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EIGER TO ACQUIRE ONLINETELEiger Technology of Toronto, a manufacturer and distributor of electronic and computer peripherals, has agreed to acquire Onlinetel Inc. of Kitchener, ON.Onlinetel, a private...

September 1, 2001  

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Eiger Technology of Toronto, a manufacturer and distributor of electronic and computer peripherals, has agreed to acquire Onlinetel Inc. of Kitchener, ON.

Onlinetel, a privately held Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) company, utilizes soft-switch technology to deliver VoIP communication services to residential and small- to medium-sized enterprises. With this technology, the company converts analogue voice conversations to digital IP packets and routes voice calls phone-to-phone, over the Internet, from any wireless or landline connection.

“Onlinetel launched a free, VoIP long distance calling service as a test in the fall of 2000 and has built a user base of over 100,000 households and 10,000 businesses in the Toronto area.” said Gerry Racicot, CEO of Eiger Technology. He said Eiger had its eye on the company since its launch in 2000.


TELUS, the Vancouver-based provider of data, Internet Protocol (IP) and wireless services, has opened the door to two new state-of-the-art Internet Data Centres (IDCs) in Toronto and Calgary. The new centres will help expand the company’s Canadian network of IDCs, which are currently in place in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Rimouski, PQ.

The company has invested more than $75 million this year in its Canadian growth strategy, including a commitment of more than $22 million to develop its IDC in Calgary and $25 million for the Toronto facility.

TELUS’ Calgary IDC is housed in a 12,077-square-metre facility known as “The Bunker”, which was used to house the computers for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. In Toronto, the company’s IDC resides in a 7,432-square-metre building that can be expanded to 13,935-square-metres of hosting floor space. The centres will provide a full suite of Internet hosting services and integrated e-business applications, such as network, server and application design, operations and maintenance; audio and video streaming services; database administration; technology upgrades; and performance monitoring.

Features of the IDCs include card key and biometric access with battery backup; 24-hour on-site security; fire, bullet and shatterproof glass; heat and smoke laser detection systems; and diverse and redundant fiber networks.


Lucent Technologies Inc. of Murray Hill, NJ has announced plans to cut 15,000 to 20,000 jobs. After the new cuts, the company’s workforce will be approximately half the size it was at the beginning of 2001.

The company also announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its Optical Fiber Solutions (OFS) business for US$2.75 billion to Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. and Corning Inc. Lucent will receive $2.5 billion from Furukawa for the major portion of the business. Corning will pay $225 million in cash for Lucent’s interests in two joint ventures in China — Lucent Technologies Shanghai Fiber Optic Co. Ltd. and Lucent Technologies Beijing Fiber Optic Cable Co., Ltd.


Research in Motion (RIM), the Waterloo, Ontario-based designer and manufacturer of mobile wireless systems for the mobile communications market, will soon have a new building to call home.

The building, currently under construction in Waterloo by Internorth Construction, should be completed by October 2001. RIM currently owns nine buildings in the area.

The four-story, 94,000-square-foot building will include customer reception areas, general office space, and research and testing facilities.


TVC Enterprise Networks Canada of Mississauga, ON, a division of TVC Canada Inc., has inked a partnership deal with Mississauga-based Enterasys Networks Canada, a leading provider of enterprise network systems.

The deal will see TVC — a distributor focused on providing products and services to organizations building, upgrading and maintaining data networks — become a Canadian distributor of the Enterasys Network Solution product line.

The appointment will allow TVC to provide Canadian customers with Enterasys’ multilayer switching, high-end switching routing, wireless, convergence, enterprise management and virtual private network (VPN) product lines.


Fiber-optic giant JDS Uniphase Corp. has announced a loss of US$50.6-billion for the year ended June 30, 2001 — making it one of the largest annual losses in corporate history. The Kanata, Ontario-based company has also announced plans to cut 7,000 jobs, bringing the total number of jobs lost this year to 16,000.

“Fiscal year 2001 began as a period of rapid expansion for JDS Uniphase but concluded with a severe industry downturn. Our response to this downturn in the market was immediate and determined,” said Jozef Straus, Co-Chairman, president and CEO of JDS Uniphase. “Through our Global Realignment Program, we are taking decisive steps to modify our cost structure and reduce our expenditures to respond to the current industry environment while strengthening our financial position.”

The realignment program aims to reduce annual expenses by US$700 million through such efforts as reductions in both manufacturing capacity and employment. CS

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