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World Beat (May 01, 2001)

Nortel gaining momentum in ChinaNortel Networks of Brampton, ON has announced new optical infrastructure contracts -- collectively estimated to be worth US$44 million -- with three China Telecom Regio...

May 1, 2001  

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Nortel gaining momentum in China

Nortel Networks of Brampton, ON has announced new optical infrastructure contracts — collectively estimated to be worth US$44 million — with three China Telecom Regional carriers.

These contracts include a US$34 million agreement with Hebei Telecom, for the delivery and installation of a 10 Gbps optical network to link the 11 major cities of Hebei province. Jiangsu Telecom and Jiangxi Telecom have also signed contracts for 10 Gbps optical systems.

To date, Nortel has been awarded more than 20 contracts in China for 10 Gbps and DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) optical systems, spanning over 35,000 kilometres.W

360networks and OptiGlobe set sights on Latin America

Vancouver-based 360networks has inked a US$25-million, multi-year agreement with OptiGlobe of Bethesda, MA, aimed at enabling the two companies to reach more customers throughout Latin America.

As part of the agreement, 360networks will establish network points of presence (POPs) at OptiGlobe’s Internet Data Centers (IDCs) in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. OptiGlobe will provide facilities and support services to 360networks beginning in June.

360networks will deliver dedicated broadband capacity in increments of up to 10 Gbps on 360americas, the company’s undersea and terrestrial network that will link the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela and Bermuda by the third quarter of 2001. 360americas will span 29,000 kilometres (18,000 miles) and offer a total capacity of 1.28 terabits per second.W

Davnet signs network agreement with Stream

Davnet Canada Inc., the Canadian subsidiary of Australian integrated broadband communications provider Davnet Ltd., has announced an agreement with Canada’s Stream Intelligent Networks Corp., the Toronto-based supplier of point-to-point, high-speed managed bandwidth.

The companies say the agreement is designed to allow the delivery of Davnet’s “first mile/last mile” telecom systems to business users in more than 100 commercial buildings in Toronto.

Under terms of the agreement, Davnet Canada will use Stream’s high-speed fiber network to access customers in office buildings within Toronto’s central business district and in other locations around the Greater Toronto Area. Davnet Canada, which was established in early 2000, plans to eventually serve more than 300 commercial buildings in the five major cities within Canada.W

Elix implements CTI system at Microcell

Microcell Telecommunications Inc. has selected Montreal-based Elix to implement a Computer Telephony Integration (CTI) system for its Call Centre.

The $1 million-dollar project is designed to enable Microcell to increase the overall efficiency of its Call Centre with improved customer information. Elix’s CTI offering, which will integrate the Genesys Interaction Management Framework, will support intelligent routing of calls based on customer account information, IVR information, and other call information gathered from ongoing call statistics.

The CTI system will also enable Microcell customers to initiate communications with the Call Centre using the communication method of their choice — telephone, Internet or e-mail.

Microcell has approximately 800 agents in Montreal and its Call Centre provides customer service to nearly one million customers across Canada.W

360networks obtains license in Singapore

360networks of Vancouver has been granted a license to own and operate telecommunications infrastructure in Singapore — the first of six licenses the company plans to obtain in Asia this year.

The company says that by the end of 2001, it will offer colocation services in combination with optical and IP services on 360asia, an undersea network it is developing jointly with C2C — a subsidiary of Singapore Telecommunications. Operating independently of C2C, 360asia will offer total system capacity of 1.92 terabits per second and link Singapore with Hong Kong, China, the Philippines, Taiwan, Korea and Japan.

By mid-2002, 360asia will connect with 360pacific, a transpacific undersea network that will span 22,000 kilometres (13,600 miles) and link Japan, the United States and Canada.

360networks plans to open an office in Singapore with marketing, sales and operations staff in the second quarter of this year.W

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