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Jun 052015

Colleen Michele Jones Jacksonville Business Journal The Jax NAP is open for business, and technology companies in Northeast Florida and beyond are sitting up and taking notice. Dozens of business representatives attended a series of information sessions held over the last couple of days at the fiber optic network access hub housed within the Metropolitan building at 421 Church St. The NAP, which allows Internet carriers and providers to connect to each other, went online in January. But the last segment of the Southeast cable route laid by New York-based Allied Fiber — which makes Jacksonville a major landing point for data traffic and colocation — will be completed June 17, providing access to points as far north as New York and south as Latin America. With those new connections landing in Jacksonville, both national and international providers have signed on to the network. Local businesses specializing in cloud computing, [Read More]

May 062015

Florida-based Internet service provider Joytel expects to expand service and offer higher bandwidth and better pricing as the result of an agreement with Allied Fiber – the company that set out several years ago to build a nationwide dark fiber network and now has completed the portion of the network connecting Miami and Atlanta. “Allied Fiber is a game changer in terms of the economics in the telecom industry,” said Joytel CEO Mark Marques in an interview. “I’ve been looking for this product for the past 10 years.” Few network operators offer dark fiber these days. Also differentiating the Allied Fiber offering is that the company allows network operators to tap into its network at any splice point along its network route. “In Florida, they’re spaced every 5,000 feet – less than a mile,” said Allied Fiber CEO Hunter Newby. The company also offers network operators the ability to co-locate [Read More]

May 062015

Joytel Communications has inked a 10-year agreement with Allied Fiber, the international fiber optic infrastructure provider behind the newly linked network routing hub known as the JAX NAP. With the hub now operational, Joytel, a telecommunications provider housed within the NAP at 421 Church Street, has begun offering high-speed broadband service to commercial clients. The partnership with Allied Fiber allows Joytel Communications to expand the area in which they provide Internet access and fiber-based network services. Joytel has recently signed contracts with the city of Palm Coast and other organizations in its expanded footprint, the company said. See Also How subsea cables are making Jacksonville a data hub Jacksonville carrier hub will speed data traffic to ‘Interstate’ “With a high-speed connection up to Jacksonville it just opens up a lot of possibilities, not just the broadband itself for our governmental functions but also disaster recovery [services] and the ability to [Read More]

Apr 132015

Deal drives momentum for Southeast segment of Allied Fiber’s national, open access, integrated network-neutral colocation and dark fiber superstructure Jacksonville, FL – April 13, 2015 – Joytel Communications, an Internet Service Provider located in North Florida, today announced that it has entered in to a long term agreement with Allied Fiber for dark fiber and neutral colocation services. The agreement with Allied Fiber enables Joytel to provide Internet access and fiber-based network services to underserved areas on the East Coast of Florida. Allied Fiber is the United States’ first open-access, integrated, network-neutral colocation and dark fiber superstructure, for dark fiber, colocation and interconnection services. By working with Allied Fiber, Joytel will also add fiber connectivity to its network architecture and enhance its existing wireless broadband product offering. Today’s news follows Allied Fiber’s recent announcement of its Southeast build, which is expected to be fully operational between Miami, FL, and Atlanta, [Read More]

Feb 032014

“State Farm Neighborhood Fan Cave’ to feature high density Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, game consoles, recliners and more.” Jacksonville, FL – The Jacksonville Jaguars today announced the NFL’s first “fan cave,” which will debut at this Sunday’s regular season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. In partnership with State Farm®, the ‘State Farm Neighborhood Fan Cave’ is a 7,000 square-foot lounge which will sit atop the Sky Patio in the south end zone overlooking EverBank Field. “Providing the best game day experience in the NFL continues to be a top priority for the Jaguars, and the State Farm Neighborhood Fan Cave is a great example of this,” said Hussain Naqi, Jaguars Senior Vice President of Fan Engagement. “We want to provide fans with the best of both worlds – the ability to watch the Jaguars in person while also following other NFL games and staying abreast of their fantasy teams.” The [Read More]

Nov 302009
Stimulus could bring cheaper Internet service to NE Fla.

A Jacksonville Internet provider plans to bring cheaper and better connectivity to the city and 12 other markets between Atlanta and Miami.

Jacksonville businesses could have more than 150 high-speed, high-capacity bandwidth Internet providers to choose from instead of the existing seven if Joytel Wireless Communications Inc. gets $11.8 million in federal stimulus funding. About $7.2 billion is available through the federal stimulus package for projects that expand broadband Internet service to rural and underserved areas.

May 122008

One downtown business owner is offering to give the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office more “eyes” on the street at no additional cost.

Mark Marques, president of Joytel Wireless, has begun shopping around an idea he calls Secure Jax. The plan calls for local companies to purchase and sponsor the maintenance of security cameras that would be monitored by the Sheriff’s Office.

Apr 282008

UNF graduate finds his niche in new field of wireless Internet.

After graduating from the University of North Florida, Mark Marques took off to the tallest building he could find in Jacksonville.

He had a degree in electrical engineering and an interest in the emerging field of wireless Internet technology. Even before getting his degree in 2004, he’d drawn up a business plan for what would become Joytel Wireless Communications.

Apr 112008
Focused on Downtown: Company proposes privately funded camera network

The owner of a wireless Internet company serving Downtown and St. Augustine businesses has proposed a plan to equip Downtown with up to 94 cameras for police to monitor the area for crime at no cost to Jacksonville.

Mark Marques, president and CEO of Joytel Wireless Communications Inc., who lives and works Downtown, developed the idea in consultation with neighboring business owners who worry that people are deterred from going there by safety concerns.