10/19/2017
airFiber24 Radios Restore Internet Service to Puerto Rico After Hurricanes
Description

Following the widespread devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Aeronet Wireless Broadband works with Ubiquiti Networks technology systems to quickly restore crucial Internet services to customers across the Puerto Rican island.

 

Cover Photo.jpgAF-24 backhaul links at commercial sites overlooking Miramar, San Juan.

As one of the most-established ISPs in Puerto Rico, Aeronet delivers high-speed Internet service to more than 5000 clients—primarily, commercial customers. Built on the airFiber radio platform and other Ubiquiti hardware, Aeronet’s robust PtP backhaul network starts from its central office location in San Juan metropolitan area, extending across the entire island.

 

In a short period, Hurricanes Irma and Maria have crippled the island’s infrastructure, with as many as 95% of Puerto Rican residents and businesses still without power. Inside and outside of San Juan, the island’s largest city and capital, virtually every telecommunications site requires maintenance, where torrential rains and wind storms toppled structures and disabled equipment.

 

hurricane.pngHurricane wind speeds of 175+ MPH devastated Puerto Rican infrastructure across the island.

Faced with the aftermath of the hurricanes, as many as 70% of Aeronet’s PtP radio sites went offline. With help from Ubiquiti, a container of AF-24, AF-11X, and other radio products quickly shipped to the ISP (including some equipment donations).

 

Working around the clock, Aeronet’s competent staff collaborate on projects as one-by-one, ISP tower sites and customer CPEs return online.

 

PR AF24--2.jpgAeronet receives assistance from Ubiquiti in form of donated hardware.PR AF24-0047.jpgAeronet staff configure radios for field teams to restore Internet service to customers.

 

PR AF24-43.jpgField teams coordinate AF-24 link installs at more than 100 backhaul sites across the island.

PR AF24-2-2.jpgInstallers align AF-24 antennas using two-way handheld radios.Despite the vast number of projects still pending, “the ingenuity of Ubiquiti’s hardware systems, including AF-24’s transcendent mount design, allows our field teams to move quickly from site to site,” says Gino Villarini, Founder and President of Aeronet.

Taking advantage of its full-duplex capability, Aeronet deploys AF-24 for most of its short-range, high-speed links, with a connected ring redundancy spanning rooftops of hotels, high-end MDUs and condominiums, and other SMBs throughout San Juan.

installer.pngAeronet's high performance PtP backhaul network is primarily built on the airFiber platform.

Capturing the positivity of the Puerto Rican people, Gino affirms that “the ease of use and product quality that define the Ubiquiti brand help us not only to restore Internet service, but also, to rebuild our communities as we work to make our home a better place.”

 

 

airFiber24 Radios Restore Internet Service to Puerto Rico After Hurricanes

by Ubiquiti Employee ‎10-19-2017 06:47 AM - edited ‎10-19-2017 06:51 AM

Following the widespread devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Aeronet Wireless Broadband works with Ubiquiti Networks technology systems to quickly restore crucial Internet services to customers across the Puerto Rican island.

 

Cover Photo.jpgAF-24 backhaul links at commercial sites overlooking Miramar, San Juan.

As one of the most-established ISPs in Puerto Rico, Aeronet delivers high-speed Internet service to more than 5000 clients—primarily, commercial customers. Built on the airFiber radio platform and other Ubiquiti hardware, Aeronet’s robust PtP backhaul network starts from its central office location in San Juan metropolitan area, extending across the entire island.

 

In a short period, Hurricanes Irma and Maria have crippled the island’s infrastructure, with as many as 95% of Puerto Rican residents and businesses still without power. Inside and outside of San Juan, the island’s largest city and capital, virtually every telecommunications site requires maintenance, where torrential rains and wind storms toppled structures and disabled equipment.

 

hurricane.pngHurricane wind speeds of 175+ MPH devastated Puerto Rican infrastructure across the island.

Faced with the aftermath of the hurricanes, as many as 70% of Aeronet’s PtP radio sites went offline. With help from Ubiquiti, a container of AF-24, AF-11X, and other radio products quickly shipped to the ISP (including some equipment donations).

 

Working around the clock, Aeronet’s competent staff collaborate on projects as one-by-one, ISP tower sites and customer CPEs return online.

 

PR AF24--2.jpgAeronet receives assistance from Ubiquiti in form of donated hardware.PR AF24-0047.jpgAeronet staff configure radios for field teams to restore Internet service to customers.

 

PR AF24-43.jpgField teams coordinate AF-24 link installs at more than 100 backhaul sites across the island.

PR AF24-2-2.jpgInstallers align AF-24 antennas using two-way handheld radios.Despite the vast number of projects still pending, “the ingenuity of Ubiquiti’s hardware systems, including AF-24’s transcendent mount design, allows our field teams to move quickly from site to site,” says Gino Villarini, Founder and President of Aeronet.

Taking advantage of its full-duplex capability, Aeronet deploys AF-24 for most of its short-range, high-speed links, with a connected ring redundancy spanning rooftops of hotels, high-end MDUs and condominiums, and other SMBs throughout San Juan.

installer.pngAeronet's high performance PtP backhaul network is primarily built on the airFiber platform.

Capturing the positivity of the Puerto Rican people, Gino affirms that “the ease of use and product quality that define the Ubiquiti brand help us not only to restore Internet service, but also, to rebuild our communities as we work to make our home a better place.”

 

 

Comments
by
on ‎10-19-2017 07:57 AM

Hey! Very nice! Cheers2

by
on ‎10-19-2017 08:09 AM

Wow amazing how strong the wind was.  The poles holding the AFs are all bent but still anchored to the wall in picture two.. 

by
on ‎10-19-2017 08:27 AM

Wonderful to see - most of us up here really haven't forgotten you all...

Jim

by
on ‎10-19-2017 09:24 AM

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by
on ‎10-19-2017 09:35 AM

Disasters - bad as they are - often bring people closer together.  Corporations or private citizens,  at the end we're all strive for the same goal. 

 

While a thousand containers of material doesn't bring back lives of lost ones, it surely helps to bring back life to the community.  It is good to see that Ubiquiti is helping to achieve that, rather than cashing in.

 

 

 

by
on ‎10-19-2017 09:49 AM

Stay strong Puerto Rico Man Happy Hurray 

 

Regards from México

by
on ‎10-19-2017 09:59 AM

A horrendous storm and ongoing tragedy, and a wonderful story about a small part of the recovery.

 

And got to love this - "a container of AF-24, AF-11X, and other radio products"

by
on ‎10-19-2017 01:57 PM

Times like this its amazing to see vendors / providers and end users teaming up to start the long recovery. My hat is  off to everyone involved in what must be a massive undertaking. Ubnt Banana

by
on ‎10-19-2017 04:25 PM

Once again no fall arrest harnesses or hard hats on tall buidings....

by
on ‎10-25-2017 08:53 PM

Great job, I wish you all the best and keep going fast.

 

Best regards,

Daniel