Rogers Communications Inc., the country’s largest wireless operator, has all but confirmed that it will eventually migrate its mobile TV services off its conventional cellular network to an emerging network based on digital video broadcast-handheld (DVB-H) technology.
Industry Canada’s recently announced spectrum auction consultation appears to be leaning towards letting new competitors into the market, particularly for advanced wireless services (AWS). While the consultation doesn’t overtly say new competitors are wanted, certain proposed provisions in the paper seem to demonstrate that the department isn’t happy with the level of competition in the market.
Wireless number portability (WNP) comes into force on March 14, giving users the right to keep their numbers when they switch providers. Just as the impact on the consumer market is predicted to be minimal, enterprise users aren’t likely to begin switching in droves, according to Dave Fuller, senior VP of solutions and products at Telus Corp.’s business solutions division.
Canada’s three national wireless operators say that consumer spending on new wireless activations was slower in the fourth quarter compared to previous years, and this is one of the primary reasons net subscriber additions for the quarter were down.
Mobile malware attacks on the rise: McAfee
An Informa Telecoms & Media study sponsored by McAfee Inc. reveals that mobile operators globally are experiencing more malware attacks than ever before. The research found that almost half of the operators who experienced mobile malware outbreaks have had one within the last three months, and twice as many operators spent over $200,000 on mobile security in 2006 than in 2005. Additional findings included: 83% of mobile operators have been hit by mobile device infections; and reported security incidents in 2006 outnumbered those from 2005 five to one. The research follows the recent announcement of McAfee Mobile Security Risk Management, the company’s new three-pronged approach to help mobile operators create a secure framework.
AirIQ Inc. is making more changes to its board of directors, announcing that Peter Bradshaw is stepping down from the board effective immediately. He is being replaced by Donald Simmonds who has been appointed executive chair of the board. Simmonds, who has been CEO of the Toronto-based firm for the past 10 years, is being replaced in that role on an interim basis by Stephen Willey, who has been a director of the company since 1995. Most recently Willey helped AirIQ in the area of marketing and sales. AirIQ has already started discussions with Willey to come to terms upon which he will take over as CEO on a permanent basis.
Vidéotron ltée hasn’t hidden its belief that the Canadian wireless sector lacks the competitive spirit and rivalry that exist in other countries. The company has now taken two opportunities to voice its concerns in this regard to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.