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Nortel to build first Wi-Max network in Canada with Alberta Special Areas Board

The Alberta Special Areas Board (SAB) has selected Nortel Networks Inc. to build what is believed to be the first c...


December 7, 2005  


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The Alberta Special Areas Board (SAB) has selected Nortel Networks Inc. to build what is believed to be the first commercial broadband wireless access network in Canada based on the Wi-Max IEEE 802.16-2004 standard.

The SAB is collaborating with service provider NETAGO Wireless to bring wireless broadband services to rural Albertans in the southeast part of the province.

The network will operate in the 3.5GHz spectrum band and be made available to roughly 80% of SAB residents by next fall.

It is also expected to extend the service area of the Alberta SuperNet Project, a provincial government initiative designed to bring affordable broadband services to approximately 4,200 government, health, library and educational facilities in 429 communities.

“This network will support our goal of bridging the digital divide through affordable broadband wireless Internet services to users located in rural areas of Alberta,” said Jay Slemp, chairman of SAB.

Under the terms of the agreement, Nortel will supply fixed 802.16d Wi-Max base stations, indoor and outdoor CPEs (Customer Premises Equipment) and wireless backhaul equipment as well as provide installation and professional services.

According to Nortel, the high-speed capabilities will support sophisticated broadband services such as e-mail, high-speed Internet access, multimedia applications including streaming video and music, VoIP and other real-time business collaboration services.

The network will also support video surveillance and remote telemetry.