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City of Courtenay deploys Proxim Wireless to connect buildings throughout the city

Published on 28 September, 2011
 The City is using Proxim's 60 GHz backhaul products to provide Gigabit wireless performance to each of the recreational facilities
Courtenary selected Proxim's Tsunami QB-8150 to connect two recreational facilities back to the City Hall
Proxim Wireless Corporation, a leading provider of complete indoor and outdoor wireless broadband systems, recently announced that the City of Courtenay, BC -- working with MDT Technical Services, a leading wireless system integrator - has deployed Proxim's wireless backhaul solutions to connect buildings throughout the city. The City of Courtenay selected Proxim's Tsunami(R) QB-8150 and Proxim's 60 GHz wireless backhaul solutions to connect two recreational facilities back to the City Hall, for a cost-effective way to share bandwidth between the buildings while the city's fiber network was being built out.

"We had an immediate need to provide broadband connectivity to these facilities, but the fiber network is still being built out and was not available to these buildings. We needed something that could provide the same performance as fiber, but with far more flexibility, the ability to deploy quickly, and with greater cost effectiveness," said Yves Bernard, Information Systems Manager for the City of Courtenay. "MDT introduced us to the Proxim solutions, and we could not be more thrilled. We were able to provide economical, wire-like performance to these buildings in no time. It was a cake walk."

The City is using Proxim's 60 GHz backhaul products to provide Gigabit wireless performance to each of the recreational facilities while the fiber network is being built out. Once the fiber network is complete, the 60 GHz products will be redeployed to fill gaps in the City's fiber strategy -- particularly where there are physical limitations, such as rivers and railroads. The City is also utilising Proxim's Tsunami QB-8150 wireless backhaul as a replacement for an existing Cisco Aironet(R) link, which was experiencing intermittent connectivity issues due to tree growth. In both cases, the City had evaluated Proxim and Cisco solutions, and selected Proxim for its combination of performance and value.

Proxim's wireless backhaul solutions not only provided greater ease-of-deployment and flexibility for future network growth, but also significantly faster return on investment (ROI) than third party fiber. The City estimates that the ROI on Proxim's 60 GHz products will be less than 18 months, while the ROI on Proxim's Tsunami QB 8150 is less than one month

"Proxim's wireless backhaul solutions are a natural fit for any scenario where an organisation is in need of fiber like performance, while offering budget, physical deployment, time to deployment, and flexibility advantages over wired solutions," said Doug Petersen, Owner of MDT. "We have a great deal of experience with Proxim's solutions, and the performance, ease of use and value are unparalleled in the industry. And with the breadth and depth of Proxim's complete indoor and outdoor portfolio, they have the unique ability to provide different solutions for any customer need, at a variety of price points, while still exceeding customer expectations."

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