TerreStar Solutions applauds the Harper government’s mobile satellite service and AWS-4 decision.

MONTREAL, Dec. 18, 2014 /CNW/ – In response to today’s decision by Industry Minister James Moore, TerreStar Solutions’ President, Andre Tremblay said, “I congratulate Prime Minister Harper and Industry Minister James Moorefor this decision which supports wireless services in rural and remote communities and spurs wireless competition inCanada, thereby lowering wireless prices for Canadians and producing new jobs in this high technology industry.”

Following a national consultation that was initiated in May of this year, the Harper government’s issuance of the Mobile Satellite Service and Advanced Wireless Service (AWS-4) policy by Minister Moore today reaffirms the Minister’s commitment to increase the amount of spectrum available to serve rural and remote areas of the country and to provide competitive wireless services in Canada.

Tremblay continued, “Spectrum is the fuel that drives new technological developments, higher speed mobile services and lower prices for consumers. By modifying existing policies to make this spectrum useable in Canada the Harper government will contribute to lower prices and will allow companies to provide better services for consumers, regardless of whether they are in highly populated cities or more rural and underserved communities.”

“This policy by the Harper government is the critical ingredient needed to attract new capital to Canada’s wireless market and for making a fourth competitor in every region a reality” concluded Tremblay.

TerreStar Solutions CFO and Treasurer, Jacques Leduc added, “this significant milestone will allow TerreStar Solutions to become an active player in the Canadian wireless landscape.” The national Mobile Satellite Service and AWS-4 spectrum will provide a solid foundation for the wireless broadband network of tomorrow and will deliver mobile Internet to all Canadians at affordable prices.

A Montréal-based Canadian company, TerreStar Solutions was founded in 2008. With this decision, TerreStar Solutions will be licensed by Industry Canada for 40 MHz of AWS-4 and 20 MHz of Mobile Satellite spectrum to provide mobile satellite and terrestrial services to all Canadians, regardless of location.

SOURCE TerreStar Solutions

Accenture Completes Acquisition of PCO Innovation

NEW YORK, Dec. 18, 2013 /CNW/ – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has completed its acquisition of PCO Innovation – a leading independent international consulting and systems integration group that specializes in product lifecycle management (PLM) software technologies. The acquisition enhances Accenture’s deep industry capabilities and the full range of services it provides clients in the design, building and management of systems and processes essential to driving their large-scale PLM transformation programs.
PCO Innovation’s employees focus on supporting clients as they organize, develop and manage new products and services throughout their lifecycle, helping them bring them to market more quickly and efficiently.  This acquisition follows the completion of another PLM-related acquisition by Accenture of PRION Group in October, and announced plans to acquire the industrial and embedded software development and services business of evopro group.

Source: Accenture

Vicente Capital Partners Invests in iBwave

LOS ANGELES, CA,  October 21, 2013 — Vicente Capital Partners (VCP), a leading growth equity investment firm, is proud to announce today that its Growth Equity Fund, jointly with Farol Asset Management, LP, acquired a significant equity interest in iBwave Solutions Inc., the global standard for in-building wireless software and training solutions. This new relationship will be key to continuing iBwave’s rapid growth and expansion into new markets.

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, iBwave has experienced consistent and significant growth since its 2003 launch. The company’s vision has been one of an interdependent ecosystem of wireless operators, system integrators and equipment manufacturers, all sharing information on a standard platform and working closely together toward the higher goal of providing 100% reliable mobile service inside buildings. Now with over 500 clients worldwide, including all of the tier-1 wireless operators in North America, iBwave is the recognized standard for in-building wireless network design software and certification programs.
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Dish gets FCC approval to build next-generation LTE network

Dish Network has gotten approval from the Federal Communications Commission to build a cellular network on spectrum previously allocated to satellite services. Dish has said it plans to build an LTE-Advanced network, which would be much faster than today’s LTE service, but the targeted rollout date isn’t until 2016.

Reporting on yesterday’s FCC approval, the Wall Street Journal noted that Dish “could have built a mobile network without the FCC rule changes. But those handsets would have to include a satellite chip, making them more expensive.” Yesterday’s vote lets Dish use its airwaves for a terrestrial-only cellular network.

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