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BelAir Networks Announces New Licensed 4.9 GHz Spectrum Support for Mission Critical Public Safety Mobile Wireless Broadband Networks


BelAir Now Offers Industry’s Most Reliable and Flexible Public Safety Wireless Mesh Networking Solution for Municipalities

Kanata, Ontario, August 9, 2006 - BelAir Networks today announced its comprehensive portfolio of mobile wireless broadband mesh networking solutions for city-wide wireless networks now supports the licensed 4.9 GHz spectrum which is dedicated exclusively to critical public safety communications. With BelAir, agencies now have a wireless mesh network solution that delivers the flexibility, security, scalability and reliability required of a best-in-class public safety network.

“As public safety wireless networks become more widespread, it is critical to build them using secure, reliable wireless mesh products in order to deliver consistently high performance -- cost-effectively,” said Roberta Wiggins, Research Fellow, Yankee Group. “BelAir’s family of wireless mesh products delivers extensive functionality, carrier-class QoS and a proven ability to deliver the performance and bandwidth required in the most demanding environments where lives depend on fast, reliable communications.”

BelAir’s industry-leading mesh network architecture also supports the unlicensed 2.4 GHz Public Access (IEEE 802.11) spectrum which ensures that cities can now deploy more efficient networks combining mobile wireless access for public and residential users, public works staff, and dedicated licensed access for public safety users over a single network concurrently – at broadband speeds.

“Today’s public safety applications are rapidly evolving to incorporate voice, video and data,” stated Jim Freeze, senior vice president of marketing and alliances, BelAir Networks. “We offer the industry’s only multi-service wireless broadband mesh network capable of supporting these bandwidth-hungry services in parallel. This is a critical capability for municipal networks and a key reason why leading cities around the world trust their wireless networks to BelAir.”

As technology advances, public safety applications are becoming much more sophisticated and are integrating multi-media features like voice and video. The BelAir network supports QoS parameters to prioritize voice traffic or time sensitive video applications over the wireless mesh network. BelAir supports the latest in wireless capabilities such as multi-radio communications devices used by police and emergency responders which use cellular, Wi-Fi and WiMAX. The high bandwidth BelAir wireless mesh network can also handle real time streaming video applications such as video surveillance or video court arraignments.

BelAir Networks is the leading provider of mobile broadband mesh networking solutions and its comprehensive product portfolio delivers three times the performance at the same price as traditional single-radio solutions. With the ability to deliver wire line-quality voice, multicast and broadcast video, high-speed Internet access and other data services, BelAir Networks offers the industry’s most advanced solution for best-in-class public safety networks.

With thousands of wireless mesh nodes operating in more than 150 deployments worldwide, including the recently announced City of Toronto, BelAir’s solutions are field-proven, delivering high-performance broadband services to cities worldwide. BelAir’s wireless mesh networks support services using voice, video and data for public safety, mobile government workforce applications, public high-speed Internet and public access to municipal information and services. BelAir’s product portfolio is recognized for its proven high performance, ability to support multiple applications concurrently, easy manageability and industry-leading quality of service.

BelAir Networks comprehensive product portfolio delivers high performance, cost-effective, flexible deployment options and a migration path to future technologies. The portfolio includes the flagship four-radio BelAir200 Wireless Multi-service Switch Router, the dual-radio BelAir100 Multi-service Node, the BelAir100C Multi-service Node featuring point-to-multipoint backhaul, the BelAir100S, and the single-radio BelAir50C and BelAir50S, all seamlessly managed by the BelAir BelView Network Management System. BelAir also recently announced the six-radio BelAir300 Converged Multi-service Wireless Node, combining cellular, Wi-Fi and wireless mesh on a converged platform.

About BelAir Networks

BelAir Networks is the first company to offer scalable, mobile wireless broadband mesh networking solutions with the highest quality for data, voice and video. BelAir’s wireless networking solutions are built on the only multi-service architecture for municipal wireless broadband deployments of Wi-Fi, WiMAX and 3G Cellular networks. Built specifically for outdoor deployments, BelAir Networks’ patented solution delivers the lowest cost per user and deploys in days, blending into the physical infrastructure of downtown business districts, hotels and resorts, and campuses. Founded in 2001, BelAir Networks is a privately held company. For more info, visit


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