YAK sales increase quarter over quarterYAK Communications Inc. says its sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2005 were $21.2 million, an increase of 4.4% over the previous quarter when sales were $20.3 million. EPS were $0.12, which represent an increase of 10% over the previous quarter. During the quarter, YAK processed on its own network 270 million minutes of traffic, a 4% increase over the previous quarter, with 25 million calls serving 860,000 monthly customers. The company expects sales for the second quarter to be in the range of $21 million to $22 million, and earnings per diluted share to range from $0.11 to $0.13.Peer 1 opens first European POPPeer 1 Network Enterprises Inc. has opened its first European point of presence (POP) in Telehouse’s Coriander data centre in London, U.K. The POP connects the Peer 1 network to the London Internet Exchange, which provides access to the majority of Europe’s Internet service providers. The company says the move uniquely positions the company to carry a large portion of the Internet traffic between Europe and Canada. Telesat joins Helius strategic alliance programTelesat, the satellite communications subsidiary of BCE Inc., has joined Helius Inc.’s strategic alliance program that will see the two companies create new products and services that can be jointly marketed through both companies’ sales channels. The arrangement will focus on technologies that bolster Telesat’s core services in existing markets, according to a recent press release. Helius is a Utah-based data broadcasting company working on satellite and local area network platforms. Cogeco offers new Internet services to customersCogeco Cable has teamed up with Helsinki-based F-Secure Corp. to offer its Internet subscribers new services including anti-virus, personal firewall, parental control and anti-spam. The services will be available free of charge to all Standard and Pro High Speed customers as of December 15. A press release notes that the service will be updated hourly to keep its protection levels current. Internet Lite customers will be able to access the service for $8 per month.Bell signs Technomedia for call centre trainingTechnomedia Training Inc. has been signed by Bell Canada to provide strategic consulting for implementing an e-learning program and converting existing training to an online format at five Bell consumer market contact centres. Benefits of the deal are expected to be an improvement in new agent performance, simplified training through standardization, and a reduction in costs and length of time it takes to continue training for new products and services. No value for the deal was disclosed.CRTC approves applications for increased capital costs of service improvement plansThe commission, in three decisions, has approved TELUS Communications Inc.’s, Bell Canada’s, and Aliant Telecom Inc.’s applications to increase the capital cost of their service improvement plans (SIPs). In TELUS’ case, the approval was to $23.5 million, and the regulator also approved an increase to the company’s annual SIP total subsidy requirement associated with its draw-down from the national contribution fund, and an annual SIP draw-down from its deferral account (Telecom Decision 2004-76). For Bell, the commission approved an increase to the capital cost range of the company’s SIP to $131.9 to $159.9 million, and to extend the period of the company’s roll-out plan to 2002-2006 (Telecom Decision 2004-75). For Allstream, the commission approved the company’s application to increase the capital cost of its SIP to $5.73 million for unserved premises. It also approved applications similar to TELUS’ for use of draw-downs (Telecom Decision 2004-74).INTERNATIONAL BRIEFSFCC determines VoIP not states’ responsibilityThe U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has determined that Voice over IP services is exempt from states’ regulation. The November 9 ruling comes as the FCC ruled that the DigitalVoice service offered by Vonage Holdings Corp. is not subject to traditional state public utility regulation after Vonage applied for federal preemption of an order by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. The FCC found that the service cannot practically be separated into intrastate and interstate components, precluding dual state and federal regulatory regimes. Part of the regulator’s stand is the result of promoting the continued development of the Internet, broadband and interactive services, according to an FCC press release.Devlin spinoff to develop applications for VoIPA new company, Rimode Inc., has been spun out of Devlin eBusiness Architects to develop customized IP telephony applications for VoIP users. The company will offer a variety of development services, including: integrated email and voicemail systems; audio- and text-based broadcast systems; productivity applications for educational institutions and corporations; dashboard applications to interface with corporate enterprise resource tracking and management; and, call accounting and billing. A news release notes that the company’s products and services build on applications Devlin has already built in-house.Skype to offer cordless optionSkype is now making software available for the recently launched Siemens Gigaset DECT cordless phone. Skype’s Internet telephony software will work with Siemens phones via a USB adapter that communicates with the phone’s base station to either make or receive a Skype call, with access to the full feature set including free Skype-to-Skype calling, buddy lists, the Skype Global Directory, and conference calling.