This month’s theme: Emerging Technologies for 2009
Ask 10 people what "Unified Communications" means and you’ll likely get 10 different responses. Although UC has been around in various forms for over 15 years, opinions vary wildly as to what it is, what it’s good for, and whether or not businesses need to pay attention, much less buy in. Whatever you call it, technology analysts seem to agree that it can’t be as easily defined as a PC or a mobile phone. It’s much more than that.
The new VP, corporate and institutional affairs at Quebecor Media Inc. warns that Canadians will look elsewhere for their Internet fix if the federal government and its regulator don’t break with protectionist policies that stifle consumer choice and innovation. At the same time, J.Serge Sasseville told delegates yesterday at the 5th Canadian Telecommunications Forum organized by Insight Media in Ottawa that ISPs need to work with content providers to solve piracy problems and develop new business models.
The long-awaited rules for digital roaming and antenna tower sharing were released by Industry Canada earlier this week, giving incumbent carriers and new entrants the final rules on negotiating roaming and tower sharing agreements.
TelcoBridges has names Danny Paul Blouin its new VP of marketing. Blouin joins the company from Telus, where he held a variety of sales and marketing positions since 2003, most recently serving as product marketing director. Blouin will be charged with building TelcoBridges’ brand on a global scale, which will include expanding the company’s product leadership position with telecom solutions providers and operators.
The Canadian wireless industry is in for some tough times, according to two industry analysts. Speaking at Insight‘s 5th Canadian Telecommunications Forum conference in Ottawa this week, Dvia Ghose, of Genuity Capital Markets, and Jeff Fan, of UBS Securities Canada, said the incumbent mobile operators are going to suffer from lower revenue per user and profitability as a result of the wireless industry’s changing dynamics.
A new $10-million equity fund for early stage companies and up to $600,000 per company for international partnering are among the new initiatives announced this week to move homegrown digital media and information and communications technologies (ICT) more quickly into the market.