The role of IT and telecommunications technologies in improving productivity

Sabia, president and chief executive officer of BCE Inc., said not enough companies are taking full advantage of information and communications technologies, and Canadian telecom regulations stifle innovation because they protect competitors, rather

Published on: July 20th, 2006 Greg Meckbach

It’s time for the feds to toss foreign ownership rules

If you listened to Industry Minister Maxime Bernier and officials of BCE Inc. at the recent Telecom Summit in Toronto, you might get the mistaken impression that the federal government has decided the

Published on: July 13th, 2006 Greg Meckbach

Feds tell CRTC to back away from telco regulation

TORONTO - The federal government has tabled a proposed policy directive to the CRTC, advising it to rely on market forces to the “maximum extent feasible” under the Telecommunications Act and to regulate

Published on: July 13th, 2006 Shane Schick

Halifax airport completes IP upgrade

The Halifax International Airport Authority has completed an IP network upgrade that touches almost every aspect of its operations, including those of the airlines it serves. Halifax airport has spent the last few

Published on: June 20th, 2006 Neil Sutton

RBC brings its fibre optics in-house

The Royal Bank of Canada says it has its future bandwidth needs under control following the launch of a private high-speed optical network connecting key data centres through a Gigabit Ethernet transport system.Based

Published on: June 20th, 2006 Shane Schick

West Edmonton Mall’s infrastructure supports virtual networks, hot spots

“When we looked at the wireless space, what we really wanted to do initially was make sure that no matter what we put into the mall, it was a product we could manage

Published on: June 13th, 2006 Vawn Himmelsbach

News briefs-June 2006

An increasing number of Internet subscribers will be using wireless technologies for high-speed access, and this will probably be the only option for more than a million Canadians, according to a former head

Published on: June 13th, 2006 CN Staff

Meru access points capable of forming wireless backbone network

But at last month's Interop trade show, Meru Networks announced its Wireless Backbone System (WBS), a software upgrade to its WLAN hardware scheduled to ship next month. WBS lets Wi-Fi access points communicate

Published on: June 13th, 2006 Greg Meckbach

Convergence, mobility requires a planned approach to IT

Systems architecting: you either love it or hate it. If you ignore it, however, problems will arise. You might challenge this by claiming that you have not needed it before. But the much

Published on: June 13th, 2006 Ron Scott

In Brief-Panel discusses dual-mode phone dilemma

Ronald Gruia, program leader for emerging communications at market research firm Frost & Sullivan Canada, said portable phones that use the IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi protocol use more battery juice than conventional cellphones because

Published on: May 31st, 2006 Greg Meckbach

CRTC introduces deregulation agenda for local markets

Following the Telecom Policy Review Panel's report to the federal government in March that recommended deregulation of the telecommunications market, the CRTC has set the wheels in motion to deregulate local exchange telephone

Published on: May 30th, 2006 Sarah Lysecki and Neil Sutton

Open source PBX software is cheaper but analyst warns it lacks features

Private branch exchanges (PBXs) with open source telephony software may cost less than voice products from major manufacturers, but one industry observer warns companies who buy cheaper products will usually get fewer features.Equipment

Published on: May 9th, 2006 Greg Meckbach

National law firm adds voice over IP capability to existing telephony

A large Canadian law firm with six offices across the country is using voice over IP to reduce the cost of calling between offices while keeping its existing private branch exchanges (PBXs).Borden Ladner

Published on: May 9th, 2006 Vawn Himmelsbach

Policy review panel recommends easing regulation, CRTC reform

The panel released its report shortly after the election of the Conservative government. At press time, Industry Minister Maxime Bernier had not responded to the report, other than issuing a statement promising to

Published on: May 9th, 2006 CN Staff