In the summer of 2002, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ratified the 10 Gigabit Ethernet standard, allowing interoperability among network devices transferring 10 billion bits per second.
At the time, it was targeted mainly at organizations running computing-intensive applications such as scientific simulations. But times change, and two months ago, the IEEE ratified the 40/100 Gbps Ethernet standard.
Two years later, police were getting in on the wireless act. In the summer of 2005, the Toronto Police Service announced Rogers Communications Inc. would install 450 wireless modems in police cruisers, with transfer rates of about 150 Kilobits per second.
This came about three years after Rogers Wireless Inc. announced net earnings of $773,000, which may seem small but was the first time in three years the wireless unit did not lose money.
Early in the summer of 2006, Nortel Networks Corp.’s George Riedel revealed he was initially reluctant to accept the firm’s job offer as chief strategy officer. During the Canadian Telecom Summit, Riedel said he had told then-CEO Mike Zafirovski “I’m kind of busy, thanks for the call.”
The hearings were called after executives from Research in Motion Inc. claimed Nortel’s plan to sell its code division multiple access (CDMA) unit to Nokia Siemens Networks could harm Canada’s national security.