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News Briefs (November 01, 2001)

SERVICE FOR SMALL BIZAT&T Canada Inc. of Toronto has launched Small Office ADSL Internet, a dedicated high-speed access service targeted to small Canadian businesses.The service, which supports high-s...

November 1, 2001  

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AT&T Canada Inc. of Toronto has launched Small Office ADSL Internet, a dedicated high-speed access service targeted to small Canadian businesses.

The service, which supports high-speed connectivity for multiple users over a single access for email and Web browsing, is capable of download speeds of up to 4.0 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 640 Kbps.

With connection to AT&T Canada’s national network, the new service will also give medium- and large-sized Virtual Private Network (VPN) customers with telecommuting employees or branch office locations the ability to access their LANs through a high-speed connection.


Professionals working in the Gulf region can now become RCDDs without travelling to the UK or the US.

Cable Net Training, a leading European communications training provider, has announced it is gearing up to hold the first of several RCDD training programs and exams in Dubai in September. Andrew Stevens, CableNet’s sales and marketing director, says this will eliminate the need for professionals in the region to travel to other countries to undertake the program.


What’s in a name? A lot, according to the folks at AI/FOCS Inc., who have decided to change the name of their company back to Advanced Interconnect.

“In preparation for the geographic expansion of our business we have decided to drop our somewhat cumbersome AI/FOCS, Inc. name,” says Brian Payson, president of the Franklin, Massachusetts-based interconnect product manufacturer.

AI/FOCS — a culmination of Advanced Interconnect and Fiber Optic Communication Specialists — was brought together by Woodhead Industries in 1994. Mr. Payson says the original Advanced Interconnect name will make for an easier moniker as the company grows within the U.S. and into Europe and Asia.


In an effort to drum up new members, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), Exton, PA has launched its 2001 Member-Get-A-Member (MGM) Campaign. The annual program, which encourages members to enlist their colleagues, runs through December 31, 2001.

Members who recruit others will help their local Society chapters compete for prizes, which include complimentary Cable-Tec Expo 2002 registrations and cash prizes donated by The Literature Library of Broadband Technology. In addition, for every five new members that a chapter recruits, it will receive one complimentary registration for an SCTE seminar.

For more information, call (800) 542-5040 or visit the SCTE Web site at


EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. of Qubec City has made it official. The company has officially changed the name of EFOS Inc., its wholly owned subsidiary, to EXFO Photonic Solutions Inc.

EFOS, a Toronto-based company that was acquired in March 2001, is a provider of precision light-based adhesive spot curing technologies andcuring process control for the global optical component manufacturing market.

“The key reasons behind the change in name are to help customers better understand the synergies between the solutions offered by EXFO and EFOS and to leverage EXFO’s strong brand name recognition throughout the fiber-optic industry,” said Mario Larose, VP of Marketing at EXFO.

EXFO is a designer and manufacturer of fiber-optic test, measurement and automation systems.

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