Implementing Policy Direction on procedures not going to be easy

The CRTC will likely find it difficult to determine which regulatory measures should be reviewed, given the "regulate only when necessary" mantra of the Policy Direction. Telecom Public Notice 2007-6 seeks comment from interested parties on which measures should be reviewed, their respective priority and an estimated time frame for completing such reviews.

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Money isn’t everything in P3 plans for networks

Private-public partnerships (P3s) might be one way for municipalities to fund in-city wireless networks, according to the managing director of investment firm BMO Nesbitt Burns. But cities must also consider factors other than financing before deciding if the P3 model is right.

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Rogers snaps up four Cisco video systems

Rogers Communications Inc. is the first Canadian company to purchase a Cisco Systems Inc. TelePresence system. The Toronto-based communication service provider plans to use the high-definition video conferencing system to boost collaboration among its offices while decreasing the need for employee travel. According to a Cisco statement, Rogers will install four TelePresence 3000 systems in Toronto, Brampton, Montreal and Vancouver. The 3000 comes with three 65-inch plasma screens built into a table designed to make conference participants feel as if they're all in the same room. The systems can cost  more than $300,000 each. Cisco is new to the high-definition video conferencing market; TelePresence, released late last year, is a natural opponent to Hewlett-Packard Co.'s Halo Collaboration Studio. Telemanagement published a head-to-head comparison.

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Sony Ericsson Canada appoints new GM

Michelle Digulla has been appointed GM of Sony Ericsson Canada, replacing Magnus Ahlqvist who is returning for a new role within the company's European operations. Digulla takes on the new responsibilities with a solid background in sales and marketing having led these efforts for the past 18 months. During that time, she was responsible for strategic planning, sales and promotions of new products for the Canadian market. Prior to joining Sony Ericsson, Digulla spent six years at Telus Mobility (and Clearnet) in various positions.

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Newfoundland technology association names new chair

Jeff King, associate director of network planning with Bell Canada, has been named the chair the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (NATI) for 2007-1008. He takes over from Todd Hiscock. "The coming year will be one of vigour and challenge for NATI and it's growing membership, as it forges ahead with an aggressive mandate to strengthen the knowledge-based economy of Newfoundland and Labrador," King said in a statement.  

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We slave, slave and slave – and what thanks do we get?

Many business telecom users are dissatisfied with their companies' communication technologies, according to survey results from Siemens AG. The German communication equipment provider said 76% of the 382 respondents (mostly from Europe, but also from North America and other places) reported that their cellphones, smartphones and other wireless devices don't enrich their work lives. As well, 62% said the communication infrastructure in the office isn't reliable, and had suffered a breakdown in the past six months. Siemens said fixed-mobile convergence (FMC), which bridges various networks for a seamless end-user experience, might help. The company also figures communication equipment designed on standard networking protocols might address reliability issues.

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