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MCS partners introduce broadband wireless access network in Richmond

Allstream Inc., Inukshuk Internet Inc. and NR Communications LLC launched their first Multipoint Communications Sys...


March 4, 2004  


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Allstream Inc., Inukshuk Internet Inc. and NR Communications LLC launched their first Multipoint Communications Systems (MCS) network today in the Vancouver suburb of Richmond.

The three companies joined forces last November with the intent of using wireless technology to offer integrated high-speed Internet, IP-based voice and local networking services to selected markets across Canada.

With the deployment of the network, Allstream introduced a bundled wireless high speed service for small office and teleworking applications, as well as for enterprise customers with remote branch locations.

Inukshuk, as the spectrum licensee, operates the MCS network providing wholesale BWA services. NR Communications is a private company that makes financial investments in telecommunications ventures

The commercial service uses a wireless IP technology platform, provided by NextNet Wireless. The company’s Expedience system is based on non-line-of-sight technology.

“We are delivering on our commitment to provide Canadians with more choice," said John McLennan, vice chairman and CEO of Allstream.

"The structure of the venture allows other service providers to use the technology, encouraging more competition for high-speed Internet access services," he said.

The group plans to expand its commercial deployment to a second Canadian site in the coming weeks, and will be finalizing its deployment plans by mid-2004 to deploy the offering nationally.

Inukshuk, a wholly owned subsidiary of Microcell Telecommunications Inc., was granted licences from Industry Canada for Multipoint Communications Services (MCS) spectrum in the 2500 to 2596 MHz frequency band, to build a "last mile" broadband wireless access network.

The licences cover a population of some 30 million people, comprising all the provinces and territories of Canada, with the exception of Manitoba and Saskatchewan.