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Sprint Canada to trial new broadband wireless Internet technology with MCS venture

Sprint Canada Inc. and a venture involving Inukshuk Internet Inc., a subsidiary of Microcell Telecommunications Inc...


May 18, 2004  


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Sprint Canada Inc. and a venture involving Inukshuk Internet Inc., a subsidiary of Microcell Telecommunications Inc., Allstream Inc. and NR Communications, LLC, today announced a service trial of a new broadband wireless network.

Last year, the three companies joined forces to build a Multipoint Communications Services (MCS) network based on broadband wireless access (BWA).

Sprint Canada intends to evaluate the BWA service to determine if, and under what conditions, it could be used for broadband access to households to support primary line voice and Internet services. The trial will take place over the next several months in north Toronto.

“We view this access service as a potential alternative to existing technology, rather than an entirely new service,” said Duncan McEwan, president and chief operating officer of Sprint Canada.

“It has the potential to reduce our reliance on the incumbent local exchange carriers for last mile access. It may also make entry to less densely populated areas of the country more economical, thus allowing more Canadians to benefit from competition in the home phone and local business phone service market.”

The venture’s BWA network uses a wireless IP technology platform from NextNet Wireless Inc. that is based on non-line-of-sight technology.

Installation of the portable Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) does not require an external antenna or a service provider truck roll.

The CPE can be moved as easily as a laptop computer to function almost anywhere within the network footprint, the companies say.

The core underlying technology will also allow the venture to integrate voice over IP (VoIP) and local network services in mid-2004.