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Grand Rapids, MI
Location: USA
Abstract:

Grand Rapids (pop. 200,000) covers 45 square miles in western Michigan. In January 2007, the City Commission executed an agreement with mobile-WiMAX network provider Clearwire to bring broadband-wireless service to the city’s local-government mobile workforce, businesses, residents and visitors. The contract is the first of its kind between a local government and Clearwire. This is also the first truly cost-neutral arrangement between a municipality and a wireless provider. The city expects the network to be the first large-scale, municipal mobile WiMAX deployment in the US. Project drivers include public safety, digital inclusion, and economic development. Discounted service will be available to low-income residents. Public safety workers previously had a less-than-desirable infrastructure; the new network should enable capacity to initiate Amber alerts, video streaming, wanted-persons alerts, field reporting, and delivering floor plans. The City expects that the network will be available by the end of 2007.


Website: http://www.wirelessgr.com
Practitioner Name: Thomas McQuillan
Practitioner Tel: 616-456-3068
Practitioner E-mail: tmcquill@ci.grand-rapids.mi.us
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Groningen
Location: The Netherlands
Abstract:

Unwired Holdings, designed, deployed and operates the state-of-the-art broadband wireless mesh network for Groningen under the name “Groningen Unwired”. Currently in its pilot phase, the project is moving toward the full deployment of a citywide wireless mesh broadband network to serve the entire Groningen Community. The Akkoord of Groningen, a foundation consisting of the Hanze Polytechnic (Hanzehogeschool), University of Groningen (RuG), and the City of Groningen, is the project initiator. Alcadis, the European distributor of Strix Systems assisted Unwired with the design and deployment of the network. The foundation of the network is Strix Access/One OWS products deployed at the city center enabling access by students and faculty — approximately 40,000 people. The network is meshed in areas central to the Hanze Polytechnic (Hanzehogeschool), University of Groningen, the cities teaching hospital UMCG and the municipality. "We’re testing and implementing a large number of applications that benefit from this high performance wireless network, including those needed by the municipality itself, public safety surveillance projects, mobile work force and much more." said Mitchell Kleinhandler, Managing Director of Unwired.



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Website: http://www.unwiredholdings.com
Practitioner Name: Mitchell Kleinhandler
Practitioner Tel: N/A
Practitioner E-mail: info@unwiredholdings.com
Vendor Name 1: STR
Vendor Title 1: Strix Systems

Hebei Unicom (Service Provider)
Location: China
Abstract:

Hebei Unicom is the incumbent broadband operator in the province of Hebei, in the northeast of China. Keeping up with demands for telecom services from the population of 68 million and establishing the necessary fiber and cellular networks is a continuous challenge. Due to the time and expense of building wired networks, Hebei Unicom has pursued Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) solutions since 1996, using base stations and CPEs from Alvarion’s BreezeNET® DS.11 product line in the 2.4 GHz band. By the end of 2002 they had built broadband wireless networks in ten cities, providing data services for businesses. They continued to expand the network using the BreezeACCESS® VL, operating in the 5.8 GHz spectrum, with OFDM technology for superior Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) capability. The BreezeACCESS VL replaced much of the BreezeNET equipment in highly developed areas where NLOS capability is needed. This has enabled Hebei Unicom to reach more customers using fewer base stations, and reduce the cost of building the network while providing broadband data, video and voice services in areas where no wired infrastructure exists.


Website:
Practitioner Name: International Corporate Headquarters
Practitioner Tel: +972 3 645 6262
Practitioner E-mail: corporate-sales@alvarion.com
Vendor Name 1: ALVR
Vendor Title 1: Alvarion-HQ

Helsinki
Location: Finland
Abstract:

Helsinki, one of the most technologically-advanced cities in the world, until recently only had itinerant wireless broadband access through a network of interior hot-spots in cafés and shops.  Mobile access required multiple subscriptions to numerous providers.  OCP, the municipal wireless Internet provider, initially sought to deploy a wireless mesh network in order to blanket the city with consistent access, and after review and analysis, decided to deploy technology developed by InspiAir, an Israeli wireless technology company.

