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

October 2008




Table of Contents


Section  Page
About This Report v
1.0 Executive Summary 1
2.0 Technology 8
2.1 Wi-Fi 8
2.2 WiMAX 14
3.0 Service Providers 20
3.1 Bell Aliant 20
3.2 Bell Canada 21
3.3 Boingo 24
  3.3.1 Concourse 25 Pearson Airport
3.4 BOLDstreet 27
3.5 Cogeco 30
  3.5.1 One Zone 31
3.6 FatPort 33
3.7 Inukshuk 36
3.8 Look 37
3.9 McDonald’s Canada 39
3.10 MTS Allstream 40
3.11 Opti-Fi/VIA Rail 41
3.12 Rogers 43
  3.12.1 CHRA 46
3.13 SaskTel 48
3.14 TELUS 49
3.15 Videotron 51


List of Figures

Figure 1
Canadian Public Wi-Fi Market, Number of Hotspots, 2006-2010 5
Figure 2
Canadian Public Wi-Fi Access Locations by Service Provider, 2008 6
Figure 3
Canadian Public Wi-Fi Market Average Daily Sessions, 2006-2010 7



About This Report


The Canadian Wi-Fi/WiMAX Market Report, 2008 Edition is NBI/Michael Sone Associates’ fourth report on this market segment and is the most comprehensive and rigorously researched document available on the subject in Canada.

At around 50 pages, the report is as much intended to provide an insight on this sector’s future developments as past activity and current status. It is divided into three main sections. The first comprises an executive summary that provides an overview of the Canadian market and concludes with two (2) figures illustrating past, current and potential Wi-Fi hotspot and usage growth trends in the industry and one (1) showing access locations by company. This is followed by a tutorial that discusses major issues, developments and technology pertinent to the industry for each of the Wi-Fi and WiMAX sectors and their relationship with cellular wireless, cable, and DSL technologies. The third section provides profiles of over a dozen significant national and regional service providers. These include the individual telcos, cablecos, as well as a representative sample of the larger independent companies. Each industry segment has been explored so that the report presents services offered and planned, marketing activities, pricing, as well as technology and application trends.

Please note that the mobile and fixed Internet markets are examined and discussed in depth in NBI/Michael Sone Associates’ Canadian Mobile Wireless Communications Services Market Report, 2007/8 Edition and upcoming 2009 Edition and Canadian Internet Service Providers Market Report, 2008 Edition respectively. Please refer to these publications for information on these market sectors.





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