Smart antenna maker ArrayComm Inc has chosen Toronto as the site for its second North American R&D centre, saying the skilled workers it needs aren’t available in Silicon Valley. The nine-year-old company headed by CEO Martin Cooper, inventor of the modern cellular phone, held its grand opening at its new King Street location on March 23. It’s in the process of hiring 25 engineers to staff the facility, which is headed by former Toronto resident and interim director Athos Kasapi.
Officials from Industry Canada and the CRTC will meet in early April to discuss ways to make more frequencies available for AM and FM radio in the congested Toronto market. Industry Canada’s Spectrum Information Technologies and Telecommunications branch has spent the last month reviewing a report presented to the Cabinet by the CRTC in January, detailing possible solutions to the Greater Toronto Area’s (GTA) spectrum shortage (RoW, Feb. 5/01).
Canadians are divided over whether the federal government should legalize cell phone jammers, according to a new nation-wide poll conducted by Decima Research Inc for Report on Wireless. The random sampling of 2017 Canadians, conducted between March 16 and 25, found that nearly 50 per cent of respondents oppose authorizing the devices, while 43.3 per cent say they should be allowed for specific purposes. People that didn’t know either way measured in at 7.3 per cent. The survey is considered accurate within +/- 2.2 per cent, 19 times out of 20.