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News Briefs (January 01, 2001)

NEW BRUNSWICK TESTS NOTIFICATION TECHNOLOGYA new emergency and community notification technology, which uses a digital telephone network to provide rapid notification in times of emergencies or natura...

January 1, 2001  

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A new emergency and community notification technology, which uses a digital telephone network to provide rapid notification in times of emergencies or natural disasters, is being tested in New Brunswick.

The province signed on the dotted line to be the test site for Telcordia Community Notification Solutions, a technology designed by Telcordia Technologies Inc. of Morristown, NJ.

The system is based on a patented short messaging methodology that enables message delivery from a notification source to notification devices located in homes, businesses and institutions, by utilizing communications infrastructures within a community.

Throughout the six-month trial, various messages will be sent to more than 200 notification devices throughout the region. The messages will be sent from the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (NB EMO) via the NB Tel telephone network. The messages will be delivered to individual notification devices, which flash coloured lights, sound an alarm, and display a time-stamped message.

Telcordia says applications based on this technology could also provide non-emergency notification benefits by communicating such events as school closings or utility outages.


To address the growing need for qualified sales, design and support professionals in the Optical Internet arena, Nortel Networks of Brampton, ON has added a certification course for Optical Internet professionals to its Certification Program.

This new track is designed to certify information technologists and networking professionals in both enterprise and service provider environments. Optical Internet certification testing will begin in the first quarter of this year. IBM, MetroMedia Fiber Networks and Unisys have already signed up to participate in the program.

Nortel will offer six certification designations within the new track, including four “specialist” level and two “expert” level programs. Courses for this track average three days in length and range in cost from US$1,000 to US$5,000.


The North American DWDM sector of the optical transport market is on a definite upswing. According to a recent industry report, the market is expected to grow from US$3.5 billion in 1999 to US$26 billion in 2004.

The report, published by telecommunication industry analysts Ryan, Hankin Kent (RHK) Inc. of San Francisco, CA, shows that the overall optical transport market, including shipments for DWDM, SONET and DCS equipment, grew 67 per cent in 2000 and is projected to reach US$29.3 billion in 2001 and US$45 billion in 2004.

While we will not likely see the same kind of growth we did in 2000, RHK expects the North American SONET market to grow at a 15 per cent rate through the forecast period, and the DCS market to grow at a rate of nine per cent.

According to study findings, Nortel Networks led the overall optical transport market in 2000 with a 38 per cent market share — up from 29 per cent the previous year; Lucent and Fujitsu followed with 14 per cent and 12 per cent, respectively. Other top vendors included Tellabs, Alcatel, Cisco, NEC, Ciena and Sycamore.


The UTC (United Telecom Council) has started the expansion of its core membership from the United States into Canada in an effort to better address the regulatory, technological, and business needs of its members north of the border.

The UTC Board of Directors took the first step in this direction in November 2000, by creating two Canadian regions — Eastern Canada and Western Canada — to add to its existing 10 U.S. regions.

The global trade association — a telecommunications and IT organization for utilities, pipelines and other infrastructure companies — will appoint two Canadian Regional Chairs who will serve on the UTC Board of Directors.

For more information on membership, contact UTC’s Member Services Manager Adriana Bandy at or visit the UTC website at


In an effort to meet demand for undersea fiber optic installation and maintenance, TyCom Ltd., Pembroke, Bermuda plans to build six new cable ships, to add to its existing fleet of 11 ships, over the next two years.

The company currently has two vessels under construction and has arranged for the construction of four more ships. The first ship is expected to be complete by July 2001, the second by October 2001, and the last four by December 2002.

TyCom says the new undersea cable installation and maintenance ships will be equipped with the latest in cable, navigation, dynamic positioning and safety equipment. Each ship will be outfitted with a new water jet-assisted cable trenching device and a free-swimming remotely operated vehicle rated to 2,500 metres in depth.

TyCom is working on phase one of its global network that will offer multi-terabit capacity (up to 7.68 Tb/s) over a system that will span more than 70,000 undersea kilometres and connect more than 35 cities.

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