Proxim, Trillion Strive to Provide Wireless Web Access to 750 Schools by Year-End

Proxim Corp. ( and Trillion Digital Communications Inc. ( have wirelessly connected more than 500 schools and plan to connect 250 more this year. Trillion is using Proxim Tsunami Point-to-Point and Point-to-Multipoint radios to provide high-speed Internet access to about 400,000 elementary and high school students throughout the southeastern United States. The Point-to-Point radios are used to create a wireless loop that connects the schools to the Internet from a central localized Point of Presence (POP). Proxim Tsunami radios are then used to distribute the Internet connectivity among individual school systems and provide improved performance for Web access, file sharing and e-mail. The increased bandwidth also allows for new applications such as multimedia, distance learning and voice over the wireless network. According to the Bedford School System in Tennessee, their new Trillion wireless network saved them more than $100,000 per year.

This article originally appeared in the 06/01/2003 issue of THE Journal.