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The CRTC has settled a digital roaming dispute between Superior Wireless and Thunder Bay Telephone (TBayTel) with TBayTel coming out on top. The commission ruled that Superior’s customers were not subjected to unjust discrimination when TBayTel cut off digital roaming.
James Skippen has been named president and CEO of Wi-LAN Inc., effective June 20. Skippen joins Wi-LAN from MOSAID Technologies, where he was senior VP patent licensing and general counsel, and was responsible for MOSAID’s patent licensing program.
The Telecommunications Policy Review Panel’s (TPRP) recommendations about spectrum management aim to help Canada’s wireless industry move up from its current back-of-the-pack status among the world’s mobile sectors, according to André Tremblay, a TPRP panel member.
Despite its dubious distinction as the developed world’s wireless laggard, Canada’s mobile industry could really take off in the next few years, according to financial investment experts. But many challenges could also confound this potential upward mobility.
Increased household wireless penetration presents a number of opportunities for the country’s wireless carriers, a conference in Toronto last week was told. Now that nearly two-thirds (64%) of Canadian households have at least one cell phone, the potential for adopting new revenue generating services is increasing (RoW, May 18/06).
Rural Internet access provider Barrett Xplore Inc. possesses what it believes to be the right blend of technology to be a major player. In a recent interview with Report on Wireless, company founder and chair of the board Ed Barrett talks about how Barrett can succeed without additional subsidies.