Article Type: News Briefs

JDS buys developer of telecom products

JDS Uniphase Corp has acquired Fujian Casix Laser Inc, a supplier of crystals, fiberoptic components and optics for telecom networks. Located in Fujian, China, the company will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of JDS….

Two Canadian aerospace firms seeking to merge

Héroux Inc has made an offer to acquire Devtek Corp with up to $35 million in cash representing half of the transaction value. If approved by shareholders, the new entity will be called Héroux-Devtek Inc and have members of both firms represented on the board of directors. The merger is hoped to give the combined…

Precision introduces data transmission system

Precision Drilling Corp, Calgary, and its subsidiary, Computalog Ltd, are testing a new integrated data acquisition, processing and delivery system aimed at the oil and gas sector. Delivered by satellite from anywhere in the world, the system allows for large amounts of geophysical data collected at the well site to be delivered to clients in…

RIM and Microcell to conduct joint field trials

Research in Motion Ltd (RIM) and Microcell Connexions Inc will proceed with joint field trials for high-speed mobile data services based on general packet radio services (GPRS) technology. The new standard will incorporate RIM’s technology and is compatible with Microcell’s GSM-based personal communications services network. By utilizing bandwidth on a as-needed basis, several users can…

Aliant creates R&D unit for Internet-based applications

Aliant Inc has created a new wholly owned subsidiary within its emerging business division to handle the Atlantic Canada telecommunication firm’s R&D operations. Formed last February, Innovatia Inc will work towards developing Internet-based applications for the consumer and business markets in its so-called LivingLAB environment. Products and services will then be marketed and delivered through…

Ontario Hydro Energy unveils new software

Ontario Hydro Energy Inc has developed comparative billing software to facilitate the delivery of multiple services. Developed in conjunction with Toronto-based Mosaic Group, the software will compare each customer’s monthly invoice against the rates of key competitors and invoice the customer for the lowest cost. Services include electricity, natural gas, long distance, cellular telephone, Internet…