Telecom Update (Canada) #409, November 24, 2003

Telecom Update (Canada) #409, November 24, 2003

Post by Angus Tele » Wed, 26 Nov 2003 00:22:56


ELECOM UPDATE
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published weekly by Angus TeleManagement Group
http://www.angustel.ca

Number 409: November 24, 2003

Publication of Telecom Update is made possible by generous
financial support from:
** ALLSTREAM: www.allstream.com
** BELL CANADA: www.bell.ca
** CISCO SYSTEMS CANADA: www.cisco.com/ca
** CYGCOM INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGIES: www.cygcom.com
** GROUP TELECOM: www.360.net
** JUNIPER NETWORKS: www.juniper.net
** PRIMUS CANADA: www.primustel.ca
** SPRINT CANADA: www.sprint.ca
** TELUS: www.telus.com

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IN THIS ISSUE:

** New Fixed Wireless Network Planned
** N.B. Broadband Access Program Announced
** Fredericton Offers Free Wi-Fi
** Vonage Coming to Canada?
** FCC Rejects Portability Delay
** Rogers Trials Faster Wireless Data
** CRTC Report on Competition Due This Week
** CRTC Appointments Leaked
** Aliant Halifax Centrex Changes Approved
** Craig Appeals Ruling on Look Ownership
** Telecom Statistics Posted
** Ottawa ISP Offers E-Mail via Wireless SMS
** Nortel Restates Financial Results
** CRTC Consolidates Floor Price Proceeding
** MTS to Reduce Staff
** Daoust Heads Consultants' Liaison Group
** Advanstar Allies With Call Centre Group
** Eiger Restructures Onlinetel Ownership
** Wi-LAN Adds VoIP Support
** Angus in the News
** Protect Your Phone System From Pirates

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NEW FIXED WIRELESS NETWORK PLANNED: Allstream, Microcell and NR
Communications have formed a joint venture to offer wireless Internet
access and Voice over IP services on a wholesale basis. They hope to
begin commercial service in some cities early in 2004.

** NR Communications is a technology investment company
headed by Nick Kauser, formerly Chief Technical Officer of
AT&T Wireless.

** Microcell's contribution to the joint venture will be 60
MHz of licensed bandwidth, covering most of Canada, held
through its Inukshuk subsidiary. Unique Broadband Services
says it will challenge the deal, claiming it has a
contract giving it first right of refusal on the Inukshuk
spectrum. Microcell says no such contract was ever signed.
(See Telecom Update #384)

N.B. BROADBAND ACCESS PROGRAM ANNOUNCED: A $44.6 million initiative to
make high-speed Internet access available to 90% of New Brunswick
residents within three years will be jointly funded by Infrastructure
Canada ($16.5M), the Province of New Brunswick ($12.5M), and Aliant
($15.6M).

www.infrastructure.gc.ca/csif/publication/newsreleases/2003/20031118moncton_e.shtml

FREDERICTON OFFERS FREE WI-FI: Fredericton has begun offering free
wireless Internet access in the city's downtown area and at the
airport. The Fred-eZone program, which will eventually cover all
business corridors and public spaces, uses the city-owned fibre
network as a backbone.

VONAGE COMING TO CANADA? The National Post reports that U.S. Internet
telephony provider Vonage plans to begin offering service in Canada
within the next month in partnership with a Canadian company, likely a
cableco or CLEC.

FCC REJECTS PORTABILITY DELAY: The U.S. Federal Communications
Commission has rejected a request by the United States Telecom
Association that number portability between wireline and wireless
phones be delayed. Number portability is scheduled to begin today i