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The Canadian Business Journal
locations north of Toronto; speaking face to
face, yet hundreds of kilometres apart. The video
quality that is displayed on the monitors is out-
standing, typically delivering at speeds between
1.5 kbps and 1.7 kbps and virtually no packet loss
with an excellent synchronization between the
audio and video.
CBCI Telecom has origins dating back to 1988
when most modern technological communica-
tions were still quite cost prohibitive including
such things as fax machines, cellphones and wire-
less modems. By 1991, CBCI had become more
heavily involved in the cellphone business and it
was in 1993 when CBCI added the word Telecom
to the company’s official name, aiming to branch
out their enterprise opportunities as technology
continued to evolve at a whirlwind pace.
“It was around 1992 when we saw videocon-
ferencing as potential new technology that would
revolutionize the way people communicate with
one another,” Dumouchel recalls. “We decided to
create and to manufacture our own videoconfer-
encing with a codec, which is the brain behind the
camera. By 1995 we were the fifth-largest vid-
eoconferencing manufacturer worldwide with 11
offices in the U.S. and five offices in Canada.”
In 1997, CBCI Telecom was acquired by
TANDBERG, a Norwegian company that had
designs on aggressively pursuing the U.S. market.
“Just about all of us became temporary
employees at that point,” Dumouchel says.
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