Telecom briefs

Global port shipments for low-density VoIP gateways and access devices hit 929,670 in 2002 and will ramp up to 6.5 million by 2008, according to researchers at Montreal-based Maravedis Inc. The consultancy’s 180-page report on the low-density (one to 30 ports) VoIP product market says 25 vendors accounted for 90 per cent of total shipments, with Cisco Systems Inc. coming out as the market leader. Maravedis also said 67 per cent of global port shipments are analogue, even in this digital age. For more info visit Maravedis online at

Nortel’s game face

The organizing committee of the 2006 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy picked Nortel Networks to provide an IP-based network to support the event. The Brampton, Ont. network gear maker says it will install Meridian-1 PBXs, the Call Pilot unified messaging platform and 12,000 handsets to connect Games headquarters to the International Broadcast Center, the media village, the Olympic villages and all game locations. Nortel will also provide engineering, configuration and maintenance services, according to an October press release from the firm. Nortel says the Meridian-1 supports up to 16,000 users.

Telus marks the SpotCell

Telus Mobility is partnering with Spotwave Wireless Inc. to boost wireless coverage in hard-to-reach areas of buildings, such as parking garages and basements. The companies announced an agreement in October whereby Telus would sell Spotwave’s SpotCell in-building repeaters through its cross-Canada sales channel. The mobile carrier says Spotwave’s device makes sense for property owners who want to ensure strong connections in remote parts of buildings. The repeater boosts coverage for Telus’s PCS, 1X and Mike wireless services, according to a statement from the firms. For more info visit, the Business Solutions section.