Telus Corp. has restored service in a Vancouver neighbourhood after a construction crew cut two fibre-optic cables there. A team working on the Canada Line rapid-transit system chopped the connective wires on Monday, leaving more than 800 Telus customers in the West Broadway and Cambie Street area without service. According to Telus spokesman Shawn Hall, service was restored just after noon yesterday. He confirmed that this is the third time in four months that a Canada Line construction crew has severed Telus service. Hall said Telus is investigating the situation with help from Canada Line.
Nortel Networks' VP and general manager of network partner solutions John Haydon is leaving that position for the president and COO role at BreconRidge Manufacturing Solutions Corp., an Ottawa electronics manufacturing and design services firm. According to BreconRidge, Haydon spent 25 years at Nortel building experience in procurement, manufacturing field operations, customer service and marketing.
Vidéotron ltée will implement a download cap of 100 GB per month for its Extreme High-Speed Internet service to ensure users don't overload the network, according to a statement from the Montreal-based carrier. The firm has sent letters to customers explaining that they will have to pay $1.50 per gigabyte over the limit on the 10 Mbps service. "Videotron's decision to limit the downloading capacity carries a minimal impact on its clients since the very vast majority does not use over 100 GB," the company says, noting that 100 GB represents more than 70 movies and 20,000 songs. The cap comes into effect October 1.
Canadian wireless subscribers can now get two phone numbers on a single wireless device, but they have to subscribe to Rogers Wireless. Second voice line service (SVLS) allows business or residential customers to conduct business over one line and make personal calls over the other. "Second voice line service is an incredible wireless solution for our small-to-medium sized business customers who are looking for ways to save valuable time," Rogers Wireless' VP of business marketing Irv Witte said in a statement. "This innovation in wireless technology provides increased productivity, convenience and real cost savings, up to 49% every month off the cost of your second wireless line."
Digital Dispatch Systems Inc., a mobile data solution provider located in Richmond BC, has inked a litter of intent to acquire Mobisoft Oy, an automated dispatch and wireless data transfer application service provider in Finland. The acquisition allows Digital Dispatch to expand to a much greater degree in the small taxi fleet market. According to the Taxicab, Limousine and Paratransit Association (TLPA), about 85% of taxi fleets have fewer than 50 vehicles. "The hosted ASP recurring revenue model of Mobisoft provides us with the ideal solution to address this huge opportunity," Digital Dispatch CEO Vari Ghai said in a news release. "With Digital Dispatch's strong brand recognition in taxi and Mobisoft's proven product offering, we expect to quickly exploit this exciting opportunity." The acquisition is expected to close on or before September 30, 2007 and is valued at EUR5.7 million.
Halifax-based communications service provider EastLink is taking over rival RuSh Communications Ltd. as of September 1. The acquisition lets EastLink expand its footprint in Nova Scotia and build a stronger presence, according to a press release. The company says customer integration should be smooth because most of RuSh's systems can be reached with EastLink's existing fibre-optic network. RuSh provides service throughout the province. Its largest systems are located in the Bridgetown area of the Annapolis Valley, the Clare area of Digby County, Milford, Port Hawkesbury, Richmond, Canso, Eskasoni, Mulgrave and Port Hood.
A New York company has devised a system that lets plants phone their owners to request water. It seems a silly concept, but dig beneath the surface and you might find it illustrates some of the more serious trends in the communications-technology sector.
Preserving critical information for posterity is a universal headache. Overwhelming amounts of data are accumulating at staggering rates across all sectors. Although data storage costs are plummeting, demand is growing by about 50%, far outstripping the rate of cost reductions.