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2013-09-10 - A facility opening at the University of Waterloo aims to be the test bed for next-generation wireless technologies. The Centre for Intelligent Antenna and Radio Systems is located within the Engineering department of UW and is comprised of four indoor laboratories, one outdoor lab, and a computational facility. The facility's Electromagnetic Radiation Lab and RF/Microwave, Millimeter and Sub-Millimeter-Wave System Lab can deal with frequencies between 50Mhz and 1.1Thz, and aim to test experimental technologies that may be adopted in future smartphones, cars and other personal devices.
2012-09-17 - China Unicom announced that it has opened an office in Toronto as it embarks on the latest leg of its North American expansion. The Beijing-based company, which operates a global network that covers more than 240 countries, said Canada is a key growth market along with the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific region. The company said its goal is to function as a communications gateway to Asia. It will provide network backbone support to help Canadian companies connect to China, while also providing telecom services to Canadian companies expanding to China and to Chinese businesses establishing operations in Canada.
2012-03-14 - Ottawa moved to open the door to foreign ownership and smaller players in an effort to boost competition in the Canadian telecom industry. Industry Minister Christian Paradis says the new measures will allow new wireless carriers into the market and foster greater competition in the telecom industry after a spectrum auction expected in 2013. The changes to the auction rules will let at least four companies obtain spectrum in each of Canada’s 14 licence areas, effectively making one block available for one of the smaller players. As well, companies with less than 10% of the telecom market will no longer have restrictions on foreign investment.
2012-02-21 - In a bid to strengthen its recent entry into the mobile broadband market, Swedish telecom giant Ericsson acquired BelAir Networks for an undisclosed amount. Ottawa-based BelAir has raised approximately $43 million in VC funding since it was founded 10 years ago to create wireless Internet technology for cellphone carriers. Ericsson launched its own carrier-grade WiFi solution last September and is adding the Canadian technology to help meet growing demand. BelAir makes both indoor and outdoor WiFi products, which AT&T and other major wireless carriers have already started to deploy.
2012-01-19 - Radio frequency products manufacturer Mitec Telecom has agreed to a reverse takeover by Israel-based Optiway, the Montreal company said. Mitec shareholders will own between 30% and 40% of the combined company. Financial details weren't provided. Mitec is looking for growth opportunities to exploit its infrastructure and background knowledge in wireless technology, Mandel said. The agreement still requires shareholder and regulatory approvals in both Canada and Israel.
2011-11-20 - Huawei Technologies, which now employs more than 120 researchers, developers and engineers at its R&D centre in Kanata, announced it will double that number to 250 employees in the next 18 months, according to its president, Sean Yang. Huawei has more than 400 employees in Canada at present, including its headquarters in Markham, Ont., and branch offices in Montreal and Edmonton. “It’s quite good for a business environment, compared to the United States,” Mr. Yang said, calling Canadian minds more open and its governments more accommodating. “It is a very flexible culture and at the same time there is very good talent in human resources.”
2011-08-22 - Central to Alcatel-Lucent's future lies in its Kanata, Ontario, plant which specialises in selling networks built according to technical standards based on Internet protocol (IP). More than half the firm’s global research and development related to IP is done in Kanata. The company, co-headquartered in Paris and New Jersey, sold $564 million worth of IP networks, up 28% year-over-year. The firm’s Kanata campus, which employs 2,700 includes developers who specialize in optical, Wideband-CDMA wireless, security and network access technologies. The firm has added about 200 employees to its Kanata over the past year and expects growth to continue at the same pace.
2011-08-18 - Cisco Canada announced it will double its R&D workforce in Ottawa with the help of a $25 million provincial investment. The company is currently working on a next-generation router that would be able to transfer one billion videos at a time. In total, the company plans to invest $401 million in research and development over five years on various initiatives, including advanced telemedicine, improved virtual workforces and energy management. The investment will allow the company to add 300 employees, with at least half going to the Ottawa office. Cisco also said it will double its workforce in Kanata, Ontario, which currently has more than 200 employees.
2011-06-08 - Indian-based telecommunications services company Tech Mahindra opened a mobility solutions centre in Toronto for wireless carriers. The company is a global systems integrator for cable, phone and wireless companies. Initially, the lab will do handset certifications, but the company hopes it will open the door to creating a platform for carriers to sell enterprise mobility apps.
