Nokia Delivers Wireless Broadband for Homes in North America; Affordable
High-Speed Internet Access to Consumers Made Possible by Revolutionary Mesh
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 19, 2001--Nokia (NYSE:NOK) today
announced that it has successfully completed its first commercial trials
with its new Nokia RoofTop(TM) Wireless Routing wireless broadband network
solution. Nokia will begin delivering the Nokia R240, an all-in-one outdoor
router, and the Nokia RoofTop(TM) Router Management System (RMS), a solution
that simplifies the installation and monitoring of the wireless network, to
North American carriers and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the second
quarter of 2001.
Nokia's wireless routing technology will allow service providers to
deploy affordable infrastructure to residential and small office/home office
(SOHO) markets so consumers in areas that do not have access to high-speed
Internet access can receive a high-speed, always-on Internet connection. The
Nokia RoofTop solution simplifies line-of-sight difficulties inherent in
residential neighborhoods by routing around obstacles such as buildings and
trees. Combining 802.11 RF components with specialized wireless software,
the Nokia AIR Operating System, Nokia RoofTop Wireless Routing is the first
wireless broadband solution that is both affordable and viable for the
price-sensitive residential broadband market.
Advanced TelCom Group Inc. (ATG), an Integrated Communications Provider
(ICP) headquartered in Santa Rosa, Calif., has been in trials with the Nokia
RoofTop solution for the past five months. ATG provides local telephone,
Internet and data services, as well as domestic and international long
distance to small and medium sized customers, telecommuters, and home based
businesses in underserved mid-sized markets across the United States.
"Nokia's RoofTop Wireless Routing solution has allowed ATG to reach
residential broadband Internet customers we would not have been able to
reach with a copper wired solution," said Scott Mindemann, vice president of
wireless technologies for ATG. "The mesh network was quick and
cost-effective to deploy and ATG has been impressed with its performance and
our customer satisfaction in the trial."
meer.net, a regional ISP based in Mountain View, Calif., has also
completed a successful Nokia RoofTop trial that now serves a mix of both
small businesses and residential customers in the Silicon Valley.
"Nokia's leadership in wireless technology has helped us to develop this
unique wireless routing mesh network technology that finally makes wireless
broadband viable for mass markets," said Ari Leppa, general manager of Nokia
Wireless Routing. "Our wireless broadband solutions will enable service
providers to quickly build their networks according to the growing demand
for high-speed Internet connectivity, accelerating time to market and
capturing additional marketshare."
Nokia pioneered its unique mesh-designed network, built with Nokia
RoofTop(TM) Wireless Routers, to model the wired structure of the Internet.
As these wireless routers only require line-of-sight to another router in
the network, instead of a direct connection all the way to a base station,
the networks can be rapidly deployed in diverse geographical locations and
are more robust and far-reaching than existing broadband network solutions.
Nokia RoofTop Wireless Routers operate in the license-free 2.4 GHz ISM
spectrum band, eliminating spectrum license costs, incumbent line fees and
tariffs, enabling providers to own, manage and control their networks to
capture 100 percent of the revenue stream. Providers can deploy the new
wireless mesh networks quickly, with minimal upfront investment in
engineering and equipment. Each node is part of the infrastructure and acts
as both an IP router in the network and a local modem. Thus, the network is
built as new subscribers are added, minimizing up front investment and
The Nokia R240 wireless router is also a home gateway, supporting home
networking via standard telephone wires or Ethernet. It enables multiple
devices to share the access link without having to run new in-home wiring,
and provides simple security by masking private addresses. The Nokia Air
Operating Systems' wireless intelligence controls the built in RF amplifier
make scaling the network simple and automatic.
The Nokia RoofTop Router Management System enables service providers to
quickly and easily configure, monitor and maintain the Nokia RoofTop
network. The RMS software is designed to allow service providers to check
network operations at a glance with a dynamic Graphical User Interface,
which provides a visual display of the network topology. Routers can be
configured locally or remotely, either from a laptop in the field or from
the network operations center.
The new Nokia RoofTop Wireless Routers and Nokia CityHopper(TM)
Broadband Wireless Access products complement and further strengthen Nokia's
existing broadband DSL and home networking solutions. Nokia offers providers
a suite of broadband solutions that will enable them to reach a broader
customer base more quickly.
For additional information about Nokia's wireless broadband solutions,
visit the Nokia Booth No.1125 in the San Francisco Moscone Convention Center
at Broadband Wireless World Forum 2001, or at www.wbs.nokia.com.
Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications. Backed by its
experience, innovation, user-friendliness and secure solutions, the company
has become the leading supplier of mobile phones and a leading supplier of
mobile, fixed and IP networks. By adding mobility to the Internet Nokia
creates new opportunities for companies and further enriches the daily lives
of people. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on six major
Denise Crew, 650/625-2519
Ketchum (Representing Nokia)
Nicole Fischer, 404/879-9280
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