The company covers 130,000 square miles of US territory with high-speed mobile data services. It owns vast stretches of 700MHz spectrum licenses. It counts around 80 employees managing around 100 cell towers transmitting 4G LTE signals from Nokia AirScale equipment.
It’s a privately held company called Infrastructure Networks, and it’s not in the mobile phone business.
“We’re oil and gas people, by background,” says CEO Mark Slaughter with a slight west Texas twang. “It’s a different situation when you’re talking about oil and gas.”
The enormous wireless network owned and operated by Infrastructure Networks is only available to industrial companies like Halliburton and Schlumberger. That effectively makes Infrastructure Networks a major player in the private wireless networking industry in the US — the company’s network basically eliminates the need for its customers to build their own private networks in hard-to-reach, oil-rich areas of the US.