Barrett Xplore selects Tellabs gear to manage 4G IP traffic and capacity

JANUARY 12, 2011 -- Canadian service provider Barrett Xplore Inc. will use Tellabs’ SmartCore 9160 platform to manage IP traffic and capacity over Barrett's national 4G wireless broadband network, Tellabs (Nasdaq: TLAB) says.

JANUARY 12, 2011 -- Canadian service provider Barrett Xplore Inc. will use Tellabs’ SmartCore 9160 platform to manage IP traffic and capacity over Barrett's national 4G wireless broadband network, Tellabs (Nasdaq: TLAB) says. Barrett expects the network to enable it to deliver wireless broadband to every rural Canadian by the end of 2012.

Barrett will launch the national 4G network – Canada’s first, Tellabs says -- through a combination of terrestrial wireless and satellite networks. Marketed under the Xplornet brand, the terrestrial wireless network will initially be based on WiMAX and will be software-upgradable to LTE.

The Tellabs' SmartCore 9160 platform will link Xplornet customers to the Internet by authenticating each user and assigning network resources according to the customer's selected package. The Tellabs platform also will provide analytics and monetization tools to enable Barrett to maximize its investment, and a flexible, open network architecture to support future growth. Tellabs is also providing network design and integration services to help Barrett prepare for the network launch.

"Xplornet is a digital lifeline for rural Canadians who want fast, reliable, and affordable broadband to connect them to various applications for business and personal uses," said Jeff Burlock, Sr. VP of Strategic Technology at Barrett Xplore. "We confidently selected Tellabs because the enhanced service and traffic management capabilities of Tellabs® SmartCore® 9100 platform will help us realize the goal of an urban-quality broadband experience for rural Canadians, and will position us for seamless movement to LTE in the future."

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