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Siemens wins contract to deploy Canada’s largest Wi-Fi zone

Toronto Hydro Telecom Inc. has chosen Siemens Communications Group, a division of Siemens Canada Ltd., as the vendor of record for equipment supply, implementation and services in support of its plan...


May 1, 2006  


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Toronto Hydro Telecom Inc. has chosen Siemens Communications Group, a division of Siemens Canada Ltd., as the vendor of record for equipment supply, implementation and services in support of its plan to make the downtown core the largest ubiquitous Wi-Fi zone in Canada.

At press time, negotiations relating to the terms and conditions of equipment supply, implementation and services were ongoing and had not yet been finalized.

“We conducted an RFP process, and the winner both in terms of depth of experience and quality of technology was Siemens,” said David Dobbin, president, Toronto Hydro Telecom.

The agreement with Toronto Hydro Telecom, which marks Siemens’ entry into the Canadian wireless technology market, includes the use of a mesh Wi-Fi network that will provide coverage for an area of up to 10 square kilometres and it is anticipated that it will be fully deployed in downtown Toronto by year-end.

End-users will be able to access the Internet from wireless-enabled laptop computers, mobile headsets and other mobile devices, or place VoIP phone calls. Transfer rates (up to 54 megabits per second) will mean shorter download times and faster surfing than what is currently available today.

“We are extremely pleased to be part of such a historic initiative,” said Prof. Dr. Albert Maringer, President and CEO, Siemens Canada Limited. “Siemens has been intimately involved in building Canadian infrastructure for over 80 years.”