Wavefront’s Wireless Zone Brings 1000+ Devices to the Canadian Startup Community, Making Testing Mobile Apps Easy & Affordable

DECEMBER 7, 2016, VANCOUVER – Wavefront Wireless Commercialization Centre Society (“Wavefront”), a national centre of excellence, headquartered in Vancouver, BC., has announced the expansion and re-launch of its Wireless Zones across Canada. These device libraries have now expanded to carry over 1,000 devices, including smartphones, tablets, sensors and wearables, spread across locations in Vancouver, Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.

Through exclusive agreements with Rogers, Samsung and Sierra Wireless, Wavefront is able to provide a range of hardware devices and SIM services that help developers, UI/UX designers and QA personnel test their mobile applications across a variety of operating systems and environments, with minimal rental and data costs. To rent a device in Halifax, contact Emily Yeomans at emily@voltaeffect.com or Ryan Grant at ryan@voltaeffect.com

Wavefront has partnered with Volta Labs, Communitech, Invest Ottawa, Centennial College and CEIM to deliver this essential service through hosting Wireless Zones in their facilities. Startups and SMEs can access these devices to help get their products to market faster and more effectively. Over the past year, the device libraries have recorded 4,542 rental days using 407 handsets. With the increase in devices available for testing, Wavefront anticipates seeing a significant increase in usage throughout the next year.

“The companies we support are building products delivered through mobile platforms, so there is a need for testing mobile applications on various devices,” said Volta COO, Melody Pardoe. “Our continued partnership with Wavefront will allow us to provide these companies with easily accessible devices, ultimately improving the quality of their products, minimizing their risks and optimizing their investments. The Device Library is a complimentary addition to the resources we make available to the technology community in Nova Scotia.”

“We greatly appreciate the support of our enterprise and community partners in helping us expand the Wireless Zone offering,” said Wavefront CEO, James Maynard. “Being able to provide a resource such as the Wireless Zones have contributed to enabling the companies we work with to accelerate their time to market by 4 to 5 months, while also saving them considerable costs in building their businesses.”

“We all have a role to play in supporting Canada’s innovation ecosystem,” said Nitin Kawale, President, Enterprise Business Unit, Rogers Communications. “We recognize the challenges that some businesses face when it comes to bringing new technologies to market successfully. By providing devices in Wavefront’s Wireless Zone, we hope to give start-ups a big boost – to accelerate their market-readiness and get on with becoming the high growth companies of the future.”

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