A wireless Internet antenna mounted on a roof in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
In November 2016, Los Alamos Network installed a set of wireless antennas on the KRSN radio tower to provide wireless broadband Internet service to the Los Alamos townsite.
Beta testing was conducted in December of 2016 and Los Alamos Network is now providing wireless service with symmetrical bandwidth options from 5 Mbps to 100 Mbps. Installation costs $89 with no contract and monthly service options run between $30 to $100. The new wireless service uses Ubiquiti Networks® airFiber® technology which provides the infrastructure for bandwidths in excess of 1 Gbps over distances greater that 100 km.
Using the same technology that is used to service the Los Alamos townsite, Los Alamos Network expects to provide wireless broadband Internet service to White Rock by the end of February.
Los Alamos Network would like to thank David and Gillian Sutton of KRSN for providing quick access to the KRSN antenna mast. Los Alamos Network has mounted enough antennas on the KRSN mast to provide 360 degree coverage of the Los Alamos town site.
For the few areas that currently do not receive an adequate wireless signal, Los Alamos Network hopes that repeaters can be placed on private property, as well as on public utility poles, to provide county wide coverage in the near future.
Los Alamos Network was originally started by Bill Cabral, owner of the Los Alamos Radio Shack, as Los Alamos Community Network and provided fiber optic service to Quemazon, Hawks Landing, and downtown Los Alamos. Allan and Mariela Saenz purchased the business in 2011 and continued to extend the downtown fiber optic network.
In addition they expanded the business by providing broadband wireless service to larger customers which has included many apartment complexes.
Los Alamos Network provides service to LANB, Smiths, MANM, Trinity Urgent Care, Pet Pangea, Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, CB FOX, The Blue Window, Pet Pangea, Remax, Zia Realty Group and Central Park Square. Los Alamos Network provides service to more than 100 business customers and more than 600 residential customers.
In addition, Los Alamos Network provides free WiFi service at Central Park Square and Central Shopping Center in downtown Los Alamos.
The demand for an alternative residential Internet service provider has been strong, but has not been feasible until now. Los Alamos Network has found it very difficult politically and financially to provide residential fiber optic service, and it was only recently, that Los Alamos Network was able to confirm compatibility with KSRN’s AM transmission and point to multipoint broadband wireless technologies.
As demand continues to increase, Los Alamos Network hopes to overcome these barriers and extend its residential fiber optic networks in Los Alamos.
Los Alamos Network owner Allan Saenz has a Bachelor’s Degree in Systems Engineering from Veritas University in Costa Rica and his wife Mariela is continuing her education at UNM-Los Alamos. They live in Los Alamos with their two children and enjoy cross country running, soccer and robotic competitions.