Toronto Hydro Telecom Inc.

Toronto Hydro Telecom Inc.

April 23, 2007 09:47 ET

Toronto Hydro Telecom Announces One Zone™ WiFi Subscription Services

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 23, 2007) -

ATTENTION: Telecommunications, Business, Energy, City Editors

With the successful deployment of its urban WiFi network, Toronto Hydro Telecom announces the introduction of One Zone service packages, available April 24, 2007.

"Today marks another important milestone for Canada's largest WiFi network," said Toronto Hydro Telecom President Dave Dobbin. "Less than a year after installing the first access point we have successfully deployed the largest and fastest, seamless WiFi network of its kind. This is the future of urban WiFi."

"We are breaking new ground here and we value the feedback and input we've received during the seven month free trial period", said Sharyn Gravelle, Vice President, Wireless. "We'd like to take the opportunity to thank the 40,000 users who test-drove our One Zone service."

During the free trial period, users bought into the concept, with the highest usage of the network being Mondays to Fridays, between 2 pm and 5 pm. The areas of One Zone that had the highest traffic include the area behind city hall, where there are hotels and university residences, as well as the financial district. "Based on those timeframes, as well as the locations of our highest network usage, we deduce that the majority of users on the network are mobility workers and students," said Gravelle.

One Zone is the only WiFi network in Canada to offer users true mobility by providing seamless access within the six square kilometre downtown coverage area. True mobility comes from the fact the network forms one seamless WiFi zone that spans 235 city blocks - a welcome relief for customers who know the frustrations of juggling multiple usernames, passwords or IDs in a series of non-overlapping hot spots.

When it comes to performance, the One Zone network delivers speed (upload/download speeds of 5 megabits per second in many areas, according to an independent third party analyst). Thanks to the network's design, which links a series of 225 above-ground access points to Toronto Hydro Telecom's powerhouse fibre optic network, the One Zone network provides a quality user experience with the highest network bandwidth available in the industry. In addition, Toronto Hydro Telecom's state of the art network equipment, 24/7 network monitoring and scalability (ease of adding connections between the fibre and wireless networks and deploying additional access points) ensures consistency for the user experience.

Customers with WiFi-enabled devices who live, work or are visiting downtown Toronto in the One Zone service area can subscribe to one of the three different packages, payable by credit card:

- $4.99/hour

- $9.99/day

- $29/month

Usernames and passwords issued during the free trial will become invalid, effective 11:59 pm on April 23, 2007. New usernames and passwords can be user generated once pre-payment for One Zone service has been made.

Customers can visit for information, or simply sign up for service in the One Zone service area in Toronto's six square kilometre downtown core bordered by Front Street and Bloor Street / Yorkville, Spadina Avenue and Church Street (north of Queen) and Bathurst Street and Parliament (south of Queen).

About Toronto Hydro Telecom

Toronto Hydro Telecom Inc. is a full service provider offering customers a suite of managed network services from connectivity, including Private Line and Ethernet MetroLAN, to value added services like Security and Storage. The company's latest offering is its One Zone WiFi subscription services.

With its wholly-owned 450-kilometre state-of-the-art fibre optic network and operations throughout Toronto, Toronto Hydro Telecom connects over 500 commercial buildings within the city's downtown core. Through partnerships and alliances, the company counts many of Canada's leading businesses and institutions among its clients, including financial institutions, mutual fund companies, broadcasters, hospitals, colleges and universities.

For more information about Toronto Hydro Telecom, the telecom subsidiary of Toronto Hydro Corporation, see and

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