June 30, 2014

This Week:

STATISTICS CANADA: 21% OF HOUSEHOLDS NOW CELL-ONLY

Statistics Canada’s 2013 Residential Telephone Service Survey has found that more than one in five households in Canada have cell phones as their only form of telephone service. In 2013, 21% of households reported using a cell phone exclusively, up from 13% in 2010. Exclusive cell phone use is more pronounced in young households where all of the members are under 35 years of age. In 2013, 60% of these households reported using a cell phone exclusively, up from 39% in 2010 and 26% in 2008. Although exclusive cell phone use is less common in households composed only of those aged 55 and over, it is on the rise, up from 2% in 2008 to 6% in 2013. The survey also revealed that total cell phone use, whether used exclusively or in combination with other types of phone service, continues to grow in popularity in Canada. In 2013, 83% of Canadian households had an active cell phone, up from 78% in 2010. Differences in total cell phone use were observed across provinces. The proportion of households with an active cell phone was highest in Alberta (91%), Saskatchewan (86%), British Columbia (85%) and Ontario (85%). In each of the Atlantic provinces, the proportion of households with an active cell phone was 80%. The proportion was lowest in Quebec, at 76%. More information is available at: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140623/dq140623a-eng.htm.

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CRTC ANNOUNCES NEXT-GENERATION 9-1-1 ACTION PLAN

The CRTC has announced the steps it will take to enhance Canadians’ access to existing 9-1-1 services and facilitate the transition to next-generation 9-1-1 services. The action plan was established further to a consultation in which Canadians were asked to identify and prioritize the matters within the CRTC’s jurisdiction that should be addressed regarding 9-1-1 services. As part of its action plan, the Commission intends to: review the telecommunications regulatory framework for next-generation 9-1-1 service; improve the 9-1-1 caller location information provided to the call centres that receive 9-1-1 calls; review the reliability and resiliency of 9-1-1 networks, including notification to 9-1-1 call centres of network outages that may affect them; educate consumers and support efforts to prevent accidental 9-1-1 calls; continue to regulate certain 9-1-1 rates charged by incumbent local exchange carriers; and require telecommunications carriers to collect relevant 9-1-1 data and to provide it to the Commission. The CRTC will launch a proceeding in early 2016 to ensure telecommunications service providers’ networks can support new technologies when 9-1-1 call centres have the capabilities to use them. Information: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2014/2014-342.htm.

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LG INTRODUCES G WATCH

LG has introduced the LG G Watch, one of the first devices powered by Android Wear, Google’s new operating system which extends the Android platform to wearables. As a wrist wearable device featuring a button-less design, the G Watch is designed to provide users with quick and “glance-able” access to information and seamless connectivity with other Android devices. The G Watch features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, a 4.2-centimeter IPS display and voice recognition that allows users to send text messages and search for information just by saying, “Ok Google”. The LG G Watch is available in Black Titan and White Gold, and is constructed of PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) coated stainless steel with a silicone wristband in matching color. Information: https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=lg_g_watch_black.

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MTS DEPLOYS SMALL CELL WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY FOR SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS

MTS has announced it deployed small cell wireless service for the recent Dauphin’s Countryfest and will do so for the upcoming Winnipeg Folk Festival. This is the first time that small cell wireless technology has been used in Manitoba. These permanent installations will support 4G LTE wireless service for the duration of the music festivals every year. With speeds of up to 150 Mbps, small cell wireless technology provides distributed coverage and capacity to areas of high population density.

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SASKTEL AND GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN PARTNER FOR ONLINE BULLYING REPORTING TOOL

The Government of Saskatchewan has partnered with SaskTel to introduce a mobile-enabled anonymous online bullying reporting tool as part of SaskTel’s “I Am Stronger” anti-bullying support and resource program. The government will invest $250,000 in the reporting tool, modelled after the ERASE Bullying tool in British Columbia, to enable children and youth to report bullying incidents online. Once an anonymous report is made, alerts will be sent to those who can best resolve the situation. Information: http://iamstronger.ca.

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SAMSUNG ADDS GEAR LIVE TO WEARABLE DEVICE LINEUP

Samsung has unveiled the Samsung Gear Live, powered by Android Wear. The new wearable features a Super AMOLED display and utilizes one-touch device wakeup for instant access. The Gear Live meets IP67, protecting the device against the effects of dust and water immersion, and comes with a standard 22mm band. The watch also features a built-in heart rate monitor that works seamlessly with multiple fitness apps. The Gear Live, which can be paired with any Android device running Android 4.3 or higher, is offered in Black and Wine Red with interchangeable strap options. Information: https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=samsung_gear_live_black.

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CRTC: NUMBERS ON NATIONAL DNCL WILL NOW BE PERMANENT

The CRTC has announced that the registration of telecommunications numbers on the National Do Not Call List (DNCL) will now be permanent. Initially, number registrations with the National DNCL were for a set amount of time, after which Canadians would have had to re-register their numbers. Canadians can, at any time, check the National DNCL to find out if their number is on the list and, if they wish, have it removed. Over 12 million numbers are currently registered and, on average, 1,200 new numbers are added every day. Information: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2014/2014-341.htm.

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VIDEOTRON SPONSORS JUSTE POUR RIRE/JUST FOR LAUGHS FESTIVAL

For the eighth consecutive year, Videotron will be an official sponsor and partner of the Juste pour rire/Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal from July 12 to 26. The company will set up information stands in the streets where visitors will be able to try out the new illico app for iPad. Comedy fans will also be able to catch the Juste pour rire galas, as well as the Jean-Marc Parent event, live on Videotron’s Indigo between July 13 and 21. In addition, Videotron will install mobile phone charging stations at the Festival site as well as offering free Wi-Fi access. Videotron will also offer the services of a virtual assistant every day from 9am to 11pm during the festival to answer questions about the event. Tweets containing the hashtag #inforire will get an instant response. Festival information: http://www.hahaha.com/en.

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MOBILE GIVING IN ACTION: THE CITIZENS FOUNDATION CANADA

The Citizens Foundation Canada (TCF Canada), founded in 2005, provides funds to charitable organizations and/or activities directed at educational opportunities for children in Pakistan. In Pakistan, TCF is a professionally managed, non-profit organization set up in 1995 by a group of citizens concerned with the dismal state of education in Pakistan. It is now one of Pakistan’s leading organizations in the field of formal education. To date, TCF has established 1,000 purpose-built school units nationwide with an enrollment of 145,000 students. Canadians can support the work of the organization by texting EDUCATE to 20222 to donate $5. For more information about Canada’s mobile channel for charitable giving, visit the Mobile Giving Foundation Canada at: http://www.mobilegiving.ca.

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