SimplySurf Selects Nortel Wireless Mesh Solution to Provide Wireless Broadband Service in Rural Areas of Ottawa
Dunrobin Residents First to be Offered Seamless, Secure Mobile Network Access
NOVEMBER 07, 2005, OTTAWA - SimplySurf is deploying a wireless mesh network from Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] to provide high speed broadband access and services to businesses and consumers in rural communities throughout Ottawa.
SimplySurf is initially offering wireless broadband service to more than 1,200 homes and businesses in the community of Dunrobin, a rural village northwest of downtown Ottawa. In addition to Dunrobin, SimplySurf plans to use Nortel Mobility Solutions and professional services to expand wireless broadband access in multiple rural communities throughout the Ottawa region over the next year.
The rugged terrain and dense foliage of Dunrobin have prohibited service from being delivered to the area using buried cable. However, wireless mesh technology links together small Wi-Fi access points hung on street lamps or the sides of buildings that use a self discovery method to create a hotzone or local network expected to deliver secure, seamless mobile communications throughout Dunrobin.
The mesh network is designed to provide the village with broadband capabilities for video streaming, surfing the Internet and downloading e-mails with large attachments. Residents will be able to use laptop computers or handheld computing devices that support Wi-Fi to access the public Internet indoors or outdoors.
ďWe share Nortelís vision to drive economic and social growth by making broadband services and applications accessible to rural communities that have not had broadband options available to them before now,Ē said Shadi Hussein, president, SimplySurf. ďUsing Mobility Solutions from Nortel, we plan to offer wireless broadband service to more than 7,000 residents throughout rural areas of Ottawa.Ē
ďWhen rural communities have access to the same resources and information as urban areas, businesses can be more competitive, there are more opportunities for new jobs, social services can be improved and ideas are shared - all of which fuel innovation,Ē said Brian McFadden, chief research officer, Nortel. ďPeople want full mobility - to be connected anywhere at any time. Nortel is making that possible through wireless mesh technology that extends network coverage to expansive outdoor and indoor areas such as parks, municipalities and university campuses.Ē
Wireless mesh networks often cover hundreds of acres of service area, so man-made and natural obstructions must be factored into network designs. SimplySurf worked with Nortel and EION Wireless to design, plan and implement the wireless mesh network. EION is providing the backhaul wireless connectivity for this project. EIONís backhaul solution seamlessly interfaces with Nortelís wireless mesh solution to provide Dunrobin residents superior wireless broadband coverage.
ďAlthough EION has deployed its solution in several Latin American and African countries, deploying so close to home in Dunrobin brings enormous excitement and extreme satisfaction,Ē said Kalai Kalaichelvan, chief executive officer, EION Wireless. ďWorking closely with Nortel has further strengthened the synergy between the two companies, making it possible for SimplySurf to offer wireless broadband services.Ē
Hundreds of millions of people around the world rely on Nortel for wireless communications for both business and personal use. Nortelís Wireless Mesh Network solution has been deployed or selected by some of the worldís leading governments, businesses and universities, including Kaohsiung City in Taiwan; Marshalltown, Iowa; Royal Ottawa Hospital; the University of Arkansas; Edith Cowan University in Australia; and Seo Won University in Korea. The City of Taipei chose Nortel to build the worldís largest wireless mesh network.
SimplySurf has been serving the National Capital region since 1997, providing dialup, ADSL, web hosting, server co-location, as well as computer sales and services to both residential and corporate sectors. SimplySurf will also be launching Voice over IP services and applications in the near future, to rural and urban regions. For more information please visit the SimplySurf web site at www.SimplySurf.net.**
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