Telecom Update #484, June 3, 2005

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Number 484: June 3, 2005

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IN THIS ISSUE:

** Telus Plans In-Territory VoIP ** Is Bell Exiting Rural Phone Business? ** Telecom Policy Discussion Paper Due Monday ** Telecom Hall of Fame Launched ** OneConnect Complies With 9-1-1 Order ** AOL Rolls Out National VoIP ** Nortel Results Finally Current ** CRTC Updates Service Withdrawal Rules ** CRTC Urged to Set VoIP Compliance Deadlines for Bell, Shaw ** Hydro One, WilTel Offer Cross-Border Ethernet ** CIRA Sets Board Election ** New President at Telehop ** Virgin Launches Service in Maritimes ** Bell Offers Wireless Tracking for Small Business ** CATA Launches "Women In Technology" Forum ** CRTC Names New Communications Director ** Telemanagement Live Expands

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TELUS PLANS IN-TERRITORY VoIP: On Wednesday, Telus CEO Darren Entwistle told reporters that his company will offer residential IP-based local phone service in Alberta, British Columbia, and eastern Quebec later this year.

IS BELL EXITING RURAL PHONE BUSINESS? There's no official comment from Bell Canada, but published reports say the telco is hoping to raise $3 billion by selling 850,000 local telephone lines in rural Ontario and Quebec. Rumoured buyers include Bell Nordiq (a Bell subsidiary) and independent telco Amtelecom.

TELECOM POLICY DISCUSSION PAPER DUE MONDAY: The Telecom Policy Review Panel plans to release its consultation paper on Monday, June 6, outlining focus areas and inviting submissions. To read the paper or register, go to the panel's website.

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TELECOM HALL OF FAME LAUNCHED: This week, Lorne Abugov, a partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, announced the formation of Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame, to honour pioneers and leaders of the industry. The first laureates will be announced during the TeleManagement Live conference in October. The interim selection committee includes Abugov and:

** Stuart MacPherson: Principal, MacPherson Telecom Consulting; Former CRTC Executive Director Telecom.

** Lis Angus: Executive Vice-President, Angus TeleManagement Group Inc.; co-editor, Telecom Update.

** Wes Scott: Corporate Director; former BCE Chief Corporate Officer.

** Carol Stephenson: Dean, Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.

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ONECONNECT COMPLIES WITH 9-1-1 ORDER: Hosted IP telephony provider OneConnect says that by June 24 specialized call centres will intercept its subscribers' 9-1-1 calls and route them to the proper

911 dispatch points. The CRTC has ordered VoIP providers to offer basic 9-1-1 service by July 3. (See Telecom Update #476)

AOL ROLLS OUT NATIONAL VoIP: AOL Canada's IP telephony service, TotalTalk, is now available across Canada. Introduced in Toronto earlier this year, TotalTalk is offered in two packages, depending on the amount of North American LD included: $19.95/month with 60 minutes of LD, $29.95/month with 1,000 minutes. Both plans include unlimited calling to other TotalTalk subscribers.

** AOL's website says the service includes 9-1-1, "if your telephone number and the 9-1-1 address that you supply to us during registration correspond to a TotalTalk serving area exchange."

NORTEL RESULTS FINALLY CURRENT: At last, Nortel Networks financial reporting is back on schedule. First quarter results show revenue of US$2.54 billion, up 4% from a year ago and down 2% from the previous quarter. Net loss: $49 million. Nortel's order backlog increased 10% to $4.5 billion.

** CEO Bill Owens says Nortel is taking "aggressive actions" to lower its cost structure and may close some of its 30 R&D sites.

CRTC UPDATES SERVICE WITHDRAWAL RULES: Responding to a January 2005 application from Bell Canada (see Telecom Update #463), the CRTC has outlined new procedures to deal with telco applications to destandardize or withdraw tariffed services. The new process provides timelines and criteria to be relied on by customers and carriers when service withdrawals are proposed, but does not allow for automatic approval as proposed by Bell.

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CRTC URGED TO SET VoIP COMPLIANCE DEADLINES FOR BELL, SHAW: Industry players want the CRTC to set firm deadlines for Bell Canada and Shaw Communications to comply with the new VoIP rules:

** Cogeco, Quebecor, and the CCTA say Bell should be required to file a tariff for its "Digital Voice" VoIP service without delay, and should not be allowed to offer the service to any new customers until the tariff is approved.

** Telus says Shaw should not be permitted to expand its telephone service to new communities until it is in compliance with all CLEC obligations.

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HYDRO ONE, WILTEL OFFER CROSS-BORDER ETHERNET: Hydro One Telecom now offers wide-area Ethernet service into the United States, in partnership with Tulsa-based WilTel Communications.

CIRA SETS BOARD ELECTION: Elections for the Board of Directors of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority will be held online and by fax, from June 16 to June 22. Everyone who holds a dot.ca domain name is eligible to join CIRA and participate in the election.

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NEW PRESIDENT AT TELEHOP: Ruth Bartholomeusz, who has been Chief Operating Officer of Telehop Communications since 2000, has been named president of the company. Former president Hersh Spiegelman continues as Chairman of the Board.

VIRGIN LAUNCHES SERVICE IN MARITIMES: On May 31, Virgin Mobile expanded its prepaid wireless service to the Atlantic Provinces. (See Telecom Update #471)

BELL OFFERS WIRELESS TRACKING FOR SMALL BUSINESS: Bell Mobility's new GoTrax service provides "affordable wireless tracking for small and medium-sized businesses," using a combination of handset-based GPS and cellular technology.

CATA LAUNCHES "WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY" FORUM: The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance has launched the Women In Technology Forum, which aims to "boost women's participation and progress in a very challenging sector." The WIT Forum plans to offer online resources, a mentoring network, educational programs, and a book, "Leadership Success for Women," to be launched this autumn.

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CRTC NAMES NEW COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR: On June 2, Claudine Renauld joined the CRTC as Director General Communications, replacing Denis Carmel, who will work with her during a transition period. (see Telecom Update #477).

TELEMANAGEMENT LIVE EXPANDS: Telemanagement Live, Canada's premier user-focused conference and exhibit on business telecom and networking, has doubled the size of its educational program this year. The initial sponsors for the event, to be held October 17-19 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, are Allstream, Avaya, Bell Canada, Cisco Systems and Telus.

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