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SIERRA WIRELESS CUTS STAFF BY ONE THIRDVancouver-based Sierra Wireless is implementing a business-restructuring program that will see the company lay off one-third of its staff, from 275 to 180 employ...


September 1, 2002  


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SIERRA WIRELESS CUTS STAFF BY ONE THIRD

Vancouver-based Sierra Wireless is implementing a business-restructuring program that will see the company lay off one-third of its staff, from 275 to 180 employees. The wireless provider says it is taking such measures to reduce its operating expenses and asset levels.

The company’s president and COO, Glen Brownlee, has decided to retire from the company. His duties will be assumed by the company’s Chairman and CEO, David Sutcliffe.

UNIQUE BROADBAND SYSTEMS ACQUIRES ASSETS FROM SIERRACOM

Wireless systems provider Unique Broadband Systems (UBS) of Toronto has announced the acquisition of Point-to-Point Radio assets from SierraCom, a Massachusetts-based company involved in microwave based telecom systems.

The assets include intellectual property, test equipment and various other inventories. UBS has also hired key personnel from SierraCom who were responsible for developing this product line, including Dr. Pasteur Ntake, who has been appointed VP of Engineering.

AVAYA BUILDS CHINA’S FIRST CAMPUS WIRELESS LAN

Avaya Inc. of Basking Ridge, NJ has built a wireless LAN on the campus of Peking University, making it the first institution of higher learning in China to have a wireless LAN on campus.

The wireless network enables faculty and students to access the existing school network and Internet anywhere on campus with their laptops or PDAs. The network, which will connect as many as 5,000 users simultaneously, supports the IEEE 802.11b industry standard — allowing for 11 Mbps data transmission speed.

ALIANT TELECOM PUTS $85 MILLION INTO BROADBAND NETWORK

Aliant Telecom of Saint John, New Brunswick has announced an $85 million investment in its broadband network across Atlantic Canada.

The company says its network will give hundreds of thousands of Atlantic Canadians access to its High-Speed Internet and enhanced broadband services over Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL).

Chris Keevill, president of Aliant Telecom Broadband says that in the coming months the company will begin marketing new video applications over its existing broadband network.

TELECOM OTTAWA’S NETWORK IS OPERATIONAL

Telecom Ottawa Ltd., a broadband data utility serving the Ottawa region, says its all-optical, Ethernet-based network is now operational, following a testing and verification trial by Cortex Networks.

“This metropolitan-based broadband network exploits the tremendous capacity of 10-gigabit optical Ethernet technology while maintaining the highest carrier-class standards for network reliability,” said Chris Hardy, senior VP of Cortex.

The network consists of about 250 kilometres of fibre-optic cable in the ground, on utility poles and connecting major buildings throughout the Ottawa region.


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