Stream expands network presence and development in Canada

July 2, 2001
July 2, 2001--Stream Intelligent Networks Corp. announced it has signed a Master Network Services Agreement with Everest Broadband Networks Canada. Further, Stream Intelligent Networks Corp. and Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman announced that Stream's Sewer Telecommunications Access by Robot will be deployed in the City of Toronto's sewer system.

Stream Intelligent Networks Corp. announced it has signed a Master Network Services Agreement with Everest Broadband Networks Canada, the Canadian subsidiary of Everest Broadband Networks, Inc. of Fort Lee, New Jersey. The agreement enables Stream to supply high-speed access facilities to commercial buildings served by Everest Canada. Everest is a Metropolitan Broadband Services Provider (MBSP), delivering broadband voice, data and customer applications services to small and medium-sized businesses located in multi-tenant office buildings.

Stream, a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) provider, can supply high-speed, scalable access to several of the buildings Everest Canada has wired in Toronto and Montreal, allowing Everest to quickly provision a sophisticated suite of broadband services to building tenants. In addition, the agreement expands Everest's potential reach into buildings connected to Stream's fiber-optic and digital wireless network.

Everest's Metropolitan Ethernet Services Architecture (MESA) utilizes its metropolitan Point of Presence (PoP) as a retail storefront to deliver broadband services. This enables Everest to offer small and medium-sized businesses carrier-grade reliability and quality of service, dynamic bandwidth management, multiple levels of security and IP directory-enabled services -- all customizable by service or application for each customer.

Further, Stream Intelligent Networks Corp. and Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman announced that Stream's STAR, (Sewer Telecommunications Access by Robot), will be deployed in the City of Toronto's sewer system. Stream will help build Toronto's high-speed Internet infrastructure for local businesses and residents. Toronto plans to fulfill the National Broadband Task Force's goal to have all cities wired for broadband services by 2004.

Stream's current plans in Toronto will see the STAR robot lay fiber north from the intersection of Armoury Street and University Avenue. When completed, businesses adjacent to the build-build will have access to some of the fastest data and Internet services available through such technologies as Gigabit Ethernet.

Residents of Toronto have had a concern with traffic, congestion and construction in other fiber installments. However, during this deployment, traffic disruptions from lane closures, construction waste, noise pollution and disruptions to storefront businesses will become a thing of the past. STAR travels through the existing underground sewers to lay optic-optic cable at up to eight times faster than previous excavation methods. The cable-laying robot, which is about 1.8 meters long and is equipped with five television cameras to monitor operations, is fed into the sewer system through manholes. It can operate in pipes ranging from 200 millimeters (8 inches) to 1200 millimeters (47 inches) in diameter. STAR is capable of completing projects in days as opposed to open-trench digging methods that would take weeks or even months.

About Stream:

Stream Intelligent Networks Corp. is a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) provider, delivering managed broadband communications in the Greater Toronto Area. For more information, visit www.stream.ca.

About Everest Broadband Networks:

Everest Broadband Networks provides high-speed Internet access, long-distance telephone service, digital broadcast satellite TV and related broadband applications in multi-tenant commercial buildings and hotels. Everest offers building tenants a broad range of telephony services and advanced Internet applications such as e-mail, tools to build websites, site-hosting services e-commerce software and virtual private networks. For more information, visit www.everestbroadband.com.

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