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WireIE Riding a Wave of Success – JSA TV Spotlight at PTC’18

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CEO Rob Barlow Shares Direction for 2018 with Jaymie Scotto Cutaia

At PTC’18, one of the most important telecommunications events for the Pacific Rim, our CEO, Rob Barlow, met up with JSA TV’s Jaymie Scotto Cutaia to discuss the company’s latest developments and where it is headed for the rest of 2018.

Overall, throughout 2017, WireIE experienced continuous growth providing leading-class high-speed network solutions in underserved markets in Canada and around the world. We bolstered our reputation as an expert in underserved connectivity by consistently exceeding our network performance and reliability objectives throughout the year.

For 2018, we are maintaining our focus on making it possible for individuals and enterprises in underserved areas to take full advantage of the digital economy. By using both fiber and microwave technologies in the delivery of high-availability networks, we are a partner of choice for industry and governments in need of reliable, secure connectivity for their mission-critical applications. WireIE prides itself on its ability to extend carrier networks to remote and hard to reach locations, bringing the metropolitan broadband experience to the underserved and promoting regional economic development.

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A Pragmatic View of Multimedia in Today’s Mobile Environment

As many are aware, a war has been waging between Apple and Adobe over Apple’s decision to abandon Adobe Flash in their iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad product lines. Instead, the always forward-looking Steve Jobs, President and CEO of Apple, wants to accelerate the development and ultimate adoption of the integrated video capabilities planned for HTML5.

While Job’s vision is laudable, WireIE also believes there’s a pragmatic side to the debate. At this point, selection of the codec for HTML5 video has not been finalized. While many agree the ubiquitous H.264 codec would be a great asset in the HTML5 multimedia suite, there are potential complications with licensing. Others fear that alternatives such as open sourced Ogg Theora fall slightly short of H.264 in video quality and compression optimization. Regardless, these factors, along with spotty browser support, mean HTML5 and its integrated multimedia support is by no means finalized.

In the interest of being pragmatic, WireIE encourages the industry to give Adobe’s Flash Player 10.1 for mobile a fair hearing. In the video below, Adobe’s Adrian Ludwig demonstrates online gaming along with some beautiful multimedia interactivity with National Geographic’s web site on an HTC Nexus One running Android 2.1 and Flash 10.1

Globe & Mail Article on Canada’s Rural Broadband

The article entitled, “Canada’s Digital Divide” by Iain Marlow and Jacquie McNish appeared in Saturday, April 3, 2010′s Globe & Mail Report on Business section.

This is a passionate topic for us at WireIE so our President & CEO Rob Barlow decided to write a letter to the editor, as well as participate in the live blog discussion on Monday, April 5, 2010.

Our Letter to the Editor:

I read with great interest your article “Canada’s Digital Divide” by Iain Marlow and Jacquie McNish.

While referring to the time required to load a static web page serves well at making an important point, it is important to note that the accelerating trend toward the consumption of Internet-delivered rich multimedia will place significantly greater demands on networks going forward.  The bandwidth problem certainly isn’t going away and is indeed, becoming a greater challenge in rural areas.

There are a number of tools that can address the rural broadband disadvantage.  WiMAX, for example, is a broadband wireless technology that has proven itself in bridging the digital divide in many parts of the world. In fact, there are over 500 WiMAX networks in over 145 countries.  Many of these of these are in the developing world, meaning that rural Canada many actually lag certain areas of the rural developing world.

I propose the Federal government do an inventory of available broadband wireless technologies (such as WiMAX) and establish policies that make rural deployment a more profitable venture.  The barriers need to be reviewed so this productivity and economic disadvantage to rural areas can be resolved for good.  For example, backhaul license fees make many rural deployment business models not feasible. These, and other related fees need to be factored into the discussion in light of the fact the rural disadvantage is affecting Canada’s GDP.

Rob Barlow

President & CEO

WireIE Holdings International Inc.