goTenna Awarded Second U.S. Air Force Contract to Provide Broad Mesh Network Performance and Security Insights

Jul 1, 2022

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goTenna is advancing universal access to connectivity by building the world's most intelligent and scalable mobile mesh networks. goTenna is the world's leading mobile mesh networking company, providing off-grid connectivity solutions for smartphones and other devices, as well as augmenting traditional communications networks. This technology enables mobile, long-range connectivity without cell, wifi, or satellite connectivity. goTenna's drive to create resilient connectivity began during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 when approximately a third of cell towers and power stations in affected areas failed. goTenna's products are currently used by over 300 law enforcement, military, and public safety agencies worldwide. goTenna is backed by investors including Founders Fund, Union Square Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Collaborative Fund, and Bloomberg Beta.

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Under this Phase I, goTenna provided off-grid communications to the U.S. Air Force to promote situational awareness and a competitive edge against near-peer adversaries.

JERSEY CITY, NJ (July 1, 2022) — goTenna, the world’s leading mobile mesh networking platform, announced it secured a second AFWERX Phase I award after proposing its future Decoupled Network Operations Platform (DNOP) technology. 

After completing the USAF Small Business Innovation Research FX212-CSO1-Phase I award, the concluded contract further developed a United States Air Force (USAF) proposed solution for sensing and monitoring the health of Mobile Ad-hoc Networks. goTenna competed in another round of the US Air Force’s competitive Request For Proposal process and was then awarded a second AFWERX Phase I award. AFWERX enables Small Business Innovation Research awards to open a door for innovation, allowing them to explore their technological potential with DoD and Federal organizations.

goTenna proposed its future Decoupled Network Operations Platform (DNOP) technology and several use cases in this selected Phase I proposal. The company’s subject matter experts demonstrated an innovative defense-related, dual-purpose technology with a clear USAF stakeholder need. 

The work completed under Phase I proved how a lightweight network analytics platform, which utilizes advanced algorithms to translate the raw node-level output into broader network-level insights, can support decision-making and responses at the tactical and operational levels. Initial work was refined as goTenna was empowered to meet with USAF Active Duty members to define their problem sets and tailor a solution that meets their requirements.    

“After working through this innovative Phase I process, Air Force Special Warfare Airmen (AFSPECWAR) can directly benefit from this mesh networking technology enabling a competitive edge against near-peer adversaries,”

said goTenna’s Chief Executive Officer, Ari Schuler. 

“goTenna is ready to continuously support AFSPECWAR Airmen by keeping them connected and providing network protections while they conduct operations in a variety of scenarios over vast areas.” 

This award will expand goTenna’s long-standing portfolio with the DoD to provide innovations for its compelling and supplemental customer base in the Air Force and broader community. 



This material is based upon work supported by the Air Force Research Lab/AFWERX under Contract No. Phase I FA864922P0241

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