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World Beat (March 01, 2001)

Rhythms Canada heads westRhythms Canada Inc., the Toronto-based Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) alternative service provider, has announced its service availability in the greater Vancouver area.The com...

March 1, 2001  

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Rhythms Canada heads west

Rhythms Canada Inc., the Toronto-based Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) alternative service provider, has announced its service availability in the greater Vancouver area.

The company has also announced a working relationship with Vancouver-based Radiant Communications, Inc. Across Canada, all of Rhythms’ high-speed access services are marketed through channel partners such as Radiant.

Rhythms Canada is investing over $3.2 million in the local economy by building one point-of-presence and 10 switching centres from which it will deploy high-speed DSL services to approximately 70 per cent of Vancouver-based businesses.

The company also recently announced its service availability in the Qubec metropolitan region. To deploy its services in Qubec, the company has invested over $2 million to build switching centres in nine cities.W

Stratos to work down under

Toronto-based telecom service provider Stratos has joined forces with leading Australian engineering and construction company Clough Engineering. An agreement will see the companies market and deliver remote communications systems to the mining, defence and oil and gas industries throughout Australia and South East Asia.

Clough and the Stratos group will work together to design and deliver end-to-end telecommunications systems for various industry projects throughout the region.

Clough will design and install a custom-built communications infrastructure, while Stratos will use its earth station, hubbing and other facilities-based services to provide satellite and fiber optic network systems for customers.W

AT&T Canada and TD Bank shake hands

AT&T Canada has been awarded a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract — the largest contract signed by the company to date — by TD Bank Financial Group of Toronto.

The five-year agreement, which includes a broad array of managed communications services, is expected to be worth over $160 million.

The services provided by AT&T Canada will be utilized throughout TD Financial Group’s business units, including its major call centres for TD Bank, Canada Trust, TD Visa and TD Waterhouse Canada. The agreement calls for the provision of intelligent call routing solutions, managed computer telephony integration (CTI) services, as well as local, long distance, toll free and frame relay communications transport services.

The awarding of the contract follows a pilot project that saw AT&T Canada implementing call centre programs for TD to help improve efficiency in call volume management and provide instant information to customer service representatives.W

Avaya and OnSat take on hospitality industry

Communications provider Avaya Canada of Toronto has signed a deal with OnSat Hospitality Joint Venture Ltd., the Calgary-based provider of provider of broadband satellite-based wireless Internet connections, to deliver wireless broadband services to the hospitality industry.

The agreement with OnSat Hospitality combines Avaya’s wireless systems with OnSat Communications’ Digital Equity Network to create “in-building” wireless networks. These networks will deliver mobile Internet and movie services via satellite to hotel guests and mobile workers, allowing them to access the Internet from anywhere in the hotel or on the hotel campus at speeds ranging from 5 to 11 Mb/s.

With its sights on carving a big piece of the billion-dollar North American hospitality industry pie, OnSat Hospitality plans to install the system in 250 hotels in 2001.W

Nortel-led group wins contract

Kabel NRW GmbH & Co. KG, Germany’s largest cable operator, has selected a consortium led by Nortel Networks of Brampton, ON, to build what is expected to be one of the world’s largest, two-way, cable voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) networks.

Nortel Networks will supply network infrastructure equipment, estimated to be worth approximately US$278 million over four years, to upgrade Kabel NRW’s existing cable TV infrastructure to a single network for voice, video and data.

Scheduled for completion by 2003, this network will allow Kabel NRW to offer high-performance Internet — including high-speed Internet access, video on-demand and IP telephony services — to as many as 4.2 million homes.

Nortel’s Technology Center of Excellence in Friedrichshafen, Germany will focus on bringing together the consortium’s various elements. This will include coordinating technologies and services from such companies as ADC, Scientific Atlanta Europe and WISI BK.W

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