The city now offers municipal-wide access through a network of only 15 801.11b access devices with 1-3 mile range, a throughput of 6Mbps per access point, and less than 3 milisecond latency.  Further, users experience a 6-7 milisecond delay in transition between nodes.  Helsinki is now planning on extending the network to outlying cities, to communter trains, and to the marina.



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Website: http://www.fwcs.co.uk/inspiair_wifi.html
Practitioner Name: N/A
Practitioner Tel: 0870 443 4001
Practitioner E-mail: info@InspiAir.com

Houston, North Forest Independent School District
Location: USA
Abstract:

The neighborhoods around the North Forest Independent School District in northeast Houston may be among the city’s poorest, but the district sees a significant opportunity for educational, social and economic development through the City of Houston’s broadband-wireless plans. Wireless infrastructure paired with Web-based accounts provided by Simdesk can give a boost to the district’s 10,000 students and their families. Students receive SimHouston accounts to access and submit assignments online anytime, anywhere through shared classroom folders. The accounts enable communication between the teacher and the student, the teacher and the parent, the superintendent and the community, and so on. An "S-Drive" enables file sharing between teachers, parents and students. With those folders, homework is always there, lesson plans are always there.


Website: http://www.northforestschools.org/default.aspx?name=tech.home
Practitioner Name: David Lopez
Practitioner Tel: 713-896-5618
Practitioner E-mail: dlopez@simdeskcorp.com
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Iberbanda (Service Provider)
Location: Spain
Abstract:

Iberbanda was established by the government of Spain in 2000 to provide broadband access to areas that were underserved by DSL networks. Iberbanda’s CEO, Carlos Morell, realized that wireless broadband was the only way to avoid reliance on the legacy infrastructure and provide access to areas where no infrastructure existed. Being granted one of four nationwide licenses to build a 3.5 GHz network, Iberbanda chose to deploy Alvarion’s WALKair® 1000 system to provide high-quality, high-speed data and voice services, beginning with small-and-medium-sized businesses and soon after to Spain’s largest 72 cities. In 2003, Iberbanda was awarded a contract by the Andalucía regional government to provide broadband services to rural areas where DSL was not available. The region of Catalonia selected Iberbanda that same year as well. Moving to the next phase of expansion, Iberbanda explored the potential of using WiMAX and turned to Alvarion and Intel to demonstrate the advantages of building a WiMAX network. Alvarion’s BreezeMAX™ was selected for the expansion. Iberbanda has  become a leading profitable telecom operator, providing a host of high-bandwidth services to businesses and residents across several regions, as well as reselling broadband to ISPs.



Website: www.iberbanda.es
Practitioner Name: Carlos Morrell
Practitioner Tel: +34 911 021 000
Practitioner E-mail: corporate-sales@alvarion.com
Vendor Name 1: ALVR
Vendor Title 1: Alvarion-HQ

Irish Broadband (Service Provider)
Location: Ireland
Abstract:

Irish Broadband, a new telecom company licensed in 2002, was determined to offer alternative broadband services to those available from Ireland’s two established operators. It was decided that building a broadband wireless access network would be the fastest, least expensive and most flexible way to cover the underserved areas of Ireland. Irish Broadband needed to meet the great demand and be ready for future expansion. They built a core network using Alvarion’s BreezeACCESS® VL and began offering broadband services within a year, in addition to immediately expanding the network, building on their initial success with Alvarion’s products. Acquiring a new 3.5 GHz license in 2004, they continued to expand and build WiMAX networks using Alvarion BreezeMAX™ 3500. Surpassing expectations throughout their growth, Irish Broadband services small, medium and large businesses, residents and schools with speeds ranging from 512 kbps to 6 mbps. They have the first operational WiMAX network in Ireland and pursue an aggressive network rollout and strong customer acquisition.


