The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development released its most recent figures on worldwide broadband and Canada has maintained its position in the top 10 on a per subscriber basis. According to OECD numbers, Canada had 8,675,197 broadband subscribers at the end of last year, putting it in 8th spot among the 30 OECD countries. The United States maintained its lead with nearly 70 million broadband subscribers.
Tranzeo beefs up 5.8 GHz WiMAX product
Tranzeo Wireless Technologies Inc. released at WIMAX World EMEA its new low-cost turn-key 5.8GHz WiMAX pico-base station. The product, which is designed for the rural and enterprise markets, uses AirSync an intelligent provisioning and management software from Proximetry. The addition of this latest 5.8GHz system expands Tranzeo’s product portfolio which includes 3.5GHz licensed band gear and offers wireless ISPs and emerging carriers a price/performance breakthrough for WiMAX with enhanced base station performance management.
CRTC gets new full-time commissioner
Timothy Denton has been appointed to the CRTC as a full-time member. Denton is lawyer with a specialty in legal and policy issues related to the Internet and communications, including telecommunications and broadcasting. He has a long history in the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors, having helped create the Broadcasting Act and the Telecommunications Act. Denton was a policy advisor to the Minister of Communications during the mid-1980s.
Radio IP gets new leader
Radio IP Software Inc. has named Michel Guay, president and CEO. Radio IP is a developer and provider of software for wireless networks. Guay brings more than 25 years of international business experience, including an impressive wireless telecommunications background.
He joins Radio IP from Galaxia Telecom International, a WiMAX service provider based in Montreal where he served as president and COO. Previously, Guay was president and CEO of wireless chip company Wavesat. Before joining Wavesat, he worked at Harris in Paris, France as GM and in Montreal in various other strategic positions all involving large international wireless telecom programs.
DMTI gets advisor
DMTI Spatial (DMTI), a provider of location intelligence applications, has appointed Doug Seaborn as Location Intelligence Advisor. He will work in the office of the CTO and serve as a DMTI leader in helping clients improve business performance through the use of location intelligence technology.
Is AT&T crying wolf?
Last month AT&T Inc. came out with a dire prediction: without substantial investment the Internet’s current infrastructure will hit full capacity by 2010. It’s no surprise that such warnings promote AT&T’s corporate agenda: favourable regulation to ensure the revenue that could support such investment. From a Canadian perspective, however, the US operator’s worries appear to be over-stated.
Commission set to take on new media
The CRTC today launched a consultation on broadcasting in the new media environment, taking the first step in what will likely be a year-long examination of the impact of new media. The consultation seeks comments on the scope of a new media hearing that is currently tabled for early 2009.
CAIP says deal with Bell throttling separate from new media consultation
Still stinging from a defeat handed down by the CRTC yesterday, the Canadian Association of Internet Providers says the commission should settle its claim against Bell Canada separately from the larger issue of Net Neutrality and new regulations for new media.
Nothing basic about basic package issue
Consensus is hard to come by in the broadcasting world. Even on an issue seemingly as basic as the basic package, distributors cannot agree on a singular solution. And although all BDUs advocate the ability to respond to consumer demands, they apply this dictum to basic package regulations in many ways.
Bridgewater appoints new sales lead
Bridgewater Systems today announced the appointment of Ihsen Fekih as managing director of sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Based in London UK, she will lead Bridgewater’s direct sales and services activities in the region, working closely with channel partners including Motorola, Alvarion and Nortel.