Decima Reader Survey, January-February 2002 A recent online poll of subscribers to Decima Publishing newsletters asked if newly-appointed CRTC chair Charles Dalfen is the right person for the job in the current environment. The results are mixed, with nearly as many unsure as those who endorse the appointment. Esemde to offer vehicle tracking over Microcell networkMicrocell Connexions Inc. has signed an agreement with Esemde Inc. that will allow the U.S.-based mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) to use Microcell’s network to provide vertical applications to the vehicle tracking industry. According to terms of the agreement, Esemde gains seamless interconnection to Microcell’s network to offer vehicle and fleet tracking and management capabilities to taxi, rental car and delivery businesses. Wi-LAN’s wireless gear now shipping to 11 countriesCalgary-based broadband wireless equipment maker Wi-LAN Inc. is now shipping its BWS 3000 series of products to 11 countries, including China and Canada. The BWS 3000 is a family of products that offer non-line-of-sight connectivity to businesses. It operates in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum at ranges up to 20 kms. According to a news release, the company has already sold more than $1 million worth of the products and anticipates another $1 million this year. The BWS series has products that operate in the 2.4 GHz licence-exempt band, the 3.x licensed bands and the 5.8 GHz unlicensed frequency range. WaveRider consolidates engineering and salesWaveRider Communications Inc., Toronto, will relocate its engineering facilities in Calgary to the company’s headquarters in Toronto. According to a statement, "the integration of WaveRider’s corporate and engineering teams in Toronto will result in improved customer service teams, reduced costs for the company and will bring product development capabilities to the Toronto headquarters." The new engineering facility in Toronto will support hardware and software development, product testing, and an expanded product demonstration area. Consolidation of the two facilities is expected to be complete later this year. In other WaveRider news, the company has announced that since the launch of its LMS4000 Starter Kit on Jan. 30/02, more than 14 ISPs in the United States have been able to bring high-speed Internet access to their communities (RoW, Feb. 5/02). Norsat expands distribution channel with new dealsNorsat International Inc. launched new reseller partnership and agent partnership programs at the Satellite 2002 show in Washington DC earlier this month. The new programs are designed to build strong relationships with a select few high-quality organizations that serve the global satellite industry. These programs will significantly add to Norsat’s presence around the world. Authorized resell partners will stock Norsat products and actively sell the products. Authorized agent partners will promote Norsat’s products and systems, and generate new opportunities, which Norsat will then support with hands-on sales support and post-contract service delivery. Currently, the Burnaby BC-based company has 10 organizations that act as resellers and a few more that operate as agents of the company. Primal increases pre-paid capacity to PSNToronto-based Primal Technologies Inc. has increased pre-paid capacity on a single Primal Service Node (PSN) from 32 to 84 T1s. The ability to increase the capacity to support over one million subscribers not only provides additional pre-paid local and long-distance call rating solutions, but it offers a full customer service and marketing management solution through Primal Skylight, a GUI-based software operations tool. IDC unveils new products at satellite trade showInternational Datacasting Corp., Ottawa, unveiled three new products at the Satellite 2002 trade show and industry conference that took place in Washington DC two weeks ago. All of the new products are part of the SuperFlex system, a family of hardware and software products for providing broadband content distribution and Internet connectivity via satellite. The MX2001 IP Encapsulator is a high-speed, low-cost product based on the Linux operating system. The SR2001M DVB/IP is a satellite receiver that enables a high degree of network control. The company has also introduced OnRamp, a suite of new products that enable cost-effective, high-performance broadband Internet via satellite with lower-speed return connections. Nortel gets Cingular contractCingular Wireless has selected Nortel Networks Corp. to upgrade its GSM/GPRS network in the United States and Puerto Rico. Under terms of the supply agreement, Nortel will also provide innovations that help reduce Cingular’s capital and operating expenses. The deal is worth an estimated US$500 million and was signed last November. The agreement builds upon a broader relationship that began with Nortel supplying wireless infrastructure to BellSouth Mobility and Southwestern Bell Wireless prior to the creation of Cingular. Nexterna completes integration of MBSCalgary-based Wireless Matrix Corp. has announced that one of its business partners, Nexterna Inc., has completed integration of its Mobile Base Station at the Itronix Mobile Services Workforce conference. Nexterna will use the MBS in two of its central wireless fleet and service management applications. The MBS has been integrated into the Nexterna Clearview field service management product and the OptiTrac location tracking and management application. Aliant plans network expansion, exits outdated serviceAliant Telecom Wireless will spend $65 million to expand its PCS network throughout the four Atlantic Canadian provinces. The digital expansion will extend access and improve service for nearly 500,000 customers in the region. The expansion is to take place over the next 12 months. Newfoundland: Clarenville, Conception Bay North, Chapel Arm and Torbay Nova Scotia: New Glasgow to Port Hawkesbury and Port Hawkesbury to Sydney corridors, Chezzetcook and Pictou New Brunswick: the Florenceville to Woodstock, Sackville to Moncton, Bathurst to Campellton, Fredericton to Saint John, and Fredericton to Moncton corridors, and Edmunston Prince Edward Island: Summerside to Charlottetown corridor along Trans Canada highway, Kensington and Borden The company will also be exiting its Improved Mobile Telephone Service (IMTS) within the next six months. The service was first introduced in 1965 and pre-dates cellular service. Infowave expands business relationship with CompaqInfowave Software Inc., Vancouver, has entered into a three-year strategic alliance and sales agreement with Compaq Computer Corp. In conjunction with the agreement, Compaq has agreed to provide Infowave with up to US$2 million in the form of a revolving loan convertible into common shares at US$1/share. In other Infowave news, the company has signed a distribution agreement with Handango, which will distribute the Infowave Symmetry Pro wireless email service to Handango’s sales force, retail and enterprise channel partners, and its web site. Stratos launches remote messaging serviceStratos Global Corp. has introduced its StratosOne service, a unified messaging and information service. The software application delivers efficient use satellite airtime through data compression and duplex transfer, meaning that there is a significant reduction in airtime charges. Users will also have access to a variety of other services, including weather, news, and sports information. These services will be available anywhere and anytime. Plaintree wants seat at UBSFree space optics firm, Plaintree Systems wants a say in the election of Unique Broadband Systems board of directors. The Ottawa-based company wants to work with UBS on joint product deployment and says that a potential corporate combination would be in the interests of both firms. The election is to take place March 18.