WireIE Unveils New Partnership to Enhance Broadband Services for Canada’s Indigenous CommunitiesMay 16, 2018
Frontline’s IPTV solution chosen by WireIE to deploy in underserved markets
Toronto, Canada – 15 May 2018 – One of Canada’s premier wholesale network operators today announced a new partnership designed to significantly enhance and improve broadband services for Indigenous communities across the country.
WireIE, the nation’s industry leader in delivering high availability and secure data over networks in rural and remote regions, is teaming up with Frontline 360 Inc. to be the exclusive distributor of the company’s Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) platform for Indigenous communities and wholesale customers.
“This exciting new partnership enables us to offer Indigenous communities and service providers an enhanced Triple Play Bundle consisting of IPTV, IP telephony and broadband internet – all over a single connection,” said Rob Barlow, CEO of WireIE. “It allows us to further build upon our mission to make tangible and direct improvements to broadband services in underserved markets and to empower Indigenous communities to take full advantage of our digital economy.”
WireIE specializes in the deployment of MEF-Certified Carrier Ethernet networks to Canada’s underserved markets and has unique expertise in owning and operating Ethernet Networks for the carrier, oil and gas, utilities, healthcare and government industries.
“The deficient and subpar network access currently offered in many rural and remote communities has a profoundly negative effect on their ability to compete in the 21st century digital economy,” added Barlow. “That’s why for more than 10 years now, WireIE has been working with Indigenous communities to lay the backbone, high-speed broadband infrastructure that is required for value-added services like IPTV.”
The Frontline-powered IPTV platform will now be a part of WireIE’s broadband solution and is set to increase opportunities for local economic development in underserved markets.
“Our IPTV platform is a leading, best-in-class solution that provides end-users with reliable and inter-active access to the streaming content they enjoy,” said Hoss Astaraki, President of Frontline 360 Inc. “We are proud to provide WireIE with a complete solution that will enable them to shape their ecosystem, empowering local service providers to offer value-added services to their end-users.”
WireIE is currently deploying Frontline’s IPTV platform with K-Net Services (a division of Keewaytinook Okimakanak Northern Chiefs Council), a First Nations owned and operated telecommunications provider and internet service provider (ISP) in Sioux Lookout, Ontario.
“We are excited to leverage the new IPTV platform for our Indigenous customers in Northern Ontario,” said Geordi Kakepetum, Chief Executive Director of Keewaytinook Okimakanak. “In communities with broadband access, many of our customers are beginning to move away from traditional landlines, utilizing mobile devices to access streaming content. Thanks to our partnership with WireIE, we will be able to provide them with more choice and flexibility.”
Following the successful rollout of today’s announcement, WireIE will pursue further partnerships with other Indigenous ISPs and communities.
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