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Cygnal scoops up Nortel integrator

Cygnal Technologies Corp., a Markham, Ont.-based network design and installation firm, purchased Telecom Converged Solutions, a Nortel Networks voice and data integrator, for $800,000 in cash and stock. TCS, based in Calgary, designs, intgrates and maintains Nortel-based networks throughout Western Canada. TCS is a Nortel Premium Partner. Paul Krowchuk, TCS’s president, said that becoming part of Cygnal will allow TCS to compte for business across Canada, instead of being restricted to the West. More information on the deal is available at www.cygnal.ca.

Ottawa-area ISP beefs up

Internet services provider Telecom Ottawa acquired fellow ISP Trytel Internet of Peterborough, Ont. late last year. By buying Trytel, Telecom Ottawa expands its customer base by adding Trytel’s clients in Peterborough and Ottawa and gets capabilities that allow the company to better serve small and medium business customers. Among those capabilities is Trytel’s high-bandwidth network infrastructure. Trytel’s offerings include e-mail, Web hosting, DSL, dial-up, wireless, remote access and Web design services. Telecom Ottawa, a subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa, has operations throughout Eastern Ontario.

DSL numbers continue to rise

DSL deployment worldwide is set to surpass 50 million lines by the start of this year, according to Emerging Networks Service, research firm Vertical Systems Group’s Web-based research resource. Eighty-four per cent of those DSL lines are deployed outside the U.S. While the vast majority of DSL deployments are used by residential customers for Internet access, businesses are buying into DSL to build IP VPNs, connect remote workers and reduce the costs traditionally paid for frame relay and other high-speed network services. More information is available at www.verticalsystems.com

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