The CRTC has issued its annual Communications Monitoring Report, providing an overview of the Canadian communications sector. The Report contains data on the broadcasting sector for the year ended August 31, 2011 and data on the telecommunications sector for the year ended December 31, 2011. Wireless sector highlights include: wireless services made up 45% of all telecommunications revenues in 2011; overall revenues climbed from $18 billion in 2010 to $19.1 billion in 2011, a 6.2% increase; the number of wireless subscribers rose from 25.8 million to 27.4 million, an increase of 6.2% in one year; 48% of subscribers had a mobile broadband plan; newer competitors doubled their market share from 2% to 4% of subscribers; and advanced wireless networks, which support smartphones and other devices that connect to the Internet, were available to 99% of the population. The full Report is available at: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/publications/reports/policymonitoring/2012/cmr.htm.
CRTC RELEASES ANNUAL COMMUNICATIONS MONITORING REPORT
TELUS BECOMES NATIONAL CO-TITLE SPONSOR FOR FREE THE CHILDREN’S WE DAY
TELUS and Free The Children have announced TELUS’ five-year National Co-Title sponsorship of We Day, a series of events held across Canada to inspire youth to create change in their communities and around the world. In addition to its sponsorship, TELUS has launched a Phones for Good campaign, giving $25 from the sale of every TELUS Samsung Galaxy S III or Samsung Ace Q to Free the Children (up to $650,000). TELUS is also giving young Canadians the opportunity to attend the We Day event in their city through a special Earn Your Way to We Day initiative. Starting September 12, youth can visit http://www.telusforweday.com to submit stories about what they are doing to make a difference in their communities. TELUS will give $1 to Free The Children for each submission (up to $100,000) and participants will be entered in a random draw to become part of the TELUS Crew who will document and share their experience at We Day with youth across Canada.
MOBILICITY TO LAUNCH PRODUCTS AT LOBLAW STORES
Mobilicity has announced an agreement with Loblaw Companies Limited as the carrier continues to expand its wireless retail distribution network. The deal will see the Mobilicity brand sold at almost 50 Prepaid Cell Phones Express kiosks located at select Loblaw banner locations across Canada. Customers will be able to purchase a variety of mobile phones, including the Samsung Galaxy Mini, Samsung Gravity Touch and Samsung C414Y (bundled with one month of unlimited talk-and-text service).
MOTOROLA RAZR HD LTE COMING TO ROGERS
Motorola Mobility Canada has announced the RAZR HD LTE smartphone will be available exclusively through Rogers this fall. Offering all-day battery performance on a single charge, the compact (8.4 millimeters thick) smartphone features: a 12-centimeter HD Corning Gorilla Glass display; Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich); a KEVLAR fiber backing; a fully-integrated SMARTACTIONS app to help users conserve battery life and automate everyday tasks; voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation with Google Maps; Voice Actions for Android that allows users to dictate texts, make calls, search Google and play songs; and access to 600,000 apps and games on Google Play. Information: http://www.motorola.ca/RAZRHD.
TELUS AND CFL PARTNER FOR THE FAN CUP
TELUS and the Canadian Football League (CFL) have announced The Fan Cup presented by TELUS, the first trophy honouring the game’s fans. Fans will have the opportunity to put their name on a 100th anniversary replica Grey Cup that will reside at The Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Fans will create The Fan Cup trophy during The Grey Cup 100 Tour by using a custom-built TELUS Penny Press to make their own 100th Grey Cup Game collectable out of a real Canadian penny. Every penny pressed by a fan will be collected and used to create The Fan Cup, which will then be etched with all fans’ names. The Grey Cup 100 Tour will make 100 stops across Canada. TELUS will use the celebration as an opportunity to contribute $1 for every penny pressed to KidSport Canada (up to $50,000). Information http://www.telus.com/fancup.
CBC/RADIO-CANADA TO SELL SURPLUS TRANSMISSION ASSETS
CBC/Radio-Canada is looking for buyers for surplus transmission assets related to the recent shutdown of its analog television transmission network. The Corporation has retained the services of Capital Canada Limited to manage the sales process. The assets for sale consist of land, transmission towers, analog television transmission equipment and related buildings located at 100 different sites across the country. A list of assets is available from Capital Canada. Information: Blair Milroy, Capital Canada Limited, email@example.com.
