Just as Verizon is using its new 4G service as a means of offering broadband specifically to rural consumers in the U.S., Barrett Xplore said it plans to provide 4G broadband coverage to rural Canada.
The company previously announced its 4G network would employ WiMAX technology supplied by Alvarion. DragonWave just announced that Barrett Xplore signed a multimillion contract for wireless backhaul products, including its Horizon Compact and Horizon Quantum products.
Barrett Xplore's total investment in its 4G terrestrial network will be approximately $150 million. Construction of the terrestrial network began in the fall.
When complete, that network will deliver speeds up to 100 Mbps and will consist of 1,200 towers strategically located in rural areas. Through 2011 and 2012, the terrestrial network – initially capable of 40 Mbps – will be complemented by a 4G satellite network capable of speeds of up to 25 Mbps.
Bell Canada and Rogers Communications are both also testing 4G networks.