BT Selects Motorola to Deploy Wireless Cities across the UK
Motorola to design, deploy and manage metropolitan Wi-Fi for six of BT’s UK wireless cities
Cannes, FRANCE – Wireless Cities – 30 November 2006 – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announces that it has been selected by BT to supply Mesh Wi-Fi network infrastructure and services for six of BT’s Wireless City initiatives across the UK. The contract will see Motorola design, deploy and manage city-wide Wi-Fi networks with BT in, for example, Birmingham and Newcastle.
The Mesh Wi-Fi networks will deliver wireless broadband for use by public services, businesses and citizens in each of the cities. The networks are designed to enable different user experiences including:
* Extension of BT Openzone hotspots to enable wireless web access and email
* Contiguous Wi-Fi coverage to enable real time applications using for example, BT Fusion dual mode devices
* Virtual private network (VPN) services for enterprise customers and to e-enable local authority workforces
* Wireless closed circuit television (CCTV) to aid community safety and security.
Dave Hughes, Director, BT Wireless Broadband said, “We are delighted to announce we are working with Motorola in delivering six of the planned 12 Wireless Cities across the UK. Our Wireless City networks will ensure customers are connected at all times and will also provide access to valuable applications and services, such as knowing where to park, access to tourist information and public services.
“The Wireless City initiatives offer wide area wireless broadband access across metropolitan areas, enabling people to use the network on a range of devices for entertainment, education and communication, such as email, video and voice calls, even when they’re on the move,” continued Hughes
BT’s wireless cities solution includes best of breed technology from Motorola and other suppliers. Motorola will supply solutions from its MOTOwi4™ wireless broadband portfolio, which will be deployed across the cities on existing sites such as lampposts. The Motorola solution allows data to be backhauled wirelessly helping to save the cost, time and disruption involved with building a fixed network. The networks will also be secure and robust as they will be Mesh-enabled, which allows the network to “self heal” should individual access points fail by rerouting traffic.
Jose Figueroa, corporate vice president and general manager, Motorola Networks and Enterprise EMEA, said: “Motorola is pioneering wireless broadband development and we are excited to join BT in its drive to wirelessly enable BT Wireless Cities with Mesh Wi-Fi networks. The Wireless City initiative will deliver what consumers, business and city authorities really want: a broadband service that’s consistent in the home, the office and now outside in open spaces around the city.”
Motorola is known around the world for innovation and leadership in wireless and broadband communications. Inspired by our vision of Seamless Mobility, the people of Motorola are committed to helping you get and stay connected simply and seamlessly to the people, information, and entertainment that you want and need. We do this by designing and delivering “must have” products, “must do” experiences and powerful networks -- along with a full complement of support services. A Fortune 100 company with global presence and impact, Motorola had sales of US $35.3 billion in 2005. For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit www.motorola.com
BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in 170 countries. Its principal activities include networked IT services, local, national and international telecommunications services, and higher-value broadband and internet products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.
In the year ended 31 March 2006, BT Group plc’s revenue was £19,514 million with profit before taxation of £2,040 million.
British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.
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