Montreal will soon deliver wireless Internet and mobile IP telephony to residents. A new WiMAX based Wi-Fi network is being deployed across the metropolitan area, as a result of a joint venture between two Quebec-based businesses: independent Internet service provider Radioactif.com and Nomade TÃ©lÃ©com, wireless network installer and operator.
The new wireless services will be made available first to residents of Montreal's Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood. By 2009, the network will expand to blanket nearly 300 square kilometres of Montreal servicing approximately 90% of residents, the companies describe. It will provide an affordable alternative to the oligopoly maintained by companies currently providing telephone, cellular and Internet service.