Welcome to the Canadian Telecom Edition of Network World Canada

To our regular Network World Canada readership, welcome to the inaugural publication of Network World Canada‘s Canadian Telecom Edition. To Canadian Telecom‘s readership, welcome to Network World Canada.

As all readers of the June 16 Network World Canada can see, we’ve made some significant changes to the look, feel and size of the publication. We’ve got our usual array of timely news and product stories affecting the Canadian networking market. And we’ve got our third Signature Series of the year, offering a more in-depth look at a particular issue or technology – in this case Virtual Private Networks. But on top of all this we have a new feature inside – our Canadian Telecom Edition – which offers an in-depth look at new services, technologies and goings-on in the Canadian telecommunications market.

The Canadian Telecom Edition will become a regular component of Network World Canada. For the remainder of 2000, you can expect to see it once a month. The section is designed to be read as part of Network World Canada, but, since it does have its own cover and table of contents, it can be removed from Network World Canada and serve as a stand-alone, pull-out publication.

Changes to Network World Canada are never entered into lightly. The publication has provided coverage of the Canadian telecommunications market in the past, but given the numerous changes going on in this market and the fact that the worlds of telecommunications and networking are drawing closer and closer together, we decided we needed to expand our telecommunications section.

We could have expanded our coverage on our own, but decided we didn’t want to go into this new venture halfheartedly. So instead, we acquired Canadian Telecom magazine, a long-time player in the Canadian telecommunications industry.

We feel that by combining our Canadian Telecom Edition section with the regular sections of Network World Canada, we offer both Canadian network and telecommunications managers a complete package of news and product information that could potentially affect them and the way they perform their jobs. “Network convergence” is a phrase heard commonly in both the networking and telecommunications communities. Essentially what it boils down to is telephony moving from networks dedicated to telephony only, to networks that traditionally supported only data communications.

This network convergence will not happen overnight, but there’s little question that it will occur. To accommodate network convergence, data professionals will need to learn more about telecommunications and telecommunications professionals will need to learn more about data networks. That’s where Network World Canada comes in – we can offer both sets of professionals a wide range of information on both telecomminications and data networking events.

We also feel that now is an appropriate time to extend our telecommunications coverage, because there’s more change in the Canadian telecom market than there’s ever been before. Now that the Canadian market is largely deregulated, new competitors offering a range of services and pricing plans seem to be springing up every week. On top of that there are a host of new service offerings – business-class DSL, end-to-end Ethernet connectivity and wireless broadband are just a few of the technologies that are changing the industry.

Despite what we may think, no change is truly beneficial unless our readers think so. So Please write in and tell us what you think of the new look.

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Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

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