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Bcnet Chooses WaveRider for Wireless Trial

BCnet will be using WaveRider Communications' NCL135 wireless bridge to link selected departments of Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT).

BCnet claims to be one of North America's fastest networks connecting research and education sites across Canada to each other and the U.S. Internet2 sites.

"BCnet stands in the forefront of innovation today, with an expanding client base of nearly 100 organizations connecting tens of thousands of individual users, carrying nearly 3 Terabytes per month on its high speed backbone," said Bruce Sinclair, WaveRider President and CEO.

BCnet is a high-speed backbone running at 155 Megabits per second, with routed interconnections to all BCnet sites. The backbone is connected to the Canadian and worldwide Internet via Bell Canada and CA*net2. BCnet has also been appointed by CANARIE (an arm of Industry Canada) to operate the CA*net2 Gigapop in British Columbia.

CA*net2 is the new high speed national network connecting research and education sites across Canada to each other and to the Internet2 sites in the United States.

"One of the main reasons we selected the WaveRider product is that it is non-proprietary," said Michael Hrybyk, BCnet's General Manager. "This allows for the widest number of participants, and helps keep down the connection costs. We were also very impressed by the product's built-in routing capabilities."



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