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George Addy has joined Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. Addy joins the firm as senior partner heading up its competition law and trade practices group. Recognized internationally and nationally in the competition field, he was head of the Competition Bureau from 1993 to 1996. Before taking over the top job at the bureau, Addy led the bureau’s mergers branch. Following his stint in the public service, he was executive VP and chief general counsel with Telus Corp.
Rogers Wireless introduces new wireless email service
Rogers Wireless Communications Inc. has introduced a new corporate email service, dubbed Wireless Desktop. The service, powered by ViAir’s WirelessInbox email software, provides Rogers’ subscribers with ability to securely access POP3 and corporate email, calendar and contacts from any wireless Internet-enabled phone or browser-enabled device. Wireless Desktop is available for $20 per month for subscribers currently on a voice plan. In other Rogers news, subscribers can now personalize their ring tones with tunes from Disney as well as add graphics to their device’s screens. Each graphic is available for $2, while ring tones cost $2.50.
Canada’s wireless services industry continued on a rapid growth curve from 2000 to 2001, according to an industry overview released earlier this month. Telecommunications Services in Canada: An Industry Overview, published by Industry Canada, indicates that while revenue growth continues to outpace other telecommunications related sectors, revenue growth slowed in 2001 compared to the previous year.
The CRTC has again refused to allow Aliant Telecom Inc. to proceed with a market trial of a unified communications system developed by Voice Mobility International Inc. The commission has ruled that the parameters of the proposed trial are still too broad – Telecom Order 2002-383. This is the second time the commission has denied an application by the Atlantic telco to go ahead with the trial, and for the same reason (RoW, July 22/02). In Telecom Order 2002-290, the telco regulator insisted the scope of Aliant’s proposed market trial was too broad.