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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.

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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.

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Canada’s wireless operators rake in higher revenue despite slowdown in market

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.

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CRTC refuses Aliant market trial of VMI unified communications software

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.

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Bell and Rogers dispute claims of unfair and discriminatory marketing practices

Bell Mobility and Rogers Wireless Communications Inc. are firing back at claims that they engaged in unfair and discriminatory marketing practices against Microcell Telecommunications Inc., saying that the struggling Montreal-based wireless operator is crying sour grapes over the effects of a highly competitive market. In comments to Microcell’s August 30 Part VII application, the two wireless operators deny that they have done anything wrong and that their marketing practices are common in a competitive marketplace. They also point out that using Microcell’s precarious financial position is fair game in targeting its subscribers.

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Debate on banning cell phones while driving heats up again after inquest

The battle to ban the use of cell phones while driving could heat up in Ontario again following a Whitby ON coroner’s jury recommendation that the government consider proposed legislation calling for a ban. Canada’s wireless lobby, however, says it’s not worried. Despite the potential for a knee-jerk reaction by the public, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association says it won’t change its position on the use of cell phones while driving.

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Integrated radiocommunications gets top billing at APCO Canada annual conference

The goal of mapping out interoperability requirements for public safety radiocommunications in Canada has run into a snag as the various groups involved can’t come to a consensus. Both public safety organizations and the Radio Advisory Board of Canada (RABC) held meetings over the summer to try to hammer out some level of agreement (RoW, April 16/02).

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