Two Nortel execs leaveNortel Networks Corp. has lost two key executives who were supposed to help rejuvenate the company after the telecom equipment supplier suffered through a protracted accounting scandal. President and COO Gary Daichendt and CTO Gary Kunis stepped down from their positions on Friday, June 10. Both Kunis and Daichendt were formerly with Cisco Systems Inc. during the company’s rise to become the world’s largest supplier of Internet equipment. Industry observers speculated in the days following the news that Daichendt wanted to divest of certain assets that Owens is in favour of keeping. PIAC seeks extension in price cap proceedingThe Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) wants the CRTC to grant an extension to file comments in the proceeding studying a proposed extension of the current price cap regime. PIAC says, among other things, that the current proceeding needs to address the issue of rebasing consumer prices. The consumer group notes in a brief filed with the commission that consumers are supposed to benefit from efficiencies realized by the regulated telco during the price cap period. PIAC wants the deadline extended to July 11, so that it has more time to file expert evidence. The CRTC has extended the comment period until June 20, but noted that this process won’t dive into the details of the price cap regime. ITS society wants to use 511 for weather information, other traffic and highway informationIntelligent Transportation Systems Society of Canada (ITS Canada) and a number of interested parties have asked the CRTC for the right to use the 511 three-digit code to provide real-time weather information, traffic congestion, roadway closures and condition, as well as trip and schedule information (Telecom Public Notice 2005-5). The group notes that this information is not uniformly available across the country and wants the three-digit number to provide a national service. ITS Canada suggests “that a 511 number allocated specifically to weather and travel information would be universally known, visible and recognized, and easily remembered, allowing travelers to make better choices, including choice of time, choice of route, and mode of transportation,” reads the group’s application. Bell, Aliant open small business innovation centreAliant Telecom and Bell Canada have officially opened the SMB Innovation Centre in Saint John NB, a facility that will develop and test next-generation IP business applications for Canadian small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). “Through a common vision of collaboration and idea exchange, this ecosystem enables customers and industry partners to work together in an interactive, dynamic and open environment for the rapid development and testing of new communications technologies and applications for Canadian consumers and businesses,” group president of systems and technology at Bell Eugene Roman said in a news release. CRTC grants VoIP 911 implementation extensionThe CRTC has given a number of telecom service providers extensions to implement VoIP 911 solutions. Vonage Canada Corp., BananaTel Communications, Primus Telecommunications Canada, SaskTel, MTS Allstream and Globility Communications have all been granted a 45-day extension. They must now implement a VoIP solution by Aug. 17, 2005. Cogeco launches VoIP serviceCogeco Cable is the latest cable TV operator to enter the telephone business. Last week, the Montreal-based company introduced its Voice over IP service in the Burlington and Oakville ON region with services to be gradually expanded to other areas over the next 18 months. Most cities in Cogeco’s operating territory will be able to access its VoIP service by December 2006. The launch follows trials in Trois-Rivières QC and the aforementioned Ontario cities. Service is priced at $44.99 per month and includes unlimited Canada and continental United States calling, the five most widely used telephone features, and basic operator assistance and information services. Bell Canada goes global with VoIPBell Canada has improved its global IP services suite with the introduction of its global Voice over IP service, allowing the company to manage customers’ voice and data traffic over an integrated IP network anywhere in the world. Bell has partnered with BT Infonet to deliver a suite of services that already includes IP VPN service, but now has global VoIP as a key part of the service package.Call-Net requests change of date for hearing relating to Rogers acquisitionCall-Net Enterprises Inc. has changed the date of a court hearing related to Rogers’ Communications Inc.’s purchase of Call-Net, announced last month. The hearing will now take place on July 7, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. The change in date does in no way affect terms of the transaction. The special meeting of shareholders will still be held on June 29.