Website: www.irishbroadband.ie/index.php
Practitioner Name: N/A
Practitioner Tel: +353 1 481 8400
Practitioner E-mail: info@irishbroadband.ie
Vendor Name 1: ALVR
Vendor Title 1: Alvarion-HQ

Italian Association of Small Towns (ANPCI)
Location: Italy
Abstract:

Three quarters of 8,000 municipalities in Italy have less than 5,000 residents. The low population density in rural areas and the challenging terrain make it physically and financially difficult to provide broadband connectivity to these towns. Indeed, in Italy the digital divide between large cities and small centers is evident. The small villages almost totally lack broadband access. To bridge the digital divide, The Italian Association of Small Towns (ANPCI) decided to promote the adoption of wireless solutions nationally, through its associated villages (territorial wi-fi and satellite networks). The agreement signed last May between ANPCI and The Wifi-Company Srl (a leader Company in Italy specialized in wireless solutions) has begun to show the first successes. To addition, the Italian Association of Small Towns has begun providing incentives to the private sector to bring wireless alternatives to its associated villages across the country. In one dramatic example, the town of Chamois high in the Italian Alps now has broadband Internet access enabling voice-over IP, video surveillance, and a Web cam to promote tourism. Recent permissions from the Italian government have opened the way for inclusion of 10 milli on more rural residents.




Website: http://www.anpci.it
Practitioner Name: n/a
Practitioner Tel: n/a
Practitioner E-mail: info@anpci.it

Jigawa State, Nigeria
Location: Nigeria
Abstract:

There are few telephones to speak of in Nigeria’s arid Jigawa State. As recently as 2001, the population of four million mostly poor farmers had no information technology — let alone dial-up Internet access over clunky copper-wire infrastructure. But when Governor Ibrahim Turaki took office in 2000, he decided to change all this — and he wasn’t waiting for Nigeria’s telco or cellular operators to help. With $6 million in World Bank grants and state and federal monies, the governor bought two satellite dishes and set up 47 access points to connect schools, libraries, cyber cafes and a new university with Wi-Fi access. The state buys bandwidth from a European company at considerable expense, but it can now bring voice, data, and video capabilities to schools, university students, and local economic players. Local authorities facilitate the rollout with real-estate rights of way. The next phase includes a massive voice-over IP network to provide low-cost mobile voice services across the state and into neighboring jurisdictions.


Website: http://www.w2idigitalcitiesconvention.com/awards/2005/digital_inclusion.html
Practitioner Name: Laurent Gil
Practitioner Tel: 234-806-556-6885
Practitioner E-mail: laurent@ideagroup.com.br
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Vendor Name 1: IDEA
Vendor Title 1: IdeaValley

Johannesburg, South Africa
Location: South Africa
Abstract:

In an effort to reduce operating costs for an existing WAN (Wide Area Network) and meet the growing demands of users for better communication and full access to business and networking applications, the City of Johannesburg chose wireless broadband. They commissioned a pilot installation of wireless network solutions from several providers for proof-of-concept testing. The testing phase was successfully completed by Multisource Telecoms, a specialist in low-cost communication systems in Africa. The solution was built over Alvarion’s systems including the ICASA-approved 5.4 GHz BreezeACCESS VL. These base stations with advance OFDM technology and Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) capability were strategically deployed in locations throughout the city. 300 municipal buildings were initially connected to the wireless broadband network, providing them with access to centralized business-critical data services for the first time. The City of Johannesburg enjoyed a complete return on investment within just three months while providing higher access speeds and additional services to more offices.


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Website:
Practitioner Name: Herklaas du Plessis
Practitioner Tel: N/A
Practitioner E-mail: corporate-sales@alvarion.com
Vendor Name 1: ALVR
Vendor Title 1: Alvarion-HQ

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