Carriers hopeful as CRTC hearing into wireless wholesale rates opens

Wireless carriers start a week-long hearing today before the federal telecommunications regulator, another in a series of fights that always seems to be about survival of the smallest. This time it might be

Published on: September 29th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Six tips for controlling printers

By Patrick Trudel (The author is a federal IT manager who has lead major printer rationalization projects for a number of government departments.) Government departments often take their printing services for granted. Printers

Published on: September 18th, 2014 IT World Canada

New Wind in carrier’s future

Wind Mobile's future is about to change. The Canadian carrier's minority shareholder and biggest debtholder, Amsterdam-based VimpelCom Lted. announced this morning that it has a deal to sell all of its holdings to

Published on: September 15th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Group urges Ottawa to set aside spectrum again in auction

The Harper government must set aside cellular frequencies for spectrum for new or small carriers to bid on in an upcoming spectrum auction, says a consumer group. In a paper sent this week

Published on: September 11th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Many mobile apps still ask for unexplained access to device data

Too many mobile apps are collecting private subscriber data without explaining why they need it, according to a study by international government privacy commissioners. Dubbed the Global Privacy Enforcement Network Privacy Sweep, examiners from

Published on: September 11th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Mobilicity sues Ottawa for $1.2 billion

The Harper government's refusal to allow financially troubled Mobilicity to sell its spectrum to incumbent carriers has landed it in court. On Thursday Mobilicity's parents and financial backers, Data and Audio-Visual Enterprises Investments

Published on: September 5th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Security rules strain Canadian, U.S. IT contractors looking for federal work

News last week that a cyber attack at a third-party firm that performs background checks for U.S. government employees had compromised data of at least 25,000 bureaucrats is just the latest illustration of how attackers can gain

Published on: August 27th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Revenue Canada issues tax app

Some CIOs have trouble talking to chief financial officers about technology -- those routers, IP addresses, software licences, service-oriented architectures, virtual machines do have a way of making the eye glaze over. So

Published on: August 27th, 2014 Howard Solomon

To delete or not to delete? That is the federal question

Almost everyone working for an organization has an overflowing email inbox. Some employers have standards on keeping the size down, while others don't care. But when the federal government issues an advisory to public servants to

Published on: August 27th, 2014 Howard Solomon