Final 2001 percentages for distribution of contribution revenueChanges to the contribution regime (Decision 2000-745) raised the ire of the wireless industry which lobbied hard to have their level of contribution decreased, but to no avail (RoW, Dec. 11/00 and Jan. 8/01). The CRTC has now released the percentages that each province will be able to draw on.  Unique Broadband unveils major restructuring plan Unique Broadband Systems Inc, Concord ON, has unveiled details of its previously announced restructuring plan that it says will ensure both the profitability of the company and the completion of its broadband wireless modem and digital video distribution system (RoW, Aug. 7/01). The company plans to reduce the size of its transmission and waveguide division, sell or close operations in Russia and reduce operations in Denmark. UBS, which has positioned itself as an OFDM house, will continue to provide custom engineering services for niche markets, such as emergency vehicle response, electronic newsgathering, digital audio broadcasting, and other services that could utilize OFDM technology. SR Telecom signs $100-million deal with Saudi Telecom Montreal-based SR Telecom Inc has finalized a five-year $100-million frame supply and services contract with Saudi Telecom Company previously announced in June of this year. During the first phase of the contract to be completed within 15 months, SR Telecom will provide capacity for telephone service to approximately 24,000 subscribers, using its point-to-multipoint fixed wireless access system. The initial part of the deal is valued at more than $35 million. Telus Mobility launches PCS/Mike in Winnipeg Telus Mobility has launched both its PCS and Mike services in Winnipeg. The initial network build cost approximately $22 million and gives about 650,000 people access to the two networks. Phase two of the expansion will provide for digital coverage in and along the highways between the cities of Brandon, Portage La Prairie, Stonewall, Selkirk and Steinbach. AirIQ system selected by Thrifty Canada Thrifty Canada Ltd has selected Toronto-based AirIQ Inc's vehicle location system to provide protection and management of its high-value vehicles. The AirIQ system will be installed in corporately owned Jeep Cherokee, Chrysler LHS, Chrysler 300M and Dodge Grand Caravan. Installations are underway in the Toronto and Montreal markets.  Sirit Tech to supply tags for toll bridges Toronto-based Sirit Technologies Inc has received an order for the supply of highway toll tags for the Californian market. Shipments of the tags are to be completed by the end of November. The company's tags are used in the implementation of electronic toll collection by the California Department of Transportation on state-owned bridges in and around the San Francisco Bay area. Recovery to be slow for handset chip market Handset semiconductor revenue is set to increase from this year's estimated value of US$14.6 billion to US$21.7 billion by the end of next year, according to new research from Cahners In-Stat Group. The market research firm says that the global economic downturn of this year hurt demand for handsets thus creating a large glut on the market.  Advantex selected by PA-based resource firm Mobile Data Solutions Inc has sold one of its Advantex r7 mobile workforce management systems to Pittsburgh-based Equitable Resources Inc. The company will use the system to replace its paper- and voice-based systems for managing customer service, construction and maintenance work. Equitable is the first customer to purchase the Advantex r7 system under a new delivery model that bundles the industry standard baseline product with regularly scheduled upgrades financed through recurring software licence payments.  Navini secures major round of additional financing TX-based Navini Networks Inc has secured another round of financing worth US$51 million in addition to the US$15 million the company initially raised from top tier investors, Austin Ventures and Sequoia Capital. Navini is a leading supplier of non-line-of-sight wireless broadband equipment which require little in terms of technical expertise to install. Current products operate in the 2.4 GHz and 2.6 GHz ranges. Development of newer products will focus on other frequency bands including the 1.9, 2.3, 3.5, and 5.7 GHz. Diversinet launches new initiative in Hong Kong Diversinet Corp, Toronto, has launched a unique initiative that will make secure m-commerce easier for enterprise application developers and consumers in Hong Kong. Branded OneWPKI, it brings together mobile operators, wireless security services, and wireless applications developments under one roof for a cost-effective secure wireless infrastructure. Under the initiative, enterprise customers and consumers who require digital certificates to conduct secure mobile transactions will be able to obtain the certificates and related services through any participating mobile operator. Rogers Wireless offers back-to-school package Rogers Wireless Communications Inc has launched a new program aimed at attracting young subscribers just in time for school. The company has expanded its iD Wireless product across Canada and is now offering a new Nokia phone to those that sign up. The full-featured handset offers email, text messaging, mobile chat, downloadable ring tones and more. City of Daytona selects Infowave Software systems The City of Daytona Beach FL has selected Infowave Software's wireless business engine to manage its mobile workforce. The city's police and fire departments will use Infowave's software on wireless devices in the field to access highly confidential records, vehicle records, dispatching systems and to send and receive email. xwave launches new wireless police data system Aliant Inc subsidiary xwave Inc has unveiled OnPatrol, its new mobile wireless system that gives police officers real-time access to data over a secure network. The announcement was made at the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Saskatoon a few weeks ago. Police departments across the country can have access to critical instant intelligence in the palm of their hands improving officer efficiency among other things.