OSHAWA, ON, Sept. 25, 2001 – Hydro-Quebec, one of the largest electric power utilities in North America, has chosen the products of RAD Data Communications and Cygnal Technologies’ broadband division, for the supply and integration of fibre optic equipment in over 300 sites in the Hydro-Quebec telecommunications network.
This technological choice will enable Hydro-Quebec to improve its strategic telecommunications network, in order to reduce service interruptions to a minimum and to improve the quality of its customer service.
“We are continuing to make improvements to all aspects of our hydro- electric system and are, therefore, seeking out manufacturers and suppliers able to meet our very strict requirements and who understand our commitment to provide quality service. Cygnal’s expertise in supplying broadband solutions, their products and their knowledge of the industry make them the ideal supplier”, said Pierre Chà¯¿½vert, Director of Planning and Installation of Hydro-Quebec’s technological infrastructure. “Cygnal’s understanding of our needs will help us optimize our network’s resources and offer our clients a higher level of service.”
This network will also be used to transport telephony, data and Internet traffic to the power plants, substations and to offices in isolated regions throughout the province. Over the next three years, Cygnal will supply and integrate this technology. It will also train and provide support for Hydro- Quebec’s employees under this agreement valued at approximately $4 million. The T1 fibre optic multiplexers covered by this agreement are part of the RAD family of data communications products, which include optic multiplexers and auxiliary equipment.
“This agreement reinforces our ability to provide critical fibre optic solutions, a technology on which utilities, such as Hydro-Quebec, rely upon to ensure that they are offering their clients the best quality service possible”, said Michael Martin, President of Cygnal’s broadband division.
Hydro-Quebec is one of the largest electric power utilities in North America that generates, transmits and distributes almost all of the electrical power consumed in Quebec. Hydro-Quebec’s widespread system, one of the vastest in North America, enables it to provide service to over 3.5 million clients throughout Quebec, including about 13,000 industrial corporations. Its deliveries total nearly 172 billion kilowatt hours, of which 25 billion are exported to neighbouring Canadian provinces and to the United States. In 1999, Hydro-Quebec’s sales reached nearly $8.5 billion.
Cygnal Technologies designs, equips, integrates and manages wired and wireless broadband, data, and telecommunication networks. These networks allow users to communicate effectively and economically. Its clients include cable companies, telephone companies, broadcasters, utilities and other corporations. Cygnal has expertise in all communication technologies, including satellite, coaxial cable, fiber optic, twisted pair and microwave. Cygnal was named the fastest growing company in Canada by PROFIT magazine in May 2001. For more information on Cygnal Technologies and its divisions, please visit their Web site at www.cygnal.ca