NGN had a fantastic 2015 full of new partnerships, new hires, the expansion of the Education Exchange, the overall betterment of its staff through extensive training programs and much more.

Here is a look back at some of NGN’s 2015 highlights:

New PartnershipsGeorgia iRis

iRiS Networks and NGN announced an interconnection to combine their collective network reach via Ethernet interconnection between Tennessee and North Georgia, providing the region’s business community with access to broadband connectivity services from 1Mbps to 100Gbps.

Georgia Public Web (GPW) and NGN partnered to expand broadband availability to underserved areas of Georgia. The partnership allowed each cooperative access to areas of the state where they previously had limited resources.

NGN was selected by the University of North Georgia’s Board of Regents to connect the university’s new Dahlonega Campus to the Blue Ridge Campus.

New Hires

Michael-Foor-400x300-21In late August, NGN appointed Michael Foor as Vice President of Market and Member Services. In his new role Michael is implementing internal and external communication plans to complement NGN’s services, focusing specifically on workforce development, infrastructure financing and corporate readiness.

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NGN also added Alyssa Sellers as Business & Marketing Administrator to the team. Alyssa supports NGN’s business operations, helps further strengthen market presence through a multi-platform marketing approach, and aids with the company’s government and economic development initiatives.

IMG_4818-300x400NGN’s technician team saw growth this year as well. Brandon Tarpley joined NGN as an Installation and Field Maintenance Technician.

 

 

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In early September, NGN announced it would provide 100Mb Symmetrical Internet Connections to the Northeast Georgia Library System, a package of hosted Wi-Fi services and a VoIP telephone system as an extension of NGN’s Education Exchange.

IMG_3437 (2)The Little School, a preschool located in Clarkesville, GA used the Education Exchange to stream The Center for Puppetry Arts’ “The Little Red Hen & the Grain of Wheat,” eliminating what would have otherwise been an 80-mile field trip.

DSCN0120 (2)The Education Exchange showed its versatility by bringing Habersham High School’s AFJROTC students a live simulcast called “H2L” (Honor to Lead), an educational session covering leadership and ethics in business from the University of North Georgia.

Fiber Network Owners Alliance (FNA)

PaulNGN President & CEO, Paul Belk, was named the inaugural president of Fiber Network Owners Alliance (FNA). FNA is a strategic alliance of organizations focused on aligning their fiber network resources for the purpose of providing a unified platform to create business and operational advantages for its members.

 

Training Programs

The NGN NOC team attended a two-day training on Infinera DWDM digital networking systems in August. The training provided NGN’s NOC team with a more comprehensive understanding of the Infinera provisioning and emergency response process.

The NGN team also attended Ubiquiti training which provided extensive and in-depth training on Radio Frequency (RF) principals, RF theory, RF propagation, Ubiquiti Data modulation, data encryption, frequency shifting, channel planning, link design and system deployment.

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