Austin TX-based BSG Alliance Corp. has announced its acquisition of New Paradigm, the business innovation group led by strategist and thought leader Don Tapscott. As the creator of a unique platform of services and tools to enable organizations to become next-generation enterprises, BSG gives New Paradigm an expanded avenue to deliver its content. "New technology has spurred a cultural revolution that affects the way business is conducted and the economy at large. Profound transformations are occurring in the way we orchestrate capability to innovate products, services, processes, and organizations – all of which will build enormous wealth in this century," said Tapscott, who is the author of 11 books and was a keynote speaker at the CAB convention earlier this month. "By uniting with BSG Alliance, we are joining forces with a world class team that shares our vision and can execute on it with the largest organizations in the world." Tapscott joins BSG's executive team as chairman of BSG Alliance's New Paradigm Institute, which will be located in Toronto.
Yak Communications Corp., best known as a dial-around long distance provider, believes it can become a successful wireless operator by leveraging its existing customer base and offering a "no contracts, no gimmicks" wireless service. Yak and its parent company Globalive Communications Corp. announced on November 29 – a day after Industry Minister Jim Prentice released the rules for the advanced wireless services spectrum auction – it plans to participate in the auction, set for May 27, 2008.
Captivate Network, the digital news and entertainment network seen on flat-screen TVs in office elevators across North America, has announced the growth of its Toronto team; Paul Bolte has been named VP of sales, and Michele Green has been appointed field marketing manager. Bolte most recently served as executive VP of sales at Onestop Digital Media Sales in Toronto. Prior to that, he spent 11 years as VP of sales for Cineplex Media, and has also worked in radio and television, as well as on the agency side. Green joins Captivate from InfiCorp, where she was marketing manager. Before InfiCorp, she was an account supervisor at Euro RSCG in Toronto managing the Sprint Canada business.
The Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) and the Canadian Music Creators Coalition (CMCC) have proposed attaching a monthly licence fee to Internet subscriptions to compensate all rights holders for music downloaded and shared over peer-to-peer networks. The groups say allowing unabated filesharing by consumers while driving revenues to creators, publishers and record labels will revolutionize the music industry and make Canada the leader in P2P legislation.
Canada's two largest incumbent telcos appear ready to rollout territory-wide bundles in the wake of a CRTC decision granting greater flexibility to price bundles for customers living in smaller regions. In interviews with Network Letter, representatives from Telus Corp. and Bell Canada say they can now offer customers in less populated areas – where local telephony pricing is still regulated by the CRTC – the same bundles available customers in large cities where pricing regulation has been eliminated.
Radiant Communications Corp. has announced the completion of a national private broadband data network for 7-Eleven Canada. The VPN will allow the convenience store chain to process point of sale transactions four to five times faster than previously available with its previous network. The network architechture also enables other 7-Eleven applications such as prepaid and specialty cards to utilize the same network in a secure and separate environment.
Sandvine, a Waterloo ON-based provider of broadband network intelligence, has released its service delivery engine (SDE), a policy infrastructure that allows service providers to introduce a broad range of IP services while at the same time ensuring network-wide quality of service. The SDE also enables QoS across multiple networks, including cable, DSL, fibre, and fixed and mobile wireless.
Tranzeo Wireless Technologies Inc. has been tapped to provide broadband wireless equipment for a network in Mexico. FaciNet Enterprise Inc. placed an order for $2 million worth of Tranzeo gear with deliveries expected to begin in the first quarter of 2008. FaciNet's network will initially cover 1,800 square miles and provide high-speed Internet access to residential subscribers as well as enhanced services to business customers. Tranzeo, based in Pitt Meadows BC, will provide FaciNet with backhaul radios, access points, customer premise equipment and antennas.
Vancouver-based Voice Mobility International Inc. has inked a distribution agreement with DialPro Northwest. Virginia-based DialPro will market Voice Mobility's UCN 250 messaging platform both as customer premise-based solution or a remotely managed system. Resulting from this agreement, DialPro will be able to target executive office suites, voicemail service bureaus and rural telecommunications companies.