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News Briefs (September 01, 2001)

SCTE INTRODUCES ONLINE JOB BANKThe Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), Exton, PA has launched a new online job bank to connect engineers, managers, technicians and installers with em...

September 1, 2001  

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The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), Exton, PA has launched a new online job bank to connect engineers, managers, technicians and installers with employers in the broadband industry.

“Many of our members are finding themselves in the difficult position of being temporarily out-placed as a result of industry consolidations, mergers and layoffs,” said Melissa Hicks, SCTE’s director of membership services and industry relations.

The site, located at, lets job seekers conduct a search of available positions in the industry and utilize a search agent that contacts them via e-mail with suitable positions. The job bank also allows companies seeking employees to reach more than 17,000 SCTE members and industry professionals.


Internet bandwidth demand will drive the worldwide fiber optic equipment market from under $30 billion this year to over $70 billion by 2006 — and send carriers running to fiber optic equipment suppliers, says a report by Insight Research, Parsippany, NJ.

The report, DWDM, SONET, and Photonics, says increasing bandwidth demand will propel carriers towards dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) systems — which are essential for carriers migrating customers in metropolitan areas from voice-centric to converged networks.

“The sheer number of people in Europe and Asia living in urban environments where there is, as yet, no local fiber networks will drive fiber optic growth for years,” says Insight president Robert Rosenberg. “And as for a North American bandwidth glut, if there is one, it’s a transitory phenomenon.”


Mobile field workers in the telecom, utilities, distribution and other industries will soon be able to access enterprise information via the telephone.

OKAMLogic, a technology start-up based in Halifax, is developing voice-enabled wireless tools for mobile field workers. By using existing wireless networks, the company provides workers with remote and secure access to enterprise systems from any telephone.

“Our technology allows customers to use a familiar device — the phone, something they were born with — natural speech, and existing enterprise systems and telephone networks to interact with company information,” said Scott Thomas, company president and CEO.


BICSI, the Tampa, Florida-based telecom association, has been elected to the 2001 Associations Advance America Honour Roll, a national awards competition sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Washington, DC.

The not-for-profit association received the award for its partnership with Florida’s Hillsborough Community College (HCC) in a program called “Pulling For Progress”, which was developed to provide immediate impact for non-custodial parents on welfare.

BICSI and Hillsborough designed a project to both reduce welfare roles and help telecom companies gain qualified installers. The program combined BICSI’s classroom and hands-on installation training with on-the-job mentoring and employment preparation skills.

To date, 133 students have successfully completed the program.


360networks, the Vancouver-based optical network service provider, applied for bankruptcy protection at the end of June.

The company filed for protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) in the Supreme Court in Canada and under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. The filings do not include the company’s 360americas subsidiaries.

A statement from the company noted that seven company board members had resigned. “While very disappointing, we believe today’s filings provide us the best opportunity to reorganize and operate our core business,” said Greg Maffei, CEO of 360networks.

The company says it will be able to complete its North American network. Future growth will depend on its ability to attract financing or investment into the reorganized company.


Sprint Canada Inc., Toronto, has announced the launch of its Business Internet Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) services. The company says this new addition to its line of services will provide organizations with an alternative to large telco-provided DSL services.

The service aims to give companies the ability to rapidly and securely exchange data over the Internet using fast upload and download speeds. The service provides speeds of up to 1.5 megabits per second each way.

Currently available in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary, the service runs on the company’s national IP network, and is designed for companies that frequently transfer large files over the public Internet or use sophisticated multimedia applications.


Those interested in keeping abreast of industry standards can now get updates on-line at the Web site belonging to The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), Exton, PA.

The organization has created a new section on its site (at that contains cable telecommunications standards information and resources. The new section details SCTE’s standards mission, news and resources, and features an inventory of SCTE and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved standards, which can be purchased directly from the site.

Also included are listings of member organizations, a calendar of events, downloadable forms used in the standards process, white papers, and a glossary of industry acronyms.


BICSI of Tampa, FL has published the third edition of its Telecommunications Cabling Installation Manual (TCIM), a resource for standards and procedures on installing voice, data, and video cabling systems in commercial buildings.

The TCIM serves as a job function-related reference manual for telecommunications cabling installers, with guidelines and tasks based on industry codes and standards.

The third edition is updated to reflect the latest technologies and changes in the industry, focusing on pathways, spaces and associated hardware. The 10 chapters include industry background, planning, installing supporting structures, pulling cable, firestopping, cable termination practices, splicing and testing cable, troubleshooting and retrofit installations.

The manual is available in 3-ring binder format or on CD-ROM, and sells for US$99. For more information or to order online, visit the BICSI Web site at

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