Wireless Communications Association International (WCA)

January 05, 2005 08:01 ET

Redline and Remote Canadian School District Named by WCA for Annual Wemmie for Education Services



JANUARY 5, 2005 - 08:01 ET

Redline and Remote Canadian School District Named by
WCA for Annual Wemmie for Education Services

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 5, 2005) - The
Wireless Communications Association (WCA) today announced that Redline
Communications Inc. and the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board,
which is located in Canada's rural Northern Ontario, are the 2005
winners of the WCA's annual Wemmie awards. Both organizations have been
recognized for providing underserved communities with advanced
technology to support educational opportunities.

"The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board was named along with
Redline Communications for its initiative to bring advanced services to
the most geographically dispersed school district in North America,"
said Andrew Kreig, president of the WCA. "Their impressive deployment
clearly illustrates the benefits that broadband wireless delivers to
communities at large."

The awards will be conferred on January 13th at WCA's Eleventh Annual
International Symposium & Business Expo at the Fairmont Hotel in San
Jose, CA. The "Wemmies" are awarded to carriers and vendors using
advanced wireless technology to deliver broadband service in innovative
ways that demonstrate outstanding technological advances or exemplary

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board in northwestern Ontario is
North America's "largest education wireless network," delivering
advanced learning tools to 7,000 students in 27 remote locations over a
27,394 square mile (70,950 square kilometer) area. The school board
rolled out one of the largest and most ambitious broadband wireless
deployments for education in Canada, using Redline's AN-50 broadband
wireless solution for access and backhaul services to provide the
connectivity required to enable distance learning applications.

The network, which was deployed over a four-month period, includes
multiple back-to-back links comprising up to seven segments in a row
reaching distances of over 120 miles (200 kilometers). The average
bandwidth rate achieved for the 22-link network is 48 Mbps. The previous
maximum rate was 1 Mbps.

By deploying a broadband network, Keewatin-Patricia enjoys an 85%
increase in network capacity at no extra cost, while enhancing the
ability to run data, distance learning, video conferencing, VoIP,
student administration and human resources applications. All of these
gains have been achieved across the wireless network with no quality
difference over the legacy telco network. By way of comparison, average
costs for traditional wireline technologies to support a network of this
extent are in excess of one million dollars annually for bandwidth
alone. The Redline solution represented a one-time capital cost of one
million dollars, with operating costs dropping to $120,000 a year.

"We are extremely proud to be recognized by the WCA for our broadband
wireless initiative, and are pleased to be accepting this award
alongside Redline, our trusted partner in this project," said Del
Schmucker, Information Systems Manager at Keewatin-Patricia District
School Board. "Our focus was to cost effectively provide our vast rural
community with the tools required to ensure education remains a top
priority, regardless of location. This award reinforces that we achieved
our goals."

Sentiments on receiving this award were echoed by Redline
Communications. "Our broadband wireless solution continues to
demonstrate its flexibility in meeting even the most complex of
connectivity needs," said Keith Doucet, VP of marketing and product
management at Redline Communications. "This award emphasizes how a
combination of the right technology and determination on the part of
organizations such as Keewatin can deliver spectacular results."

About Redline Communications:

Redline Communications (www.redlinecommunications.com) is a technology
leader in the design and manufacture of standards-based broadband
wireless access solutions. Using industry leading OFDM technologies,
Redline's award-winning products provide unmatched high capacity and
non-line-of-sight capabilities with proven performance, reliability and
security. Ideal for a variety of access, backhaul and private network
applications, Redline products meet the needs of carriers, service
providers and enterprises worldwide. Redline is a principal member of
the WiMAX Forum™, and was first in the world to market an 802.16
compliant product. Redline has over 10,000 installations in 75 countries
across six continents through a global distribution network of 80+

About Keewatin-Patricia District School Board:

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board (www.kpdsb.on.ca) is
responsible for public education in northwestern Ontario. One of
Canada's largest school boards, Keewatin-Patricia encompasses the towns
of Kenora, Keewatin, Sioux Narrows, Vermilion Bay, Eagle River, Oxdrift,
Dryden, Ignace, Sioux Lookout, Hudson, Ear Falls and Red Lake. With more
than 27,394 square miles (70,950 square kilometers) of operating
jurisdiction, Keewatin-Patricia School Board provides education to 7,000
students at 27 remote locations.

About the Wireless Communications Association and WCA's Symposium & Expo:

Founded in 1988, the Wireless Communications Association (www.wcai.com)
is the trade association for the wireless broadband industry. Its
membership includes leading system operators, equipment manufacturers
and consultants deploying wireless broadband service worldwide. WCA and
its License Exempt Alliance have been active in virtually every major
FCC proceeding relating to wireless broadband spectrum, as well as many
comparable proceedings internationally. WCA's annual Symposium at the
San Jose Fairmont Hotel convenes 120 speakers from leading companies
around the world, and is the major global event in wireless broadband
for the fall-winter-spring months.

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