Canada’s defence sector faces unique threats and challenges. From the growing number of cyber-attacks on the federal government to the country’s vast underserved regions, mission-critical government services across the country require networks with unparalleled resilience, availability and security.  As a wholesale network operator specialized in the deployment of MEF Certified Carrier Ethernet networks, WireIE is the provider of choice for mission-critical underserved network requirements.

In 2007, Rob Barlow created WireIE because he saw a gap in bringing high-availability network services to underserved markets where government assets and large enterprises need to function with the speed and reliability of those in major Canadian cities. The company addresses this need by working with its partners to deliver networks with unparalleled availability and ultra-low latency to enterprises and government installations of all sizes across Canada’s underserved regions.  WireIE’s MEF Certified Ethernet 2.0 certification gives its customers performance assurance that their applications and network data will run without interruption and to the highest standards of performance.

In 2016, WireIE worked with Tier 1 Canadian partners to replace the legacy service at a major NAV Canada radar station on Mt. Wallensteen, located 20 kilometres west of Salmon Arm, British Columbia. WireIE was the partner of choice since the station site is located two kilometers above the nearby community and is inaccessible during the harsh winter months. As a result, it was uneconomical to complete the upgrades using fiber technology. Even though the site could only be accessed via helicopter, WireIE successfully completed the installation of 10Mbps Ethernet service, exceeding the client’s expectations. The new network infrastructure provides the station with the redundancy and reliability necessary to ensure safe plane-to-ground voice communication for the many trans-Pacific flights coming into Canada on a daily basis.

This year, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) reported that the federal government faces serious cyber-attacks on a daily basis. As the capabilities of state-sponsored hackers and terrorist groups increase, secure networks for government assets in underserved regions become a high priority. The reliable and trusted service that WireIE delivers can be used for all types of assets that are crucial to the security of Canadians. Already working on behalf of fourteen government departments, WireIE is excited to offer its innovative, best-in-class services in support of the Canadian defence sector’s needs.  For more information on WireIE’s services, visit their resource centre here.

The article entitled, “Canada’s Digital Divide” by Iain Marlow and Jacquie McNish appeared in Saturday, April 3, 2010′s Globe & Mail Report on Business section.

This is a passionate topic for us at WireIE so our President & CEO Rob Barlow decided to write a letter to the editor, as well as participate in the live blog discussion on Monday, April 5, 2010.

Our Letter to the Editor:

I read with great interest your article “Canada’s Digital Divide” by Iain Marlow and Jacquie McNish.

While referring to the time required to load a static web page serves well at making an important point, it is important to note that the accelerating trend toward the consumption of Internet-delivered rich multimedia will place significantly greater demands on networks going forward.  The bandwidth problem certainly isn’t going away and is indeed, becoming a greater challenge in rural areas.

There are a number of tools that can address the rural broadband disadvantage.  WiMAX, for example, is a broadband wireless technology that has proven itself in bridging the digital divide in many parts of the world. In fact, there are over 500 WiMAX networks in over 145 countries.  Many of these of these are in the developing world, meaning that rural Canada many actually lag certain areas of the rural developing world.

I propose the Federal government do an inventory of available broadband wireless technologies (such as WiMAX) and establish policies that make rural deployment a more profitable venture.  The barriers need to be reviewed so this productivity and economic disadvantage to rural areas can be resolved for good.  For example, backhaul license fees make many rural deployment business models not feasible. These, and other related fees need to be factored into the discussion in light of the fact the rural disadvantage is affecting Canada’s GDP.

Rob Barlow

President & CEO

WireIE Holdings International Inc.