BCNET taps fSONA

November 8, 2005 Victoria, British Columbia and McLean, VA -- The University President's Council (TUPC) of British Columbia (BC) has been connected to BCNET, a builder of research and education networks, using fSONA's optical wireless communication devices and free space optical (FSO) technology.

November 8, 2005 Victoria, British Columbia and McLean, VA -- The University President's Council (TUPC) of British Columbia (BC) has been connected to BCNET, a builder of research and education networks, using fSONA's optical wireless communication devices and free space optical (FSO) technology.

According to a press release, the FSO technology, which uses infrared light to transmit digital signals through the air, will enable TUPC to collaborate wirelessly and cost-effectively with universities across BC and around the world. TUPC says that access to these high-bandwidth networks will provide it with continuous and free global videoconferencing connections for improved productivity.

"The fSONA optical wireless solution is a natural fit with the work of TUPC," says Don Avison, president of TUPC. "We immediately recognized the potential of the fSONA high speed link to enhance our communications and to support our partnerships."

fSONA says that, unlike a traditional wired connection, the wireless connection provided by its SONAbeam FSO technology does not require fiber installation, making it easy to integrate into urban business environments. The company says its FSO wireless link is not subject to the licensing and regulation associated with other wireless technologies; therefore, cost of deployment is extremely reduced.

"fSONA's SONAbeam products are ideal for meeting the next-generation network requirements of today's higher learning and research institutes," comments Sunny Taylor, CEO of fSONA. "Deployed by a number of universities worldwide, SONAbeam technology provides high-speed optical wireless networking that is cost-effective and extremely secure."

Accessing BC's advanced research network, supported and promoted by BCNET for the extensive use of BC's higher education and research communities, will provide TUPC with a connection that is 10,000x faster than commercial Internet, equipping TUPC with always-on, free connections for university members throughout the province, as well as for contacts both nationally and internationally.

"We are very excited to partner with fSONA to enable TUPC with a high-bandwidth videoconference service over advanced networks. In support of their mandate to provide system-wide leadership and to communicate on behalf of British Columbia's university system, this technology will greatly enhance productivity, collaboration, and cost savings," concludes Michael Hrybyk, president and CEO of BCNET.

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