Canadian broadcasters warming to the idea of releasing content on alternative websites like YouTube are finding their online distribution strategies pale in comparison to the posting habits of fans.
Potential new entrant wireless operators got what they wished for in the upcoming spectrum auction: a set aside of spectrum. Industry Canada set aside 40 MHz of spectrum exclusively for new entrants, but also decided to mandate tower sharing and roaming. With the rules set, Bell Mobility, Rogers Communications Inc. and Telus Mobility will now turn their attention to sharpening their auction strategies in the coming weeks as they prepare to duke it out for a smaller amount of spectrum than they had hoped.
A US economist specializing in copyright issues is taking aim at a new Canadian government study claiming that peer-to-peer filesharing is actually good for the music business. Stan Leibowitz, the Ashbel Smith Professor of Economics at the University of Texas, has written a detailed critique of the Industry Canada-commissioned study. He concludes that since the study's main – and most controversial – findings are based on survey answers from downloaders, the risk of bias is high.
Canada's telecommunications regulatory body didn't err when it approved certain ILEC deferral account rollout plans despite rendering the decision prior to the close of the proceeding. The CRTC made the determination in Telecom Decision 2007-111 in response to an appeal launched by Barrett Xplore Inc. on August 13.
A new report from Juniper Research predicts that the number of subscribers on long term evolution (LTE) networks will top 24 million by 2012, only two years after the network technology is expected to be commercially deployed. LTE is the next evolution in high speed packet access (HSPA) or GSM-based networks. The research firm also predicts that HSPA will dominate mobile broadband network deployments and will account for 70% of the total mobile subscriber base by 2012. The impact of mobile WiMAX is expected to be minimal with single digital penetration levels.
The Radicati Group predicts in a new study that the number of email mailboxes accessed by push email will jump from its current level of 1% to approximately 16% by 2011. "Wireless e-mail is becoming increasingly popular, due to the fact that a large number of the global workforce is becoming increasingly more mobile. The technology allows users to instantly view and respond to e-mail as soon as it arrives, which results in gains in productivity, and cuts response times for decision makers," reads a statement, announcing the study.
In his address to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage today CBC president and CEO Robert Rabinovitch reinforced the public broadcaster's need for contract with Canadians if it is to reach its potential. "The Broadcasting Act has not changed in more than 15 years, CBC/Radio-Canada has not received an increase to its base operating appropriation in more than 30 years, and the broadcasting environment is shifting dramatically and rapidly," he said. "The national public broadcaster needs to remain relevant and to ensure that Canadians have access to its content when, where and how they want." He asserted that a contract reviewed on a regular cycle would provide direction on what Canadians could expect from their national public broadcaster in return for a clear commitment from government with regards to funding commensurate to the mandate.
The Copyright Board's October 18 release of the highly-criticized Internet tariff has already triggered the first round of legal appeals. Officially published in the Canada Gazette on Friday, Tariff 22.A allows the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) to collect 3.1% on the sale of each song downloaded from music sites such as iTunes or Puretracks.
According to a new report from Juniper Research, the increasing adoption of streamed video and chat services will push revenues from mobile adult services close to $3.5 billion by 2010. The report also discovered that a significant portion of the new revenues will hail from the relatively underdeveloped North American markets. "While operators in the US and Canada are still very reluctant to introduce age-verification systems and offer adult content, it is a completely different story off-portal with a number of service providers now offering D2C content and services aimed at those markets," said report author Windsor Holden. "Furthermore, as mobile subscribers become more comfortable and familiar with the off-portal environment, then the traffic to these sites is likely to mushroom." Other findings from the Juniper report include: Western Europe will remain the largest regional market for mobile adult services, with revenues rising from $775m in 2007 to $1.5bn by 2012; global revenues from video chat services will rise from just $138m in 2007 to more than $1.5bn by 2012; and while users of adult services are far less price sensitive than consumers of other mobile entertainment services, service providers should be careful not to overprice content.
Stephen Nicolle, a 20-year veteran in the telecommunications and technology space, has been appointed acting COO of March Networks Corp. He will be responsible for March's R&D activities and global operations initiatives with a focus on enhancing the company's development, product life cycle and fulfillment strategies. Prior to joining March, he served as president and CEO of Sigma Systems Corp. and Tatara Systems Inc. Nicolle also spent several years at Nortel Networks Corp. as president and GM of the company's OSS software business unit.