CRTC issues third telecom competition reportThe CRTC has released the third volume of its look at the state of competition in the telecom sector. As in previous years, the commission found ILECs hold the vast majority of the market and that capex spending is on the decline. The regulator will produce five annual reports by the time the program concludes.Verizon assumes Anglo-Canadian’s shares in TelusVerizon Canada Holdings Corp. (VCHC) has acquired nearly 25 million non-voting shares in Telus Corp. from Anglo-Canadian Telephone Co. Both VCHC and Anglo-Canadian are subsidiaries of U.S. telco Verizon Communications Inc. Interestingly, provisions in the shareholders agreement say all non-voting shares may be traded for voting shares on a one-to-one basis should foreign investment limits be lifted.Telecom Ottawa buys local ISPTelecom Ottawa has purchased Trytel Internet Inc., an Internet service provider operating in Ottawa and Peterborough ON. Dave Dobbin, COO of the utel, tells Network Letter, “We’re going to be bringing the Trytel services to our customers and the Telecom Ottawa services to Trytel customers. It’s a win-win for all the customers.” No decision has been reached on what to do with the Peterborough operations.Northwestel loses service due to fibre cutNorthern ILEC Northwestel had its LD service disrupted by a Telus fibre cable cut in Grande Prairie AB. Telus crews worked for hours to restore the connection. Some data services, such as debit cards and banking services, were also affected.Cygnal Technologies buys TCSCygnal Technologies Corp. has bought all the shares of the company that runs Telecom Converged Solutions of Calgary. The Markham ON company paid $800,000 for the voice and data systems firm. The takeover will permit Cygnal to sell Nortel Networks Corp. products nationally.Dissident shareholders express doubts about Leitch CEOTwo dissident shareholders of Leitch Technology Corp. say they have concerns about the appointment of Tim Thorsteinson as president and CEO of the company. Frederick Godard and Richard Kupnicki have raised questions about the timing of the announcement and lack of details about Thorsteinson’s background and pay packet. The CEO answered some of the questions while releasing the company’s second-quarter results.Allstream releases next-generation IP servicesAllstream Corp. has unveiled a national private IP converged network service for business customers. The network uses MPLS in support of four classes of service. Subscribers can converge different applications over one network.Northwestel considering extended area serviceNorthwestel is asking its subscribers for feedback on establishing extended area service between Marsh Lake and Whitehorse YT. Customers are to vote by mid-January. If enough endorse the idea, the northern ILEC will apply to the CRTC for its first EAS designation.SaskTel has trouble with email serviceSaskTel had to take its sasktel.net service down recently following technical difficulties. The regional ILEC identified the problem and worked to resolve it. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. experienced similar problems last month (NL, Nov. 24/03).Telus Quebec recovers costs for cut cableThe Federal Court of Canada has ruled that the owners of the ship Lok Prem must pay damages to Telus Communications (Quebec) Inc. The ship cut Telus Quebec’s fibre cables in the St. Lawrence River in January 2002. The Lok Prem’s owners countersued, saying the ship lost its anchor when it severed the cable.AMERICAN NEWSFCC unveils VoIP Forum agendaThe Federal Communications Commission has released the schedule for its Voice over IP Forum to be held December 1 in Washington. The morning session will feature industry representatives from companies such as Time Warner, Cisco Systems Inc. and UBS. The afternoon session will bring together public and private sector experts. The VoIP Forum will be webcast live and also archived for later viewing.Sprint lays off 2,000 workersSprint Corp. has announced it is laying off 2,000 workers, or about 3% of its workforce. Last September the U.S. telco said it is looking at cutting operation expenses by US$1 billion. The firm currently has about 70,000 employees. Network Associates buys US$150 million in stockNetwork Associates Inc. is planning to repurchase up to US$150 million of its common stock. The company will buy the shares over the next two years. Network Associates has about 160 million shares outstanding.