FAQ & Glossary

Frequently Asked Questions

QWhat exchange(s) do Vecima Networks securities trade on?

Vecima Networks securities trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the stock symbol "VCM" (VCM-T). In the United States, the Company's shares are quoted over-the-counter (OTC) under the symbol "VNWTF". On the Berlin Stock Exchange, the Company's shares are quoted over-the-counter (OTC) under the symbol "VCNT.BE".

QWhen are your fiscal quarter ends?

  • Q1 FY2013: July 1, 2012 - September 30, 2012
  • Q2 FY2013: October 1, 2012 - December 31, 2012
  • Q3 FY2013: January 1, 2013 - March 31, 2013
  • Q4 FY2013: April 1, 2013 - June 30, 2013

QWhen did Vecima Networks complete its IPO?

On November 14, 2005, Vecima Networks completed its initial public offering of 3,335,000 common shares at a purchase price of $7.50 per share for gross proceeds of CAD $25,012,500.

On November 25, 2005, Vecima Networks announced that the underwriters of its initial public offering had exercised their over-allotment option to purchase an additional 500,250 common shares (of which 225,250 were issued by Vecima Networks and 275,000 were sold by its principal shareholders) at a purchase price of $7.50 per share, for gross proceeds to Vecima Networks of approximately CAD $1.7 million and gross proceeds to the selling shareholders of approximately CAD $2.1 million.

QWho is Vecima Networks' transfer agent?

Computershare Trust Company
510 Burrard St.
2nd Floor
Vancouver, B.C. V6C 3B9
Telephone: 604-661-9400
Fax: 604-661-9549

QHow can I get financial information about Vecima Networks?

Our annual reports, quarterly reports and other supplemental information can be found in our financials section of our website.

We also offer an online information request form to obtain paper copies of reports.

QHow can I contact Investor Relations?

Tel: (250) 881-1982
Fax: (250) 881-1974
Email: invest@vecima.com

Vecima Networks Inc.
c/o Investor Relations
771 Vanalman Avenue
Victoria, BC

Q When was Vecima Networks incorporated and where?

Vecima Networks was incorporated as WaveCom Electronics Inc. on July 1, 1988 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

QHow many employees does Vecima Networks have?

Vecima Networks employs 596 as of March 31, 2013.

QWhat are your office addresses?

Corporate Head Office
771 Vanalman Avenue
Victoria, BC

Primary Manufacturing Operations
150 Cardinal Place
Saskatoon, SK

QWhat types of products does Vecima Networks manufacture?

Our products are grouped into two main categories: Converged Wired Solutions and Broadband Wireless. The following is a brief description of our product families:

Converged Wired Solutions

  • Upconverter: A component which processes data from routers and converts it to higher frequencies for transmission to subscribers over cable.
  • Modulator: A component that converts VOD programming signals from a cable video server into analogue signals
  • Modulator/Upconverter: An integrated combination of a modulator and upconverter which processes VOD programming signals from a cable video server [and translates and converts them] into higher frequencies for transmission to subscribers.
  • Transmodulator: A component that translates and converts digital satellite signals into higher frequencies for transmission to subscribers.
  • Gateway Device: A fully-integrated device which uses a modulator/upconverter and other components to transport video streams from central servers, to provide security scrambling of those signals and then to transmit the video streams to subscribers over cable.

Broadband Wireless

  • Transmitter: A one-way device that processes and wirelessly transmits the data received from routers.
  • Transceiver: An integrated combination of transmitter and receiver which facilitates the two-way wireless exchange of data.

