SOURCE: 2Wire, Inc.

March 20, 2008 08:00 ET

2Wire Expands Market Presence in Canada, Launches Residential Gateway Offer With Canada's Largest Broadband Provider

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - March 20, 2008) - Canada's largest broadband provider, Bell Canada, is providing Sympatico™ Total Internet subscribers with 2Wire residential gateways for enhanced home networking and Internet service. New subscribers of Sympatico Total Internet Performance and Total Internet Max services will receive the 2Wire HomePortal® 2701HG residential gateway.

The 2Wire HomePortal 2701HG residential gateway has set the standard for excellence in ADSL home networking. This one-box solution features an advanced ADSL2+ modem, a high-performance router, 802.11g wireless access point, and flexible home networking options, including simultaneous wireless Internet access by multiple users.

"HomePortal residential gateways are ideal for broadband subscribers that want professional grade equipment without the headaches of complex set-up and network management," said Sean Parham, executive vice president and general manager of gateways and management systems at 2Wire. "The ease-of-use, professional grade firewall, and extended wireless reach are just a few of the features we've incorporated to make Internet access and home networking a simple and secure, yet powerful experience for everyone in the family."

The HomePortal gateway's high speed routing capability lets subscribers fully utilize the maximum speed provided by the broadband connection. The gateway's Wi-Fi certified HyperG™ wireless technology and triple-antennae design also improve wireless performance and reach, virtually eliminating "cold-spots" or "dead zones" throughout the home.

Eligible Sympatico Total Internet offerings leverage 2Wire's Greenlight™ CD-less DSL installation, which automatically provisions broadband equipment and services. Greenlight allows subscribers to simply plug in their HomePortal residential gateway and instantly surf the Internet. With no CD or manual process to complicate the setup, Greenlight takes the work out of service provisioning and drastically reduces customer installation related support calls.

Bell Canada's broadband customers will also experience the benefit of 2Wire CMS, a comprehensive platform for the deployment and management of next-generation home networking equipment and services. CMS improves customer care by enabling instant subscriber provisioning, activation, and delivery of new high-value services, as well as by providing a live link that allows Sympatico Consumer Services to directly access customer premises equipment for real time diagnostics and trouble shooting. CMS also provides the foundation for rapid delivery and support of next-generation services in the home, including triple play and fixed/mobile converged services.

"Because Bell Canada is combining the functionality of HomePortal residential gateways with the management capabilities of CMS, Sympatico Total Internet subscribers should benefit from an exceptionally powerful, flexible, and easy-to-use experience," said Parham.

About 2Wire

2Wire provides global telecom carriers with broadband products, software, and service platforms that enable an integrated triple play of networked data, voice, and media services. 2Wire products and services include residential gateways, broadband multimedia platforms, intelligent home servers, remote management systems, and call center customer support. 2Wire customers are leading broadband providers throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, Australia, and Asia, including AT&T, Telmex, BT, EMBARQ, Bell Canada, SingTel, and others. For more information, visit www.2Wire.com.

2Wire, HomePortal, HyperG and Greenlight are the trademarks or registered trademarks of 2Wire, Inc. in the United States and in other jurisdictions throughout the world. All other company names may be trade names or trademarks of their respective owners.

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