Canada Sets Sites on Wireless
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The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) is forming a Wireless Council to bring increased focus to the wireless component of the fast-growing and multi-faceted telecommunications sector.
Mobility Canada, an arm of Bell Canada, will second a full-time employee to ITAC to assist in the formation and operation of the new council. The Mobility Canada companies, members of ITAC since 1995, are strongly committed to becoming a catalyst in this merging of technologies and industries.
In a related announcement, Mobility Canada and CANARIE Inc. said that they will be accepting applications for research and development funding for small and medium sized enterprises.
A fund of up to $6 million is being made available for the development of wireless voice and data applications, as well as advanced Internet-based technologies. The program is part of a larger announcement of Mobility Canada's commitment of over $60 million to be spent in Canadian wireless research and development over the next three years.
The selection process will be through a competitive call for proposals planned for early October 1998.