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

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Thu May 24 16:29:21 EDT 2012

No, I have no such info. I bow to your correction. No doubt I am 
misremembering / mixing parties and industries, etc. Probably mixing up 
WIND and Globalive.

On 5/24/2012 1:16 PM, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
> As far as I know the Egyptian investor, Sawires, has invested in WIND
> Mobile only and nothing other than that.
> Do you have info that he has invested in Yak or EyeSurf or something else?
> On May 24, 2012 1:03 PM, "unsolicited"<unsolicited at swiz.ca>  wrote:
>> 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<http://www.voicenetwork.ca/residential/index.php>
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