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Crossover signs with Manitoba NetSet to deploy SAF microwave network


April 18, 2011
By Alyssa Dalton

April 18, 2011

Crossover Distribution.com Corporation, a value-added distributor of
wireless broadband technologies, has signed a contract with Manitoba
NetSet Ltd to deploy SAF Tehnika’s CFIP Lumina microwave radios across
the province of Manitoba.

Manitoba NetSet has been awarded funding from Industry Canada as part of Canada’s Economic Action plan to extend its fixed wireless broadband coverage to the underserviced and un-serviced regions of the Province. The program has allocated $225 million over a three-year period to qualified service providers in an effort to increase broadband connectivity to citizens, businesses and institutions in rural Canada.

Manitoba NetSet is building a Carrier Class, Gigabit Ethernet network throughout the province using SAF’s next generation CFIP Lumina licensed microwave technology. According to the company, the contract calls for 200 microwave links, which it claims will make it the largest fixed wireless broadband service provider in the province and ensure that broadband services will be available to rural communities, farmers and small business entrepreneurs across Manitoba.

“Crossover has been involved in many wireless broadband projects across Canada over the past several years and we are thrilled to be selected by NetSet for this project,” said Darin Gibbons, vice-president of Crossover. “We believe that NetSet’s approach to delivering on Industry Canada’s mandate will ensure that the citizens of Manitoba have real, affordable, high speed broadband for many years to come.”

“We are extremely pleased to partner with Crossover and SAF on this very exciting project,” added Charlie Clark, president of Manitoba NetSet. “Crossover’s wireless broadband expertise and SAF’s reputation as a leading global manufacturer of microwave solutions are the key reasons for this partnership.”

The SAF CFIP Lumina platform is a gigabit Ethernet microwave solution that is ideal for Mobile Operators and Internet Service Providers who are building star, ring or mesh metro Ethernet or carrier class networks, described NetSet. The Full Outdoor (FODU) design approach with fiber optic interfaces allows service providers to cost-effectively deliver voice and data services to their customers and provides scalability as their network grows, it added.