Further product information can be found in our general website www.vecima.com


  • Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM): A network technology for both LANs and WANs that supports real-time voice and video as well as data. The topology uses switches that establish a logical circuit from end to end, which guarantees a quality of service for that transmission. However, unlike telephone switches that dedicate circuits end to end, unused bandwidth in ATMs logical circuits can be appropriated whenever available.
  • Bandwidth: The amount of data that can be transferred over a connection at any one time
  • Biphase Shift Keying (BPSK): A digital frequency modulation technique used for sending data over a coaxial cable network. This type of modulation is generally less efficient, but also less susceptible to noise, than similar modulation techniques, such as QPSK and QAM.
  • Broadband: A connection to the Internet that uses greater bandwidth to achieve high speed.
  • Customer Premises Equipment (CPE): Refers to service provider equipment such as TV set-top boxes and digital line routers that are physically located on the customer?s premises rather than the provider's premises or in between.
  • Data over Cable System Interface Specification (DOCSIS): A set of standards for transferring data via cable. DOCSIS is managed by Multimedia Cable Network Systems, an organization formed by four major cable operators.
  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL): A technology that increases the digital capacity of ordinary telephone lines (the local loops) into the home or office beyond the capacity for voice service only. DSL speeds are tied to the distance between the customer and the central office of the telecommunications company providing the service.
  • Digital Video on Demand (DVOD): The ability to start delivering a movie or other video program with high quality digital picture and sound to an individual Web browser or TV set whenever the user requests it. DVOD provides subscribers with VCR-like functionality of pause, play, fast forward and reverse.
  • Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA): An integrated circuit with the capability to be programmed in the field after its been manufactured.
  • Gigabit Ethernet (GbE): A data transmission technology used in LANs and based on the Ethernet frame format and protocol capable of a data rate of one billion bits per second.
  • Interactive Program Guide (IPG): The IPG enables the user to display program information, including name and length of program, and browse channel listings on the television using the remote control unit. The IPG has become, in many cases, the set-top-box-based user interface for video on demand.
  • Intermediate Frequency (IF): A radio frequency to which a carrier frequency is shifted as an intermediate step in transmission or reception.
  • Local Area Networks (LANs): A communications network that serves users within a confined geographical area. It is made up of servers, workstations, a network operating system and a communications link.
  • Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LMDS): A digital wireless transmission technology that works in the 28 GHz range in the U.S. and 24-40 GHz overseas. It requires line of sight between transmitter and receiving antenna, which can be from one to four miles apart depending on weather conditions. LMDS provides bandwidth in a range that is considerably greater than other broadband wireless services.
  • Low Noise Amplifier (LNA): A device that amplifies signals from an antenna or other component with a minimum of spurious signals or noise.
  • Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC): A high-frequency circuit, usually constructed from a small slice of gallium arsenide or silicon, which contains an interconnection of active and passive circuits to realize a signal processing function. Examples include subsystems such as amplifiers, mixers and oscillators, or complex functions such as transmitter or receiver chains.
  • Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service (MMDS): A digital wireless transmission technology that works in the 2.1-2.5 GHz range. It requires line of sight between transmitter and receiver, which can be 30 or more miles apart.
  • Multiple Dwelling Units (MDU): A commercial or residential building with multiple offices or apartments. The term comes up when referring to in-house networks that support multiple tenants. Internet service providers and carriers increasingly offer specialized systems for such facilities.
  • Multiple Systems Operators (MSOs): Cable television and broadband wireless systems companies that operate multiple systems in different geographic areas.
  • Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs): A manufacturer that sells equipment to a reseller for rebranding or repackaging.
  • Personal Video Recorder (PVR): A PVR is a device that uses local storage (a hard disk drive) to enable user-controlled playback of live video streams on a real-time basis. Functionality includes the ability to pause and rewind the video stream as well as the ability to watch and record at least two separate video streams. Most PVR products use programming information and personal settings to proactively record content based on user preferences.
  • Point-to-Multipoint (PTM): A communications network that provides a path from one location to multiple locations.
  • Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM): A modulation technique that generates four bits out of one baud. For example, a 600-baud line (600 shifts in the signal per second) can effectively transmit 2,400 bps using this method. Both phase and amplitude are shaped with each baud, resulting in four possible patterns.
  • Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (QPSK): Phase-shift keying in which four different phase angles are used. In QPSK, the four angles are usually out of phase by 90 degrees. Phase-shift keying is angle modulation in which the phase of the carrier is discretely varied in relation either to a reference phase or to the phase of the immediately preceding signal element, in accordance with data being transmitted. This modulation technique is used for sending data over coaxial cable networks, primarily from the cable subscriber upstream to the headend, and for satellite transmission.
  • Radio Frequency (RF): The range of electromagnetic frequencies above the audio range and below visible light. All broadcast transmission, from AM radio to satellites, fall into this range, which is between 30 KHz and 300 GHz.
  • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP): A widely used network monitoring and control protocol. Data is passed from SNMP agents, which are hardware and/or software processes reporting activity in each network device (hub, router, bridge, etc.) to the workstation console used to oversee the network.
  • Set Top Box (STB): A device that enables a television set to become a user interface to the Internet and decode digital television broadcasts.
  • Synchronous Optical Networks (SONET): A fibre-optic transmission system for high-speed digital traffic. Employed by telephone companies and common carriers, SONET speeds range from 51 megabits to multiple gigabits per second.
  • Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP): Rather than using traditional circuit-committed protocols of the public switched telephone network (PSTN), VoIP sends voice information in discrete packets in digital form. VoIP is advantaged in that it avoids charges from telephone service providers.
  • Wide Area Network (WAN): A communications network that serves users within a wide geographical area. WANs are made up of various combinations of user networks, operating systems and communications links.