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Alaska's Best Network

Gain strength from the ground up. A reliable and secure network provides the foundation for getting connected, staying connected and enabling cloud applications. Whether voice, video or data, you’ll have the network resources to address collaboration, productivity and business continuity needs.

With leading IT capabilities and a network built for reliability, the Alaska Communications network extends across the state to the Lower 48, bringing the highest level of technology, reliability, security, and cloud enablement to Alaska businesses.

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A Network Built for Reliability

As a foundation to the exchange of information, a network needs to perform in the most demanding and complex network environments in the face of unusual adversity. Alaska Communications' network is built for reliability with a fully meshed core, diversely routed connections within the state and through undersea fiber to the Lower 48. The network delivers demanding service levels across a mix of different kinds of traffic to meet the needs of businesses.

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From the North Slope to the Lower 48 Network Reach

Our network is:

  • Extensively peered with other service providers for high bandwidth/low latency access
  • Extended to private and public cloud providers for new cloud capabilities with Direct Cloud Service
  • Geographically diverse undersea fiber optics connectivity from Alaska to the Lower 48

Wholesale Carrier

MEF Certified INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATION

STANDARDS COMPLIANT
Our network is certified by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), meeting Carrier Ethernet 2.0 standards. These international standards are developed and certified by an independent 3rd party.

FIRST IN ALASKA
Alaska Communications was the first company in Alaska with MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification and Carrier Ethernet Certified Professionals. In fact, Alaska Communications was second in the United States and third in the world to receive the certification, reflecting our commitment to standards and interoperability.

SEAMLESS INTEGRATION
Businesses can operate with the trust that Alaska Communications has built their network to ensure seamless integration between client networks and leading network service providers.

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Leaders of Innovation Alaska's Best Network

Our network serves as our cloud-enablement platform with superb security and reliability, built on a string of “firsts” in Alaska.

1994 FIRST Internet Service Provider in Alaska is founded
(acquired by Alaska Communications in 2000)
1996 FIRST in the state to launch Metro Ethernet
2000 FIRST in the state to launch MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching)
2004 FIRST to launch 3G Network in Alaska
2009 FIRST to offer geographically diverse connectivity to the L48 – tripling the bandwidth leaving the state
2011 FIRST to launch 4G LTE in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau
2012 FIRST to launch Virtual Private LAN Services
2013 FIRST Alaskan company (second in the USA, third in the world) to achieve Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification for reliable, scalable and secure business data services
2015 FIRST to offer commercial SIP Trunking Service
2016 FIRST Alaska-based company to offer ExpressRoute™ availability
2017 FIRST in Alaska to Earn Silver Cloud Platform Competency from Microsoft