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Shentel selects Render to more efficiently manage Glo Fiber’s expansion

03/ 10/ 2023

Render today announced that Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) (Nasdaq: SHEN) has selected Render’s construction and maintenance platform to more efficiently manage its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) expansion under the brand, Glo Fiber. Glo Fiber is rapidly expanding and Render’s technology will help to decrease overall construction deployment schedules. Glo Fiber provides next-generation FTTH multi-gigabit broadband internet access, live streaming TV and digital home phone service available to 183,000 households across Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland with a goal of 450,000 fiber homes passed by the end of 2026.

Through a highly competitive process, Shentel evaluated leading fiber construction management solutions to increase contractor productivity and work quality and automate workflows across their build and operations lifecycle. Render’s single source of rich geospatial construction and network data will enable Glo Fiber teams to quickly identify real-time status, contractor productivity trends and time-to-revenue implications. Shentel anticipates efficiencies due to Render’s API to streamline workflows with their existing ecosystem.

“The capabilities in Render’s platform create a unique and valuable way to interact with our construction teams, allowing us greater visibility, flexibility and instant awareness of construction progress, timelines and issues. Render’s heightened ability to automate processes and teams means we can build more effectively and with less resources," said Elaine Cheng, SVP and CIO at Shentel.

"Moving to Render will have an immediate and positive impact on our operations and allow us to get broadband to those in our community who need it most.”

Render’s network construction platform leverages geospatial, task-level data to provide real-time, end-to-end automation to drive efficiency across projects and teams. Shentel is gaining efficiencies from Render’s quality assurance features that enable teams to review and validate data inputs and photos captured as work is completed, maintaining quality throughout construction.

"Shentel is one of the most experienced FTTH operators across our industry. Its decision to engage Render over alternatives is validating for our team and our 'best-of-breed' approach to network design, construction and operations,” said Sam Pratt, CEO of Render Networks.

“Render's automated scope creation capability enables operators like Shentel to insist on and maintain GIS integrity throughout construction. This high-quality data improves time to revenue, enables exceptional customer connection outcomes and makes world-class 'mean time to repair' a reality for decades post-project completion."

"Render is excited to partner with Shentel to provide world-class connectivity for underserved communities across the Mid-Atlantic USA, and we are confident our industry-leading technology will play a meaningful role in reaching their 2026 strategic goals more efficiently than otherwise possible,” Pratt added.

Render’s heightened ability to automate processes and teams means we can build more effectively and with less resources.

Elain Cheng
SVP & CIO
Shentel
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