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Look Rolls Out Low-Cost, High-Speed Wireless Net Access

Look Communications this week rolled out Ultrafast Internet Service, its wireless high-speed Internet service, to homes and businesses across Ontario.

The Ultrafast Internet Service is a 1.54 Mb wireless high-speed service delivering speeds up to 100 times faster than a regular telephone modem.

The launch expands upon the service's pilot availability in Toronto last year. It is now available in Look's complete coverage area in southern Ontario. It will be introduced in Montreal this spring.

"The age of wireless Internet is here," said David Parkes, President and CEO of Look Communications. "Canadian Internet users are ready for a reliable, cost-effective Ultrafast service."

The service is delivered through the same wireless technology (Multipoint Distribution System) that is used for Look's digital television service.

An antenna, installed on the roof of the subscriber's home, receives digital signals from a local transmission tower via a dedicated wireless channel. The data is then delivered to Look's wireless modem and downloaded to the computer.

That process is used to speedily download information from the Internet, and a telephone hook-up provides the upload.

The service costs CAN$34.95 per month, or CAN$29.95 per month for subscribers to Look's digital television serviceless expensive than comparable cable modem or telco services, representing a savings of up to CAN$10 per month over most providers.

The Ultrafast service also provides up to 100 hours per month of free dial-up roaming access.

In addition to Look's Ultrafast Internet Service, the company offers Internet Direct dial-up plans starting at CAN$9.99, customized connections to the Internet through ISDN, Web site hosting, and e-commerce applications.

The company recently introduced their Internet Call Manager, enabling Internet subscribers to monitor and manage incoming phone calls while online.

Look Communications is a Canadian company whose principal shareholders are Telesystem, Teleglobe, CTV, Covington Wireless Communications, and GTC Transcontinental Group.