The head of I-Netlink Wireless Inc., a small Manitoba-based Internet provider and spectrum auction hopeful, has purchased equipment from Redline Communications Inc. to expand its network footprint. The company, which has enjoyed a two-year relationship with Redline, plans to deploy an additional 30 wireless links to expand its footprint and improve coverage to existing customers. "I was looking at it from a business standpoint as opposed to a technical standpoint, and found that first of all (Redline) being a Canadian company helped; technical support would be there," Charlie Clark, president and CEO of the Brandon-based ISP, tells Report on Wireless. "There are also advantages from an operational point of view such as an easy to understand interface, management and equipment that is easy to support," he adds. Clark tells RoW that more than half of the links are already deployed with the remaining to be completed in the near future. "We’re just building out our network at a very rapid pace and focus exclusively on Redline for the backhaul," he says. Not only is the company expanding the reach of its broadband wireless network, it is also exploring the possibility of broadly introducing Voice over IP service. Clark says the company has been conducting testing in both its old and new offices using Redline equipment. "We just moved offices which is why we are now doing this over Redline links. We’ve just extended our own infrastructure to our new office building and put voice over IP phone system in as part of the move. We were using and testing in our old facility and we just went whole-hog and put the complete voice over IP system in our new building. "Day one, we handled over 600 calls to our office … sales and support service calls, outbound and interoffice transfers those kinds of things," Clark says. "We are spending a lot of time making sure we have everything in place before we launch the service because, of course, people are used to the telephone working and we don’t want it to be anything different than that. So we are very cautiously optimistic that we can have something working here," he explains, adding there aren’t any firm plans for a commercial launch. Company looking for unencumbered frequenciesI-Netlink Wireless is one of 28 companies that applied for unassigned licences left over from the recent 2300/3500 MHz spectrum auction. The company put down a deposit of $13,750 for 3 licences covering the serving areas of Brandon (12 points), Portage la Prairie (2 points) and Dauphin (8 points). I-Netlink is uncontested in each of those areas and if it doesn’t withdraw any of the bids by the end of the week, it will be declared a winner. Clark says the company is primarily interested in the newer technology that’s coming out and " feel that the licensed frequencies may benefit us at some point…Everyone is this business is nervous about interference, and we have certainly seen that from time to time. We feel that with some of the business opportunities that we have, the licensed spectrum may be of some benefit to us - if not immediately, certainly down the road," he explains.