2011-05-18 - America Movil, the giant Mexican carrier, owned by Carlos Slim Helu, may be investigating an entry into the Canadian telecommunications market by partnering with an established player in Canada, Phillip Huang, an analyst with UBS Securities Canada, suggested. Huang's research note mentions that the telecom has been interested in entering the Canadian market by offering a cheap, no frills wireless service over the network of an incumbent provider, such as BCE Inc.
2011-05-04 - A trade delegation from Toronto, which met with entrepreneurs and investors in India, wants to attract investments in the information and communication technology, life sciences and renewable energy sectors. The Toronto region serves as a gateway to the $16.5 trillion economy of the NAFTA area. Between 2009 and 2010 Indian FDI in Canada was $8 billion while Canadian FDI in India was close to $4 billion.
2011-04-26 - Mississauga, ON-headquartered Tech Data Canada, a distributor of IT products, logistics management and other value added services, has partnered with Ruckus Wireless (based in Sunnyvale, CA) to offer Ruckus "Smart Wi-Fi" systems and technology to its 5,000 reseller and solution provider customers across Canada. Through the agreement, Tech Data will distribute the entire line of Ruckus ZoneFlex Smart Wireless LAN products throughout the country.
2011-04-19 - Google has been snapping up some of the top Canadian tech assets and applications, buying up dynamic and forward-thinking companies like BumpTop, PushLife, Social Deck and more. In addition, seeking to get its hands on other Canadian tech developments, Google is offering nearly one billion dollars for Nortel's suite of ICT patents.
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2011-04-10 - Alpine Access, a virtual call centre outsourcing services based in Colorado, is expanding into Canada for the first time, using Calgary as its home base. The company’s international expansion is the result of the accelerated adoption of the at-home call centre model, as well as the recent signing of a multi-year contract to support the wireless operations of a major Canadian communications provider. Alpine Access Canada will be hiring over 600 work-at-home customer care professionals in the next two months.
2011-04-04 - 360networks, a facilities-based wholesale provider of telecommunications services, announced completion of a new route between Seattle and Vancouver, Canada. "The 150 mile route provides the company's wholesale customers access to other growth markets based on a customer's specific requirements," said 360networks.
2011-03-29 - Denver-based Alpine Access, which provides virtual contact centre services to companies, has opened up a new Canadian subsidiary in Calgary. As part of the expansion, the firm plans to hire more than 600 employees in Canada. Alpine Access has extended into Canada in part because of a signing of a multi-year contract with what it says is Canada's largest provider of wireless and data communications services. Alpine Access provides virtual contact centres, managing employees who work at home as part of a virtual call centre.
2011-02-06 - Ciena Canada Inc., a telecommunications equipment company and subsidiary of U.S.-based Ciena Corporation, announced a $900 million investment in Ontario, with the goal of developing new technology and making Ottawa the focal point of its global R&D efforts. Ciena has also committed to partner with universities in R&D and hire 125 university graduates. Ciena plans to add 353 new jobs at its Ottawa labs over five-years. "This partnership with Ontario is a great contribution to our technology investment in Canada, which is an important innovation centre for Ciena as we execute on our vision of bringing optical and Ethernet together to realize the full potential of communications networks worldwide," said James Frodsham, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Ciena Corporation.
2011-01-18 - Huawei Technologies has signed joint agreements with Canadian telecommunications providers Bell and Telus Corp. to create innovation centers in a few Canadian provinces. Under the terms of the memorandum, the length of the agreement is three years and each company will own 50% of the Joint Innovation Center. The collaborative platform would take Huawei and TELUS' existing relationship to a new level, increasing business benefits for both companies. Huawei and TELUS will work together on enhancing broadband solutions, wireless and wireline offerings.
2010-12-13 - Avaya Inc. announced it will invest $165 million over three years in the facilities in Ottawa and Belleville, Ont., so 350 staffers can continue to work on new unified communications and collaboration technologies. Ross Pellizzari, president and managing director of Avaya Canada, said: "we're going to continue to invest in Ontario and retain and attract more skilled labour as we go forward and the business grows." The money, which will be used to hire staff and pay for lab facilities, helps fulfill a commitment Avaya made to Investment Canada to get approval for the acquisition of keeping at least 350 R&D positions in the province.
2010-11-23 - As we know it, mobile Internet usage is mushrooming and wireless networks are struggling to keep up with the growth in mobile data traffic. To help mobile providers address this challenge, Tellabs is adding key technology, intellectual property and Internet Protocol expertise to create a new R&D office in Vancouver. Tellabs has affiliates in the United States and/or other countries.
