Ottawa-based TenXc Wireless Inc. has been named in Gartner Inc.'s "Cool Vendors in Carrier Network Infrastructure, 2007" report. "We are delighted to receive what is, in our opinion, recognition from Gartner as we believe it further validates the incredible benefit TenXc's solutions offer wireless service providers," said the company's president and CEO, Joe Hickey. TenXc delivers intelligent antenna systems for mobile wireless networks and broadband wireless networks.
Globalive Communications Corp. recently launched a new YakCell callback feature that will provide users with greater long distance savings and greater ease-of-use. Users with incoming airtime packages will also have the ability to avoid using outgoing minutes. "The new YakCallback feature gives customers the ability to leverage free incoming or unlimited incoming minute cellular plans for all their outgoing calls," said Anthony Lacavera, Globalive's chairman and CEO. The new feature is free for all subscribers to the YakCell service plan.
Canadians are being "forced" to illegally download movies, according to a new study conducted by Canadian research firm Advanis Inc. A lack of legal download services in the country is at the root of this trend, the study implies, which suggests that 93% of Canadians downloading movies are doing so without proper compensation to copyright holders. This is compared to 79% of US downloaders doing the same thing – a gap that the study suggests can be explained by the availability of subscription-based movie download services. "Many of these downloads are taking place because of the lack of legal alternatives," said Phil Dwyer, executive VP of sales and marketing for Advanis. "The market is more mature in the US, and the experience there shows that if you give consumers a legal, convenient and fairly-priced alternative to piracy, the majority will use it." The study's findings are based on a survey of 529 online Canadians that was conducted in early February.
Montreal-based iGotcha Media has partnered with Inn Media Networks to provide free wireless Internet access to the Mont Tremblant Resort. About 30 iGotcha WebPads – 10-inch wireless tablets that enable users to surf the Web – will be placed in hotel lobbies and in select restaurants, bars and pubs in the resort's pedestrian village. The partnership will also offer PC users the ability to access complimentary wireless Internet access in about 1,000 rooms at eight of the resort's hotels. "Mont Tremblant Resort, which receives about 2.5 million visitors per year, is the first resort in the world to offer complimentary Internet access, including the hardware, to visitors," said iGotcha president Greg Adelstein. "Unlike pay-per-use Internet services, which are prevalent at many resort destinations, our service is supported by advertising revenues."
Musicrypt Inc. recently announced an exclusive partnership with IODA to offer its 3,500 client labels Musicrypt's Digital Media Distribution System (DMDS) to digitally deliver artists' music and promotional materials directly to North American radio stations. "With the independent music market growing at an exponential rate, our partnership with IODA will help expand Musicrypt's relationships across broader markets, giving the independent labels and individual artists a more cost-effective and easier alternative to distribute their music," said Chris Montgomery, the EVP of global marketing for Musicrypt. IODA, a provider of digital distribution, marketing and technology solutions for the independent music industry, will integrate DMDS into its Rightsholder Dashboard, a web-based digital business management tool for labels. Labels can then send material to radio stations via the DMDS system.
David Pasieka has been appointed to iseemedia inc.’s board of directors. Pasieka, who has more than 26 years of experience working for such companies as Bell Canada, CNCP Telecommunications, Unitel and AT&T Canada, was an early -stage executive at both MetroNet Communications and 724 Solutions as well as the CEO of Oasis Technology. He sits on the advisory board for CTG Clarity Networks and is a board member of Luxell Technologies. Pasieka has a B.Sc. from the University of Waterloo, a MBA from York University and a Chartered Director designation from McMaster University.
Network security vendor McAfee Inc. has introduced a new service for mobile phone users. McAfee OK, aimed at content aggregators and operators, verifies that mobile content doesn't contain malicious or inappropriate material. "The McAfee OK program is designed to improve both end user trust and provide a simple and recognizable way to identify safe content," Victor Kouznetsov, senior VP of mobile security at McAfee, says. "This will both enhance confidence for service providers and content creators, and will ultimately increase the use of mobile applications and mobile content consumption."
According to new findings from LogicaCMG, text messaging volumes in North America are expected to grow by as much as 50% this year, spurred by a "dramatic" increase in mobile to mobile messaging "in addition to applications such as American Idol's audience voting and Starbucks' SMS store finder." LogicaCMG suggests, however, that operators have to make sure their networks can handle the increased volume.