Virgin Mobile Canada sets record straight on Heritage reviewAndrew Black, president of Virgin Mobile Canada, says that the company has been working with Canadian Heritage on the review of its investment in a joint venture with Bell Canada – news, he says, that shouldn’t reflect negatively on the initiative. After Report on Wireless broke news of the review last week, Black provided Virgin’s perspective on the process and about the company’s scheduled launch. Bell and Virgin announced on March 30 that they hope to offer a new white label phone service targeted at youth (RoW, April 7/04). Further details will follow in the next full issue of Report on Wireless. New 802.16e equipment comes to market from SR TelecomThe market for the latest generation of mobile broadband wireless equipment is heating up as another Canadian company introduces wireless gear based on the proposed 802.16e standard. Montreal-based SR Telecom Inc. joins Wi-LAN Inc. of Calgary on the list of companies now selling the gear. Wi-LAN unveiled its own 802.16e equipment late last month (RoW, Nov. 4/04). SR Telecom announced commercial availability of its symmetry product line at the WiMAX World Conference & Exhibition in Boston last week, noting that it evolved out its angel product family and encompasses “key technologies outlined in the latest draft of the 802.16e standard.” Opportunities for the emerging mobile broadband wireless technology appear to be bright with existing and emerging wireless operators eyeing the standard as the potential basis for next-generation networks. The Yankee Group recognizes the possible impact that 802.16e could have on the market, but suggests in a recent report there are several avenues open to wireless operators. “Currently, flash-OFDM and TDD-WCDMA are commercially available, which gives them an advantage over 802.16e. However, although alternative technologies such as WiMAX may offer performance improvements over the mainstream options, they lack economies of scale and may have supply chain challenges, particularly for mass-market devices,” Yankee Group analyst Roberta Wiggins said in a news release. Nortel delivers on marketing promiseDelivering on the promise to make marketing a key focus going forward, Nortel Networks Corp. unveiled its marketing and advertising campaign “This is the Way. This is Nortel.” The company notes in a November 6 news release that it is changing the way it defines itself, moving away from talking about the network to what people can do with the network. “The first deliverable of this initiative is a global ad campaign breaking today that provides tangible evidence Nortel is delivering communications capabilities that ignite and power global commerce while helping people solve the world’s greatest challenges,” reads the release. “Starting with this powerful campaign, you’re going to see us get more confident and vocal about who we are and the value we deliver to our global customers,” Nortel’s chief marketing officer Clent Richardson said. The Brampton ON-based telecommunications network provider is still struggling to put its financial house in order after allegations of improper accounting practices. In-building network provider secures contract with Canadian operatorMontreal-based iBwave has secured a contract with one of Canada’s leading wireless operators, which will use the company’s RF-vu software tool for in-building wireless network design. RF-vu is a software tool that allows operators to plan, build and commission networks for more consistent, reliable designs “as the demand for in-building wireless service continues to grow.” iBwave president Mike Cegelski said in a news release: “The company’s formal evaluation of the software confirms RF-vu has carrier-grade features required for today’s multi-band wireless network designs.” Rogers Wireless successful in bid for Microcell securitiesRogers Wireless Inc. has been successful in its offer for Microcell Telecommunications Inc.’s securities, securing for purchase 96% of Class A restricted voting shares, 92% of Class B non-voting shares, 82% of 2005 warrants and 81% of 2008 warrants. The combined company will have a total subscriber base of approximately 5.5 million subscribers. Expectations surrounding the integration costs and other opportunities from the combination of the two companies will be released at the time of the Rogers Wireless’ 2005 financial and operational guidance early next year. Report on Wireless will have more on the acquisition in an upcoming issue. Roadpost to offer international roaming BlackBerryInternational travelers can now take a BlackBerry wireless email device with them on their travels without having to worry about whether the device will work or not. Roadpost Inc. announced on November 8 that the company is offering short- and long-term international rental services for the BlackBerry handheld, and users can get full data services in more than 55 countries and voice services in more than 200. “This is a significant breakthrough for the international traveler. No longer are they forced to enter long-term agreements for GSM devices – or rent voice-only devices with only limited functionality for overseas travel. Instead, they can have full BlackBerry functionality for the short- or long-term,” Roadpost president and CEO Morris Shawn said in a news release. eXI agrees to be acquired by Applied DigitalRichmond BC-based RFID system provider eXI Wireless Inc. has agreed to be acquired by security product provider Applied Digital, announcing on November 3 that the two companies have inked a binding letter of intent regarding the acquisition. Once the transaction is completed, approximately 200 dealers and distributors will be added to Applied Digital’s VeriChip Corp.’s existing stable of dealers and distributors. VeriChip already distributes many of eXI’s products to the healthcare and asset tracking sectors. The acquisition will strengthen VeriChip’s distribution model, according to Scott Silverman, chair and CEO of Applied Digital. And this is only the first step, he added. Infowave sued by Devlan Exploration over breach of contractDelvan Exploration Inc. has sued Infowave Software Inc. for breach of contract, misrepresentation, and breach of duty to bargain in good faith, among other things. The mobility software provider announced on November 5 that it had received the various materials filed in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, but that it has yet to be served the statement of claim.The allegations relate to a proposed transaction between Infowave and Devlan that didn’t proceed. Infowave notes that it believes the claims are without merit and, if Delvan proceeds with the action, the company will defend itself.