Microcell’s encounters new foe in battle to rollout E911 on a national basis

The rollout of wireless Enhanced 911 is proving more difficult than Microcell Telecommunications Inc would like. First there was the requirement by incumbent telcos that a technical trial be held in each operating territory – a demand Microcell warned would unnecessarily delay the arrival of a national E911 service. In March, it formally asked the CRTC to step in to speed up the process.

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Nortel Networks Corp has appointed Lynton (Red) Wilson as the company’s non-executive chair of the board of directors. Wilson replaces Frank Carlucci who did not stand for re-election after having reached the retirement age. Carlucci had served in this capacity since March 2000. Wilson has been a director of the company since March 2000 and of Nortel Networks Ltd since 1991. He is chair of the board of directors of CAE Inc. Wilson had also worked at BCE Inc where he once served as chair and CEO. He is also a director of DailmerChrysler AG, Imperial Oil Ltd and Ontario Power Generation Inc.

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Globalstar launches satellite packet data services
Globalstar Canada is introducing a two-way data satellite communication system. Globalstar Commercial Data Services uses the company’s satellite data modem (GSP-1620). This moves the packet from Internet and email access to supervisory control and data acquisition, telemetry, fleet management and asset tracking markets.

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Space communications research gets major boost from CSA and CITR

Canadian researchers have been given a $1-million boost to help bring affordable broadband access to rural and remote areas in the next three-to-five years. Five new projects aimed at decreasing the cost of satellite systems and end-user terminals have been funded under the new Space Communications research program launched by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the Canadian Institute for Telecommunications Research (CITR).

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BitFlash lands major financing, despite tough telecom market conditions

BitFlash Inc will use nearly US$15.5 million in new venture capital funding to ramp up sales of its wireless Internet graphics software to the enterprise market. Most of the money will be used to hire more sales people, with a smaller amount going to develop future versions of its mobility suite product (RoW, Jan. 22/01).

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Spectrum harmonization meetings–CITEL meeting in June will focus on WRC-03 and band harmonization in the Americas

Delegates representing major countries in the Western Hemisphere will in Ottawa this summer to discuss spectrum harmonization on this side of the Atlantic. They will also begin formulating a common front in preparation for the next World Radiocommunication Conference, scheduled for 2003. The Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) meetings are scheduled to take place from June 11 to 15.

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Cell phone silencers coming soon to Canada, government could be big buyer

A U.S.-based company with R&D facilities in Stittsville ON has developed a cell phone silencer that it says can be distributed in Canada and the United States without contravening laws that ban the sale of such devices. David Desrosier, founder and CEO of Osterville MA-based Cell Block Technologies Ltd, says the Canadian government could be its first customer for devices that appear to fall outside the current prohibition. That’s because the devices mute the ring on cellular telephones, rather than block the radio signal.

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Burlington-area company makes bid for Maxlink assets and 28 GHz licence

A small company outside of Burlington ON has tabled a bid to purchase embattled broadband wireless access provider Maxlink Communications Inc, Report on Wireless has learned. Sources close to the deal tell RoW that Maxlink’s receivers are currently reviewing an offer from WDSL Inc – a 15-employee firm that provides Internet connectivity solutions over a wireless broadband network throughout Southern Ontario.

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