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Canadian cellcos banned from locking phones to their network

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has introduced amendments to its Wireless Code, a mandatory code of conduct for providers of retail mobile wireless voice and data services. Starting on 1 December 2017 all mobile service end-users (post-paid and pre-paid) will have the right to have their phone unlocked (i.e. u...
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Shaw acquires 700MHz, 2500MHz spectrum from Videotron for CAD430m; sells ViaWest for CAD2.3bn

 Canadian quadruple-play operator Shaw Communications has entered into a definitive agreement with Videotron's parent Quebecor Media to acquire 700MHz and 2500MHz wireless spectrum licences in seven regional markets in Canada for CAD430 million (USD324 million). The Quebec-based multi-service cable/mobile operator is selling 2×5MHz blocks of 7...
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3 Things PacketViper can do that your Firewall Can’t

Three elements of PacketViper that are unique to our Virtual Minefield Zone™ (VMZ) and separate PacketViper from firewalls & NGFWs are the triggers, interceptors and the redirectors. With 'point & click' simplicity these features can be utilized to create the following deterrents that reduce traffic up to 70% and make firewalls, IDS/IPS and...
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Rogers buys Videotron’s AWS-1 spectrum in Greater Toronto for CAD184m

 Quebecor, the parent of Quebec-based quadruple-play network operator Videotron, has announced the sale of Videotron's Advanced Wireless Services (AWS-1) 1700MHz/2100MHz mobile spectrum licence in the Greater Toronto region to Rogers Communications for approximately CAD184 million (USD137 million), pursuant to a transfer option on the frequenc...
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How to detect SMBv1 use on your Network

How can I find out if SMBv1 is being used on my network? Even if you disable SMBv1 on all clients and servers, it is still good practice to check if any systems on your network are using this protocol. You many have unmanaged systems like personal laptops or embedded operating systems within other network connected devices. These are the most commo...
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How to detect the presence of WannaCry Ransomware and SMBv1 servers on your network

How to detect the presence of WannaCry Ransomware and SMBv1 servers  WannaCry Ransomware has become very active in May 2017. It looks to be targeting servers using the SMBv1 protocol. SMBv1 is an outdated protocol that should be disabled on all networks. One of the big lessons from this Ransomware outbreak is that it is vital that you have mon...
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The Current State of Network Visibility (by the numbers)

Network visibility is a crucial aspect to improving network security and optimizing network monitoring capabilities. At the same time, it is an evolving technology. In this blog, I'm using some interesting data that Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) captured in a survey they conducted for Ixia in late 2016. This data is great because it allows...
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Ixia's new hyperscale visibility with cost effective pricing

Vision Edge 100 & Vision Edge 40 ​E xpanding your hyperscale data center? Adding microscale data centers to provide a better experience for end users? Be sure to see everything, in every cluster—whether it is a part of your core infrastructure or a remote site—with the latest in Ixia's Vision Portfolio of network packet brokers (NPBs). Ixia has...
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It could be you… chosen Bell-MTS users begin migration to Telus

Over 100,000 Bell-MTS mobile customers in Manitoba will receive letters in the next two months informing them if they have been selected to transfer to rival Canadian operator Telus, as a knock-on condition of Bell's recent takeover of MTS in the province. Canadian website MobileSyrup reports that the process is beginning its first phase this week,...
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Bell rings the pay-TV changes with budget streaming venture

 Bell Canada is launching a 'no-frills', budget app-based live TV service named 'Alt TV' enabling customers to watch regular TV programming on smartphones, computers and other streaming devices. Alt TV is being offered initially to Bell's internet subscribers in Ontario and Quebec, with the Atlantic provinces and Manitoba scheduled for launch ...
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Packet Viper Threat Intelligence: Past performance does not indicate future results

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Most investors have seen the disclaimer, “Past performance is not indicative of future results.”  Network security professionals should have this in mind while considering threat intelligence as a foundational element for security strategies.  The rapidly and ever-changing threat landscape makes the value of historical threat intelligence alone in predicting cyber attacks uncertain and the attacker’s advantages seem overwhelmingly endless.  Eli Ben Meir in his recent article, Thre...
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Ice n slice: Yellowknife gets cutting-edge 4G

