience and capital our new investors provided, we will accelerate our international expansion leveraging our unique position in the industry” says COS Systems CEO Peter Lidstrom

For additional information, contact:

COS System AB

CEO, Peter Lidstrom, peter.lidstrom@cossystems.com, +46 70 656 58 72

CMO, Isak Finer, isak.finer@cossystems.com +46 73 751 99 38

 

Ekstrom Invest AB

CEO, Sofia Ekstrom, +46 73 520 08 82

Chairman of the board, Gunnar Ekstrom, +46 70 573 84 90

 

PartnerInvest Ovre Norrland AB

Investment Manager, Ingela Lidstrom, +46 624 42 52

Branded website helps make the case for fiber in rural Itasca County

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In the very rural areas surrounding Grand Rapids, Blandin hopes to help lure infrastructure investment by collecting data in COS Service Zones™ surveys.

ITASCA COUNTY, MINNESOTA – In rural Itasca County, Minnesota, many residents lack the high-speed Internet access they need to stay connected and power their businesses. The Blandin Foundation wants to help. Using COS Service Zones™, the foundation is supporting county efforts to pinpoint demand and help to rally communities around fiber.

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‘Bing Maps offered the best interoperability with COS Service Zones reporting software, which reduces time-to-market. And its ease of use appeals to service providers and homeowners alike.’

“We’re honored COS has been selected by Microsoft as a way to highlight their products’ functionality, Bing’s mapping features and Azure’s hosting power have been so helpful for us in our goal of making it easy to find and meet demand for broadband”

said COS Systems CMO Isak Finér.

In the case study, COS Systems Chief Executive Officer Peter Lidström describes how Microsoft helped lay the framework for the Service Zones™ solution.

“High-speed fiber networks are becoming as important as highways,” Lidström said. “We set out to build a web-based solution to help communications providers, communities, utilities, and network planners deploy high-speed networks when and where it makes good economic sense.” Read more