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CABLING ASSOCIATION OPENS SHOPCabling professionals take note: A new association for cabling professionals has opened up shop in Quebec.Called the Association of Structured Cabling Networks Enterprene...


May 1, 2002  


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CABLING ASSOCIATION OPENS SHOP

Cabling professionals take note: A new association for cabling professionals has opened up shop in Quebec.

Called the Association of Structured Cabling Networks Enterpreneurs, the association currently has 35 member companies representing professionals, engineers and those involved in the design, engineering, provisioning, installation and management of commercial structured cabling networks for businesses.

The association also welcomes, as affiliate members, manufacturers, distributors, consulting engineering firms and others specializing in the provisioning of telecom network systems. For further information, please contact aerc@sympatico.ca.

MICROCELL CONSOLIDATES PCS OPERATIONS

Wireless provider Microcell Telecommunications Inc. of Montreal will consolidate the PCS (Personal Communications Services) operations of its two wholly owned subsidiaries, Microcell Connexions Inc. and Microcell Solutions Inc. This consolidation will bring both companies together under the same corporate entity.

Andr Tremblay, president and CEO of Microcell, said this move represents the culmination of the choices the company has made in the last year to realign its business priorities with new market realities. He added that this would better enable them to operate in the highly competitive wireless market.

CYGNAL SELLS DISTRIBUTION CENTRE

Network service provider Cygnal Technologies Corp. of Oshawa, ON has sold its Burlington, ON distribution centre as part of a $4.1 million, 12-year sale and lease-back agreement. The company says it will use the proceeds of the sale to reduce its debt.

Cygnal’s 70,218 square foot facility, which houses its Communication Services Group, has been sold to the trustees of H&R REIT for cash. After discharging the $766,000 mortgage on the property, the remaining proceeds will be used to reduce interest-bearing debt.

FSONA GETS $10 MILLION INJECTION

Vancouver’s fSona Communications, a manufacturer of Free Space Optical (FSO) wireless communications systems, has received a $10 million investment from Technology Partnerships Canada, a federal government agency.

fSONA designs and manufactures the SONAbeam series of FSO wireless systems for delivering high-speed communications to carriers, service providers and enterprises.

The Technology Partnerships Canada investment will allow fSONA to further develop FSO systems. The aim is to ensure that Canada maintains its leadership in the FSO high-speed wireless market.

BICSI OFFERS NEW ONLINE COURSE

BICSI of Tampa, FL has announced a new online course for those interested in the content and context of ANSI/TIA/EIA-569, Commercial Building Standard for Telecommunications Pathways and Spaces.

Designed as an introductory-level course, “Telecommunications Infrastructure Spaces and Pathways” provides learning modules on such topics as horizontal pathways, work areas, telecommunications rooms and firestopping.

The course can be completed in approximately two hours, and students who successfully complete the online exam will earn two BICSI CECs (continuing education credits). For details, please contact BICSI at (813) 979-1991 or visit www.bicsiorg/train.htm.


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