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Charlotte Burke has been appointed VP global marketing and business development at Classwave Wireless Inc, Toronto. She brings more than 15 years of telecommunications experience to the emerging Bluetooth player with such companies as Bell Canada, Bell Mobility, Compaq Computer Corp and Sony Corp. Most recently, Burke was responsible for the development and marketing of enhanced high-speed DSL and wireless services at Bell Mobility. She has also held positions of director digital PCS at the mobility company and VP of mass market data/IP at Bell Canada. Burke was instrumental in securing several strategic partnerships with Microsoft, Phone.com, IBM, Lucent, Nortel Networks and others. In her new capacity, she will spearhead Classwave’s global marketing initiatives, while providing direction to the senior management team on how to best position the company to compete on a global scale.

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Services accessed over mobile internet
Using a mobile phone or PDA to access emergency services and driving directions tops the list of services that individuals are somewhat or very interested in accessing over the mobile Internet. Receiving sports scores and trading stocks ranks at the bottom.

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3Com launches easy-to-use wireless networking products for business market

3Com Canada has launched a series of wireless products that will allow employees to roam from office to office without losing their network connection. The wireless local area network (LAN) hubs, PC cards and USB adapters provide a seamless connection between various Bluetooth-ready devices. The result, says 3Com Canada president and country manager Nick Tidd, is greater mobility to a personal area network and collaborative computing.

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Gov’t clears way for Star Choice, ExpressVu to launch two-way Internet in 2004

Industry Canada has taken a major step in ensuring the government’s 2004 broadband deadline is met with its decision to grant a BCE Inc subsidiary, and a company owned by Shaw Communications Inc, approval to launch the country’s first Internet satellites.

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Shaw to use satellite delivery to become Canada’s largest broadband player

Star Choice Communications Inc now has enough contracts and approvals in place to satisfy its fixed satellite service (FSS) needs for the next seven to 10 years, says president Peter Classon. Last Tuesday’s successful launch of Telesat Canada’s Anik F1, combined with signed contracts for F2 and government approval to launch a Ka-band satellite, also give Star Choice and its parent company the added resources they need to become the largest broadband player in Canada.

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SAMSys Technologies acquires Hamel Davidson, expands HR and marketing

SAMSys Technologies Inc has finalized a pivotal technology licensing and OEM agreement with UK-based BiStar Technology Ltd that it says proves the viability of its multi-protocol radio frequency identification (RFID) technology strategy. The announcement could provide impatient investors with much-welcome news on commercial deployment of the promising technology, and executives hope the agreement will help SAMSys maintain a fragile lead in the nascent industry.

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Canadian telecom veteran may be backing behind U.S.-based Sprint bid for spectrum

Industry Canada has released documents disclosing Sprint Corp as the Nova Scotia-numbered company bidding for scarce mobile spectrum in January’s auction. And according to analysts, it’s likely telecom veteran Mike Kedar will provide the Canadian backing the U.S. giant will need to comply with Canada’s foreign ownership restrictions.

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