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SaskTel selects Nokia Siemens Networks to help build new network

SaskTel recently announced they have signed a wireless network sharing agreement with Bell and TELUS for the “rapid deployment of next generation wireless and data services through UMTS and HSPA technologies”. This is to start mid-2010 and has a targeted completion date of 2011 and ensures 98% of Saskatchewan residents will have access to the UMTS/HSPA network.

Sounds good so far. Today they have brought on the reliable Nokia Siemens Networks to help them build out their network. Robert Watson, president and chief executive officer at SaskTel said “After a comprehensive review, SaskTel has selected Nokia Siemens Networks because of the company’s advanced solutions and their global carrier presence and reputation”. (more…)

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One month of WIND Mobile: how is your experience?

It’s been just over a month of having Wind Mobile active in the Canadian market. The new entrant had a number of challenges starting up and with all their enthusiasm bolted into the hearts of Canadians. When we sat down with Chairman Tony Lacavera last week he stated they have signed up over 5,000 subscribers… so by now they are probably over the 12,000 – 15,000 mark.

One of the best traits that new entrant Wind is doing well is standing by their tag line of “The Power of Conversation”. Executives have openly written about the early successes and challenges. Some of the known challenges are porting numbers, port blocking for internet, network coverage, mixed messaging for the home and away zone, towers, roaming…

In a new post CCO Chris Robbins states that they are hearing feedback on their network and looking for ways to improve its strength. He said “Based on the input from customers, plus our own constant coverage analysis, we’ve got several areas that are top priorities for our network management (more…)

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TELUS Motorola Milestone NOT launching Jan 26th

Mobile enthusiasts were all over the rumour earlier this week that the incredibly anticipated TELUS Motorola Milestone was going to launch on January 26th. We noted in the post that it “will not be this month” and can confirm again that this sexy Android-powered device will NOT be launching then.

We’ve confirmed it so many times and our contacts state “Jan 26 is a rumor plain and simple. TELUS did not confirm any dates. As mentioned before the holidays, the device will launch some time in early 2010.”

Hold tight everyone. It’s coming soon… but not on the 26th.

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2010 Canadian Telecom Summit coming June 7-9th

For those telecom execs and decision makers who want to attend Canada’s premier telecom event, the 2010 Canadian Telecom Summit registration is now open.

The event is taking place on June 7-9 in Toronto and there are many great keynote and breakout sessions already lined up… it’s actually over 70 of the senior-most executives as speakers.  So far the confirmed keynotes are: Rob Bruce, President Communications at Rogers; Robert Depatie, President & CEO at Videotron; Konrad von Finckenstein, Chair of the CRTC; Mark Henderson, President & CEO at Ericsson Canada; Bernard Lord, President & CEO at the CWTA.

We were there last year to cover the hot stories and it’s honestly the only event that industry leaders attend.
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Video: iPhone Lego Steering Wheel in Action!

The iPhone has spawned thousands of companies ranging from apps to accessories. But have you ever thought about taking out that old box filled with Lego and creating your own accessory? That’s exactly what one user did as he built a steering wheel mechanism to play his racing game with. Hopefully it took only a few minutes to build rather than days. Kinda cool… check out the video.

Via: UberGizmo

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Video Interview with TELUS Chief Futurist David Neale: “It’s about you.”

We sat down today with TELUS Chief Futurist David Neale and picked his brain about what he truly believes the future is about what it really looks like. He wrote a piece a couple weeks ago where he predicted what 2010 might pan out to be… but we wanted to did a little bit deeper and see what is beyond this year.

Neal stated the future will “definitely look very different than it is today… now you have a situation where Canada has the literally the leading networks, the key thing is bringing in the devices. I’ll be quite honest… what we are doing here is a lot of curation… I’m not going to make predictions on hardware, that’s kinda not important… It’s how it’s getting used that is important… it’s all about experience nowadays. It’s about You… it’s all about the individual.” (more…)

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Rogers HTC Dream to Magic Exchange details…

Remember over the last few days Rogers was giving their customers who bought the Android-powered HTC Dream an opportunity to upgrade to an HTC Magic? This all started when it was announced that the Dream was not going to see the light of day for the anticipated 2.1 OS. Hence Rogers has created this “one-time limited-time offer” because they are “committed to our Android phones and Android customers”. Here are the details:

- Current Rogers customers who activated a new Rogers HTC Dream through Dec. 31, 2009 – either through upgrade or a new activation – may upgrade that device to an HTC Magic for a limited time.

- Upgrades must be done through Customer Care (1-888-Rogers1) or through Rogers.com (existing 3yr data plan required for online upgrades, instructions below). This special upgrade offer does not apply at retail.

- This limited-time upgrade is available between January 12 and January 26 only.

- The $79 upgrade cost of the device, plus the $35 administration fee are being waived. Customers who choose to take advantage of this offer get a $599 phone for $0 with the renewal of a three-year term from the date of the upgrade (For most customers, this will represent a contract extension of seven months or less).

- The upgrade is completely optional. Customers who choose to can stick with their HTC Dreams and remain in their current contracts.

So for all you Dream owners out there.. how many of you will be upgrading?

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MEC & Canadian Avalanche Centre release iPhone app

It’s all about safety, especially when you’re in the Canadian back country. Mountain Equipment Co-op and the Canadian Avalanche Centre have released a free iPhone app that allows users to stay on top of the weather.

Some of the key features are the ability to receive updated avalanche warnings and incidents. Here is a complete list of the supported regions:
- South Coast, BC
- North Shore, BC
- North Columbia, BC
- South Columbia, BC
- South Rockies, BC, AB
- Northwest, BC (more…)

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Chalk Media to hire 50 people in Fredericton

RIM bought Fredericton-based Chalk Media last year and they seem to be taking full advantage and moving forward now with growing the business. Chalk Media developed the Mobile Chalkboard, an application that pushes media content (audio and video) to BlackBerry devices.

The Liberal government has also stepped up and announced they will be providing $800,000 hire 50 employees. The money will be used for recruiting, training and buying new equipment for the new employees.

Dave Jaworsky, RIM’s senior director of corporate relations stated “We found the city to be very welcoming and the seeds are set for future growth for sure. Hearing this government is going to do things that in effect will be a net benefit to our top staff is very important to us.’’ (more…)

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TELUS hires Tekelec to help with LTE migration

Even though TELUS just launched their HSPA network, planning is already on the way for their LTE (long term evolution) technology. In a press release this morning they have hired on Morrisville, N.C. based Tekelec to implement “an IP-based network architecture that lowers transport costs and increases bandwidth for network signaling while maximizing the value of current network technology. The TELUS network upgrades also provide the operator with more comprehensive international roaming and faster mobile broadband speeds.”

Ken Kerrigan, TELUS vice-president of technology strategy said “Interoperability among equipment underpins our ability to improve customers’ services and experiences. Tekelec brings a flexible and scalable SIGTRAN solution, ensuring that we can support a combination of network technologies as we grow our customer base and provide new offerings.” (more…)

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