WiNetworks adds base station; Eastlink expands rural coverage

WiNetworks is now offering its Pico Base Station for indoor and outdoor WiMAX coverage. The unit, part of the company’s Win-Max family of products, is available in the 2.XGHz and 3.XGHz frequency range.

The WiN7200 is a scalable mini base station that provides dedicated outdoor coverage and enhanced in-building services and capacity. The company said the size (24 centimetres by 20cm by 4 cm) makes this solution the lowest cost base station available for a high speed WiMAX access. The Pico Base Station) uses the same architecture and software as the company’s Compact Base Station (WiN7000), which began shipping in February, for easy integration and deployment in hybrid environments. Both products support interfaces to the ASN Gateway and follow the WiMAX Forum’s recommendations for interoperability. This allows the Pico Base Station to be installed in any existing network with complete interoperability to all third party WiMAX Certified equipment.

“By re-using our existing software and architectural structure, we are able to offer the operators a stable, field proven product that is also very low in cost,” said Zvika Harnik, CEO of WiNetworks Ltd. of New York. The Compact and Pico Base Station Family (WiN7000-7200 series) and Customer Premise Equipment (WiN5000 series) are part of the Win-Max E series product family and are managed by the WiNMS Network Management System. All Win-Max products are SOC-based.

Broadband spreads in Nova Scotia

Eastlink has expanded its fixed wireless broadband service to businesses and residents of Caledonia, Nova Scotia. The cableco has upgraded four towers in the community under the province’s Broadband for Rural Nova Scotia initiative, delivering Internet service to approximately 1,000 customers at $46.95 a month.

“This is the first of a series of community-by-community roll-outs that EastLink will be completing between now and December 2009,” said Dan McKeen, EastLink’s co-CEO. Coming is rural wireless Internet to communities in Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth, Digby, Annapolis, Kings, and Hants counties utilizing Motorola Canopy technology.

Last December, EastLink was awarded a contract by the province to deliver high speed Internet services to eight counties in Nova Scotia. Broadband service is currently unavailable to more than 200,000 Nova Scotians, 93,500 dwellings, 213 schools, and 5,600 businesses. The Broadband for Rural Nova Scotia initiative will close this gap completely at the end of 2009, Eastlink said, when the entire province will have access to broadband.

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