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NET2PHONE, CISCO IN NETWORK SOFTWARE PACTNet2Phone Inc. of Newark, NJ has announced plans to create a new company, which will be backed, in part, by networking equipment provider Cisco Systems Inc. Th...

December 1, 2000  

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Net2Phone Inc. of Newark, NJ has announced plans to create a new company, which will be backed, in part, by networking equipment provider Cisco Systems Inc. The new company will sell network management software used in technology that allows phone calls over the Internet.

Cisco, which has taken a minority stake in the new company, called Adir Technologies, will jointly market the new network management platform to its Voice over IP customers.

The companies say this type of software, which is used to analyze the health, capacity and other functions of networks, is commonly used in circuit-switched networks. However, they say this is the first offering of such software for Voice over IP networks.


Symphony Telecom International, Inc., Toronto, has signed on the dotted line to acquire North American Gateway, Inc. for US$33 million.

North American Gateway is an international telecom service provider based in Toronto that operates as a global “carrier’s carrier”, delivering long distance and data services to other telecom companies.

Working with Nortel Networks, the company has recently been investing in its network infrastructure. Remote facilities are being installed, or planned, in 30 countries to deliver voice and data services.


Toronto-based Look Communications Inc. and Axion Communications Inc. of Vancouver have entered into an agreement that will see a subsidiary of Look acquire all of the shares of Axion, an Internet communications company providing connectivity and web services in British Columbia.

Once the deal is complete, Axion will be amalgamated with a wholly-owned subsidiary of Look incorporated, a leading wireless broadband carrier, which provides a variety of communications services including digital television distribution, high-speed Internet access and web-related services.


The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in Ottawa has announced the creation of Trillium Photonics Inc., a company spun-out from the Photonics Systems Group within NRC’s Institute for National Measurements Standards.

The new NRC spin-off is headed by Drs. Piotr Myslinski and Simon Boothroyd, two former researchers at the Institute, and currently employs 14 people. It is located within NRC facilities in Ottawa and is benefiting from a start-up investment of US$6.8 million from a venture capital firm in the United States.

“As the demand for telecommunications soars, so does the need for better and more efficient tools to exploit the technology,” said Dr. Boothroyd. “Optics offers compelling performance and cost advantages over much of the traditional electronics-based approaches to telecommunications.”


In an effort to provide a single point of contact for all Rogers customers’ communications, information, and entertainment needs, Rogers AT&T Wireless and Rogers Cable Inc. have opened a $150 million shared customer communications centre in the Ottawa region.

“Every day more and more Canadians are going wireless, logging onto the Internet, and looking for greater flexibility in their television viewing, and we want to make those experiences as seamless and enjoyable as possible,” said Ted Rogers, president and CEO of Rogers Communications Inc. He said that by bringing together the cable and wireless customer care operations, customers can conveniently place one call to one location to receive customer service for all products and services.

Equipped to manage more than 10,000 customer calls a day, the call centre uses technology that identifies the nature of each customer’s inquiry and then routes the call to the most qualified consultant available.


Comsource Broadband Technologies Inc., the Markham, Ontario-based distributor/integrator to the Canadian cable television industry, says it has launched a new Public Data Networks division to address the needs of Canada’s growing number of network construction projects.

With support from Comsource’s parent company, TVC Inc., the company’s new division will offer products in such areas as fiber optics, aerial hardware and underground construction. Comsource will also provide services that include material staging on a project-by-project basis and proprietary products.


Bell Canada has officially opened the doors to a $1 million xDSL Service Centre, located at its newly renovated offices in Hamilton, ON. The new centre will see the creation of 50 new positions to support the company’s high-speed Internet clients across Ontario.

According to Terry Mosey, president of Bell Ontario, more than 900,000 subscribers across the country are using Sympatico service, including over 160,000 with high-speed connectivity. “To accommodate this demand we have equipped our Hamilton xDSL Service Centre with the latest in network management technology which will allow us to remotely diagnose and resolve network issues relating to high speed Internet products and services and thereby serve our customers more effectively,” he said.

The new 10,000-square-foot centre employs 59 customer service technicians and support staff, with growth estimated to reach 80 employees over the next year.

Group Telcom opens Atlantic headquarters

In an effort to better serve its East Coast business customers, Toronto-based Group Telecom has opened the doors to its new Atlantic Canada headquarters. This company effort will see the creation of 30 to 40 high-tech jobs in St. John’s over the next six-months.

The move follows Group Telecom’s $57 million purchase of the competitive local exchange carrier and commercial telecom business of Cable Atlantic in July. The transaction included 390 route kilometres (8,732 fiber kilometres) in Newfoundland, in addition to 99 on-net buildings. Cable Atlantic’s office will now serve as the new headquarters for Group Telecom in Atlantic Canada.

The company says the addition of St. John’s completes its coast-to-coast offering of products and services over its fiber-optic network.

Lumenon opens photonic devices plant

Montreal-based Lumenon Innovative Lightwave Technology, Inc. has opened a new 53,000-square-foot photonic devices facility, designed to high-volume precision production of up to 500 photonic devices per day.

The company designs, develops and builds integrated optics devices in the form of compact hybrid glass circuits on silicon chips. These photonic devices offer communications providers the ability to boost bandwidth in fiber optic cabling.

The new plant, located in Saint-Laurent, QC, includes a 34,000 square-foot manufacturing facility with features that include design laboratories, packaging facilities, and testing and quality control capabilities for Lumenon’s integrated photonic packaged chips.

“Lumenon’s plant is designed to produce up to 500 market-ready hermetically packaged devices per day in 2001,” said Dr. S. Iraj Najafi, president and CEO of Lumenon. “In the future, this capacity should be ramped to 1,000 units per day.”

Leviton consolidates business units

Electrical and wiring systems provider Leviton Manufacturing of Bothell, WA has consolidated its two networking business units into a single division.

The company has combined its cabling manufacturing group, Leviton Telcom, with its Fiberoptic Technologies Group to form the new entity called Leviton Voice and Data Division. According to Ken Miroyama, VP of the Voice and Data Division, the merger will give customers one source for all networking technology and provide a synchronized approach to product development and support. The new division will offer integrated systems for both copper and fiber infrastructures.

JCI signs $35 million contract with Lucent

The JCI Corp. of Toronto has signed an initial $35 million contract with Lucent Technologies Canada, Toronto, as a first step toward expanding its proprietary optical broadband network
— created to meet the needs of North America’s entertainment and post-production industry.

JCI’s Extranet and suite of Fireline tools for digital collaboration, are designed to allow the entertainment industry to quickly and easily bring digitally created or enhanced programming to market. JCI will use Lucent’s optical network infrastructure products to expand its Extranet and increase its capacity. The companies say this will ultimately enable post-production houses to use optical network speeds for processes such as digital collaboration and supply chain communication.

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