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World Beat (February 01, 2001)

360networks signs with DeutscheTelekomBroadband network service provider 360networks of Vancouver has signed a network services agreement worth approximately US$230 million with German-based Deutsche ...

February 1, 2001  

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360networks signs with DeutscheTelekom

Broadband network service provider 360networks of Vancouver has signed a network services agreement worth approximately US$230 million with German-based Deutsche Telekom, Europe’s largest telecom company.

Under terms of what the companies call a “broadband capacity, dark fiber, colocation and maintenance service” agreement, 360networks will provide multiple 2.5 gigabit-per-second wavelengths throughout its North American network to Deutsche Telekom. Deutsche Telekom will also be able to purchase dark fiber infrastructure and equipment maintenance services from 360networks on the same network for the next 20 years.W

Brossard and Hydro-Qubec team for project

Brossard, Quebec is gearing up for the implementation of a project that will see a new residential (3,000 properties), commercial and industrial zone equipped with a fiber optics telecom infrastructure alongside its electrical power grid.

Announced last November by the mayor of Brossard, Paul Leduc, the project will see the homes benefit from a broadband telecommunications link capable of transmitting voice, sound and images.

“Roads and sewers might have been the basic municipal infrastructure in the 20th century, but the 21st century will be defined by the ‘infostructure’ of leading telecommunications and information services,” said Mr. Leduc. “Our economic and social future will rely on efficient links and networks connecting citizens to schools, hospitals, businesses and their homes.”

The city has chosen Hydro-Qubec as a partner in this fiber optics and power grid initiative. The ground-breaking ceremony for the housing project is scheduled for March 2001.W

Bell and Cisco partner for college network

A new state-of-the-art network, developed by Cisco Systems Canada, and jointly supported by Cisco and Bell Canada, has recently “gone live” at Algonquin College in Ottawa.

The network, which links the college’s student residence, Police and Public Safety Institute, and its Pembroke, ON campus, will benefit over 10,000 full-time and close to 50,000 part-time students.

As part of upgrade, the college is taking advantage of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology. There are currently 550 IP phones on the campus and there are plans to increase that number to 3,000 over the next three years. The new unified, IP-based network handles approximately 190,000 calls per week and is expected to increase efficiency and reduce costs over a range of applications.

Barry Brock, Director of Information Technology Services at Algonquin College, says that by introducing both voice and data on one network, the college is able to provide a variety of new applications such as phone-based web browsing. Within the next year, the college hopes to add several new applications, including interactive services over the web.

“This is an opportunity to move our student service capability well into the future,” added Brock. “Right now we provide basic phone service. With the new network, one agent can handle everything — voice, video, interactive voice response, e-mail and the web, guaranteeing much better service all around.”W

New Zealand gets optical Ethernet

UnitedNetworks of Auckland, New Zealand has chosen Nortel Networks to provide it with an Internet and communications system that combines optical and Ethernet networking.

The company, a network infrastructure, electricity lines and gas distribution company, plans to use the new system to enable delivery of greater bandwidth to customers of a new, open access, wholesale fiber optic network. The network is currently under construction in the central business districts of Auckland and Wellington, and is scheduled for completion early this year.

UnitedNetworks is deploying Nortel’s end-to-end, large-scale gigabit networking Optical Ethernet offering. This system will enable UnitedNetworks to offer its customers 10/100/1000 Mbps and 10 Gbps Ethernet-based virtual private networks (VPNs).W

Stream unveils data service

Stream Intelligent Networks Corp. of Toronto has launched a Gigabit Ethernet (Gig-E) powered service in the Greater Toronto Area, a service that the company says will deliver high volume, high-speed data transfers to network service providers and large enterprises.

Based on Ethernet network protocols, Stream says the new commercial service is scalable from one Mbps to 1,000 Mbps and provides three times the throughput than comparatively priced commercial DSL.

Steve Spooner, president and CEO of Stream, says the new service will benefit organizations that have previously operated with slow and/or inflexible data speeds.W

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