Canadian WiMAX companies are becoming major beneficiaries of the US government’s $7.2-billion rural broadband funding program, despite the Buy American provisions. Tranzeo Wireless Technologies, Vecima Networks, DragonWave, and Bridgewater Systems are four home-grown companies finding significant sales opportunities south of the border.
Small- and medium-sized enterprises, including home-based businesses, across Ontario and Quebec stand to see higher internet costs if plans by Bell Canada to introduce usage-based billing (UBB) are allowed to proceed, according to opponents of the new billing structure.
ABI Research has released a study called “North American Green Carriers”. Telus Corp came in 5th spot overall, followed by Rogers Communications Inc. at 6th place and then Bell at 7th. Each organization was analyzed by two parameters: innovation and implementation.
Network capacity planning is facing new challenges: enterprises are more reliant on hosted applications while also leveraging wireless capabilities. Some capital expenditures can be offset to service providers, but user service expectations remain high, and new capabilities and technologies are changing the game.
COM DEV International Ltd. will commence work on an integrated multiplexer and switch assemblies for a commercial communications satellite at its Cambridge, ON, facility. COM DEV has not released the identity of the client with whom it signed the contract. The Authorization To Proceed (ATI) from the client is valued at US$ 1.5 million and completion of the project is slated to lead to a full contract worth US$ 5 million, according to a press release from the company. Additionally, COM DEV will in the future work on three satellites for the same customer.
The Friends of Canadian Broadcasting has joined hands with two well-known consumer advocacy groups to fight for more transparency in television broadcasting, distribution and regulation. The alliance with the Canadian Public Interest Centre (PIAC) and Quebec-based consumer group Option Consommateurs could result in increased pressure on broadcasters and the CRTC.
At the CRTC hearings into Globalive’s ownership structure Telus Corp, Rogers Communications Inc., and Bell Canada made a consistent and compelling case that Globalive does not comply with Canada’s foreign ownership regulations. Of course, as incumbents, it is in their interest to stall Globalive’s entry into the Canadian market.
Montreal-based IT services company Nexio Technologies Inc. has started a web TV outfit designed to help companies broadcast their own content online. According to industry observers, the organization might be on to something with this business model.