Telecommunications briefs

The CRTC in August announced new rules for all mobile phone operators, telling companies like Bell Mobility and Rogers AT&T Wireless to provide Enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1) emergency service to customers wherever the service is available. The CRTC said it used to request that only wireless providers that were competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) provide E9-1-1, which connects callers with emergency services quickly. The Commission said carriers must notify customers about the change, giving service providers 90 days to devise an execution plan. For more info, visit

Who bought what in the where?

In a complicated move, Canadian voice over IP firm Onlinetel Corp. is joining forces with Globalive Communications Inc., a voice application firm. Eiger Technology Inc. announced the merger in August, saying it would sell its stake in Onlinetel to Newlook Industries Corp., which also purchased Globalive. Eiger owns 80 per cent of Newlook, but according to an Eiger spokesperson, once Globalive comes together with Onlinetel, Globalive will be Newlook’s majority stakeholder. Eiger’s rep said the point is relatively simple: to combine Globalive’s apps with Onlinetel’s network.

Caffeine injection for Spotnik

Wi-Fi service provider Spotnik Mobile Inc. in July announced it would provide wireless Internet access at Timothy’s World Coffee locations across Canada. A spokesperson for the caf