Cell-Loc set to launch wireless location ecoupon services in the U.S. this fall

Cell-Loc Inc’s network and services subsidiary is ready to rollout its Cellocate Network in the Austin TX region this fall after securing more than 2,000 tower sites in the U.S. A leasing agreement with Sprint Sites USA gives the Calgary company’s location services division – TimesThree – enough tower space to provide extensive coverage of the Texas capital.

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Application development dominates spending among wireless companies

According to a recently released study, expenditures on application development will continue to dominate the spending habits of the country’s wireless companies, as they prepare to launch next generation wireless services.

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CRTC creates east-west split for wireless cable distribution competition in Canada

SkyCable Inc has been given the mandate it needs to become a major wireless cable TV player in Western Canada following a CRTC decision to grant the Manitoba-based company its first major urban licence. Craig Broadcast Systems Inc was facing off against Canada’s largest MDS operator, Look Communications Inc, for a regional broadcast licence serving British Columbia. For Look, which had aspirations of creating a national footprint for both its wireless cable and Internet services, the regulator has sent a clear message that it supports a competitive market for MDS in Canada.

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United States puts out call for more collaboration in preparation for next WRC

The U.S. ambassador to this year’s World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) is pushing for greater cooperation between countries in North and South America in hopes of creating a hemispheric voting block comparable in power to Europe and Asia. In a keynote address July 10 to delegates at the Wireless Communications Association International conference (WCAI) in New Orleans, Gail Schoettler says it’s critical that planning begin now for the next WRC, scheduled for 2003 in Geneva, and that high-level officials from government and industry be involved in the early stages. "We’re pushing very hard for that (type of organization)," she told Report on Wireless in an interview following her address.

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Hybrid Networks hopes to expand marketshare with Inukshuk contract

Hybrid Networks Inc is banking on its relationships with Look Communications and Bell Canada to convince Inukshuk Internet Inc and SaskTel that they should use the company’s equipment for their new MCS networks. The San Jose CA-based firm has been supplying wireless cable equipment to Look for nearly two years, with commercial installations up and running in Montreal and Vancouver. Bell Canada also has commercial systems in three Ontario sites: Toronto, Woodstock and London. Hybrid now hopes to convince the two newly licensed broadband players to purchase its equipment over similar gear offered by homegrown companies Brampton ON-based Nortel Networks Corp and Wi-LAN Inc of Calgary (RoW, June 26/00).

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WCS spectrum presents major opportunity for broadband wireless access providers

Unlicensed spectrum could alleviate the crunch for fixed wireless services, and fuel a new competitor in the high-speed Internet access market, according to a new report by PricewaterhouseCooper’s wireless practice in Canada. Following years of uncertainty regarding the technical capabilities of wireless communications services (WCS), governments on both sides of the border are now convinced that business demands and the technology are ready to utilize spectrum in the 2.3 GHz range.

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Satellite radio battle threatens to derail spectrum harmonization for fixed services

Industry Canada’s proposal to open up new spectrum for fixed wireless services has re-opened a longstanding dispute between Canada and the U.S. over the introduction of digital radio broadcasting. At issue is a plan by the Canadian government to harmonize radio frequencies between us and our neighbour to the south, in four radio bands included in the 2285-2483.5 MHz range. The band that has Canada’s broadcasting industry worried is 2320-2345 MHz, frequencies that will be used in the U.S. for digital audio radio service by satellite (DARS).

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Finestone hopes to give non-profit groups a stronger voice in broadcast proceedings

Senator Sheila Finestone has introduced an amendment to the Broadcasting Act that, if approved, would provide financial assistance to consumer groups that intervene in broadcast proceedings. Bill S-24 moved into second reading on June 29. Below is below is an edited transcript of Finestone’s comments to the Senate on that day.

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CCR People

In the wake of its takeover by Alliance Atlantis, Great North Communications president has named Andy Thomson executive VP, Alliance Atlantis television production. Thomson’s appointment is effective immediately and he will be based in Alliance Atlantis’ head office in Toronto, reporting directly to Peter Sussman, president, Alliance Atlantis television production.

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