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Xplornet joins Freedom Mobile takeover negotiations

According to The Globe & Mail, Xplornet has entered negotiations on a potential purchase of Shaw Communications' Freedom Mobile division, as Rogers Communications looks at options for offloading Freedom to gain regulatory clearance for its proposed takeover of Shaw. TeleGeography says that New Brunswick-based Xplornet is Canada's largest specia...
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NeXt-Hop-Performance (NHP): A Cost Effective Solution with Infosim® StableNet®

Telecommunications operators, managed service providers (MSPs) and enterprise corporations, can simulate synthetic real-time communications, between the first to last hop, and every hop in between, of a network delivery path in order to determine the actual Next Hop Performance (NHP). Using Raspberry Pi hardware with Infosim® StableNet® unified management system allows for a cost effective agent technology to measure network perfromance Types of Use So let us take a look at some of the...
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Measuring IPTV Quality

If you’re implementing IPTV, it’s important to know what metrics to monitor to ensure the transmission of high quality video. Managing performance entails more than tracking response time. Let’s look at the key metrics for managing IPTV in the following table: Performance AreaMetricDescriptionIPTV Service MetricsQoEVideo quality of experience measured via Media Delivery Index (MDI), most often displayed as two numbers separated by a colon: delay factor (DF) and the media loss rate (MLR)Packet lo...
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Eastlink launches 5G network in Halifax

Canadian cableco and mobile operator Eastlink yesterday announced the commercial launch of a 5G network initially spanning 18 cell sites in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The network, based on Ericsson RAN technology, will be expanded 'in the months ahead', Eastlink's press release stated. Jeanette Irekvist, Head of Customer Unit Canada for Ericsson North A...
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Former owner in bid for Freedom?

Reuters, quoting an unnamed source cited by The Globe & Mail, reports that Canadian investment firm Globalive Capital has offered to buy Shaw Communications' Freedom Mobile division for CAD3.75 billion (USD2.9 billion), as Rogers Communications looks at options for offloading Freedom to gain regulatory clearance for its proposed takeover of Sha...
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Rogers initiating talks with potential buyers for Shaw’s mobile assets

Bloomberg reports that Rogers Communications has opened a data room and begun talks with potential buyers of the mobile assets of Shaw Communications as the two Canadian groups attempt to gain regulatory approval for their CAD16 billion (USD12.5 billion) plus-debt merger deal, according to an unnamed source. TeleGeography notes that on 3 March 2022...
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Rogers expands Eastern Ontario 5G to ten more communities under EORN partnership

Rogers Communications has extended its 5G network to ten additional communities in Eastern Ontario as part of a CAD300 million (USD234 million) partnership with the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN), the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario to bridge the digital divide and bring reliable cellular connectivity across the region. Th...
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Rogers launches private offerings in US, Canada to finance Shaw merger

Canada's Rogers Communications has priced a private offering of five series of US dollar denominated senior notes with an aggregate principal amount of USD7.05 billion, whilst also pricing a private offering of four series of Canadian dollar denominated senior notes with an aggregate principal amount of CAD4.25 billion (USD3.33 billion). Rogers exp...
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Bell acquires indy ISP EBOX

Bell Canada has acquired EBOX, which is described as the largest independent ISP in Quebec. The internet, telephone and TV provider based in Longueuil, Quebec, has been operating for 25 years, serving consumers and businesses in Quebec and parts of Ontario, and Bell says it will maintain the EBOX brand. A statement says that EBOX will continue to o...
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Minister declares opposition to transferring Shaw/Freedom mobile licences to Rogers

Canada's Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Francois-Philippe Champagne, yesterday issued a statement regarding Rogers Communications' proposed takeover of Shaw Communications and its subsidiary Freedom Mobile, in which he indicated that at least some of Freedom's cellular spectrum licences would need to be divested as a condition of mer...
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Profitap IOTA v2.2.2 Release Notes

The newly released IOTA software version 2.2.2 includes the following new features: Added traffic analysis support for IEEE 802.1ad (QinQ) traffic It is now possible to filter traffic based on the outer VLAN tag of QinQ frames. This improves the versatility of IOTA, as it can now capture and analyze this type of traffic without the need for additio...
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Telus annual net profit climbs 35% as subscription take-up hits record levels

Canada's Telus Corporation reported that in the fourth quarter of 2021 its consolidated revenues increased by 20% year-on-year to CAD4.87 billion (USD3.82 billion), whilst it recognised a CAD410 million pre-tax gain arising from the disposition of its financial solutions business, excluding which consolidated revenue would have increased by 9.9%. A...
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Find Your Security Vulnerability Before Hackers Find It For You

Every Network Has a Security Vulnerability – Where is Yours? One of the top questions on the minds of network security personnel is "how do I reduce my security risk?" Even for smaller organizations, this is important because every network has a weakness. But do you know where you are the most vulnerable? Wouldn't you like to fix the problem now, b...
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Proactive Threat Simulation to Test Your Cyber Defenses

By Gregory Copeland,  Director - Technical Alliances at Keysight Technologies Cybersecurity is rightfully a top concern for Enterprises and getting more so with all the high-profile breaches making the news. Leaders don't want their company making the news having fallen victim to a massive ransomware attack or denial of service. Consequently, ...
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5 IPTV Monitoring Best Practices

Chances are you’ve seen Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) but didn’t know it. Different types of IPTV are popping up in our daily lives ranging from Video-On-Demand to being greeted by pre-recorded video messages at the gas pump or ATM. And many businesses are adopting IPTV to broadcast live or on-demand video content to employees, partners, customers, and investors. But what does this mean for the network team? In this article we’ll outline IPTV basics and focus on primary management challenges and b...
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Government claims success in meeting mobile price reduction target

Francois-Philippe Champagne, Canada's Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced that the government has met its commitment to reduce the costs of mid-range mobile packages by 25% three months ahead of schedule. Prices for all tracked mid-range plans have decreased by 25% compared to the benchmark prices observed in early 2020, accordi...
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So, What is the Customer Perspective of your Contact Centre

Enterprise contact centers are becoming extremely complex, using technology from multiple vendors to meet specific customer requirements. Today, clients are using new media types such as smart phones and tablets to reach out so you need to explore new technologies such as cloud services to consolidate and improve your delivery. Why Test the Customer Quality of Experience? When you change or deploy new technology you need to understand the caller’s perspective, from the greeting through to the ag...
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Rogers’ Q4 revenues climb 6% driven by mobile and media divisions

Canada's Rogers Communications' total revenue increased by 6% year-on-year to CAD3.919 billion (USD3.084 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2021, with service revenue climbing 7% to CAD3.232 billion, driven by growth at its mobile (Wireless) and Media divisions. Mobile service revenue improved by 6%, mainly resulting from post-paid subscription base...
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Are Agents Necessary for Accurate Network Monitoring?

How does an IT team ensure accurate and complete visibility? Obtaining comprehensive visibility into network performance requires not only looking at the network and application, but digging into infrastructure health and performance. Solutions providing this view typically utilize two different approaches: agent or agentless. Selecting the best method for your team requires understanding the options and selecting the solution that integrates well with your existing resources. In this article, w...
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Webinar: Learn How to Find Security Threats Before Hackers Find Them For you

Every network has a security vulnerability. Vulnerabilities obviously lead to threats. Do you know where your vulnerabilities and any hidden threats are located? With major security breaches happening every year to businesses and government agencies of every type, don't you want to find (and fix) your network BEFORE a hacker finds and exploits the ...
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