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NBI/Michael Sone Associates
193 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 1Y7
Telephone 416-360-0424

December 2007




Table of Contents


Section  Page
About this Report v
1.0 Executive Summary 1
2.0 Technology 7
   2.1 The Mobile Desktop 7
   2.2 Wi-Fi 11
   2.3 WiMAX 15
3.0 Service Providers 21
   3.1 Bell Aliant 19
   3.2 Bell Canada 22
   3.3 BOLDstreet 25
   3.4 Cogeco 27
   3.5 EastLink 28
   3.6 FatPort 29
   3.7 Inukshuk 32
   3.8 Look 35
   3.9 McDonalds Canada 36
   3.10 MTS Allstream 37
   3.11 Opti-Fi/Via Rail 38
   3.12 Rogers 40
   3.13 SaskTel 42
   3.14 Speedway Wireless (MDS) 44
   3.15 TELUS 45
   3.16 Toronto Hydro Telecom 47
   3.17 Vidéotron 49


List of Figures and Exhibits

Figure/Exhibit Page
Figure 1
Canadian Public Wi-Fi Market, Number of Hotspots, 2004-2009 4
Figure 2
Canadian Public Wi-Fi Hotspots by Service Provider, mid-2006 5
Figure 3
Canadian Public Wi-Fi Market Average Daily Sessions, 2004-2009 6



About This Report


The Canadian Wi-Fi/WiMAX Market Report, 2007 Edition is NBI/Michael Sone Associates' third report on this Internet market segment and is the most comprehensive and rigorously researched document available on the subject in Canada.

At more than 50 pages, the report is divided into three main sections. The first provides an overview of the Canadian Wi-Fi market and concludes with three figures illustrating current and potential hotspot and user growth trends in the industry. This is followed by a tutorial that discusses major issues and technology developments pertinent to the mobile and nomadic computing market, especially the relative merits and constraints of Wi-Fi and WiMAX and comparisons with cellular wireless, cable and DSL technologies. The third section comprises profiles of a dozen-and-a-half significant national and regional service providers. These include the individual telcos and cablecos, as well as a sample of fixed wireless companies, a restaurant chain and a mesh network. Each industry segment has been explored so that the report presents the services offered and planned, marketing activities and pricing, as well as technology and application trends.

Please note that the mobile Internet market is examined and discussed in depth in NBI/Michael Sone Associates' Canadian Mobile Wireless Communications Services Market Report, 2006 Edition, the upcoming 2007 Edition and the Canadian Mobile Wireless Network Equipment Market Report, 2007 Edition and the fixed Internet market in the Canadian Internet Service Providers Market Report, 2007 Edition. Please refer to these publications for information on these market sectors.





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