Wide-area Ethernet said to be easier to use, cheaper than traditional technologies

A quarter century after Robert Metcalfe developed it as a local-area network protocol, Ethernet's reach is still getting wider.Richard Mahony, senior analyst at research firm Ovum in London, projects the market for wide-area

Published on: February 1st, 2006 Grant Buckler

CRTC telecom competition report notes role of strong wireless carriers

For the fifth and final year, the Canadian Radio-television and Tele-communications Commission has reported on the status of competition in Canadian telecommunications markets. But despite the end of its legislative obligation, the CRTC

Published on: February 1st, 2006 Elisabeth Ostiguy

You want to have it but do you need it?

Internet Protocol (IP) networks have brought dramatic changes in video conferencing. IP connections are replacing the traditional Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) connections, making video conferencing easier and more reliable and allowing almost

Published on: February 1st, 2006 Grant Buckler

Cisco ANS designed to make software work faster over a wide-area network

ANS encompasses product groups that have been previously announced, including wide-area network application engine (WAE), but is also part of Cisco’s Service-Oriented Network Architecture (SONA), which the vendor describes as a “framework” that

Published on: February 1st, 2006 Greg Meckbach

Battle for control over Web being fought on several fronts

The recent attempt by some countries to place control of the Internet under the United Nations achieved very little success. This result could be viewed as a victory by those who fear a

Published on: February 1st, 2006 Ron Scott

The converging office

In the Winnipeg offices of the Teachers Retirement Allowance Fund, there are no photocopiers. “They’re all multi-function printers spread out across the floor,” says Les Brown, the fund’s vice-president of information services. The

Published on: February 1st, 2006 Grant Buckler

Media Frenzy

Edge: What are you working on these days? FOSTER: My day job is to help manage our practice that deals with technology, media and telecommunications companies. They really are in so many different

Published on: January 10th, 2006 Martin Slofstra

MTS Allstream cuts jobs, shakes up product portfolio

MTS Allstream said it would lay off hundreds of employees and refine its IP product portfolio in the second phase of its effort to increase its enterprise business.The company cited declining revenue and

Published on: December 20th, 2005 Shane Schick

Engineering consulting firm replaces stand-alone file servers with WAFS

Employees in different locations often work on the same project or proposal, and need to access the same files. But with a network of 450,000 files and 300 GB of storage, trading files

Published on: December 12th, 2005 Vawn Himmelsbach

Feds table legislation giving CRTC power to fine firms, individuals

The Telecommunications Act amendment would give the CRTC the power to impose an Administration Monetary Penalty (AMPs) on a firm for a maximum of $10 million for the first offence and $15 million

Published on: December 12th, 2005 Sarah Lysecki

CRTC orders VoIP providers to inform customers of 911 service limitations

There are two types of emergency phone service: basic and enhanced. Basic 911 connects the caller to a central call centre. From there the call is connected to the emergency response responsible for

Published on: December 12th, 2005 Elisabeth Ostiguy

Policing the telcos

Soon — possibly before you read this — a three-member panel created by Industry Minister David Emerson last spring will publish a report on Canadian telecommunications policy. It has received thousands of pages

Published on: December 12th, 2005 Grant Buckler

Carriers join forces for mobile commerce

The term “m-commerce” was a buzzword a few years ago, but offerings such as micropayments and location-based services failed to materialize as money-earners for the carriers.“Bell, Rogers and Telus have been looking at

Published on: December 7th, 2005 Neil Sutton

Cisco’s push-to-talk technology aimed at public safety market

Cisco Systems Inc. is helping organizations address interoperability issues between disparate radio systems and improve safety and security with a tool that uses the Internet to integrate two-way radios with other voice and

Published on: November 21st, 2005 Sarah Lysecki