Industry Canada approves ATC for MSVIndustry Canada has approved the use of an ancillary terrestrial component (ATC), commonly referred to as a terrestrial in-fill network, by Mobile Satellite Ventures (MSV) Canada. In DGTP-006-04, the department concluded that it would be in the public interest to allow mobile satellite service (MSS) operators to use an ATC to improve the coverage of their satellite systems in dense urban areas. The ruling comes more than two years after MSV Canada filed an application with the department and a little more than a year after the Federal Communications Commission approved similar applications (RoW, Feb. 18/03 and Nov. 13/01).Industry Canada receives two applications for 129 degrees west orbital slotTelesat Canada and Ciel Satellite Group have filed expressions of interest to use the 129 degrees west orbital position. The two applications are online. Ciel, which has also applied for the rights to FSS spectrum in the 118.7 and 109.2 degrees west orbital locations, lists its shareholders as Barrett Corp., Smyth Satellite Holdings Inc., SES Americom Inc. and other unidentified interests. Telesat is only interested in the 129 degrees west slot.CIRB rules in favour of TWU in Telus Mobility caseThe Canadian Industrial Relations Board has dealt a major blow to Telus Mobility in its labour relations with the Telecommunications Workers Union, ruling that Telus Mobility and TELUS Communications Inc. (TCI) constitute a single employer for labour relations purposes. This means that Telus Mobility’s non-unionized workers in Ontario and Quebec can become part of the collective bargaining unit. The more-than-three-year battle doesn’t appear to be over as Telus Mobility has already signaled its intent to appeal the ruling. In a May 22 news release the company writes: “Telus Mobility and TCI disagree with the CIRB’s decision and await its detailed reasons. On the basis of their initial review, Telus Mobility and TCI intend to appeal the decision to the Federal Court of Appeal.” This won’t be the first time Telus Mobility has gone to the Federal Court of Appeal on this matter. On Sept. 9, 2002, the appeal court ruled that the CIRB did, in fact, have the right to revisit an agreement between the TWU and Telus Mobility (RoW Update, Sept. 19/02).RIM to introduce new enterprise software later this yearResearch in Motion Ltd. has demonstrated its latest enterprise software slated for release later this year. The Waterloo ON-based company unveiled the BlackBerry Enterprise Server v 4.0 at its Wireless Enterprise Symposium in Chicago earlier this month. “Security, reliability, manageability and scalability remained high priorities for this new release along with many new functional enhancements including wireless PIM synchronization, improved attachment viewing and enriched browsing,” said Mike Lazaridis, president and co-CEO, in a news release.Aliant introduces high-speed wireless access at Saint John airportAliant Telecom has launched high-speed wireless Internet access at Saint John Airport, providing passengers with service in the restaurant, in any of the terminal seating areas and at the business workstations located in the secure departures lounge. This latest deployment follows other locations where Aliant has launched high-speed wireless access as part of a larger trial that began earlier this year. The airports in Halifax, St. John’s, Moncton and Charlottetown also offer Wi-Fi services.Telus Mobility plans global roaming for CDMA and Mike networksWireless operator Telus Mobility has announced plans to offer subscribers to both its Mike and PCS networks global roaming onto GSM networks. As part of the same announcement, the company indicated that it would introduce two new handsets in early 2005 that will have this added roaming functionality. In an interview with Report on Wireless this month, Robert Blumenthal, VP of products and services at Telus Mobility, hinted that going global could be the next step for the company following its roaming agreement with Nextel Communications.Nortel teams with Orange for 3G deployment in CannesNortel Networks Corp. and Orange launched a pre-commercial 3G network on which Orange will debut new 3G services at the 2004 Cannes International Film Festival. Planned for mass market release later this year, Orange’s services include mobile entertainment, including video telephony and video mail, featuring local content and television broadcasts from the film festival. The company also plans to introduce a suite of interactive gaming and business oriented applications. Nortel, the sole supplier of equipment for Orange, initially deployed the network for a five-month period (October 2003 to February 2004) to demonstrate live 3G networking capabilities at the 3GSM World Congress held in February.Home networking on the rise, wireless plays key roleHome networking has the potential to become the next service provider battleground, says The Yankee Group. As ISPs struggle to acquire, retain and upsell customers, they will try to make inroads into Canadians’ home networking needs, according to the research firm’s 2003 Canadian Technologically Advanced Family Survey. The results show that 37% of Canadian broadband users are interested in home networking. But even more telling, according to the Yankee Group, is that 28% of multi-PC households and 21% of broadband subscribers have already installed home networks. 41% of households that use, or are interested in using, home networking didn’t indicate a preference for wired or wireless systems. However, 14% indicated they prefer an Ethernet connection, compared to 28% who prefer using wireless.INTERNATIONAL NEWSFCC distances itself from Nextel planThe Federal Communications Commission backed away last week from its approval of a plan backed by Nextel Communications that would alleviate interference concerns with public safety communications. The Washington Post reports that FCC chair Michael Powell pulled his support for Nextel’s plan that would have seen the company pay US$850 million to move out of portion of the 800 MHz band in exchange for valuable spectrum in the 1.9 GHz range. The Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association, along with Verizon Wireless are vehemently opposed to the Nextel plan. Both sides have threatened to sue the FCC if it decides in the other’s favour.