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Companies to benefit from R&D fund

A variety of Canadian companies will benefit from a $2.5 million wireless R&D initiative currently being rolled out across the country.In partnership with CANARIE, Canada's not-for-profit Internet dev...


January 1, 2000  


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A variety of Canadian companies will benefit from a $2.5 million wireless R&D initiative currently being rolled out across the country.

In partnership with CANARIE, Canada’s not-for-profit Internet development organization, the program was launched in 1998 with funding provided by Bell Wireless Alliance and TELUS Mobility. The program targets emerging Canadian companies that have research and development projects with the potential to provide leading-edge products and services to the wireless marketplace.

Now underway, the first part of this multi-year initiative will provide funding to nine companies across Canada. Five companies in Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland are to receive $1,700,000 in contracts; three companies in Alberta will share nearly $700,000; and one B.C. outfit will receive support of $145,000.

Jean Barrette, Director of Research and Development for Bell Mobility, and a member of the investment evaluation committee, stated that they are still in the first phase of the program: “We are very much still open for business, so to speak,” he said. “If you are a Canadian innovative company active in the wireless space, we want to talk to you.”


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