Santa Fe-based fixed wireless Internet provider NMSurf plans to have broadband wireless service with up to 400 megabits per second available across Santa Fe in the coming weeks, the company said.
The upgraded service has already been available since early January to NMSurf customers with the required new antennas which are located a few miles from NMSurf’s main tower near Cerrillos Road and Apache Avenue, said marketing coordinator Alisha Catanach.
Broadband service from the second and third towers on Airport Road and near NM 599 and Frank S. Ortiz Dog Park is expected to launch in the coming weeks, she said.
Broadband wireless has a range of 18 miles for line-of-sight service and 3 miles for non-line-of-sight service, but Santa Fe’s line-of-sight is limited to 8 miles.
Until now, NMSurf offered fixed wireless Internet service up to 100 Mpbs. Broadband service will be available at 100, 200, 300 and 400 Mpbs and, by the end of the year, up to 1 gigabit, Catanach said.
NMSurf will move to broadband in the Española area north of Velarde in the coming months and then to Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Bernalillo, she said.
NMSurf has more than 4,500 wireless customers, with about a quarter in Santa Fe. The company also provides fiber optic Internet access to businesses on the Cerrillos and Siler routes.