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blairgowrie
03-29-2004, 01:56 PM
There is a very good article in today's Toronto Star in the Biz section on the status of Wireless High Speed Internet in Canada.

Microsoft and Sympatico have teamed up and will start offering a product this summer.

Microcell, the operators of Fido, have teamed up with Allstream Inc. (formerly AT & T Canada and now owned by Manitoba Telecom) and plan to offer a modem the size of a paperback novel for $325 plus $40 per month for Internet Wireless service. Product is currently offered in Yellowknife, Iqualuit, Richmond B.C. and Ottawa on a trial basis and will rapidly expand across Canada shortly.

Others major players in the telecommunication industry such as Cantel, Rogers, AOl Canada have all announced their intention to be in the Internet Wireless business by year end.

This is the most exciting news I have had in the past few months (Aces EP excepted). No more 23 kpbs, I hope!

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blairgowrie
03-29-2004, 01:56 PM
There is a very good article in today's Toronto Star in the Biz section on the status of Wireless High Speed Internet in Canada.

Microsoft and Sympatico have teamed up and will start offering a product this summer.

Microcell, the operators of Fido, have teamed up with Allstream Inc. (formerly AT & T Canada and now owned by Manitoba Telecom) and plan to offer a modem the size of a paperback novel for $325 plus $40 per month for Internet Wireless service. Product is currently offered in Yellowknife, Iqualuit, Richmond B.C. and Ottawa on a trial basis and will rapidly expand across Canada shortly.

Others major players in the telecommunication industry such as Cantel, Rogers, AOl Canada have all announced their intention to be in the Internet Wireless business by year end.

This is the most exciting news I have had in the past few months (Aces EP excepted). No more 23 kpbs, I hope!

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Arms1
03-29-2004, 02:48 PM
good news, hope it is available for you

CDN_Merlin
03-29-2004, 02:50 PM
Why not use your broadband provider and use a wireless router at home?

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JR_Greenhorn
03-29-2004, 02:57 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by CDN_Merlin:
Why not use your broadband provider and use a wireless router at home?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>I think that may be the problem--no broadband of any kind at home.

Where I grew up (my folks still live there), there is only dial-up service offered. 44k max, on a good day.
They even ran fibre optic lines within a mile of the house, but they offer no service to it.
For many, dial-up is the only choice.

Wireless internet provides a more flexible option, but IFAIK, it works similarly to cell phone "technology," which implies that it may not be a vaild alternative in some areas.

blairgowrie
03-29-2004, 03:18 PM
I looked into wireless broadband from a local supplier but he wanted me to put up a 65' tower at a cost of $1,500 or thereabouts which might not work. Rogers has a cell phone tower which I can see from the end of my driveway and we use it for our cell phone. There doesn't seem to be any other option for high speed Internet around here.

That's why today's article in the Toronto Star looks so promising.

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CPS_Craven
03-29-2004, 07:28 PM
Hey http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif, I live in Yellowknife, first I've heard of this, where do I sign up? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

blairgowrie
03-29-2004, 09:27 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by CPS_Craven:
Hey http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif, I live in Yellowknife, first I've heard of this, where do I sign up? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

You could try the author of the article Tyler Hamilton. He can be reached at thamilt@the star.ca

If you sign up on the trial you can get the modem for $125 and $20 for the first 6 months.

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JR_Greenhorn
03-29-2004, 10:37 PM
I think a lot of folks don't realize that you can't get broadband for any price in some places--even those that aren't too far from major cities.

At any rate, its good to hear that you guys up Nort' finally have a broadband option.

BlindHuck
03-30-2004, 02:13 AM
Sounds like it's local antennae. I can get satelite broadband here in CA but it has about a one second latency. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/blink.gif Be sure and check the system latency before you sign up. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Hope it works for you . . . good luck! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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jensenpark
03-30-2004, 05:02 AM
OT a tiny bit:

For all those Hi Speed Sympatico users north of the 49th:
Check your modem: Bell has had a new one available for a while (the Efficient Networks Speadstream 5200) that delivers twice the speed of the Nortel one they usually supply. No extra charge to swap...they even ship it overnight no charge - you just have to call and ask.
They don't offer this info publicly - the twits. I only found out after complaining alot about poor dowload speeds.
I've checked speeds on the dslreport.com site with the new one and it is twice as fast. Woo hoo.

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enraged_chimp..
03-30-2004, 05:05 AM
it seems both Canada and the UK have the same problems i live 5 miles from a broadband town but they say itl be 10 years! before BT upgrade our exchange
oh well of to uni thats what its for

being a necessity dosen't stop it sucking!

jensenpark
03-30-2004, 05:13 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by enraged_chimp..:
it seems both Canada and the UK have the same problems i live 5 miles from a broadband town but they say itl be 10 years! before BT upgrade our exchange
oh well of to uni thats what its for

being a necessity dosen't stop it sucking!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

actually, overall, we are very fortunate up here. As a whole, we probably have better and more complete to Broadband than anywhere in the world. And apparently some of the cheapest. Canada from what I've read has the highest percentage of on-line hispeed use anywhere. I used to line in a tiny town of 15,000 in the boonies and our local cable provider had it!
Not a consolation to those communities that don't have it, but I hate the perception to be we are a bunch of igloo living luddites up here..

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blairgowrie
03-30-2004, 06:44 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by CPS_Craven:
Hey http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif, I live in Yellowknife, first I've heard of this, where do I sign up? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

You may also want to contact Allstream. They have a lot of information on this at their Corporate Website. http://www.allstream.com/home/

If you sign up, please let us know and tell us non-luddites (loved that comment JP http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif) how it works.

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TgD Thunderbolt56
03-30-2004, 06:51 AM
Canada has the highest incedence of internet access per capita than any other country in the world with just over 70%.

Korea is second. US is third, both in the high 60's.

What's amazing is Russia is at only 10% yet has some of the most progressive programers in the biz.

Food for thought.



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ShVAK
03-30-2004, 06:59 AM
I still can't figure it out, but Canada has always been a world leader in telecommunications.

However, a few years ago, I lived in "Hicksville" Newfoundland and the town received both DSL and High speed cable circa 1996.

Now that I must relocate to Ottawa, the Nation's capital, I am shocked that these internet services are not in place in some of the very near surrounding communities. Dang Roger's!


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