Toronto-based Primal Technologies, a software and hardware provider for the carrier industry, has recently launched a new software operations tool called Primal Skylight. The tool allows telecom service providers to monitor real-time status and revenues on the Primal Service Node (PDN), the company said. Primal Skylight connects to the Primal Service Node(s) via a virtual private network (VPN) and provides real-time data on usage, customer balance, revenue generation and system status on a continuous, hourly or daily basis, according to Primal. The Skylight’s graphical user interface runs on the desktop and connects to the PSN that processes prepaid and voicemail calls. For more information, visit

Last month, Nepean, Ont.-based JDS UniphaseCorp. announced the completion of a minority equity investment in Montreal-based Avantas Networks Corp. Avantas, a privately held telecommunications network testing equipment company, develops a family of products focused on the testing of telecommunications networks. The terms of the investment were not disclosed. JDS Uniphase said it made the investment because it believes that Avantas’s technology will help its customers effectively deploy and manage their complex networks. JDS Uniphase designs, develops and manufactures a range of products for the fibre optic communications market. For details visit Avantas is on the Web at

Sprint PCS Group plans to introduce cellular telephones based on Palm Inc.‘s operating system in the first half of the year and will offer a kit to connect Palm handhelds to Sprint phones this quarter. Santa Clara, Calif.-based Palm and Kansas City, Mo.-based Sprint PCS said their new products are the result of a partnership announced this week that will also include development of a co-branded MyPalm portal. The portal will allow enterprise Palm users to access their corporate e-mail, sales tool applications and corporate directories through the Sprint PCS Wireless Web for Business suite of products and services.