Thursday, February 04, 2010Hearing to examine broadband obligations of carriers It’s called a review of the basic services telecommunications carriers have to fulfill. However, an upcoming CRTC hearing will largely be about whether incumbent carriers should be forced to improve services to outlying areas. Some believe the duty should be eliminated because there’s more providers around today to choose from
Tuesday, February 02, 2010Mobilicity debuts new name, hint of strategy The startup, known until now as DAVE Wireless, says outsourcing almost all of its operators will make it a nimble competitor against the incumbents. It hopes to launch service in the fall
Tuesday, February 02, 2010Canadian firms finally getting into wireless: Analysts This will be a big year for mobile technology, according to a trio of experts. Expect to see an increasing number of organizations taking advantage of smartphones, banking by cell phone and mobile store fronts.
Monday, February 01, 2010Bell switches to wireless for 102 underserved areas Instead of offering high speed landline service to underserved Ontario and Quebec communities, the telco wants to extend its wireless network to them. That's what the Inukshuk wireless effort was supposed to be about, says an industry analyst, who thinks Bell's move means Inukshuk is dead
Friday, January 29, 2010Wireless Enhanced 911 enters second phase The deadline to provide locations of emergency 911 callers using cellular phones in Canada is Feb. 1. The carriers say they are ready, but some public safety answering points are not. IDC Canada’s Lawrence Surtees notes the more advanced features of enhanced 911 has still been postponed
Monday, January 25, 2010Motorola demands BlackBerry import ban Motorola Inc. alleges Research in Motion Inc. infringed on patents relating to Wi-Fi access, user interface and other wireless handset technologies. It says most, if not all, BlackBerry products are affected and has asked for a ban on selling the wireless e-mail devices to the U.S.
Friday, January 22, 2010Brassy startup wants to be a national wireless carrier Public Mobile hasn’t launched yet, but its CEO says a successful court challenge allowing more foreign investment would give it money to buy competitors. However, competitor Globalive Wireless says the challenge is unwarranted
Thursday, January 21, 2010Videotron's wireless network won't extend to Toronto Although it spent tens of millions on spectrum covering Toronto, the Quebec-based cable company's new network will be limited to its home province. It's not a surprise, says an industry analyst.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010Cisco Wi-Fi software makes video more reliable over wireless The company said VideoStream, which will be added to Cisco's code, will improve video performance and reliability on 802.11n wireless networks. Find out all the details
Thursday, January 14, 2010Shaw starting to look at getting into wireless The Calgary-based cableco isn't saying when, but a year after buying licences the head of the company says it is now doing the groundwork for launching service. And maybe it will have a U.S. partner
Wednesday, January 13, 2010Nortel bankruptcy: One year later Nortel Networks Corp., once a US$28 billion network equipment maker, is now selling off its business assets. What has happened in the 12 months since it filed for court protection from creditors?
Wednesday, January 13, 2010Cruise ship sails through wireless challenges It took 900 access points to set up the world's biggest cruise liner for VoIP phones and Internet connectivity. Read how it was done
Friday, January 08, 2010Public Mobile to contest Globalive foreign ownership A court appeal, which may bring in other wireless carriers, could determine if all telecom companies can get the break Ottawa gave last month to Globalive. Cabinet overturned a decision by the federal telecom regulator denying Globalive a carrier licence on the grounds of its relationship with Orascom
Thursday, January 07, 2010LTE wireless to launch 2015 or later: Analyst A Frost & Sullivan analyst anticipates current voice and data wireless cellular networks in Canada will not convert to Long Term Evolution for at least another five years. But James Brehm says corporate training, telemedicine and e-readers will drive demand for fourth-generation wireless
Tuesday, January 05, 2010Plenty of wannabes, but no iPhone killer in 2010 ABI Research says copycats are doing themselves more damage by mimicking Apple’s innovations, so don’t expect a serious contender to the iPhone this year. Find out what else the research firm predicts will NOT happen in 2010
Wednesday, December 30, 2009YEAR IN REVIEW: October 2009 Government agencies were in the spotlight in October, and not for the right reasons, with discontent over CRTC decisions and a scathing report on the lack of ROI at eHealth Ontario. And Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) long-awaited successor to Vista finally hit the shelves
Wednesday, December 30, 2009YEAR IN REVIEW: November 2009 In November, Nortel reached the end of the road, Rogers (TSE:RCI.B) was stripped of its "most reliable network" title, and David Suzuki called the IT industry on the carpet over cyberjunk. More of the year that was
Wednesday, December 30, 2009YEAR IN REVIEW: December 2009 In December, Globalive Wireless got the green light from the federal cabinet to operate in Canada, Microsoft lost its appeal and was ordered to remove custom XML from Word, users faced the “black screen of death”, and Nortel said it plans to sell its VoIP business to Genband
Tuesday, December 29, 2009Android forecast to take 10 per cent of market In its predictions for 2010, Forrester Research Inc. (NASDAQ: FORR) anticipates most top tier mobile carriers will offer machine to machine applications and small to mid-sized businesses will buy more software from mobile app stores. The research firm predicts Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android will benefit from the support of firms such as Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM)
Tuesday, December 29, 2009Hacker demos GSM cell phone call eavesdropping At a conference in Germany, Karsten Nohl said he compiled tables that can be used to determine the keys used to secure wireless calls made over Global System for Mobile Communications networks.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009DAVE Wireless raises more money The Toronto firm, which got wireless spectrum in Industry Canada auctions in 2008 has raised a total of $200 million this year. It plans to launch service in 2010
Wednesday, December 23, 2009Videotron announces cellular launch plans The Montreal firm anticipates its High Speed Packet Access wireless network will be operational by the summer of 2010. A Forrester Research analyst says Videotron will probably offer the Apple iPhone
Monday, December 21, 2009OmniGlobe expands rural Ontario wireless Internet The township of North Frontenac, in an isolated area southwest of Ottawa, will get high-speed Internet access this year using both licensed and unlicensed networks. It was funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Monday, December 21, 2009YEAR IN REVIEW: March 2009 In March 2009, the biggest stories included Microsoft releasing Internet Explorer 8, Rogers Communications getting a new CEO, Steve Wozniak in his TV dancing debut, Cisco Systems making its first foray into the server market, and more
Friday, December 18, 2009Globalive adds Calgary to cellular service area Two days after launching its Wind Mobile service in Toronto, Globalive has expanded into Alberta. The new entrant does not require users to sign contracts, and Sea Board Group says one-third of existing incumbent carriers’ contracts are up for renewal each year.