Nortel to build WiMAX network in Alberta

8 Dec 2005

The Alberta Special Areas Board (SAB) has selected Nortel to build what it claims is the first commercial broadband wireless access network in Canada based on the WiMAX standard. The SAB is collaborating with Netago Wireless, a newly formed wireless service provider, to take wireless broadband services to rural Albertans spread throughout more than 8,000 square miles in the southeastern part of the province. The WiMAX network will operate in the 3.5GHz spectrum band and be available to roughly 80% of Alberta residents by the end of the summer 2006. The network will also extend the service area of Alberta SuperNet project, a provincial government initiative designed to bring affordable broadband services to approximately 4,200 government, health, library and educational facilities in 429 communities across Alberta.