By Nathan Rudyk

Ottawa's global marketing team is in Cambridge, UK this week promoting Ottawa's wireless advantage. Back at home, we're getting the story out to media on both sides of the Atlantic. And it's a heck of a story:

Four of the world’s top five wireless companies – Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson and Huawei – all have significant R&D facilities in Ottawa, home to one of the world's top wireless ecosystems. These wireless champions are part of a 360-company, 27,000-employee strong talent bank that spans the complete breadth of wireless infrastructure and services. They are building the next generation of wireless equipment, devices, components, sub-systems, middleware, apps and services, content, enablers, and professional services.

Ottawa’s home-grown wireless stars include DragonWave and Bridgewater Systems. Regional powerhouses including Research In Motion (RIM), Rogers Communications, and SiGe Semiconductor also have significant campuses in the city.  

What'a attracting the world to Ottawa's wireless ecosystem?

First and foremost, the wireless industry is attracted by Ottawa’s expansive and renewable R&D infrastructure. This infrastructure includes Communications Research Centre Canada and the National Research Council of Canada, two major Canadian universities, contract manufacturing and test facilities as well as large network operators.

Second, Ottawa wireless companies take advantage of Canada’s superior R&D investment climate. Canada’s R&D tax credit regime is one of the best in the world.

Third, in an era where wireless applications are growing exponentially, Ottawa’s diverse and deep software development talent is a major plus. The city already has some 600 software development companies focused on mobile gaming, engineering services, data security and other applications that will drive wireless growth – making for a complete Ottawa wireless ecosystem that has its roots in hardware, but its branches reaching up to the new horizons being offered in software.

Ottawa is also a people story. The city has Canada’s highest percentage of creative class workers, and the Intelligent Community Forum ranks Ottawa among the world’s Top Seven Communities of the Year in 2010. Richard Florida, Director of the Toronto-based Martin Prosperity Institute and author of the international best seller “Who’s Your City?”, rates Ottawa as the “Best Overall” city in Canada on a “Creative Class Index” based on the 3Ts of economic development – Technology, Talent and Tolerance. Ottawa tops other major metropolitan cities including New York, Boston, Washington, San Jose and London, England.

Whether you are looking to relocate a wireless company, open a new R&D facility, or find a partner to supply new technology and development for your existing wireless business, Ottawa is the place to be. Join us! You can also learn more by reading 26 wireless success stories at (another market2world production :)

(Nathan Rudyk is President and CEO with market2world communications inc., Ottawa, Canada's technology  and cleantech public relations and product marketing agency.)