Fairpoint Picks Nortel

FairPoint selects Nortel WiMax for Northern New England

October 29, 2008

2 Min Read

TORONTO -- Thousands of northern New Englanders will kiss slow dial-up Internet connections goodbye thanks to new WiMAX wireless broadband services from FairPoint Communications ** powered by Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT ] with equipment from Airspan Networks Inc . [Nasdaq: AIRN].**

FairPoint has selected Nortel's WiMAX network solution as one of the access platforms it will use to bring high-speed Internet to communities in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The WiMAX network will provide subscribers, some of whom have never before been served by broadband, with the speedy connectivity needed for bandwidth-intense applications like VoIP, streaming video and online gaming.

Nortel will provide FairPoint with an end-to-end fixed WiMAX solution (802.16d) that will bring broadband to homes and small businesses over high-speed wireless connections. Rather than build or upgrade wired connections to homes in remote areas, a small WiMAX terminal, placed at customers' homes or businesses, allows them to access the wireless WiMAX network in the same way they would plug into a wireline network.

The high-bandwidth capability of FairPoint's WiMAX network to provide such applications as YouTube ** videos and fast music downloads relies on a complete solution that includes wireless base stations and terminals designed and manufactured by Airspan. Airspan is a leading provider of WiMAX-based broadband wireless access networks and is Nortel's partner in delivering fixed WiMAX solutions. FairPoint will also receive Nortel's premium support service to ensure that their customers always have fast and reliable network access.

"Nortel is a one-stop shop for WiMAX, combining leading-edge technology with the highest quality of applications and services to create the right end-to-end solution for any operator," said Scott Wickware, general manager of WiMAX, Nortel. "Nortel's WiMAX solution will provide FairPoint with everything it needs – the speed to support today's popular online applications, the coverage to reach remote areas, and the services to keep it all running efficiently."

Nortel Networks Ltd.

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