CCR Update

August 27, 2003

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RoW Intrnational Short Takes

Yankee Group shows landline replacement significant
A new Yankee Group survey shows that a significant number of 18-24 year olds have or will replace their landline phone with wireless devices in the near future. The research firm’s 2003 Mobile User Young Adult Survey shows that of all those who have cut the cords on landline phones, 12% are from the 18-24 age category compared to less than 4% of those older than 24. For those that have not made the jump to wireless only, another 28% are planning to do so over the next five years. "Young adults are leading this movement because they seek to stay connected and are more open to changing traditional communications habits," Linda Barrabee, Yankee Group senior analyst, said in a news release.

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RoW People

Carolyn Meacher has been appointed VP marketing of Rogers Wireless Inc. In this role, Meacher will be responsible for the marketing communications team and will oversee development of all advertising, media, packaging, retail collateral, point-of-purchase and sponsorships for the company. Most recently, she was senior VP and managing partner of BBDO Canada. Prior to joining BBDO, Meacher spent three years at Key Publishers Company Ltd. where she held the positions of executive VP of Key Publishers and president of Key Media Interactive.

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RoW Short Takes

Tower review begins in Sept.
The national antenna tower consultation will begin next month with the launch of an e-town hall at http://www.antennareview.ca/. The site states that the public launch will be September 3. David Townsend, a law professor at the University of New Brunswick and chair of the National Antenna Tower Review Committee, had previously told Report on Wireless that the national online consultation, an e-town hall, would begin this summer (RoW, April 15/03).

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Wi-Fi represents significant opportunity for bundling of services: SeaBoard report

Bell Canada is riding the potentially lucrative crest of ubiquitous Wi-Fi access as the technology represents a substantial opportunity for ILECs to offer new bundling packages and a new "amenity" to buildings and enterprises, concludes a new report from the SeaBoard Group. The research firm points to offerings from Verizon Communications Inc. and Bell Canada as prime examples of things to come in the future.

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Challenges facing the Canadian wireless industry: a Q&A Part III

Canada’s mobile wireless industry will face a number of challenges in the coming years as it struggles to maximize investment in infrastructure to generate profitable operations. In the previous issue of Report on Wireless, the heads of Canada’s national mobile wireless operators talked about the evolution of the competitive landscape, regulatory issues and third-generation wireless. In the third and final installment of this comprehensive question and answer, the CEOs of Microcell Telecommunications Inc., Bell Mobility, Telus Mobility and Rogers Wireless Inc. talk candidly about the future of wireless data services and the impact of Wi-Fi on their businesses.

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CRTC opts for soft deadlines in deployment of E911 by wireless operators

The CRTC has asked Canada’s mobile wireless operators to make their best effort to implement wireless enhanced 911 (E911) service within six to 12 months, but stopped short of imposing firm deadlines for the deployment of the service in Telecom Decision 2003-53. In the August 12 decision, the commission ruled that all wireless service providers, not just wireless CLECs, must offer the service to their subscribers in communities where wireless E911 network access is available from the incumbent telco.

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Control of Look in question after Craig files suit against wireless ISP and cable provider

Craig Wireless International Inc. has taken its fight for control of Look Communications Inc. to the courts, filing a statement of claim last month against the company seeking to undo transactions made in the months leading up to and during Look’s annual general meeting (AGM) on May 14. Craig Wireless, which currently has a 29.9% ownership stake in Look with an option to purchase an additional 2.57%, is battling Unique Broadband Systems Inc. (UBS) and its wholly owned subsidiary UBS Wireless Services Inc., holders of an equal 29.9% stake in Look and with an option to up its stake to 51%.

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NL Update

360 purchases American utel
360networks has bought the fibre assets of bankrupt American utel Touch America Inc. The failed company’s customer base is being sold to Buyers United Inc. The moves came just as the CBS-TV program 60 Minutes reran its segment on the demise of Touch America.

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