[kwlug-disc] Yak -> Voice Network [Was: Re: OT - EyeSurf]

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Thu May 24 13:02:55 EDT 2012


Given the news interviews I have seen (some while back), I expect this 
is part of the Egyptian investor (partially?) divesting himself of an 
investment he wishes he had never made. The Canadian telco / investing 
environment, let alone the Feds poking their fingers in and out and 
inconsistently into this walled garden has made him regret ever becoming 
involved. Too much aggravation.

But I'm just WAGing and FUD speculating.

Not to say we're not both correct, in our guesses.

AFAIK the (foreign) investment environment in this area isn't going to 
get any better for non-incumbents, any time soon. (Given the 
Conservatives.)  I don't expect we'll see significant competition / 
lower cell data price plans. Which may well drive wi-fi use (e.g. malls) 
significantly - again to the incumbents. Continuing to have you both 
coming and going.

Interesting to see the Dell and HP news wherein they attributed much of 
their poor performance to the increase in smart phone and tablet 
purchases (and laptops, too, I think I heard), over the traditional 
computer. [Traditional computers being commoditized / they haven't been 
successful in figuring out a value add home consumers are willing to pay 
extra for. I do wonder to what extent FOSS / Android (/ Chrome Apps?) 
interact with that.]

On 5/23/2012 11:29 PM, Bob Jonkman wrote:
> I just found out that Yak has been acquired by Voice Network. It was
> formerly owned by Globalive, who also own Wind Mobile. I don't
> understand why a voice communications company (Globalive) would sell one
> of their voice service providers to another voice communications company
> (VN), a competitor in the same marketplace... I'm thinking that it's
> part of a VOIP shakeout, similar to the ISP shakeout of the early 2000's
> which left only Bell and Rogers as mainstream ISPs...
>
> http://www.voicenetwork.ca/residential/index.php
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