Broadband subscribers to double by 2011

According to new research In-Stat, the number of global broadband subscribers will double from its current level of 285 million to 567 million by 2011. The research firm notes that over the past 12 months, 65 million new broadband subscribers have come online. "The principal market driver for the adoption of broadband service is pretty straightforward: people want to access the Internet with a higher-speed connection," reads a May 30 market alert. "Beyond this basic desire, the emergence of online applications such as viewing video clips or TV programming, downloading music files, and even playing online games, are fueling end-user demand for fatter pipes."

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Peer 1 releases Q3 results

Peer 1 Network Enterprises Inc. released its third-quarter financial results with the company posting a 7% increase in revenue for the three-month period ended March 31. Revenue jumped to $18.81 million from $17.63 million. Operating income increased more than 61% from $1.22 million to $1.97 million. Net profit for the quarter was $230,000 compared to a net loss of $350,000 in the previous year's third quarter. "These results represent a major milestone for Peer 1," company president Fabio Banducci said in a news release. "Continued profitable growth, reduced cost of capital, access to new growth capital and a simplified balance sheet have set the stage for our growth strategy."

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Contec appoints advisors

Contec Innovations Inc. has named two advisors aimed at helping the Vancouver-based firm expand into new strategic areas. Madeline Duva, a technology entrepreneur with more than 18 years experience in California's Silicon Valley, will help Contec in the areas of Internet and technology partnerships. She was CEO of China Mobility, a mobile software firm acquired by PalmSource. Jim Southcott is chief strategic officer in TBWA's Vancouver office, a marketing and advertising firm. He has more than 20 years experience on both the client and agency sides working on campaigns for Telus, Shaw Communications, HSBC and others.

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Nicer Canada appoints outside directors

Cary Tsai and Eric Fwu have been appointed outside directors at Nicer Canada Corp. Both have the responsibility of positioning Nicer in the IP-based voice, data and video markets. Tsai is a registered architect and works for Architect 57 Inc., a firm that specializes in sustainable architecture. Fwu is one of the founders of MosArt Semiconductor Corp. and currently holds the position of chief technology officer and VP of Vedi Technology Corp. He has more than 19 years experience in IT project design and implementation.

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Palm offers Foleo – analysts predict demise

Palm Inc.'s new product might be too little, too late, judging from a statement from one IT research company. As Palm unveils its latest wireless device, The 451 Group in New York contends that the "mobile office" space is about to undergo some serious consolidation, and few companies other than Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) will continue "to be a significant direct diver of mobility deployment activity in the enterprise….451 analysts believe the opportunity has gone (or is going) for the technology ‘pure plays'."

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Telemanagement: June 1, 2007

Second Life morphs into first-rate communication tool
Telemarketing restrictions might not come until 2010
Open-source telephony isn't ready for big business
Escaping the ‘do more with less' prison

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Specialty channels pondering policy framework in advance of 2008 hearing

The release of the CRTC's report on profitability of Canadian pay and specialty television providers earlier this month heartened some in the industry. But, with a policy review looming sometime in the next 12 to 18 months, others worry whether those rosy figures might lead the commission to believe all is well at such services across the board.

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