Canadian Telecom News Bits - Sunday, Jan 13th 2008

  • Telus Is Considering Switch to GSM Network Bloomberg.com: Canada
  • Shaw moving into Thunder Bay- Shaw Communications launched its digital phone service in Thunder Bay.  Shaw's goal is to claim 25 percent of Thunder Bay's home phone market.  The entry of the Western Canadian giant into the city has been at the center of a massive marketing campaign over the last few months and Shaw is hoping to capitalize on what it sees as a market ready for a new option. This is the first real competition municipally-owned TBay Tel has ever faced.  www.shaw.ca www.tbaytel.net
  • Telus gets competition approval to acquire Emergis - Telus Corp. says it has received Competition Bureau approval for the company's friendly $766 million takeover of Montreal-based Emergis Inc., an information technology company that provides software and data management services to the health care and financial services sectors. Telus said Tuesday the Commissioner of Competition has advised the company that she does not intend to challenge the transaction under the merger provisions of the Competition Act. www2.telus.com
  • Kenora Municipal Telephone System sold to Bell Aliant  - The City of Kenora and Bell Aliant announced  that they have entered into an agreement under which Bell Aliant will purchase the assets and business of Kenora Municipal Telephone System (KMTS). Bell Aliant says the acquisition is a natural fit since Aliant already serves customers in Jaffray Melick and other neighbouring areas of Kenora in Northern Ontario. The proposed transaction is subject to final approval by Kenora's City Council following a public information meeting which will be held in Kenora on January 15, 2008.  www.aliant.ca
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