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News Briefs (July 01, 2001)

DATA VPN REVENUE TRIPLES IN TWO YEARSThe market for data VPNs -- private networks that utilize public Internet and managed IP networks to securely transmit data -- will nearly triple over the next two...

July 1, 2001  

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The market for data VPNs — private networks that utilize public Internet and managed IP networks to securely transmit data — will nearly triple over the next two years, from US$2.53 billion this year to US$7.25 billion by 2003, according to a report by Insight Research, Parsippany, NJ.

According to the report, Data Virtual Private Networks 2000-2005, the convergence in 2003 of two trends — an increase in availability of dedicated broadband access and corporate reliance on network outsourcing — will mark the beginning of a strong growth period for the data VPN market.

Insight says that as the installed base of dedicated “always on” cable modem and DSL connections to the Internet increases, remote corporate users will begin enjoying performance on par with the corporate home office. To manage the explosion of new users and complex networks, corporations will turn to carriers able to provide a managed or outsourced VPN solution.


Fluke Networks, Inc., Mississauga, ON, has announced that British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) will offer its network testing and troubleshooting courses as part of their industry and continuing education programs.

The courses, which are of a hands-on nature, are designed to help meet the growing demand for workers with cable infrastructure and communication networks expertise. “Course content is particularly relevant to cabling contractors, consultants, network technicians and network administrators-people who install, design, plan, operate and maintain networks and communication systems,” says David Green, Director of Marketing for Fluke Electronics Canada.

Fluke plans to expand the training network across Canada, partnering with colleges in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.


The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) of Exton PA, and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) have signed an agreement that will allow the two organizations to collaborate and exchange information pertaining to the development of cable communication system standards.

The relationship will initially focus on the interaction between SCTE’s Data Standards Subcommittee (DSS) and nine ETSI technical bodies dedicated to telecommunications and network protocols.

The companies say the agreement will help them in their goal to promote international telecom standards and establish a global information infrastructure.


The contributions of five Canadian leaders to the advancement of broadband technology were recognized at the 2001 CANARIE IWAY Awards, held in June in Vancouver, BC.

The winners were as follows: Public Leadership category – the Honourable John Manley, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Community Service category – Media Awareness Network and John Demco, Computing Facilities Manager, Department of Computer Science, UBC; Application of Technology category – Robert Proulx, VP, IMS Experts-Conseils Inc.; and New Technology Development category – Randall Gibson and Farhad Shafai, Founders, SiberCore Technologies.

The IWAY (short for Information Highway) Awards were developed by CANARIE Inc. of Ottawa. The Awards celebrate the achievements of visionaries in the field of advanced broadband innovation.

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