Research In Motion (RIM) has announced its new Enterprise Mobility Management solution, BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, is now available for download. BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 brings together device management, security and mobile applications management for BlackBerry smartphones, BlackBerry PlayBook tablets and new BlackBerry 10 smartphones in a consolidated solution. It also provides a single console for managing BlackBerry, Android and iOS devices. The software, as well as a limited 60-day free trial (includes client access licenses), is available to be ordered at: http://ca.blackberry.com/business/software/bes-10.html. Through the BlackBerry 10 Ready Program, existing customers can take advantage of the free license trade up program at http://www.blackberry.com/licensetradeup, which is available until December 31, 2013.
BLACKBERRY ENTERPRISE SERVICE 10 NOW AVAILABLE
CANADIANS SEND 71.5 BILLION TEXT MESSAGES IN FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 2012
Canadians sent a total of 71.5 billion person-to-person SMS text messages in the first three quarters of 2012, already representing more than 90% of the 78 billion messages sent in all of 2011. In September 2012 alone, text messages totaled 8.2 billion, or approximately 274 million messages per day. Canadians also sent 438.8 million person-to-person MMS messages in the first nine months of 2012, representing more than 134% of the total 326.7 million MMS messages sent in 2011. MMS messages sent in September 2012 numbered 58.9 million, or an average of 1.96 million per day. CWTA’s updated text messaging statistics can be found at: http://www.txt.ca/english/consumer/press.html.
Special Holiday Stats: Approximately 424.5 million text messages were sent by Canadians on Christmas Day (December 25, 2012) and another 429.4 million text messages on New Year’s Day (January 1, 2013).
BELL ALIANT TO OFFER NEXTGEN HOME SECURITY SERVICE
Bell Aliant has introduced its new NextGen Home Security service that lets customers monitor, protect and control their home using a smartphone, tablet or PC. The Internet-based service will provide ULC certified 24/7 professional monitoring of life-safety events including fire, burglary and environmental incidents such as floods and carbon monoxide threats. Customers also have the ability to remotely control and monitor door locks, thermostats, lighting and appliances. In addition, the free NextGen Home Security app allows customers to use secure video cameras to monitor a loved one or pet, or receive texts and video clips when someone comes to their front door. The service will be available in the spring. Information: http://www.bellaliant.net/homesecurity.
SONY ENTERTAINMENT ONLINE STORE NOW AVAILABLE IN CANADA
Sony Network Entertainment International and Sony Computer Entertainment America have launched a new online store in Canada, the US, Mexico and Brazil that enables PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network users to purchase games, movies, TV shows and other content for PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Sony Android Devices and PCs. The new online store features rich product pages where users can browse the store’s integrated catalog, which offers millions of pieces of content. The store is located at: http://store.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com.
TELUS KEEPS SPECIAL OLYMPICS ATHLETES CONNECTED WITH MOBILE DEVICES
TELUS has provided mobile devices and will cover the network expenses for Special Olympics Team Canada’s 141 members during the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. Athletes will have the ability to phone home as often as they wish, and Canada’s Special Olympics Team coaches will have smartphones capable of accessing social media platforms to share their experiences in real-time with fellow Canadians. TELUS has been a longtime supporter of Special Olympics Canada, donating more than $300,000 to support the program since 2009. The 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games, held from January 29 to February 5, are expected to be the world’s largest sporting event in 2013, bringing together more than 3,300 athletes from 112 countries.
WAVEFRONT OFFERS MOBILE TESTING AND MONITORING SERVICE
Wavefront has announced the availability of its cloud-based mobile testing and monitoring service. Designed for large enterprise customers, the new service offers a secure, hosted mobile application testing environment with access to more than 1,000 mobile devices. In partnership with Perfecto Mobile, the service offers remote or on-site access 24×7. Testing on real devices that are connected to live global networks enables businesses to identify exactly how their applications will perform on actual mobile browsers, networks and devices. For more information about Wavefront’s mobile testing and monitoring services, contact Anthony Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BELL AND BELL ALIANT FUND MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM AT COLLEGE OF THE NORTH ATLANTIC
Bell and Bell Aliant have announced $15,000 in funding for the implementation of a mental health initiative with College of the North Atlantic (CNA) in Newfoundland and Labrador. Funded through the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund, the gift will enable the college to certify several staff members as instructors for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training, a program under the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Each of the certified instructors will then deliver the MHFA training three times over the next year, with the potential to reach approximately 200 colleagues, students and community groups from across the province.
MOBILE GIVING IN ACTION: NORTHERN LIGHTS HEALTH FOUNDATION
The Northern Lights Health Foundation (http://www.nlhf.ca), established in 1985, raises funds for Alberta Health Services in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Funds raised support the purchase of new medical equipment and enhanced technology, as well as a variety of community programs and services. Cell phone users can help support the Foundation by texting GIVE to 30333 to donate $10. For more information about Canada’s mobile channel for charitable giving, visit the Mobile Giving Foundation Canada at: http://www.mobilegiving.ca.
WAVEFRONT WIRELESS SUMMITS 2013 – CWTA MEMBER DISCOUNT
Wavefront’s second annual series of Wireless Summits, held in Vancouver from February 4 to 6, is focused on making intelligent connections and building effective partnerships that address industry-specific challenges with mobile and wireless technologies, including Machine-to-Machine (M2M), Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), big data and enterprise mobility applications. This year’s Summits will feature detailed presentations and discussions around three industry segments: health, energy and transportation. CWTA Members will receive a 25% discount on registration fees (use Promo Code “cwta2013”). Information and registration: http://wavefrontsummits.com.
CANADIAN FINANCING FORUM 2013
The Canadian Financing Forum, held on February 21 and 22 in Vancouver, features presentations from some of Canada’s most promising technology companies competing for the attention of top tier investors from across Canada and the United States. Focusing on both Information Technology and Cleantech & Advanced Technology companies, the Forum matches North American corporate and venture capital investors with entrepreneurs on their way to building world-class technology companies. Information and registration: http://www.financingforum.com.
NFC PAYMENTS CANADA 2013
CWTA will present NFC Payments Canada 2013 on March 20 in Toronto. The day-long event will bring together industry leaders from the wireless and financial sectors, as well as other stakeholders, in a collaborative and critical examination of NFC mobile payments in Canada. Topics will include: the current landscape of NFC payments; where NFC payments are headed; and the implications for consumers, merchants and industry in a Canadian context. Sponsors include: Bell, CIBC, EnStream, Giesecke & Devrient, Interac, MasterCard, Research in Motion, Rogers and Visa. Information and registration: http://www.cwta.ca/nfc2013.
WIRELESS WORLD RESEARCH FORUM MEETING 30
The 30th meeting of the Wireless World Research Forum, held in Finland from April 23 to 25, will explore the theme of “Smart Cities”. A range of high-profile speakers, representing academia, industry and regulators, will bring together ideas, visions, plans and concrete initiatives of how wireless communications can support and enhance the experience of living in the community of the future. In addition, an exhibition session will serve as a platform for exchanging experiences and best practices in the field of wireless communications. Information and registration: http://www.wwrf30.ch.
CWTA CHANGE OF ADDRESS
CWTA is on the move. Effective February 7, 2013, CWTA’s offices will be located at 80 Elgin Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, ON, K1P 6R2. The Association’s main telephone number will remain 613-233-4888.
PEOPLE ON THE MOVE
Videotron has announced the appointment of Sylvie Charette to the position of Vice President, Branding & Interactive Media. Ms. Charette, with more than 25 years experience in the telecommunications industry, was most recently Vice President, Marketing & Communications at Rogers Communications.