Toronto Hydro Corporation

Toronto Hydro Corporation

March 07, 2006 11:00 ET

Toronto Hydro Telecom announces blanket Wi Fi coverage in downtown Toronto core

( today announced plans to provide a blanket of Wi Fi coverage
in the downtown core of Canada's largest city, making Toronto the largest
Wi Fi zone in Canada.

"We are proud to be the first company in Canada to deliver a ubiquitous
Wi Fi zone, which will provide Internet access as well as next generation
applications," said David Dobbin, President, Toronto Hydro Telecom. "Wi Fi
technology is the new benchmark for urban living. It's standard equipment in
many electronic devices, from laptops to portable entertainment units. We
think it's time to enable that technology to be used in what will be the
largest Wi Fi zone in Canada. Today we're opening the door for Toronto to join
the ranks of other major international cities such as San Francisco,
Philadelphia and London, England."

The plan calls for Toronto Hydro Telecom - the competitive
telecommunications subsidiary of Toronto Hydro Corporation - to install radio
access points on streetlighting poles throughout the six square kilometer area
that stretches from Jarvis Street west to Spadina Avenue, and from Front
Street north to Bloor Street. Installing the access points on streetlighting
poles, which are evenly situated throughout the downtown service area, will
enable Toronto Hydro Telecom to avoid the pitfalls of most Wi Fi service
offerings whose access points are predominantly housed in coffee shops and
restaurants, making connectivity sporadic or non-existent. The streetlighting
poles are assets owned by Toronto Hydro Street Lighting Inc.

"This is both an exciting and very important initiative for the City of
Toronto," said Mayor David Miller. "It puts us on the leading edge of the
telecommunications industry nation-wide and globally. The applications for
Torontonians and our various City agencies from libraries to public
transportation and safety to economic development make this a historic moment
in Toronto's development as a world-class city."

The new Wi Fi zone will be implemented in stages. The first phase -
located in the City's financial core from Front Street to Queen Street,
between Spadina Avenue and Church Street - is planned for completion at the
end of June, 2006. The entire Wi Fi zone will be completely operational by
December 31, 2006.

During the first six months of operation, Toronto Hydro Telecom will
offer customers free access to its new Wi Fi zone, after which time a variety
of access packages will be available at competitive rates.

An RFP for equipment vendors was issued on February 8, 2006. Once the
vendor of record has been selected, installation of the radio access points
will be entrusted to Toronto Hydro Streetlighting employees who are members of
CUPE Local 1.

Toronto Hydro Telecom Inc. is the telecom subsidiary of Toronto Hydro
Corporation, which is fully-owned by the City of Toronto. A highly specialized
and innovative provider of telecom services to businesses in Toronto, Toronto
Hydro Telecom owns and operates a fibre optic network that spans
450 kilometres and connects more than 450 commercial buildings in Toronto and
with interconnections to utility-affiliated telecom networks bordering the

(*) A Service Area Map and Fact Sheet are available with this release and
can be downloaded from A photo from today's announcement is
available on the CP Photo network to members of the Canadian Press.

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