CRTC ANNOUNCES PRIORITIES FOR 2012-2015
The CRTC has released a three-year plan that outlines the activities it expects to carry out from 2012 to 2015. Some of the planned activities include: a review of issues related to the accessibility of telecommunication services and the wholesale services large companies must provide to their competitors; enforcement of the telemarketing rules; beginning to enforce Canada’s anti-spam legislation once it comes into force; monitoring the deployment of the public alert system; and reviewing the regulatory framework for next-generation 911 services. The complete three-year plan is available at: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/backgrnd/plan2012.htm.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR R&D INTO PUBLIC SAFETY
The Government of Canada has announced that the new Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) has issued the first call for proposals to request submissions for innovative science and technology project proposals. This call for proposals is part of the CSSP investment that ensures Canadians and their institutions have a greater resilience to global and domestic public safety and security threats. For this call, up to $15 million will be available as of April 1, 2013 for new projects under the CSSP. The call for proposals will close on December 5, 2012. The selected projects will be announced by March 2013. Information: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=4357.
NEW PORTALS LAUNCHED FOR CANADIAN TECH STARTUPS
Alexander Bosika, Co-founder of MobileMonday Toronto, has launched a series of portals to provide a single database to track tech startup communities. Seven Canadian cities – Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver – now have their own tech startup portal with the following URLs: http://www.torontotechstartup.com; http://www.waterlootechstartup.com; http://www.ottawatechstartup.com; http://www.montrealtechstartup.com; http://www.edmontontechstartup.com; http://www.calgarytechstartup.com; and http://www.vancouvertechstartup.com. Startup tech companies are encouraged to share current startup community information through their local portal to gain needed exposure, and anyone interested in connecting with the tech industry is invited to go to the portals.
BERNARD LORD TO ADDRESS ECONOMIC CLUB OF CANADA
Bernard Lord, CWTA President & CEO, will address the Economic Club of Canada at a luncheon in Vancouver on September 26. Mr. Lord will discuss the wireless industry’s key contributions to Canada’s economy, as well as the roles of governments and regulators in strengthening our 21st-century infrastructure to allow Canadians to continue being world leaders in new global digital economy. Information and registration: http://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1715&EID=12993.
CAPITALIZING ON THE M2M REVOLUTION
Wavefront, in partnership with Rogers and Sierra Wireless, present “Capitalizing on the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Revolution”, a Waveguide Seminar held on September 13 in Vancouver, September 19 in Calgary, September 27 in Toronto and October 4 in Montreal. The event will feature experts from key industries discussing how you or your company can take advantage of wireless M2M opportunities. Topics to be discussed include: Why M2M?; Wireless Networks 101 – Optimizing Your Solution for Success; Key Elements to Building a M2M Solution; and the Wavefront M2M Accelerator Program. The seminars are free to attend, however pre-registration is required. Information and registration: http://www.wavefrontac.com/events/wavefront-events/waveguide-rogers-sierra-wireless-m2.
BANFF VENTURE FORUM 2012
The 2012 Banff Venture Forum, held on October 4 and 5, 2012 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, is Canada’s premier technology company financing event showcasing approximately 50 hi-tech companies from across North America within three streams – Energy and Cleantech, Life Sciences Technology and Information Technology. The Forum, now in its 14th year, offers delegates insight into key issues within the industry, provides networking opportunities and a chance to learn from world-class professionals in the investment community. Information and registration: http://www.banffventureforum.com.
MOBILE GIVING IN ACTION: BECAUSE I AM A GIRL
Plan International’s Because I am a Girl initiative is a social movement designed to unleash the power of girls and women to claim a brighter future for girls in the developing world. The initiative is based on the belief that when a girl is educated, nourished and protected, she shares her knowledge and skills with her family and community, and can forever change the future of a nation. Canadians can support the movement by texting HOPE to 30333 to donate $5. For more information, visit http://becauseiamagirl.ca. For more information about Canada’s mobile channel for charitable giving, visit the Mobile Giving Foundation Canada at: http://www.MobileGiving.ca.