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World Beat (September 01, 2001)

Axia to play part in SuperNetAxia IP Services Ltd. of Toronto has inked a 10-year contract with the Government of Alberta to help design, build and operate the province's new fiber-optic superhighway ...

September 1, 2001  

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Axia to play part in SuperNet

Axia IP Services Ltd. of Toronto has inked a 10-year contract with the Government of Alberta to help design, build and operate the province’s new fiber-optic superhighway to the Internet. Called Alberta SuperNet, the project aims to make an ultra high-speed broadband IP network equally accessible to communities across the province.

The company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Axia NetMedia, has partnered with Bell Intrigna, and teamed up with Cisco and Microsoft (the ACM Alliance) for the contract, which it says could be worth up to $240 million in the first three years.

The SuperNet business model was designed to help the Alberta Government level the playing field for high-speed digital facilities between highly populated and lesser-populated communities. For instance, the wholesale rates to ISPs in the smaller communities will be established based on those charged to metropolitan Alberta ISPs. Rates for government, education, health and library facilities will be capped and guaranteed by Axia and Bell.

As part of the project, Axia will provide specialty IP services to the government province-wide, in addition to IP transport connections of the smaller rural markets to the larger competitive urban markets. Bell Intrigna will deploy its own network in 27 larger urban communities and provide telecom services to Axia in and between these communities.

Cisco’s Internet technology will enable the creation of network services in Alberta, and Microsoft Canada will provide software and services to the SuperNet initiative. W

Hospital selects Avaya’s wireless system

In an attempt to reduce patient response time throughout its facility, Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital has implemented a wireless system from Avaya Inc. of Markham, ON.

The company’s DEFINITY Wireless Business System was recently installed at the hospital, and more than 300 physicians, nurses and service technicians were equipped with wireless handsets. The system was designed to streamline communication processes in the 18-floor healthcare facility, in addition to giving nurses immediate access to patient requests and the ability to call for emergency assistance or page doctors from anywhere on the floor.

Avaya says that by integrating all communications systems — telephone, pager and emergency equipment — the nurses’ response time now averages 1.14 minutes, compared with seven minutes on their previous system.

The DEFINITY system is based on 1.9 GHz, which offers multi-zone mobility through wireless handsets, eliminating interference with cardiac, neo-natal, or infusion pump monitors, and pacemakers. W

Cygnal wins $4.5 million contract

Cygnal Technologies’ Data Networks division has been selected by Enersource Telecom (an affiliate of Enersource Corp.) of Mississauga, ON to supply and build a new fiber-optic backbone for a network that will bring new telecom services to Mississauga enterprise customers. The contract is valued at $4.5 million.

In January, Enersource announced a plan to install an initial 150 kilometres of fiber optic cable. Having completed the design, engineering and stringing of support lines to carry the optical network, the project is now 50 per cent completed, and the company has fast-tracked its plan to develop the fiber-optic backbone.

Cygnal is expected to complete the initial network construction phase by September 2001.

This is the Oshawa-based company’s second fiber-optic backbone agreement in the past month; Cygnal recently announced a $12 million contract to build one of Canada’s largest fiber-optic community networks — the Simcoe Community Access Network (SCAN).W

AT&T Canada to install data network at CBC

AT&T Canada Inc. of Toronto, has won a $16 million contract to install and manage a data network for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

The new network — an upgrade to CBC’s current private information technology voice and data network — was designed to allow for greater speed and efficiency in the delivery of information over AT&T Canada’s network. Asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) technology will transmit data in small cells over a high-speed switching platform that enables voice, video or data to travel quickly over a network.

The network is designed to allow CBC to access bandwidth on demand — one of the broadcaster’s key requirements in order to provide high-quality programming to Canadians at all times.

Using Lucent ATM switches and Cisco routers, the network will be interconnected to AT&T Canada’s national and global network with access to over 280 countries world-wide. W

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