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Group Telecom Unveils National Facility

Telecom provider GT Group Telecom Inc. of Toronto has opened a national network monitoring facility in Mississauga, ON, making its telecom offerings available throughout the Ontario region of Mississa...

January 1, 2002  

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Telecom provider GT Group Telecom Inc. of Toronto has opened a national network monitoring facility in Mississauga, ON, making its telecom offerings available throughout the Ontario region of Mississauga, Brampton and Oakville.

The company’s new Operations Centre provides visibility to its entire network, which extends from St. John’s, NF to Victoria, BC. Through this centre, Group Telecom can monitor the performance of essential equipment and detect trouble spots anywhere on the network.

The company says the centre consolidates the monitoring function, which had previously been split between regional centres in Vancouver and Toronto. “Our new Operations Centre raises Group Telecom’s network stability and security levels,” said Dan Milliard, CEO of Group Telecom.

The Operations Centre is housed in a secure, environmentally controlled facility, designed to survive fires and other disasters. Advanced fire suppression systems, video surveillance, motion detectors and other measures were installed to help the network run smoothly and safely. Back-up diesel generators with on-site fuel tanks will ensure that the centre can operate in the event of a disaster.

The new Operations Centre resides in the National Technology Centre, a facility acquired by Group Telecom from C1 Communications in April, 2001.


Tyco Electronics of Harrisburg, PA has announced the formation of AMP Netconnect Wireless Solutions (formerly Pinnacle Communications), a systems integrator for its customers that will handle needs analysis, wireless system design, equipment installation, installation of antenna towers and service maintenance contracts.

Tyco says the new wireless services offering will enable customers that need high-speed, short-range communications links to implement wireless connectivity between or within offices. The company says these services represent an alternative to underground or overhead cabling or leased lines with monthly fees.

AMP Netconnect Wireless Solutions will initially focus on customers with building-to-building needs. “Due to the high costs associated with any alternative solutions, “we anticipate that this is the area of most acute demand,” says Bill Donmoyer, Director of AMP Netconnect Wireless Solutions.


IT products and services provider Cognicase has opened the doors to its new Application Services Technology Centre in Montreal, created to ensure the security and performance of the IT systems of its clients in Canada and the north-eastern U.S.

For this new centre, COGNICASE has hired 150 hosting, security and network specialists and invested $25 million, of which more than half is earmarked for infrastructure and security.

Cognicase’s clients carry out more than 320 million transactions annually, for a total value of more than $312 billion. The company says the security, availability and confidentiality of these exchanges requires equipment that meets very strict technical standards. As a result, the new centre has uninterruptible power supply systems, contingency plans and procedures for off-site storage of back-up files, access control via swipe cards, permanent video surveillance and a call centre.

“Companies are increasingly aware of the importance of making their IT systems secure,” says Ronald Brisebois, Chairman of the Board, president and CEO of Cognicase. “They also need to reduce their management costs. That’s why all our products and services can be delivered via outsourcing or in ASP mode.”


EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. of Quebec City has completed its previously announced acquisition of Avantas Networks Corporation, the Montreal-based supplier of fiber-optic testing and optical network performance management equipment.

EXFO says it plans to take advantage of Avantas’ research and development team to penetrate the protocol-layer testing market and almost double its addressable market size.

“During the past 16 years EXFO has developed core competencies in fiber-optic physical- and optical-layer testing,” said Germain Lamonde, Chairman, president and CEO of EXFO. “The Avantas acquisition represents a natural evolution for us to enter the protocol-layer testing market and provide telecommunication carriers as well as system manufacturers with a fully integrated solution.”

EXFO, which derives its name from Expertise in Fiber Optics, is a designer and manufacturer of fiber-optic test, measurement and automation systems for the telecom industry.


Stream Intelligent Networks Corp. of Toronto has partnered with Ottawa’s Akara Corp., a provider of optical access products, to offer StorageConnect – Managed Fibre Channel, what the companies are calling a next-generation storage service.

Designed to benefit large enterprises with high-volume, business-critical data storage needs, StorageConnect – Managed Fibre Channel offers a high capacity and secure data transport facility. It can be integrated with planned or existing data protection architecture, and provides a monitored pathway to the storage provider of choice.

Stream is a leading Canadian Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) provider offering telecommunications services to clients over a hybrid fiber and fixed wireless based network throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

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