SniperHill Internet Services, LLC became the first fiber optic Internet provider for US Armed Forces serving in Iraq, it was announced today.
High-speed fiber optic-based Internet largely did not exist in Iraq. With a war-ravaged telecommunications infrastructure that is obsolete, most users rely upon slow and outdated, personal-rigged satellite systems for Internet.
"We're thrilled to bring faster, better, unlimited commercial Internet to the deserving Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines forward deployed in Iraq," said Wallace Davis, President of SniperHill. "Bringing fiber optic services to America's finest is something we have been working on for a very long time. Nobody thought it could be done, and we couldn't be happier to be the first," he added.
FOB Warrior in Kirkuk was the first area in Iraq to have commercial fiber optic Internet, according to Heath Irlbeck, VP of Business Development. "The rest of our sites across Iraq are quickly following suit," he said. With over 35,000 subscribers per month, SniperHill is the largest Internet Service Provider in the world in an active combat zone. SniperHill began providing Internet in Iraq in 2006 and currently has operations in Northern, Central and Southern Iraq.
"It's very exciting to offer a better, faster, smarter platform for the men and women in uniform to talk to their loved ones back home with no excuses, as long as they want, whenever they want regardless of where they are stationed," said Jerry Hartless, CEO of SniperHill.