2010-11-01 - One of the world's leading telecommunications technology companies announced a major investment in its Ottawa research and development centre. Huawei made the announcement following a meeting with Premier Dalton McGuinty in Shanghai as part of his mission to China. Huawei will invest $67 million, including a $6.5-million grant from Ontario. The investment will help create 164 new jobs over five years.
2010-10-06 - Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless, the provider of Wi-Fi roaming and hotspot services, has inked a deal to expand its network in Canada. The firm said it has inked a deal with MTS, a Canadian national communications provider, to add over 150 MTS hotspot locations to its network. The hotspots cover Winnipeg, Brandon, and other communities in Manitoba. Boingo said it now has a network of nearly 1,200 Wi-Fi hotspots in Canada.
2010-08-25 - Huawei, the telecommunications network solutions for operators, has announced it has become a member of the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI). OCRI is Ottawa's member-based economic development corporation for fostering the advancement of the region's globally competitive knowledge-based institutions and industries. Huawei has enjoyed tremendous success since entering the Canadian market in the spring of 2008.
2010-08-15 - Canadian e-commerce is lagging and Google plans to hire more staff to strengthen its business brand in this country, says the new head of Google Canada. "The message is very clear: invest for growth in Canada," Chris O'Neill said in a phone interview from Mountain View, Calif. Google already has 150 employees in Canada at offices in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and the Kitchener-Waterloo region of Ontario. Mr. O’Neill isn't sure yet how many new employees the company will hire but they could be in engineering, sales, marketing and policy.
2010-08-12 - Google is expanding its presence in the Waterloo, Ontario, region as it prepares to move into a new office and is planning to hire for positions in product management, user experience, and software engineering. The new location at the Lang Tannery district in downtown Kitchener amounts to two floors of office space. The building, across the street from the University of Waterloo, also aligns with Google’s green initiatives.
2010-07-18 - Florida based Accel Networks announced the expansion of its network coverage area across Canada. Through its relationship with TELUS, this expansion gives Accel the broadest fixed cellular broadband network in North America. Accel said it plans to establish a Canadian-based reseller network will make Accel’s services more readily available to all broadband users in the country by the end of 2010. "There's a tremendous need for the fixed wireless broadband services we provide all across Canada," commented Mark Gianinni, CEO of Accel Networks.
2010-06-06 - Industry Minister Tony Clement says opening up Canada's telecommunications sector to allow more foreign investment will help companies get access to the money they need and boost competition to the benefit of consumers. Clement's speech comes as Canada's wireless sector begins to see more competition from some smaller players. Current telecom regulations limit direct and indirect foreign investment to 46.7%.
2010-05-31 - According to this announcement, the directors of Vanedge Capital now have $100 million to invest in digital media companies. Although its mandate is to seek growth areas wherever they exist, the Vancouver-based venture capital firm will look to Canadian companies for the majority of its investment. "We're really optimistic about Canadian companies," said Paul Lee, Vanedge Capital co-founder and general partner, "When you look at the global pool of talent, Vancouver and Montreal rank very, very highly."
2010-04-19 - Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei has opened a new research and development centre in Ottawa. The company will focus on a variety of technologies, including wireline, wireless, optical and Internet protocol networking. The operation employs about 70 people, but hopes to increase that number to 250 workers within two years. Huawei was drawn to Ottawa because of the large pool of talent in the capital.
2010-04-13 - A professor at Carleton University, Ramachandra Achar, is working on research that will develop faster, more accurate computer-aided design tools. His research is helping to reduce design cycle times, time-to-market and the cost of electronic products. Some of his research analyzes the signal and power integrity of circuits with tens of millions of components that operate at very high frequencies and encompass diverse modules, from optoelectronic devices to electronic packages, radio-frequency circuits and micro-electromechanical systems. Ultimately, his research could lead to rapid innovations in all kinds of systems that are used in daily life, such as computers, cellphones, televisions -- leading to devices with faster data rates, compact designs and multi-functions in a single gadget.
Mobile Interactive Group (MIG), a global mobile and digital communications business, headquartered in England, is expanding in Canada by opening a new office in Toronto. The move has been driven by growing client demand for the agency’s integrated approach to delivering and implementing multi-channel digital campaigns that pull on the group’s expertise across a broad range of online, mobile, and digital marketing and technology disciplines.
