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Telecom Ottawa Launches Municipal Wi-Fi Trial In Ottawa With BelAir Networks Cellular LAN System.



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OTTAWA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 9, 2004

Telecom Ottawa Limited, a broadband data utility and Internet services provider operating in Eastern Ontario Eastern Ontario is the region of the Canadian province of Ontario which lies in a wedge-shaped area between the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers. It shares water boundaries with Quebec, to the north and New York State to south.

Population: 1,392,346 (2001), est.
, Canada has launched a municipal Wi-Fi See Muni Wi-Fi.  service trial in the City of Ottawa
For the defunct electoral district, please see Ottawa (City of).


The City of Ottawa (French: Ville d'Ottawa) is the corporate entity of municipal government in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
 using the BelAir Networks cellular LAN (Local Area Network) A communications network that serves users within a confined geographical area. The "clients" are the user's workstations typically running Windows, although Mac and Linux clients are also used.  architecture.

The trial involves deployment of BelAir200 wireless internetworking nodes to provide Wi-Fi service in the common areas and meeting rooms at Ottawa City Hall This article is about the building. For information on the municipal government, see City of Ottawa or Ottawa City Council.

The current Ottawa City Hall (French: Hôtel de ville d'Ottawa) is the city hall of Ottawa, Canada.
 and in the public areas of the Nepean Sportsplex, a sports and recreation facility. These deployments will allow visitors to use standard Wi-Fi-enabled hardware such as laptops and PDAs to wirelessly access the Internet for e-mail, web surfing, virtual private networks for corporate access, file transfer and instant messaging.

"When you combine Wi-Fi technology like that developed by BelAir Networks with a fiber backbone of the kind employed by Telecom Ottawa, you suddenly have very cost-effective access technology for providing high-speed wireless Internet service at the municipal level," said Dave Dobbin, Chief Operating Officer Chief Operating Officer (COO)

The officer of a firm responsible for day-to-day management, usually the president or an executive vice-president.
, Telecom Ottawa."

The BelAir200 system deployed by Telecom Ottawa is a wireless internetworking platform that combines the best of WLAN See wireless LAN.

WLAN - wireless local area network
 and cellular technologies to provide wireless broadband coverage that scales to metropolitan dimensions. It is designed to beam Wi-Fi signals into a building from the outside and provide coverage to multiple floors at once. This unique approach simplifies WLAN infrastructures for medium and large venues and drastically reduces associated WLAN capital expenditures and operating expenditures. BelAir200 systems are interconnected by a multiple point-to-point wireless mesh that provides a carrier grade wireless backbone network and allows for placement of BelAir200 systems near desired coverage areas.

"Municipal Wi-Fi networks are an emerging trend and this trial demonstrates how our products can be used for city center deployments to go beyond basic Wi-Fi hot spots hot spots

acute moist dermatitis.
 and extend coverage into much larger hot zones," said Phil Belanger, Vice-President of Marketing, BelAir Networks. "We're pleased to be able to partner with Telecom Ottawa to do this trial in our own back yard. BelAir Networks and Telecom Ottawa share the same vision for extending the reach of wireless Internet access throughout the city."

About BelAir Networks

BelAir Networks is a wireless infrastructure supplier that provides advanced, multi-service, wireless internetworking solutions. Combining the best of WLAN and cellular technologies, the BelAir Networks system goes beyond basic Wi-Fi to enable carrier-grade cellular LAN solutions. The patented BelAir Networks multiple point-to-point wireless mesh architecture provides a high capacity wireless backbone. BelAir products combine this secure wireless backbone with wireless access solutions such as Wi-Fi to deliver practical deployment of wireless networks in city centers and larger venues.

About Telecom Ottawa

Telecom Ottawa is a broadband data utility and Internet services provider based in Ottawa with operations in Eastern Ontario. The company's 10 Gigabit Ethernet network is the largest metropolitan-wide network in North America, with 600 kilometers of fiber optic cable Noun 1. fiber optic cable - a cable made of optical fibers that can transmit large amounts of information at the speed of light
fibre optic cable

transmission line, cable, line - a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power
. This broadband infrastructure enables the provision of bandwidth capacity for data networking, high-speed Internet access, e-business applications and multimedia services. In providing services to businesses and public-sector organizations, Telecom Ottawa also delivers an extensive portfolio of ISP (1) See in-system programmable.

(2) (Internet Service Provider) An organization that provides access to the Internet. Connection to the user is provided via dial-up, ISDN, cable, DSL and T1/T3 lines.
 capabilities such as email, web hosting, wireless and remote Internet access. The company is a subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc.
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