SR Telecom cuts costsLower than expected first quarter of 2005 revenue figures has forced Montreal-based SR Telecom Inc. to temporarily lay off 127 employees. The company now employees 383 people worldwide. Despite a reduction in one customer’s equipment requirements, SR Telecom remains bullish about demand for its products. It announced on January 26 that it received a follow-on order from Siemens for an additional 15 angel base stations as part of Telefonica’s TRAC project, and Italian telecom operator Teleunit has selected the airstar product for a broadband wireless network deployment in Tuscany.Sierra Wireless takes share hitSierra Wireless Inc.’s took a major nosedive last week after the Vancouver-based company warned that sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2005 would be significantly lower than previously estimated. The company said revenue would be in the US$18 to US$20-million range as much as two-thirds lower than expected. Softening demand for its wireless modems, higher than expected inventories, increased competition and an apparent lost contract with palmOne to supply embedded wireless modules for the Treo 600 device were partly to blame for the reduce revenue guidance. Mesh network provider BelAir making noiseOttawa-based BelAir Networks is expanding its roster of partners, unveiling on January 25 a solutions partner program aimed at providing high-quality broadband wireless systems for metropolitan-sized networks. Airpath and Nomadix are the two members of BelAir’s Complementary Solutions Partner Program. BelAir announced that more partner firms will be revealed during the first quarter. The partner program is the second major announcement from the company in the month of January having previously inked a partnership agreement with Lucent Technologies. “The partnership with Lucent not only gives Lucent a strong advantage in the Wi-Fi market, but the partnership provides new global channels for revenue by making BelAir’s carrier-grade wireless switch routers available to service providers, enterprises, and government accounts through Lucent Technologies,” reads an email to Report on Wireless. Stratos to upgrade networks to IPStratos Global Corp. has announced plans to upgrade its communications network to allow for the introduction of next-generation Internet Protocol services. Dubbed the IP Network Enhancement Project, it will provide the platform required for the offering of IP services across the company’s entire communications network, including mobile and fixed satellite services. The network upgrade will also see the company offer hotspot services in the Gulf of Mexico. The primary component of the network enhancement program will be the establishment of an IP core network providing the company with a single, integrated communications platform to link and manage all voice and data traffic. “With our IP-based core network infrastructure, we will have a global platform that allows our customers to pick and choose from Stratos’ full range of mobile and fixed-site satellite and microwave solutions, and link these technologies through a common provider offering consolidated billing, support and service,” Stratos president and CEO Jim Parm said in a news release. Wireless Matrix to divest telemetry and remote communications businessWireless Matrix Corp. has decided to divest of its telemetry and remote telecommunications business operations, focus exclusively on its mobile business, and will result in the closure of the company’s Calgary offices. Following a strategic review of the two business units, the company concluded that the best course of action would be to divest of the two businesses no later than April 30, 2005 and focus entirely on the mobile business, Wireless Matrix’s strongest growth area. Several potential acquirers have been identified and discussions are ongoing. “The decision to close the Calgary office was not an easy one because of the strength of the Calgary team, but the consolidation from 3 to 2 offices will deliver operational efficiencies and cost savings that could not be overlooked,” company CFO Maria Izurieta said in a news release. The divestures will result in more than $2 million in annualized personnel cost savings. Underground wireless network in development from Bell Mobility and ONESTOPBell Mobility and ONESTOP Toronto Inc. have agreed to work together to bring real-time content to subway stations in Toronto using broadband wireless technologies, a project that will eventually see the content delivered directly to subway cars. A North American first, the two companies will equip the Toronto Transit Commission’s subway stations with large LCD screens that will deliver a wide range of content including news and weather updates. First phase network deployment has already begun with about 40 screens having been installed, and in-car displays will be moved into a pilot project later this year. Novanet acquires telecom and broadcast equipment companyNovanet Communications Ltd. has entered into an agreement to acquire Richmond Hill ON-based M.S.C. Electronics Ltd. for an undisclosed amount. M.S.C. supplies RF transmission products and systems for the telecommunications and broadcasting industries. Novanet president and CEO Joe Uyede says the acquisition allows the company to accelerate its growth and diversification strategy in the telecom and broadcast markets. Bluetree Wireless gets Cingular network certificationMontreal-based Bluetree Wireless Data Inc.’s wireless modems can now be used on Cingular Wireless’ network in the United States, the company announced this month. The Federal Communications Commission approved the use of Bluetree’s Bluetree 2000, Bluetree 2010 and Bluetree M2M GPRS modems earlier this year. “The approval of our products on the Cingular network gives our customers greater opportunity to have Bluetree modems integrated into their wireless data solutions,” Bluetree COO Karl Hantho said in a news release.Spotwave intros 3G in-building productSpotwave Wireless has launched a line of indoor coverage products ready to work with 3G protocols such as CDMA (1X, EV-DO) and GSM (GPRS, EDGE, UMTS). The company has already tested the products in U.S. commercial markets including Chicago, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Las Vegas, as well as Toronto and Ottawa. “Carriers are investing billions of dollars in their 3G networks, but while users will tolerate one bar of coverage for a voice call, they won't do the same for their data applications. We make sure they don't have to. We’ve been successful at Spotwave because we've consistently demonstrated our alignment with carrier goals of quality coverage and customer satisfaction, and our support for EV-DO for carriers like Verizon Wireless and Sprint PCS, UMTS for carriers like Cingular, as well as other 3G technologies is a continuing validation that our product family is mapped into the evolution of the wireless network,” says Spotwave CEO Bill Carlin in a media release.