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MIDDLE ATLANTIC GETS NEW DIGSMiddle Atlantic Products Canada has opened the doors to its new Ottawa-based headquarters, a facility that more than doubles the amount of space available to house its Can...


December 1, 2001  


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MIDDLE ATLANTIC GETS NEW DIGS

Middle Atlantic Products Canada has opened the doors to its new Ottawa-based headquarters, a facility that more than doubles the amount of space available to house its Canadian distribution and operations centre.

In making the move to the new location, the enclosure system manufacturer increased its available space from 22,000 to 50,000 sq. feet. The new facility features a product showroom in which customers can view and work with the company’s rack enclosure systems and furniture systems.

“The increased storage capacity allows us to ship substantially more product from available stock to our customers throughout Eastern and Central Canada,” says Neil Andison, president of Middle Atlantic Products Canada. “This will significantly cut down the lead time involved in fulfilling an order.”

The company also operates a distribution center in Burnaby, BC.

SR TELECOM COMPLETES ACQUISITION

Montreal’s SR Telecom Inc., a provider of Point-to-Multipoint Wireless (PMP) access systems, has completed its previously announced acquisition of the French assets of Lucent Technologies’ Wireless Access Solutions (WAS) division, formerly known as TRT.

SR Telecom says the purchase establishes it as the largest supplier of fixed wireless access products, with a combined installed base of more than one million lines in more than 110 countries.

SR Telecom is acquiring all of the WAS division’s work in progress, existing contracts and equipment, certain inventory, specialized tools and intellectual property. Under the terms of the acquisition, approximately 80 Lucent employees will join SR Telecom.

The company will acquire all outstanding bids and current contracts, including a three-year, $40 million frame contract with a leading full-service telecommunications service provider.

CYGNAL TAKES ON SALTEL

Cygnal Technologies Corp. of Ottawa has acquired of all the shares of privately held Saltel Electric Ltd. (operating as Saltech Computer Cabling Services), a Winnipeg-based company that specializes in the design and installation of structured cabling for communication networks.

The entire Saltel team, headed by Ray Saltel, the company’s founder and president, will be integrated into Cygnal’s data networks division.

Cygnal Technologies designs, equips, integrates and manages wired and wireless broadband, data and telecommunication networks.

CALL-NET DROPS ASCENDA

Communications provider Call-Net Enterprises of Toronto says it is “discontinuing the development” of its applications service provider (ASP) business, Ascenda Inc.

As a result of this decision, Call-Net will incur a non-cash charge of approximately $20 million in its third quarter.

Call-Net is a communications provider of data, e-business and voice services to businesses and households primarily through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sprint Canada Inc. The company owns and operates a national network with operations in the U.S. and the U.K.

CISCO-ALLEGRO DEAL COMPLETED

Cisco Systems, Inc. of San Jose, CA has completed the acquisition of privately-held Allegro Systems, Inc.

On July 27, 2001, Cisco announced a definitive agreement to acquire Allegro Systems, a developer of Virtual Private Network (VPN) acceleration technologies, designed to enhance the performance and functionality of secure networking technologies.

The acquisition was designed to strengthen Cisco’s existing VPN and security systems with the necessary capabilities to meet the requirements of organizations connecting remote offices, employees and customers to corporate networks and the Internet.

MITEL-MARCH MERGER CALLED OFF

Mitel Networks and March Networks have scrapped their merger plans. The two Ottawa-area companies say the deal was cancelled due to inability to “secure all necessary legal approvals for the merger to take place in a timely manner.”

The companies have agreed to partner and pursue a working relationship under a new strategic alliance. They say this alliance will allow them to closely align business strategies and product development activities to deliver converged voice, video and data systems for enterprise users in the global marketplace.

TELUS COMPLETES PSINET CANADA PURCHASE

With a view to boosting its e-solutions provider status, TELUS Corp. of Vancouver has completed the purchase of PSINet’s Canadian operations and facilities.

This transaction follows the company’s announcement on June 20 that it had signed an agreement with certain subsidiaries of Virginia-based PSINet Inc. to purchase PSINet’s Canadian operations and facilities for approximately $120 million.

Through this acquisition, TELUS will gain approximately 250 employees, an Internet data centre in Toronto, a national fiber infrastructure including approximately 6,400 fiber kilometres and more than 50 points of presence, and over 8,000 corporate accounts across the country.

TELUS will also assume ownership of Calgary-based ISP CADVision.CS


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