Cygnal Wins $4.0 Million Network Rebuild from Access Communications
March 23, 2001

by -- Broadcaster Magazine

Oshawa, Ont., – Cygnal Technologies’ broadband video division has been selected to supply Saskatchewan-based Access Communications with a broadband communications network, allowing Access to deliver a range of new services to its 60,000 Regina customers, including video-on-demand, voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP), and content-on-demand.

“Accessing ‘on-demand’ services can be difficult without fast, reliable broadband networks. Together, we are providing Access customers will have the technology they need to enjoy these services well into the future,” said Michael Martin, President of Cygnal’s broadband division, Comlink Systems.

The first phase of the contract is valued at approximately $1.2 million, with additional phases expected to bring the total value of the contract to $4.0 million. The initial stage of the Access Communications’ network rebuild is underway and is expected to be complete by August 2001. By mid-2002, the entire rebuild is expected to be complete, equipping all Regina area customers with the ability to enjoy new state-of-the-art services.

“We want our customers to be able to take full advantage of new
technologies quickly, using a reliable network that can expand to meet their growing needs. With Cygnal’s assistance and expertise in high-speed telecommunications networks, we have been able to rebuild our network with a cost-effective and scalable solution that accomplishes both these objectives,” said Derek Aitken, Senior Vice-President of Engineering, Access Communications.

Cygnal is supplying turnkey optical and radio transmission equipment from Scientific Atlanta including Prisma II Transmitters and 6944 Optical Node Receivers as well as GainMaker Radio Frequency (RF) Distribution equipment. Cygnal will also provide technical expertise to Access during the rebuild. Access Communications provides a range of communication services including cable television, paging services and Internet access to customers in Regina, Yorkton and district, Estevan and Weyburn, Saskatchewan. By the end of 2002, it is expected that over 90% of Access customers will have the capability of new services available through fibre interconnecting major communities.

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