Executives share rationale for KMTS-Bell Aliant merger: Q&A Part I

Pending competition from cablecos and the prospect of seeing red ink within three to five years are among the main reasons Kenora Municipal Telephone System (KMTS) started merger talks with a Bell Canada subsidiary about 18 months ago, say executives with both companies. This month, the CRTC approved the acquisition – signaling the end of another municipally owned telco.

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iamota launches mobile services interface

Vancouver-based mobile application service provider iamota corp. today announced the general availability of iamota impact, a consumer-centric design of iamota’s on-demand mobile services that allows users to create and launch their own mobile services. All wireless carrier certifications have been arranged by iamota so users only need to add their content and promote their mobile services. "Iamota impact is a unique solution that brings the mobile channel to agencies and brands in a self-serve, user-driven way," said Pete Smyth, president, CEO and founder of iamota. "We handle all of the complexity within the mobile channel on behalf of our customers to ensure speed-to-market at lower costs." Iamota has industry-wide mobile certifications with Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Virgin Mobile, Boost and Alltel.

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Product and market diversification key for growth at Sierra Wireless

Despite a record year for revenue growth in 2007, Sierra Wireless Inc. continues to push product and market diversification to an increasingly competitive market. The Vancouver-based company is forging relationships in Asia for its traditional AirCard products while continuing to build on its newly acquired machine-to-machine product line.

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CBC partners with pub trivia company

Multi-point social interactive entertainment company NTN Buzztime Inc. has announced a partnership with CBC to cross-promote the public broadcaster’s game show Test the Nation over Buzztime’s network. As part of the partnership, CBC is challenging sports trivia enthusiasts to play Buzztime’s sports trivia game Sports IQ at local bars and restaurants, with top scoring teams winning a chance to appear on an upcoming Test the Nation broadcast. "The agreement with CBC and Test the Nation offers an entirely unique opportunity for both Buzztime players and Test the Nation viewers," said Jake Tauber, Buzztime’s executive VP of content and marketing. "Buzztime’s ability to synchronize bar trivia players with in-studio Test the Nation participants introduces new levels of interactivity and competition to trivia fans throughout Canada." This Test the Nation contest is the first of several planned co-promotions between Buzztime and CBC. NTN Buzztime. is based in Carlsbad, CA., with offices in Mississauga, ON.

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Copyright board grants application for consolidation of tariffs

The Copyright of Canada last week announced that it has granted the Canadian Association of Broadcasters‘ application to consolidate the proceedings dealing with SOCAN and NRCC tariffs 1.A (2008), the CSI commercial radio tariff and the AVLA/SOPROQ tariff for the Reproduction of Sound Recordings by Commercial Radio Stations (2008-2011). The CAB applied last September to consolidate the proceeding dealing with the tariffs, but the board ruled at that time the application was premature. With the re-determination of SOCAN-NRCC Tariff 1.A for 2003-2007 now complete, the board granted consolidation, citing that a consolidated proceeding will ensure that all the relevant issues are considered at once, among other rationale. The CAB and the collectives now have until March 10 to file a proposed timetable with the board for a hearing that is to begin no later than December 2.

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Industry leaders take first steps in developing technology roadmap for new media

Leaders from Canada’s new media sector met February 8 as part of a year-long process to define the training, legislative, regulatory, policy and funding conditions necessary to sustain and grow the sector over the next five years. One of first hurdles is deciding how new media content creation fits into a Technology Roadmap (TRM).

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