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World Beat (December 01, 2000)

NORTEL CHOSEN FOR PROJECT IN SPAINSpanish wireless carrier Airtel Movil SA, has selected Brampton, Ontario-based Nortel Networks to build the initial phase of its Universal Mobile Telecommunications S...

December 1, 2000  

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Spanish wireless carrier Airtel Movil SA, has selected Brampton, Ontario-based Nortel Networks to build the initial phase of its Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS). The agreement, anticipated to be worth US$100 million over 12 months, will see the creation of a system that will provide wireless Internet service throughout Spain.

UMTS will use third generation wireless technology to provide access to information, e-mail, eBusiness, real-time video and other wireless Internet services through a variety of personal, portable devices.

Spain’s second largest mobile telephone operator, Airtel began its operations in October 1995 after being awarded the country’s second GSM license in February of that year. W


Broadband network service provider 360networks of Vancouver has unveiled an $80 million cable landing station in Halifax that will serve as a major access point to its global fiber optic network.

The station will connect Canada to Europe and the United States via a 12,200 kilometre undersea network.

Located on 40 acres of land, the new 25,000-square-foot cable landing station houses network switching equipment, office space and three electrical generators. It also features secure space where telecommunications and data communications companies will be able to connect their regional networks and applications to 360networks’ long-haul network.

Halifax will be connected with Europe via a 5,500-kilometre cable to Liverpool and another 5,600-kilometre cable to Dublin. Traffic from those cables will be routed through the cable landing station to 360networks’ North American network via Quebec City, Montreal and Toronto. Halifax will also be linked to Boston via a 750-kilometre cable.W


Cable & Wireless of London, UK has selected Brampton, Ontario’s Nortel Networks for a network and outsourcing project, including implementation of a global voice over IP (VoIP) platform, estimated to be worth US$1.4 billion over 10 years.

The project will see Nortel Networks manage the build-out and operation of the Cable & Wireless Voice over IP (VoIP) network through its Global Professional Services group. Nortel will plan, design, implement and operate the Cable & Wireless VoIP backbone network, which will extend throughout Europe and North America.

Plans call for voice traffic to be migrated onto the new network over a three-year period. Cable & Wireless is also expected to transfer employees managing its existing voice network to Nortel Networks.W


Toronto-based telecom service provider Stratos has been awarded a two-year contract for the provision of remote communications services for a Deep Ocean Odyssey project led by Jean-Michael Cousteau, son of Jacques Cousteau. Services will include data, voice, fax and HSD (High Speed Data) during the voyage providing an end-to-end network solution aboard the 230-foot vessel, Ocean Alert.

Stratos will utilize the Inmarsat satellite network to provide a direct communications link to and from the vessel anywhere in the world. Those aboard Ocean Alert will be able to communicate through Stratos’ Inmarsat-B and Mini-M terminals installed on the vessel which allow voice, fax, email, Internet and high-speed-data for transfer of video files at rates up to 64 kbps. Stratos will also supply global access through its wireless Internet service provider software, StratosNet.

Equipped with high-definition digital video equipment, including specially constructed deep water lenses and camera housings, the Deep Ocean Odyssey team will set sail this fall in the South Pacific on their first five-month expedition. The team will produce a series of high-impact action adventure programs and events for worldwide broadcast television. W


Calgary-based Telus Mobility and BC Gas Inc. of Vancouver have announced the implementation of a wireless data system that is designed to help BC Gas increase efficiency and reduce operational costs.

The agreement, worth approximately $2.3 million over five years, will see Telus Mobility install laptop computers and Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD) modems in approximately 200 BC Gas service vehicles over the next six months. BC Gas field staff will then be able to access and transmit work order information directly from the field, using wireless data technology.

The initiative will give field employees a wireless link to the new BC Gas dispatch centre in the Lower Mainland. The dispatch system is integrated with the Customer Information System (CIS), through which BC Gas Customer Service Representatives set appointments with customers.

The contract includes $800,000 for the CDPD network, which provides an always-on, wireless connection to the Internet and extends a company’s LAN to the field. It also includes $1.5 million in services and equipment from Telus Communications Systems.W

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