Commnet Wireless

Wholesale wireless roaming services
Invested in
2003
Status

Acquired by Atlantic Tele-Network 2005

Location
Atlanta, GA
Sector
Technology
Sector
Technology

"Summit became a key part of our core decision-making team. Their perspective and support allowed us to move very quickly and opportunistically."

Brian Schuchman
Founder
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Commnet Wireless
2x

Revenue growth during Summit’s investment period

14

States served, expanding from 9 states at the time of Summit's investment

2005

Acquired by Atlantic Tele-Network in an all-cash transaction

2x

Revenue growth during Summit’s investment period

14

States served, expanding from 9 states at the time of Summit's investment

2005

Acquired by Atlantic Tele-Network in an all-cash transaction

Brian Schuchman began Commnet Wireless by building and operating the wireless networks of spectrum lottery winners, eventually securing roaming agreements with virtually every U.S.-based wireless provider including AT&T Wireless, T-Mobile and Verizon. To accelerate the company’s growth rate and penetrate new markets, Commnet Wireless sought outside capital to help fund the build-out of a GSM network.

How Summit Partners Helped

  • Worked with Commnet Wireless to develop analyses that focused the company on maximizing growth in core markets, while exiting less profitable ones
  • Helped recruit industry veterans as President, COO and CTO
  • Assisted in expanding voice and data networks to rural areas in 14 states
  • Provided signifcant support for the company’s merger with Atlantic Tele-Network, helping Commnet stay focused on running the business

Commnet Wireless merged with Atlantic Tele-Network in an all-cash transaction in 2005. Today, as a subsidiary of ATN International, Commnet Wireless continues to work to connect rural America with affordable, carrier-grade wireless networks.

The Portfolio Company Executive quoted herein did not receive compensation for any statements regarding Summit Partners. However, since Commnet Wireless is a former portfolio company of Summit, this individual did receive general compensation in connection with his employment by the company. In addition, this individual is an investor in a Summit fund and may have conflicts arising from his past role with Commnet Wireless due to the company’s relationship with Summit.

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