Ice Wireless, which operates in Canada’s far northern regions – Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut – has launched commercial LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network services, initially in Yellowknife. According to Ice Wireless CEO Samer Bishay, quoted by MobileSyrup, customers can expect real-world LTE-A mobile data speeds of around 40Mbps, whilst he added that the carrier plans to switch on additional LTE-A base stations throughout the summer. Simultaneously, Ice revamped its post-paid packages, wit...
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Xplornet hails improvement in rural internet via satellite

Canadian rural broadband specialist Xplornet Communications has announced the launch of an upgraded internet service supported by the EchoStar XIX satellite, now available to new and existing customers. Xplornet says t hat, combined  with the scheduled launch of the ViaSat-2 satellite on June 1, its satellite internet capacity is being tripled, resulting in ‘more speed and data at affordable prices’ for its users. Xplornet’s newly launched satellite internet service offers speeds up to 25Mb...
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NMSaaS - How to Monitor Network Performance

Continuous network interactive performance monitoring, looking for any delays, misconnections, or slow functioning in the network, is vital.  Servers enable all the client computers in your network to work. They are the source of necessary operating system support and connectivity. If servers fail, even briefly, the fault will cause disruption over your entire system. The rest of the network (the client computers and peripherals) are like disk drives and extra I/O interfaces in the system.&...
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Infosim's Unified Management of Industrial IoT SDN and IT Infrastructure

  This webinar from InfoSim discusses the challenges we face when we need to monitor industrial IoT devices, SDN and IT infrastructure.   Industrial IoT devices is the use of Internet of things (IoT) technology in collecting sensor data in the many area’s that companies need to collect data.  The use of this technology can result in serious technical challenges, in monitoring 10 of 1000’s of devices.  When we asked end users some of the specific challenges they face we receiv...
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SaskTel ‘not for sale’, but up for ‘partnership’ says minister

Provincial Canadian full-service telco SaskTel, controlled by the Saskatchewan government, is now permitted to sell 49% of its shares under a new law which was passed last week. The legislation (via ‘Bill 40’) allows the provincial government to sell up to 49% of any ‘Crown corporation’ (including SaskTel) without triggering a public referendum. However, CTVNews quotes Dustin Duncan, the minister responsible for SaskTel, as saying: ‘SaskTel is not for sale, but Bill 40 would allow the potential ...
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CRTC launches CAD750m broadband fund consultation

  The Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has begun a consultation to hammer out the details of its planned CAD750 million (USD551 million) five-year broadband fund for rural and underserved areas, which will ultimately be designed to supersede Canada’s existing basic telephony subsidy scheme. Interested parties should make initial submissions to the consultation by the end of June, with final submissions scheduled for the end of November. Thanks to TeleGeog...
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Bell launching quad-band LTE-A

April 25, 2017  Bell Canada claims that its network is the first in North America capable of delivering quad-band LTE Advanced (LTE-A) services, which it says will deliver mobile broadband speeds of up to 750Mbps with the addition of 256 QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) technology. Bell CTO Stephen Howe said: ‘Bell delivered North America’s first tri-band LTE-A mobile service in 2015, and we’re proud to announce today that we’re first to successfully implement not only quad-band LTE-A ...
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Spectracom Releases Software Version 5.6.0 for SecureSync and Netclock™ 9400 Series

Release Notes Spectracom released a software update for the NetClock 9400 Series and SecureSync time servers. Customers can download this software update at no charge from the Spectracom website. This update will upgrade the unit’s system software to Version 5.6.0. This update provides added benefits through new features, enhancements to existing functionality, as well as software fixes and security updates. Note ......regarding the software update installation procedure: The Version 5.6.0 relea...
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Videotron whacked with CRTC’s net neutrality stick

21 Apr 2017 The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) yesterday issued its latest judgement upholding the principles of net neutrality, ruling that cableco/mobile operator Videotron must desist from offering unlimited online music streaming from Spotify, Google Music and other selected providers to its wireless customers without it counting against their data allowances (a practice known as zero-rating) by 19 July. As reported by Reuters, Quebec-based Videotron argue...
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