telecom, technology and the occasional floobergeist

I’ve got an abundance of bits and pieces of canadian telecom and internet experience, and I am thrilled to be in a place in time when all is changing, technology is developing, and the status quo is being disrupted. 

Floobergeist is a word that is beginning to defy definition.  The more I roll that smooth pebble around, the more it becomes to mean. Floobergeist started out as the magic dust that turns dreams into ideas.  And then it began to encompass the zing that happens when you have conversations about those ideas. And now, it’s the whole evolution from dream to conversation, with each step improving the later and the former along the way.

Everyone aspires to good conversations. They can lead you to adventures you’ve never imagined, and to people you can twig with.

Let’s have a good conversation…


Filtering by Tag: Verizon

Current Wireless Pricing in North America

As of August 14, 2013 these are the following two-year wireless plans that various major carriers offer in North America. 

Unless the Canadian Conservatives can woo TMobile, the wireless rates in Canada aren't     going to lessen with Verizon......Don't be misled by the government saying that prices are going to get cheaper..... :-(

12 months ago, Canadian pricing was cheaper than it is now, but the Federal government forced the end of 3 year contracts. Huh.... 


  • iPhone 5: $149
  • Nationwide talk (limited to 900 min): $60
  • Unlimited texting: $20
  • 2 Gb data: $20
  • Total Monthly spend: $100


  • iPhone 5: $199
  • Unlimited Nationwide talk and text: $40
  • 2 Gb data: $60
  • Total Monthly spend: $100


  • iPhone 5: $145
  • Hardware Finance charge monthly: $21
  • Unlimited Nationwide talk and text with 2 Gb data included: $60
  • Total Monthly spend: $81


  • iPhone 5: $199
  • Unlimited Nationwide talk and text: $55
  • 2 Gb data: $45
  • Total Monthly spend: $95


  • iPhone 5: $199
  • Unlimited Nationwide talk and text: $85
  • 2 Gb data: $10
  • Total Monthly spend: $95


  • iPhone 5: $249
  • Unlimited Nationwide talk and text: $60
  • 2 Gb data: $40
  • Total Monthly spend: $90



The Canadian Conservatives: Buying Votes on the Backs of Canadian Middle Class....

As you may have heard, the Prime Minister’s Office is set on seeking another mobile player to add to Canada’s wireless market- Bell, Rogers, TELUS, Eastlink, Videotron, Mobilicity, Public, MTS, SaskTel and Wind (Canada has 10 now, the US is moving to 4). 

The Canadian Wireless Carriers welcome any competitor, of any size- but on a level playing field.

With a market capitalization nearly twice that of BCE, Rogers and TELUS combined and almost four times as many customers, we don't believe Verizon needs any special favours as they look to enter the Canadian market.  I’m still sad that we let Nortel be gobbled up at pennies on the dollar by large government supported entities- China, Sweden and US while we burned tax dollars into GM, Ford and Chrysler.  Giving Verizon special incentives makes no sense- just sends dollars south in an attempt to garner votes.

Here are the facts;

·         Canadians enjoy a very competitive wireless industry, with prices not only comparable to the rest of the developed world but actually lower than in the U.S.

  • Intense competition in telecom has led to lower price growth than other competitive industries- Since 2002;
  • Gasoline- Up 7% on average per year
  • Cable- Up 5% on average per year
  • Energy- Up 5% on average per year
  • Shelter- Up 4% on average per year
  • Food- Up 3% on average per year
  • Communications and Telephone Services- Up 1% on average per year
  • ·         

    Canada’s investment in telecommunications infrastructure is almost double the average of OECD countries and provides world leading coverage, speed and reliability, despite our nation’s challenging and sparsely populated geography.

    ·         BCE, Rogers and TELUS support 370,000 employees and retirees in Canada and contribute over $50 billion each year to our nation’s economy including extensive funding for charities and not-for-profits.

    ·         Industry observers believe a foreign entrant such as Verizon would focus purely on serving major urban markets if they are not required to build out networks to the broader population. This, in turn, could force BCE, Rogers and TELUS to focus our investments in a similar manner in order to effectively compete.

    Please voice your support for fair markets and a level playing fields for Canadian companies.

  • Independent reports show wireless pricing in Canada is average when compared to developed world- impressive achievement given the challenging and sparsely populated geography we serve and world leading network upgrades to latest technology
  • Canadian wireless pricing is favorable compared to G7
  • Canadian wireless pricing is favorable compared to U.S. (based on the CRTC’s- our government’s Wall Report)

It's Almost the End of 2011...


… and what do I have to show for it? 

It’s that time of the year when you curl up over a coffee to think of what’s been accomplished, and what is still to be done.

2011 was a year of big learning for me. Wide learning, some might say.

  • You will never guess how much long distance fraud there can be in one weekend, from one hacked PBX.
  • AIN and hybrid networks are alive and well for toll free.
  • When you do traffic forecasting, make sure the customer is accurate.
  • There really are nice people at Verizon.
  • IP Trunking is always going to launch later than you expect it to. But now I’m ready.
  • Despite all I thought I knew about data cetres, electricity still screws with my mind.
  • Cloud networking is just a buzz word.
  • Cucumbers need 6 times the amount of space than you would expect.

And that’s just the tip of the ice berg. :-D

My biggest goal for 2012 is to pick up pen again and get this blog rocking. I know, I’ve said that before. But the more times I say it, it’s bound to take hold.