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World Beat (November 01, 2000)

360Networks furthers R&D at DalhousieLife for researchers at Dalhousie University just got easier, thanks to a recent contribution from network services provider 360Networks of Vancouver.The company h...

November 1, 2000  

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360Networks furthers R&D at Dalhousie

Life for researchers at Dalhousie University just got easier, thanks to a recent contribution from network services provider 360Networks of Vancouver.

The company has agreed to donate, over a three-year period, the market equivalent of approximately $3 million of 155 megabit-per-second bandwidth capacity on its North American and transatlantic networks. This will enable researchers at Dalhousie to send large data, video and other high-bandwidth files quickly and easily to their counterparts in Europe and the United States, benefiting initiatives such as telemedicine and e-commerce studies.

Dalhousie University will begin using the broadband capacity early next year. In addition, 360networks will provide $50,000 to the Faculty of Computer Science to help fund an entrepreneurial program’s endowment for top students.W

ClearData signs $300 million contract

ClearData, an emerging data communications service provider out of Boston, has selected Brampton, Ontario’s Nortel Networks as a supplier and integrator for an applications hosting and data network infrastructure to be built in the United States. The agreement, worth approximately US$300 million, will see the creation of Internet data centres and a nationwide optical network.

ClearData has signed a three-year contract with Nortel to purchase metropolitan and long haul optical and data networking solutions, Internet data centre infrastructure equipment, Nortel’s Preside service-enabling management software and professional services.

ClearData is currently building a broadband network across the U.S. The backbone will be an OC-192 capable DWDM (dense wave-division multiplexing) Internet Protocol (IP)-optimized core optical network. The company says the network will deliver performance on a ’24×7′ basis and offer a full suite of Internet access, data transport, and hosting and application services to customers.W

Gateway to construct Canadian fiber network

Gateway Networks, the Toronto-based independent Multi-Service Carrier Network (MSCN), has announced it will build a 4,800 kilometre fiber network across Western Canada, after reaching an agreement with Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) to install fiber cable along its right-of-way.

The Gateway fiber will connect Winnipeg, Regina, Moose Jaw, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, and will extend south to Chicago. The build across Western Canada will connect with Gateway’s current fiber project linking Montreal, Toronto, North Bay, Sudbury, Buffalo, Detroit and Chicago.

The company’s Internet Protocol (IP) network offers carriers, ISPs and ASPs multiple point-to-point bandwidth and dark fiber, Signalling System Seven (SS7), Internet wholesale, and long-distance in and between Canada and the U.S. — all over a unified network.

Gateway’s fiber build in the east will be complete by early 2001; the Western Canada network is expected to be complete by the end of 2001.W

Defence Department to get secure network

The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) is scheduled to receive new secure information networking services, as part of a recent deal with Motorola Canada Ltd.

The DND has commissioned Motorola to provide secure communications technology, large-scale systems integration and lead a team of partners to build a $38.5 million network.

The company will provide these services through use of its Military Message Handling System (MMHS), a secure e-mail system that will replace several legacy systems with newer, open-standard protocols, permitting the interconnection of multiple domains at various security levels.

The company says its MMHS provides full military messaging capabilities and will enable Canadian defence forces to communicate between various domains.W

PowerNet transmits Internet through power lines

PowerNet Communications TEGA Inc., a Montreal-based provider of powerline telecommunications, is setting out to make its mark as a competitive broadband alternative to DSL and cable.

The company says it has developed technology that permits the delivery of broadband communications over existing powerlines, providing service via its networks operations centre (NOC) through a simple interface.

The technology’s first commercial deployment has been initiated in Sweden by PowerNet Services, in collaboration with Birka Energi of Stockholm, one of Scandinavia’s largest energy companies.

“Making use of existing powerlines is the answer to a highly flexible, efficient and environmentally friendly broadband network,” says Michael Bohbot, president of PowerNet. The company says it is eliminating the “last mile” access bottlenecks by bringing high-performance IP hybrid fiber-PLT solutions directly to its customers.

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