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Universities get wireless networksEnterasys is the big "networker" on campus these days, after four Canadian universities commissioned the Toronto-based networking company to build and install wireles...

January 1, 2002  

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Universities get wireless networks

Enterasys is the big “networker” on campus these days, after four Canadian universities commissioned the Toronto-based networking company to build and install wireless networks at their institutions.

A multi-campus installation of high-speed wireless technology at the University of Toronto is already underway, while both the University of Waterloo and Sudbury’s Laurentian University are in the planning stages of deploying wireless networks. A pilot project at Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University is also in the works.

Known as “Wireless Networks for Connected Learning,” the educational offering enables increased collaboration among students, faculty, administrators and the community at large. Enterasys says that by integrating the technology within course curriculums, the universities will be able to connect to the wider world of distance learning, shared research, alumni and worldwide education resources.

“Today’s wired and wireless networks empower students and encourage learning by enabling collaboration and constant access to educational resources,” says Chrisann Merriman, senior solutions marketing manager for Enterasys. “There is a tremendous business case to be made for sophisticated network technology in higher education.”

The offering will allow educational institutions to reap the benefits of voice-over-data networking, virtual private networks, intrusion detection, user-based security, distance learning, and the ability to monitor application usage.

Avaya creating network for World Cup

Kick-off will not be until mid-year, but Avaya of Markham, ON is already hard at work on a converged voice and data network for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, to be held in June in Korea and Japan.

FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) will rely on Avaya’s network for logistics for the event — such as the movement of players and accreditation of volunteers and reporters — and to provide reporters with access to scores and statistics.

Avaya engineers have been carrying out detailed site surveys throughout Korea and Japan. Preliminary site surveys show that a minimum of 4,000 to 5,000 communications and data devices and hundreds of network switches and routers must be linked at 20 stadiums in the two countries.

In addition to the stadium link-up, the FIFA World Cup network will connect: FIFA management offices and the organizing committee offices in Korea and Japan; accreditation centres for the more than 40,000 volunteers and reporters; and International Media and Broadcasting Centres in Seoul, Korea, and Yokohama, Japan — the nerve centres for coverage of the matches. Avaya’s structured connectivity solutions will also be used to wire the venues and support high-speed connections.

Avaya will integrate products and services from the other technology sponsors for the games, including Toshiba computers and servers and Fuji Xerox computer peripherals. NTT and Korea Telecomm will provide network services and wide-area connectivity in Japan and Korea, respectively.

Futureway offers broadband services to GTA

Futureway Communications of Richmond Hill, ON is now offering high-speed broadband access services to businesses in the entire Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

The company, a CLEC and facilities-based provider of voice, data and video, says its new service will give businesses increased product choice and extended reach. The service, designed to complement the company’s existing fiber optic network, will be delivered on a dedicated copper loop.

The broadband access product is capable of delivering ADSL (suited for Internet access) and SDSL (suited for virtual private network applications), all at extended distances and at speeds up to six megabytes.

Sasktel to head down under

Saskatchewan Telecommunications, a Crown corporation of the Saskatchewan government, is heading down under for what will be its biggest overseas project to date. The company’s subsidiary, SaskTel International, has been contracted to build a high-speed voice and data network in Newcastle, Australia.

SaskTel is predicting this network will result in annual revenue of $86 million by 2009. The company says it expects the project to take in $1.2 million in 2002 and be cash-flow positive by its third year.

The network will require an estimated capital investment of $95 million. SaskTel is seeking a partner in Australia to fund 25 per cent of the project and is looking for approximately $65 million in debt financing.

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