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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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The Age of the Customer

  According to Forrester Research, Customer Experience (CX) is the number one priority for business and technology leaders*.  This eBook was developed to assist organizations in their quest to deliver a better customer experience.    Where the challenge of delivering an omni-channel service, in a multi-channel world, has never been more complex.   We look at these 5 areas What is the age of the customer? Enter the e-contact center. Achieving a 360° customer view. Four ke...
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Wind becomes Freedom, rolls out LTE

Wind becomes Freedom, rolls out LTE
Canadian cableco Shaw Communications’ cellular division has renamed itself from Wind Mobile to Freedom Mobile, whilst disclosing that it will launch a 4G LTE network on 27 November. Freedom’s revamped website says that Toronto and Vancouver will receive its LTE services first, whilst it will upgrade all its other existing 3G network coverage areas to 4G by autumn 2017. ‘Complete’ LTE coverage of the Greater Toronto and Greater Vancouver area is scheduled for spring 2017, whilst national and US L...
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Managing Phantom Devices on Your Network

Managing Phantom Devices on Your Network
{jcomments on} Detecting Phantom Devices on Your Network So you run a network discovery and you notice devices that you are not familiar with. A phantom device is a device that is unmanaged that should be monitored by your Network Management System (NMS) It seems these devices show up even though you have processes in place to prevent this type of behavior. These could be devices connected to the wrong network, printers, BYOD etc. A phantom device is invisible to you so you are unaware of the de...
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Ixia Debuts New Network Tap

Among the most useful pieces of physical hardware that networking professionals can utilize is a network tap . With a network tap, physical networks can be monitored for outliers as well as potential injection attacks. Network security vendor Ixia is now expanding its portfolio of network taps with the new Flex Tap Secure+. Kevin Formby, VP of market development at Ixia, told Enterprise Networking Planet that the new Flex Tap Secure+ is a net new addition to Ixia's portfolio and doesn't replace ...
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Videotron upgrades backbone with Ciena

Quebec-based telecommunications and pay-TV provider Videotron is deploying Ciena’s converged packet optical solution to upgrade its regional and backbone network, supporting its recently announced efforts to offer new services such as 4K TV and colocation solutions. Videotron is deploying packet optical and software solutions from Ciena including the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, which supports service delivery at 100Gbps and beyond. Combined with Ciena’s WaveLogic 3 coherent optical processors,...
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Rogers retiring Mobilicity brand, moving user base to Chatr

Canada’s largest mobile operator by users, Rogers Communications, has revealed a plan to discontinue the brand of its subsidiary Mobilicity whilst moving all of Mobilicity’s remaining 150,000-plus subscribers to the Rogers budget sub-brand Chatr, reports Canadian website MobileSyrup. Effective 15 August 2016, Rogers will cease activating new Mobilicity connections, whilst sometime in the autumn it will begin migrating Mobilicity customers to Chatr, where they will be offered a ‘comparable’ packa...
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Telus raises around USD350m selling stake in international outsourcing unit

Telus raises around USD350m selling stake in international outsourcing unit
Canadian carrier Telus Communications has announced an agreement to sell a 35% stake in its 100%-owned business process, IT and customer services subsidiary Telus International to Baring Private Equity Asia, in a deal which values the unit at approximately USD1 billion. Telus intends to retain a long-term majority ownership position in Telus International, which was launched in 2005 and provides customer services, IT and business process outsourcing to the telecommunications, utilities, high tec...
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Spectracom Product Software Update Notification v5.4.1

Spectracom has released version v5.4.1 for SecureSync and 9400 Series Time Server . This update is mandatory for all units running v5.0.2 learn more Release v5.4.1 includes some the following features: Enhanced support for multi-GNSS constellation: BeiDou + future firmware update to Galileo (hardware dependent) Ethernet monitoring allows the user to observe network traffic across ports NTP peer preference Various improvements in software performance and clock disciplining Added support for NTP A...
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Telus joins Rogers, Bell in offering VoLTE

Canada’s second-largest mobile operator by users Telus has joined its main nationwide rivals Rogers and Bell in offering voice-over-LTE (VoLTE), although the service is currently only available to post-paid Telus customers with LTE SIM cards in Lower Mainland British Columbia, while device compatibility is initially limited to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG G4, writes Canadian website MobileSyrup. The operator plans to expand VoLTE coverage and add more compatible devices throughout 2016. In a sta...
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3 Key Differences Between NetFlow and Packet Capture Performance Monitoring

The increasing density, complexity and expanse of modern networking environments have fueled the ongoing debate around which network analysis and monitoring tools serve the needs of the modern engineer best - placing Packet Capture and NetFlow Analysis at center-stage of the conversation. Granted, both can be extremely valuable tools in ongoing efforts to maintain and optimize complex environments, but as an engineer, I tend to focus on solutions that give me the insights I need without too much...
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SDN/NFV – From Theory to Praxis with Infosim® StableNet®

InterComms talks to Marius Heuler, CTO Infosim® , about Infosim® StableNet® and the management and orchestration of SDN and NFV environments Marius Heuler has more than 15 years of experience in network management and optimization. As CTO and founding member of Infosim®, he is responsible for leading the Infosim® technical team in architecting, developing, and delivering StableNet®. He graduated from the University of Würzburg with a degree in Computer Science, holds several Cisco certifications...
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Ericsson expands to Eastlink's LTE network

Swedish-based technology giant Ericsson has renewed its agreement with privately-owned Atlantic Canada-based quad-play operator Eastlink to expand and upgrade its 4G LTE and 3G HSPA mobile networks. The agreement is an extension of the two companies’ current contract. Eastlink will continue utilising Ericsson Evolved Packet Core equipment and the Swedish firm will remain as the multi-service cableco’s exclusive supplier for radio access network equipment for an additional three years. Matthew Ma...
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Shaw to Acquire Wind Mobile for CAD1.6bn

Canadian cableco Shaw Communications has agreed to acquire a 100% interest in cellco Wind Mobile for approximately CAD1.6 billion (USD1.163 billion). The takeover, if completed, would be the first foray into the mobile sector for Shaw, which vies closely with Rogers Communications for the title of Canada’s largest cable broadband provider, and previously aborted a planned cellular network rollout of its own, opting to sell its spectrum instead. Shaw’s CEO Brad Shaw declared yesterday: ‘The acqui...
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Infosim® Global Webinar Day - December 17, 2015 - Stay in control of your network with the StableNet Mobile App!

Use the App, Luke. Join Infosim colleagues Eduardo González Pozega , Developer & Consultant, and Patrick Franz , Developer, for a webinar " Stay in control of your network with StableNet Mobile App ".  This Webinar will provide insight into:  How will the StableNet Mobile App make your life easier?  What features does StableNet Mobile App offer for iOS and Android? [Live Demo] Let's take a look at the backend: The StableNet REST API [Live Demo] Exclusive insight into the first...
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Don't be a Victim of 'Watermelon Metrics'

Don't be a Victim of 'Watermelon Metrics'
Watermelons are beautifully green on the outside. But if you had never seen one before, you might be deceived into thinking the whole fruit is the same color. It wouldn't be until you cut it open that you'd come to find the inside is a deep, juicy red. Even though it may sound odd, watermelons are a fitting analogy for metrics in the IT world. It's easy to get a false sense of comfort by glancing at your dashboard. It often presents a large number of indicators that give off a welcoming green gl...
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