Venture Capital

Digital Alpha Leads $50 Million Investment in Tarana

MILPITAS — Tarana Wireless, Inc. announced  that Digital Alpha Advisors, an investment firm focused on digital infrastructure, has joined the company’s investor group. The $50 million up round led by Digital Alpha is focused on both accelerating Tarana’s rapid growth in sales and deployment of G1, its next-generation fixed wireless access (ngFWA) platform, as well as expanding R&D investment to build on the company’s foundational advances in wireless broadband technology.

Digital Alpha’s interest in Tarana stems from an investment thesis around the roll-up of wireless Internet service providers. Rick Shrotri, Founder and Managing Partner at Digital Alpha, explained, “As we developed our wireless ISP investment thesis, we became aware of Tarana’s breakthrough technology, and each operator’s story underscored how ngFWA is fundamentally changing network performance and operator economics. Tarana’s G1 platform supplies the key missing ingredient in enabling wireless ISPs to offer highly competitive broadband, take share, and grow value in their businesses — at a months-not-years deployment pace competitive technologies just cannot match.”

In addition to traditional equity investments into wireless Internet services providers, Digital Alpha is also offering a novel revenue-share financing solution to Tarana customers looking to expand their deployments of G1. Digital Alpha’s deep domain and industry expertise makes them uniquely suited to fund infrastructure deployments that are bridging the digital divide and enabling connectivity transformations across local communities. To date, Digital Alpha has funded existing Tarana customers such as Element 8 and Wisper ISP and is looking forward to partnering with Tarana to offer its funding model in pursuit of new market opportunities and additional wireless internet service providers.

Since its launch of G1 in late 2021, Tarana has seen explosive growth in demand for its novel ngFWA platform. G1 is now deployed by more than 270 service providers in 19 countries, and in 41 of the 50 states in the US. Infrastructure deployments and customer installations by the thriving G1 community are accelerating across a range of applications, including closing the digital divide, significantly upgrading subscriber speeds to increase competitiveness, and providing new choices where there are limited high-speed connectivity options. Revenues in G1’s first full year of sales (2022) were nearly $100M, and orders plus sales continue to climb in 2023. These strong business fundamentals drove a 40% year-over-year increase in the company’s valuation.

Tarana CEO Basil Alwan said, “Digital Alpha knows our customers’ business intimately, which has provided early insights into ngFWA and the momentum building in our business. This investment along with those in our customers makes them a natural and great partner. Our rapid growth has created more opportunities along with higher working capital requirements; this financing will play an essential role in maintaining our trajectory, supporting our customers’ continued growth, and expanding our reach globally.”