BCE Inc. has slipped below the $1-billion mark for spending on research and development for the first time since 2003, according to the latest top 100 list of industrial R&D spenders. And while Canada’s largest telco still maintains the number two ranking, Telus Corp. has narrowed the gap with its biggest research spending year ever – driven largely by investments in its next generation wireless network and IPTV.
Television broadcasters operating in major markets may be given some flexibility in meeting a August 2011 deadline for converting their over-the-air signals to digital, if Rogers Broadcasting Ltd and Corus Entertainment Inc. succeed in convincing the CRTC to be flexible.
Montreal-based Octasic Inc. is leveraging its early success in the 2G GSM base station space to expand into the broader 3G and 4G wireless infrastructure market with high performance chips that cost less and use less power than competing products.
Ontario video game developers might find it easier to beef up their business skills, market their wares, and find funding now that the Ontario government is pumping $605,000 into Interactive Ontario, the new media industry association. Judging by comments at the group’s GameON Finance 2009 conference in Toronto last week, government support is just one of the pieces that the sector needs if it’s going to kick growth into high gear.