Skylark Wireless is developing next-generation wireless solutions to connect under-served populations around the world. Founded in 2012 as a startup out of Rice University, Skylark pioneered the development of multiple next-generation wireless technologies focusing on long-range, high-speed connectivity, including massive-MIMO and TV-Whitespace. To make these advanced technologies commercially viable, Skylark developed a proprietary hardware platform, Faros®, from the ground up to support massive-MIMO beamforming. Faros provides multi-gigabit speeds to thousands of clients from point to multi-point at distances exceeding 50 miles, enabling rural areas to receive fiber-like connectivity with drastically reduced capital and operating expenditures. Skylark’s wireless equipment is entirely software-defined and frequency agile, operating on all cellular and unlicensed bands between 50 MHz to 3.8 GHz. Skylark’s equipment can be flexibly deployed anywhere spectrum is available worldwide,...
Skylark Wireless is developing next-generation wireless solutions to connect under-served populations around the world. Founded in 2012 as a startup out of Rice University, Skylark pioneered the development of multiple next-generation wireless technologies focusing on long-range, high-speed connectivity, including massive-MIMO and TV-Whitespace. To make these advanced technologies commercially viable, Skylark developed a proprietary hardware platform, Faros®, from the ground up to support massive-MIMO beamforming. Faros provides multi-gigabit speeds to thousands of clients from point to multi-point at distances exceeding 50 miles, enabling rural areas to receive fiber-like connectivity with drastically reduced capital and operating expenditures. Skylark’s wireless equipment is entirely software-defined and frequency agile, operating on all cellular and unlicensed bands between 50 MHz to 3.8 GHz. Skylark’s equipment can be flexibly deployed anywhere spectrum is available worldwide, including the recently released Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band at 3.5 GHz, as well as unused television channels, called TV Whitespace. This further enhances Faros’ incredible range, as well as reduces spectrum acquisition costs, allowing internet service providers (ISPs) to avoid buying costly radio spectrum licenses.

With over 34 million people in the US, and over 3 billion people worldwide, who do not have access to broadband, Skylark Wireless is uniquely positioned to bring high-speed internet to the next billion people.
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Steve Sheafor
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Steve Sheafor
Cindy Lindsay
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Cindy Lindsay

Employees

Bryan Grandy
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Lev Shuhatovich
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Lev Shuhatovich
Josh Blum
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Josh Blum

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Sidney Roberts

I met Clay several years ago when he was working at Microsoft Research for Victor Bahl in the area of MIMO antennas systems in the UHF band. While I am not particularly current on activities at Skylark, Microsoft is interested in advancing TVWS technology and technologies in other unlicensed band so the work at Skylar with MU-MIMO is quite relevant. I look forward to learning more.

Victor Bahl Senior Leadership Team, Microsoft Research Redmond Lab at Microsoft

I strongly recommend Skylark Wireless for the Microsoft Airband Initiative. As an early stage startup working on long-range high-speed wireless solutions, their vision of bringing broadband internet to rural and under-served communities worldwide is perfectly aligned with the Airband Initiative. They have a world-class team of young researchers and engineers, and I have personally worked with one of the founders, Clay Shepard, here at Microsoft Research deploying a multi-cell MIMO TV Whitespace research network on our Redmond campus (which actually employed early versions of Skylark hardware). Their 5G technologies are optimized for long-range high-speed point-to-multipoint connectivity, and drastically changes the economics of serving rural areas; I am confident that Skylark will be able to deploy a high-performance wireless broadband network in West Virginia, demonstrating unprecedented range and capacity and paving the way for similar deployments worldwide.