Canada Must Build Routing Infrastructure To Skirt Us Snooping, Cira Says

Essentially, any wireless device including cellphones and tablets that was reported lost or stolen may no longer be activated or reconnected. All a consumer needs to do when his wireless device had been stolen or lost is to report its unique IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number to law enforcement agencies. This in turn will be reported into the database, prompting Canada’s mobile service providers to take heed of the unit with the stolen IMEI number. Any attempts to reconnect, use or have the smartphone reactivated will eventually become futile. Canada Launches Database of Stolen, Lost Smartphone s ( “Canadians are among the world’s fastest adopters and heaviest users of sophisticated smartphones,” Bernard Lord, Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) president and CEO, said in a statement. “Not only will this national blacklist help to make their smartphones a less valuable target for criminals, but the industry has also taken steps to help Canadian consumers identify if a pre-owned device has previously been reported as lost or stolen.” Moreover, Canadians who are out to purchase a new smartphone or wireless device may check if the gadget they are planning to buy has been reported stolen or lost. The Web site includes a convenient tool wherein Canadians only have to simply enter the IMEI number of a wireless device to find out if it has been blacklisted in Canada. If the IMEI number has been blacklisted, that device will not be able to be used on any participating Canadian network. The consumer look-up feature, the first of its kind in the world that utilises the GSMA IMEI Database, will include blacklisted devices that have been reported as lost or stolen as of September 30, 2013 and beyond. “This new system offers wireless subscribers a tremendously enhanced level of protection, by essentially making stolen handsets useless to the thief,” Ed Antecol, VP Regulatory, WIND Mobile, said. “This is an important step forward in the fight against mobile phone theft and unauthorized use.” “Black-listing lost and stolen devices will essentially eliminate the black market for stolen devices in Canada and the U.S. by reducing the value of mobile devices for criminals,” Ron Styles, SaskTel president and CEO, said. To report problems or to leave feedback about this article, e-mail: To contact the editor, e-mail:

IXPs will significantly reduce the chance of that happening. Bill Reid is a co-founder of the Manitoba Exchange Point. The former member of CIRAs board of directors, Reid started talking about the idea of an IXP with two local Internet service providers three years ago. MBIX is actually the first IXP that CIRA chose to support, and it has provided it with funding to buy the Cisco switch and connect it to the grid. He says the major benefit of not routing traffic through the U.S. is reduced latency, not avoiding security concerns.Reid not concerned about security of traffic going to the U.S. Its hard for an individual to know where their traffic is going. If you have a Gmail account, you arent keeping your data out of the States, he says. The MBIX Ethernet switch runs on a Cisco Nexus 7004 and allows IPv4 and IPv6 unicast traffic. Connection speeds are available in three tiers, 100 Mbps, 1 Gbps, and 10 Gbps. Fees to join the exchange include a port fee of $1200 per year. Theres a $500 install fee, but that is being waived until June 30, 2014. Plans for other new IXPs across Canada are in the works, Holland says.

FedEx Freight Continues Accelerating LTL Shipping To and From Canada

“FedEx Freight is committed to adding value for our customers,” said William J. Logue, president and CEO of FedEx Freight. “By offering a published transit time advantage in the U.S. and to and from Canada, we are helping customers better meet their fast-cycle supply chain needs.” A subsidiary of FedEx Corp. /quotes/zigman/254280/quotes/nls/fdx FDX +0.30% , FedEx Freight has expanded its service offerings to support customers shipping to and from Canada. The company now provides A.M. Delivery service to Canada for both FedEx Freight Priority and FedEx Freight(R) Economy shipments, offering greater speed and reliability for delivery throughout North America and helping customers to better plan and manage inventory levels. FedEx Freight recently invested in new facilities in Rochester, N.Y.; Vancouver, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; and Toledo, Ohio. With the opening of the new Rochester facility, FedEx Freight Priority next-business-day service has expanded between 13 U.S. markets and select points in Canada. Additionally, the Toledo service center will play a vital role in our Canadian network with service to Ontario, Ottawa and Quebec.