Telus launches WLAN solutions

With today’s workforce breaking the chains that bind them to their desks, Telus Corp. announced on Tuesday four solutions that it says will help to increase productivity and lower costs while offering its customers choice.

The Vancouver-based telco introduced turnkey and managed wireless local area network (WLAN) solutions for small, medium and enterprise businesses based on the IEEE 802.11b wireless communication standard.

Within its WLAN offering, the telco is providing WLAN equipment; the choice between an unmanaged solution where Telus will design and install a turnkey network, and a managed solution, in which Telus will deliver a turnkey solution plus 24×7 support, monitoring and central management. Telus also said it will offer a monitored service, which includes the turnkey solution in addition to ongoing monitoring of the network.

The solutions bring best-of-breed vendor offerings together from the likes of Cisco Systems Inc., Avaya Inc., Netscreen Technologies Inc., and SpectraLink, to give customers the choice between three architectures. These architectures include a Turnkey Private LAN, which comes with wireless network access, encryption, authentication and management of servers; the Semi-Private WLAN, which allows pre-authorized Internet access to users; and the Semi-Private WLAN with HotSpots, allowing Internet access to pre-authorized users through public wireless Internet zones (hotspots).

As part of the new offerings, Telus said it will conduct security and site assessments to identify risks and to provide the framework to determine the appropriate network architecture for customers.

The solutions are available immediately. For more information, visit the company online at