Wavefront, the community-based commercialization centre for British Columbia's 1,000 wireless and new media development companies, and the Mobile Computing Promotion Consortium (MCPC), the organization dedicated to the promotion and expansion of mobile computing in Japan, announced an agreement to work together to create mutually beneficial opportunities for their members. Wavefront and the MCPC will support each other’s services and act as a bridge between one another’s members for business matching and strategic partnering.
University of Toronto researchers have developed a microchip to more easily determine the type and severity of a patient’s cancer, which may lead to quicker and more effective treatment. The device can sense the biomarkers that indicate the presence of cancer at the cellular level. Analysis can be completed in 30 minutes.
California-based Infinera has added to its optical networking research and development team with the opening of a new design centre in Ottawa. The Canadian capital city has been a longtime center for optical networking development, and Infinera's new design center will the deep pool of experience and expertise available there.
The Economist Intelligence Unit's Resilience Amid Turmoil report benchmarked the competitiveness of the IT industry in 66 countries. Canada improved has moved up the list from 6th to 4th. Canada ranked higher than India and most of Europe.
Illinois-based Virtual-Agent Services (VAS) is opening a new call centre in Central Bedeque, Prince Edward Island, that will employ up to 50 people. VAS is an in-bound contact centre providing services for the telecommunications, tourism and accommodation sectors. The company said it was attracted by the quality of the people in the location and feeling that it could work as partners with the community.
Business magazine Fortune has named Canada's Research in Motion the world's fastest-growing company. RIM has more than quadrupled its workforce in the last four years to about 12,000 people and seen its profits and revenues soar as the company has expanded sales of its BlackBerry devices beyond the corporate world to the consumer market. In its latest quarterly report, Research In Motion reported that its quarterly profit was $643 million.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper does not intend to intervene in the sale of Nortel's prime assets to a foreign buyer, saying he is reluctant to erect protectionist barriers in Canada while preaching the benefits of freer trade in the Americas. Harper rejected a call for the government to block the sale of Nortel Networks' wireless assets to Ericsson for $1.13-billion. He did say the review process of purchases by foreign companies will be respected.
GSI Commerce, headquartered in Pennsylvania, a provider of e-commerce and multichannel solutions, announced its planned expansion into the Canadian market with the opening of a new fulfillment centre. The new fulfillment centre will be located near Toronto and is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2009. GSI plans to hire local employees to work in the centre, which will house fulfillment, customization and potentially customer care services. Canadian business-to-consumer e-commerce sales are growing and expected to reach $11.1 billion by 2012. Reports indicate that Canadian online sales from 2007 to 2012 are forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 13.9%, almost double the U.S. rate.
In research divisions and university labs across the country, Canadians are part of a wave of innovation that's turning the mobile phone into a powerhouse polymath, with a goal of one day making the cell indistinguishable from the home computer. As consumers revel in the widgets for their new phones, researchers are already working on standardizing 4G technology – the next generation of phones expected to hit by about 2015 and give users broadband download speeds just about anywhere. But in a lab in Ottawa, a Carleton University professor is thinking even further ahead. Dr. Yanikomeroglu envisions a sort of wireless mesh, where every mobile device acts as a kind of mini-relay, creating a massively powerful network able to handle such data-intensive applications as high-definition video conferencing or even hologram-based applications.
Primus Telecommunications Canada is expanding its Edmundston customer contact centre, creating 113 new jobs, adding to its over 200 employees currently in place. Primus Canada is a subsidiary of Virginia-based Primus Telecommunications Group. Primus established its Edmundston location in 1996 and expanded its operations in 2007 to employ more than 200 people.
Huawei Corp., a Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer, is said to be on the verge of leasing space in Kanata as it seeks Canadian partners for new collaborative technology projects. The company said it wants to cooperate on R&D and is aiming for long-term partnerships with wireless communication technology companies, as well as universities and institutes engaged in advancing wireless communication research.
Swedish telecommunications giant, Ericsson AB, has announced it will be closing a facility in Sundvall, Sweden and the production will be moved to Montreal, Canada. The plant employs 90 people. Ericsson Canada Inc. has over 1,100 employees working on the development of next-generation software for future wireless networks, handling datacom and Internet services.
Redback Networks, a subsidiary of Sweden-based Ericsson company, recently announced a doubling of the size of the company's research and development campus in Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia. Redback now has more than 67,000 square feet of office space, which can accommodate up to 350 employees. In 2008, Redback is planning to hire up to 60 additional engineering employees in Vancouver.
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