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Fotec of Everett, MA, an optical fiber training resource and a manufacturer of optical fiber test equipment, has closed.Fotec, which was acquired by Fluke Networks in 2002 and which acquired Fotec las...


July 1, 2002  


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Fotec of Everett, MA, an optical fiber training resource and a manufacturer of optical fiber test equipment, has closed.

Fotec, which was acquired by Fluke Networks in 2002 and which acquired Fotec last year, closed its doors for good on May 17, 2002.

Fotec (which stands for Fiber Optic Test Equipment) has been in operation since 1980, when it was launched by Jim Hayes of Fluke Networks. The company carried a variety of optical fiber test products, many of which will now become assimilated into Fluke’s product lines.

BOOK OUTLINES TELECOM ESSENTIALS

Hot off the press — a book you can refer to for all of your telecom needs. Called Telecommunications Essentials, the book is written by Lillian Goleniewski, founder of the LIDO Organization Inc., a provider of education, information and services in the telecom arena.

The 560-page book runs the gamut, from the telecom revolution and data networking to optical technology and wireless communications. It also includes a 67-page glossary, full of up-to date terms, technologies and acronyms.

Besides, you’ve got to love a book which opens with the words: “I love telecommunications.”

CYGNAL BUYS EDAPTIVITY.COM

Canadian network service provider, Cygnal Technologies Corp. of Oshawa, has signed on the dotted line to acquire Edaptivity.com Inc. for $2.25 million.

Based in Hamilton, ON, Edaptivity provides consulting and network management services for service providers launching high-speed Internet offerings over various media. The company currently supports more than 25 utilities and cable operators throughout North America, who have more than 600,000 high-speed Internet subscribers.

The company has 12 employees — all of whom will move to the offices of Cygnal’s Communications Services Group in Burlington, ON.

TELUS LAUNCHES 1X NETWORK

Telus Mobility of Scarborough, ON has launched its national 1X wireless network and a 1X mobile computing system called Velocity Wireless, both designed to provide Canadian customers with faster and more convenient mobile access to the Internet and corporate networks.

Telus Mobility 1X, available in major cities across Canada, is capable of Internet access speeds as high as 144 Kbps in ideal usage conditions, with typical throughput of approximately 60 kbps.

Telus’ Velocity Wireless is a mobile computing system that offers clients using portable PCs or PDAs easy access to the Internet, corporate networks and e-mail systems.

GENERAL CABLE SHUTS TWO PLANTS

The doors have been shut and sealed for good. General Cable Corp. of Highland Heights, KY. The company, which manufactures copper, aluminum and optical fiber wire and cable products, is closing two of its seven North American manufacturing plants. The plants, located in Monticello, IL and Sanger, CA, employ approximately 200 people.

The company has also sold its small, non-strategic, UK-based specialty cables business, and has formed a joint venture company to manufacture and market fiber optic cables.


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