The 2009 Canadian Telecom Summit in Toronto this June made one thing very clear: the mobile internet will change our world in ways we are only beginning to understand. Specifically, traffic management will be a necessity, and advertising will increasingly be pushed to mobile users who are well-known based on their location and consumption habits.
Telesat Canada warns it may leave Canada for countries with more hospitable regulations if Industry Canada moves forward with a proposal to use auctions to assign future satellite orbital slots and spectrum. The 40-year-old Ottawa company complains it already pays 10 times the amount for satellite spectrum licences than do its US counterparts.
Executives from Canada’s biggest private broadcasters lobbied Heritage minister James Moore for "immediate relief" from Part II fees and "a negotiated settlement" out of court, prior to a Supreme Court fall hearing on the contentious fees, according to Access to Information Records obtained by Tech Media Reports.
Industry Minister Tony Clement wound up a major digital conference Monday with a promise that Canadians will start to see segments of an action plan for a digital economy in the fall, although he also stressed that the task of making Canada a leader in the digital economy is huge and that it might take some time to get a plan rolling.
Where are they now? Nine and six years after winning financial support from the Quebecor Fund, TV/new media firms Galafilm Productions Inc. and Decode Entertainment Inc. (respectively) are still going strong, and they’re getting ready to launch new digital projects. Tech Media Reports catches up with the companies as the latest Quebecor Fund winners are announced.
Since taking over as president of the enterprise solutions division at MTS Allstream Inc. about seven months ago, Dean Prevost has seen changes in the market, resulting from a slowdown in the economy and the ensuing recession. But despite the challenges facing the business market, he says there are opportunities that lie ahead for enterprise communications providers.