Telecom Update (Canada) #184, May 24, 1999

Telecom Update (Canada) #184, May 24, 1999

Post by Angus TeleManagemen » Wed, 26 May 1999 04:00:00



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IN THIS ISSUE:

** Vancouver Wants Cost Plus 25% for Rights-of-Way
** Clearnet Launches Prepaid Service
** Shareholders Okay Atlantic Telco Merger
** Minacs Acquires Phonettix
** Nimiq Takes Flight
** Telus Plans National Chain of Web Portals
** Bell Mobility to Cut Staff by 10%
** Call-Net Says It's Undervalued
** RIM's BlackBerry Adds Paging, Enterprise Server
** Royal Society Says Cellphone Radiation Risk Is Low
** National Wireless Safety Week
** 780 Code Mandatory in Alberta
** US West, Global Crossing to Merge
** Acquisitions Bring Loss at Mitel
** Telus Tops One Million Wireless Customers
** Revere Drops Prepaid Cards
** How to Locate Telecom News, References

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VANCOUVER WANTS COST PLUS 25% FOR RIGHTS-OF-WAY: The City of Vancouver
has asked the CRTC to rule that carriers who want access to municipal
rights-of-way should pay the cost of maintaining the ROW plus a 25%
mark-up.

** In a related filing, Vancouver says Ledcor is not a
   Canadian carrier as defined in the Telecom Act and
   therefore has no right to ask the CRTC for access to the
   city's rights-of-way. (See Telecom Update #179)

http://www.crtc.gc.ca:80/eng/proc_rep/telecom/1999/8690/c68-01.htm
http://www.crtc.gc.ca:80/eng/proc_rep/telecom/1999/8690/l8-01.htm

CLEARNET LAUNCHES PREPAID SERVICE: Clearnet Communications has
introduced a prepaid PCS service, called "Say When," with airtime
rates identical to its postpaid plans. A $29.95 monthly minimum
payment includes 100 local minutes. The start-up kit (price: $149.99)
includes a digital-only Qualcomm 1960 handset.

** Clearnet's first-quarter revenue was $68.8 Million, 71%
   higher than last year. EBITDA losses fell 38% to $45.4
   Million. Revenue per unit fell 5% to $53.59. (See Telecom
   Update #179)

SHAREHOLDERS OKAY ATLANTIC TELCO MERGER: More than 99% of Bruncor,
Island Tel, MTT, and NewTel shareholders have voted to approve the
merger of the four telcos into a single company. (See Telecom Update
#175)

MINACS ACQUIRES PHONETTIX: The Minacs Group, based in Pickering,
Ontario, is acquiring 80% of the shares of Toronto-based Phonettix
Intelecom. Both companies are call center outsourcers.

NIMIQ TAKES FLIGHT: Telesat Canada's Nimiq (Canada's first direct
broadcast satellite) was successfully launched into orbit May 20.

TELUS PLANS NATIONAL CHAIN OF WEB PORTALS: Telus has expanded its BC
news and information Web portal, MyBC.com, and announced plans to set
up similar regional and local sites across Canada. The Globe and Mail
reports that some of Telus's projected portal names are owned by
others.

BELL MOBILITY TO CUT STAFF BY 10%: Bell Mobility will drop 300 of its
3,200 employees in the next few months. The company blames a decrease
in revenue per subscriber and the rise of lower-revenue prepaid
service.

CALL-NET SAYS IT'S UNDERVALUED: Call-Net, the parent of Sprint Canada,
says the company is "grossly undervalued": its U.S. fiber alone is
worth more than its equity value. Sales to businesses and carriers now
generate 64% of Call-Net revenue.

** At the company's May 19 annual meeting, CEO Juri Koor said
   he wants to significantly expand Call-Net's relationship
   with U.S.-based Sprint Corp. (See Telecom Update #180)

RIM'S BLACKBERRY ADDS PAGING, ENTERPRISE SERVER: Research In Motion
has added paging services from PageMart Canada as an optional feature
of its BlackBerry wireless e-mail device.  BlackBerry can also now be
linked to enterprise e-mail servers.

ROYAL SOCIETY SAYS CELLPHONE RADIATION RISK IS LOW: A study by the
Royal Society of Canada, commissioned by Health Canada, has found no
evidence that radio-frequency fields emitted by wireless base stations
and handsets are injurious to health. The report endorses the wireless
health guidelines contained in the Federal Government's Safety Code 6.

http://www.rsc.ca/english/RFreport.html

NATIONAL WIRELESS SAFETY WEEK: During National Wireless Safety Week
(May 24-30), the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association and
wireless carriers are publicizing safety issues in cellphone use on
the road.

http://www.cwta.ca/policy/driving.htm

780 CODE MANDATORY IN ALBERTA: Use of the new 780 Area Code, which has
replaced 403 in northern and central Alberta, is now mandatory.

US WEST, GLOBAL CROSSING TO MERGE: International carrier Global
Crossing has made a US$35 Billion deal to merge with US West, a
regional telco in the midwest and western U.S. The Canadian Imperial
Bank of Commerce owns 17% of Global Crossing.

ACQUISITIONS BRING LOSS AT MITEL: Mitel's sales for the quarter ended
March 26 were $329 Million, 18% more than last year. One-time charges
of $34 Million, mostly due to acquisitions, led to a net loss of $18.9
Million.

TELUS TOPS ONE MILLION WIRELESS CUSTOMERS: BCT.Telus reported
first-quarter wireless revenue of $191 Million, down 4% from last
year. The number of subscribers rose 15.7% from the previous year and
has now topped 1,000,000.

REVERE DROPS PREPAID CARDS: Calgary-based Revere Communications, which
formed a partnership with Telus last year to market prepaid calling
cards, has decided to abandon the business due to "increased
competition and low profit margins." (See Telecom Update #115)

HOW TO LOCATE TELECOM NEWS, REFERENCES: You just can't find a key
telecom fact? The Angus TeleManagement Web site contains several
resources that may help you put your finger on it:

** Telecom Update provides a search engine that scans all its
   weekly issues since 1995.

** Detailed yearly subject indexes locate articles printed
   since 1995 in Telemanagement: The Angus Report on Business
   Communications in Canada.

** Our Telecom Links section lists more than 500
   organizations of interest to Canadian telecom
   professionals, including all those mentioned in Telecom
   Update or Telemanagement.

** The Telecom Calendar provides contact information for
   more than 100 conferences and seminars in Canada and
   internationally.

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