Canada's rural broadband operator Barrett Xplore, which is embarking on Canada's first nationwide network plan with a WiMAX network, signed a multimillion-dollar deal with DragonWave to supply the operator with wireless backhaul technology.
Barrett Xplore is rolling out WiMAX across the country using technology from Alvarion. It signed a $75-million deal with Alvarion in October, and the agreement includes the option of migrating to TD-LTE in the future. Alvarion is deploying its 4Motion end-to-end system along with devices and professional services. Barrett Xplore will use WiMAX to target new service areas and incorporate new service options, such as VoIP, to existing subscribers.
The operator's investment in the WiMAX network will be about $150 million, and construction is already underway. When complete, the network will deliver speeds up to 100 Mbps and will consist of 1,200 towers strategically located in rural areas. Through 2011 and 2012, the terrestrial network will be complemented by a 4G satellite network capable of speeds of up to 25 Mbps.
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