Mobile

Understanding engineering economics

One of the most important books in my telecom library is entitled Engineering Economy, A Manager’s Guide to Economic Decision Making, by AT&T – the original, pre-divestiture, full Bell System, AT&T. Mine is a copy of the third edition, dating back to 1977, just a couple years before I got into ...

Policy-based evidence making

If you believe a recent survey, 1 in 6 Canadians sent a fax last year to a government department because that agency would not accept scanned documents by email. Perhaps no other data point in the CIRA survey demonstrates that something smells wrong with the methodology or results. Frankly, I don ...

A new streaming TV option

River TV, Canada’s first live and on-demand streaming TV service, officially launched today, giving home-bound Canadians another option for video content. The service has spent the past 6 months in trials. The service runs on an app on a variety of platforms: Roku streaming players, Amazon Fire, ...

Great networks are just a part of the equation

Perhaps more than ever before, the availability of universal on-line connectivity has been a prominent part of the public conversation. With people stuck at home, awareness of the digital divide has never been more profound. It is worthwhile taking a look at intermediate successes that should be ce ...

TikTok for B2B Marketing and Sales, Anyone?

TikTok has more than 800 million users and a global audience with an insatiable appetite for short videos. In other words, it is the perfect platform for B2B marketing and sales. If you’re a B2B company, why not embrace a user-friendly, highly addictive platform that engages and entertains? It’ ...

Are Canada’s networks ready for work from home?

With the COVID-19 pandemic leading more Canadians to work from home, some people are asking if this will put too much stress on the networks or on consumer service plans. The good news is that Canada’s networks are ready for working from home, even with kids streaming videos while home for March ...

The bad guys are arming themselves with AI, but so are we, says Darktrace’s country manager for Canada

David Masson is confident that the use of sophisticated artificial intelligence by hackers is not a matter of if, but a matter of when. The Canadian country manager for security firm Darktrace, who has been involved in cybersecurity since the Cold War, is adamant that the same algorithms that helpe ...

Hashtag Trending – Cleaning your smartphone; Clever social media use in China; Quantum computing breakthrough

A walkthrough for how to wash your smartphones and other mobile devices is gaining popularity on Twitter, China’s social media users created a new language to beat government censorship on COVID-19, and a hardware manufacturer claims its reached a breakthrough in quantum computing. ...

Made-in-Vancouver product will rely on WiFi to detect weapons

As Canada’s former Minister of Public Safety, Stockwell Day says he can’t help but always have his antennas up. For two years between 2006 and 2008, Day was responsible for the RCMP, CSIS, and the CBSA. He spent many hours with security officials during that time discussing security threats in ...

Mobile service is safe and saves lives

The CRTC’s Mobile Wireless Review hearing wrapped up a couple weeks ago with appearances from the fringe, groups expressing concerns about mobile safety. I addressed these issues on this blog 7 or 8 years ago, but it seems nearly impossible to halt the circulation of junk science, based on flawed ...