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World Beat (December 01, 2001)

Canadian Contracts at Home and Abroad


December 1, 2001  


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Cygnal signs deal with Hydro-Quebec

Cygnal Technologies of Oshawa, ON has won a $4 million contract to supply and integrate fiber-optic equipment in more than 300 sites on Hydro-Quebec’s telecommunications network.

The deal was designed to let the electric power utility improve its network, reduce service interruptions and improve customer service. The network will also be used to transport telephony, data and Internet traffic to the power plants and substations, as well as to offices in isolated regions throughout the province.

Over the next three years, Cygnal will supply and integrate this technology, and will train and provide support for Hydro-Quebec’s employees. RAD Data Communications will supply T1 fiber optic multiplexers.

Hydro-Quebec’s system enables it to provide service to over 3.5 million clients throughout Quebec. W

RISQ teams with Cisco for network

Quebec’s educational telecommunications infrastructure and service provider, Rseau d’informations scientifiques du Qubec (RISQ), has inked a deal with Cisco Systems Inc. to help it build out the core of its educational network.

RISQ will deploy Cisco 12410 Internet routers on its IP backbone. This, says the provider, will create the first Multiprotocol Label Switching virtual private network (MPLS VPN) in a Canadian educational and research network that is able to scale to 10 Gb/s OC-192 speeds. The Internet router architecture will allow the RISQ network to deliver high bandwidth services, such as multiple streams of voice, data and video, while minimizing network operation costs.

“It is critical our members have access to an adaptable network that provides very high bandwidth and IP QoS”, said Pierre Bouchard, president and CEO of RISQ. RISQ’s members are universities, colleges and other educational institutions, in addition to research institutes, cultural content providers, broadcasters and government agencies in Quebec.

In addition to deploying the Internet routers in its core network, RISQ is installing Cisco’s Catalyst switches at the distribution level of the network and Catalyst switches and routers on the edge.

RISQ’s fiber-optic backbone is part of CA*net 3, the third generation network for research and education, provided by CANARIE Inc., Canada’s advanced Internet development organization. W

Cisco helps Ryerson with new networking program

Ryerson University is gearing up to kick off a Masters of Engineering in Computer Networks program this fall. Designed in consultation with IT industry leaders, the one-year, full time (or two-year, part-time) program is designed to let students graduate with a set of fundamental and practical internetworking abilities.

“Computer networks and the Internet are redefining the way people, communities and businesses operate — and creating great demand for the type of specialized computer engineering skills our program provides,” said Dr. Stalin Boctor, Program Director and Associate Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Ryerson.

In support of this program, Toronto-based Cisco Systems Canada donated more than $500,000 of networking equipment to outfit the program’s Computer Networks Laboratory. The lab houses state-of-the-art internetworking technology including switches, routers, optical transport equipment and LAN/WAN traffic analyzers. Students will have access to computer workstations and advanced networking equipment, which will allow them to design, simulate and carry out experiments to test and verify network configuration and performance.W

Ottawa to use STAR robot technology

The City of Ottawa will soon have STAR beneath its streets. In a recent agreement with Stream Intelligent Networks Corp. of Toronto, the City signed on the dotted line to use the company’s STAR (Sewer Telecommunications Access by Robot) technology to install the first leg of a new fiber-optic telecommunications network in the downtown core.

The STAR system, which will be used as an alternative to traditional open-trench construction, uses a remote control robot to lay fiber-optic cable in existing sewers. The system is designed to save money and time, and eliminate the road damage and traffic interruptions associated with digging up streets to lay cable.

STAR’s remote-controlled cable-laying robot deploys fiber-optic cable through the municipality’s sewer system. The robot, which is about 1.8 metres long and equipped with five television cameras to monitor operations, is fed into the sewer through manholes. It can operate in pipes as narrow as 200 mm in diameter.W


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