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Connecting Canada’s unconnected

The two companies are on a mission to overcome the challenges of the digital divide

Ice delivers its services to Northern Canada across areas such as Quebec
Ice delivers its services to Northern Canada across areas such as Quebec

Cellular network company Parallel Wireless, and wireless and wireline IP services provider, Ice Wireless, are working together to provide Canada’s most remote arctic communities with wireless broadband services.


The two companies have successfully deployed a multi-technology macro solution, based on Parallel Wireless all IP virtualised RAN (vRAN).


Ice Wireless delivers 3G/4G/LTE-A technology to rural and remote communities in Northern Canada across areas such as the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Quebec while Parallel specialises in making cellular network deployments as easy and as cost-effective as enterprise wi-fi whether for rural, public safety, machine-to-machine, smart cities, or dense urban services and applications.
Ice Wireless recognised that innovation was needed to improve network services across the remote markets it serves. Many of these markets have limited backhaul availability and limited access to power. Parallel Wireless’ commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) based network solution enabled Ice Wireless to deploy coverage on an accelerated timeline, delivering consumer service offerings by utilising any available transport and consuming minimum power for significant OPEX savings.


This self-configuring and self-optimising technology combines Parallel Wireless HetNet Gateway (HNG) with Parallel Wireless Converged Wireless System (CWS) base stations. The sites will fully utilise the software-defined radio (SDR) capability of the technology to incorporate both 3G and 4G/LTE into a single integrated solution that delivers the smallest site footprint.


Samer Bishay, president and CEO, Iristel and Ice Wireless, said: “Our decision to partner with Parallel Wireless was driven by our joint vision of connecting the unconnected. We are committed to providing our customers – regardless of location – with the best possible communications experience so they can continue to thrive.


“The tricky thing with bringing the Internet to the next billion is that solutions need to be very cost-effective and easy to deploy. This new partnership strengthens our leadership in the cellular market and allows us to establish connections to better the world.


"Parallel Wireless’ outstanding combination of technical expertise, proven systems integration, and excellent service and support makes them the ideal partner to help us achieve our goals."


Almost four billion people in the world are still unconnected. Steve Papa, founder and CEO, Parallel Wireless, said that remote users want the entire Internet experience, “not just a sliver of it”. He said: "At Parallel Wireless, we are constantly expanding and updating our portfolio to help deliver this Internet experience to every single person. As a communications leader and technology innovator, Ice Wireless shares our passion for connecting the worldwide population.”


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