CNM Update

Thursday, June 30, 2005

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ROW International Briefs

Location-based services beginning to gather steam
Two new research reports indicate that location-based services (LBS) are set to take off. Juniper Research notes that Asia Pacific will generate the lion’s share of revenue with Europe and North America coming in second and third, respectively. Juniper projects that mobile LBS (MLBS) will grow from US$1 billion by the end of this year to more than US$8.5 billion by the end of 2010. "More and more mobile operators are finding that MLBS are a group of services that their customers expect to be available. This will introduce strong competitive pressure for operators to follow suit in markets where MLBS have already been launched," says Bruce Gibson senior Juniper analyst.

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Wireless remote computing company Route1 Inc. has announced changes to its board of directors. Ian Currie becomes chair of the board, and Michael Doolan will head the board’s audit committee. Currie sits on the board of several Canadian firms and was previously managing partner and CEO of the law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain. Doolan is currently senior VP and CFO of Falconbridge Ltd., the world’s third largest producer of nickel. He has also held positions at other mineral producers. Doolan is joined on the audit committee by Stephen Koles, VP and GM of AOL Canada and Edward Boyd, an independent consultant.

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BelAir provides Wi-Fi access at Mexican resort
BelAir Networks has partnered with Viasys Network Services to deploy the infrastructure necessary to provide Wi-Fi Internet access for guests and employees. The wide area wireless network infrastructure supplied by BelAir was ideally suited for this type of deployment, said the CEO of Viasys. "The company’s multi-radio, multi-service mesh architecture enabled us to provide complete, broadband Wi-Fi access by projecting Wi-Fi into the rooms from the outside – without disrupting hotel guests or the surrounding environment," said Lance McNeill. The network consisted of 16 BelAir200 wireless multi-service switch routers and BelAir100 wireless multi-service nodes. The network can be accessed from anywhere in the hotel or on the resort grounds.

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