CRTC grants big telcos, cablecos stay on wholesale internet order

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has approved requests by Bell Canada, Rogers, Shaw, Cogeco, Videotron and Eastlink to stay the implementation of Telecom Order 2019-288 regarding final rates for aggregated wholesale high speed access (HSA) services until the Commission completes its review of that order. Earlie...
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Rogers’ 5G reaches over 60 cities and towns

Rogers Communications has expanded its commercial 5G mobile network to five additional areas in Ontario – Ajax, Burlington, Grimsby, Oakville and Whitby – bringing its total coverage to more than 60 Canadian cities and towns including 25 in Ontario. Rogers, which launched its initial 5G services in January 2020 in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vanc...
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Continuously Validate Your Cyber Defenses

Even with advanced firewall technology, intrusion prevention systems (IPS), and a wide array of security tools in place, businesses still miss clues and suffer major security breaches every day. In a recent survey, 50% of respondents said that they have experienced a security breach because one or more of their security products was simply not work...
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Cogeco, Audet family reject takeover bid from Altice, Rogers

Canadian/US communications group Cogeco announced on September 2nd 2020 that the boards of directors of holding company Cogeco Inc. and subsidiary Cogeco Communications have rejected an unsolicited, non-binding takeover proposal from cableco Altice USA and Canadian counterpart Rogers Communications. Cogeco's statement said that the rejection follow...
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Telus posts 3.6% Q2 sales rise, although EBITDA falls 1.0% on COVID-19 factors

Canadian quadruple-play operator Telus reported that in the second quarter of 2020 its consolidated operating revenue increased by 3.6% year-on-year to CAD3.728 billion (USD2.779 billion), while EBITDA decreased by 1.0% to CAD1.359 billion and net income attributable to shareholders dropped 43.9% to CAD290 million for the April-June period. Telus n...
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Shaw Mobile launches for cable internet customers in BC, Alberta

Western Canadian cableco Shaw Communications launched its Shaw Mobile service on 30 July 2020 as scheduled, offering LTE services over its existing cellular network shared with its Freedom Mobile brand. At launch Shaw Mobile is being offered exclusively to Shaw Internet customers in British Columbia and Alberta, with mobile packages including a fre...
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Shaw launching second cellular service, Shaw Mobile

Canadian cableco Shaw Communications, which already operates the country's fourth largest cellco Freedom Mobile, is introducing a new cellular service under the Shaw Mobile brand. The company announced yesterday (27 July) on social media that 'Shaw Mobile is coming' on 30 July, exclusive to customers in British Columbia and Alberta provinces, descr...
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Rogers posts 17% Q2 revenue drop on COVID-19 factors

Canada's Rogers Communications posted a 17% year-on-year drop in total revenue in the second quarter of 2020 to CAD3.155 billion (USD2.341 billion), largely driven by a 14% fall in Wireless revenue to CAD1.934 billion (with underlying 13%/17% decreases in Wireless service/equipment revenues) resulting from: lower roaming revenue due to global trave...
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Cogeco Connexion posts 1.6% quarterly revenue drop

In its fiscal third quarter ended 31 May 2020, Canadian cableco Cogeco Connexion posted a 1.6% year-on-year revenue drop to CAD320.5 million (USD236.8 million), mainly driven by ongoing cable TV subscriber losses. Quarterly EBITDA also dropped moderately, by 1.1% y-o-y to CAD176.7 million. Cogeco's cable internet customers in Ontario and Quebec inc...
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Virgin Mobile Canada switches on Virgin TV

Virgin Mobile Canada – a sub-brand operator of Bell Canada – has launched 'Virgin TV', an OTT app-based service with 240 live and on-demand channels, for its home internet subscribers in Ontario and Quebec. Virgin TV works via iOS/Android smartphones and tablets, laptops, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Android TV, Apple TV and Google Chromecast. The app ena...
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Shaw quarterly wireline revenues drop 1.1%; Freedom revenues up 1.2%

Canadian cableco Shaw Communications has reported the results for its fiscal third quarter ended 31 May 2020, including its Freedom Mobile subsidiary. Wireline sector revenue including fixed broadband, TV and telephony declined by 1.1% year-on-year to CAD1.063 billion (USD782 million), including CAD923 million consumer segment revenue (down 1.3%) a...
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Telus switches on 5G in five cities; adds Samsung to 5G vendor roster

Canada's Telus has announced the launch of its first-phase 5G mobile network in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal and the Greater Toronto Area, with plans to expand to an additional 26 markets across Canada throughout the remainder of the year. 5G access is being offered to Telus customers at no additional cost on post-paid packages with unlim...
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Stonepeak completes purchase of Xplornet

On June 11, 2020 Canada's largest rural-focused broadband provider Xplornet Communications announced the completion of its sale to New York-based private equity firm Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, whereby Stonepeak acquired a controlling stake following receipt of all regulatory approvals and financing. Xplornet says the takeover gives it new c...
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Bell claims Canada’s largest 5G mobile network at launch

On June 11th, 2020 Bell Canada announced the launch of its commercial 5G mobile network, claiming initial coverage 'six times greater' than rival Rogers' existing 5G footprint. At launch, 5G from Bell is available in Montreal, the Greater Toronto Area, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, following a rollout with technology partners including Nokia and...
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Telus launches 1.5Gbps fibre broadband

Telus has announced 'a new benchmark for home and business internet speeds in Western Canada' with the launch of its new 1.5Gbps download/940Mbps upload 'PureFibre 1.5 Gigabit' broadband service, available now to residential and B2B customers in British Columbia and Alberta. Previously, Telus' peak retail broadband package speed was a symmetrical 9...
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Canada delays 3500MHz 5G auction to June 2021

Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada (ISED) has announced a six-month postponement to the country's 3500MHz 5G spectrum auction, which will now start on 15 June 2021, with a deadline for receipt of applications and pre-auction financial deposits set for 6 April. Minister Navdeep Bains said in a statement on Friday that the delay wi...
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Bell, Telus both select Ericsson, Nokia as dual 5G suppliers

On June 2nd Bell Canada announced that Ericsson of Sweden will provide radio access network (RAN) equipment for its national 5G mobile network rollout. The announcement follows Bell's first commercial 5G network equipment supplier agreement with Finland's Nokia in February 2020. On 2 June another major Canadian mobile operator, Telus, also announce...
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Bell Canada sells 25 data centres to Equinix for 1 Billion CAD

Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) has entered into a definitive agreement to sell 25 data centres at 13 sites to US-based multinational interconnection and data centre company Equinix in an all-cash transaction valued at CAD1.04 billion (USD761 million). BCE President and CEO Mirko Bibic announced that the transaction reinforces Bell's strategy to focu...
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Bell, Videotron, Cogeco expanding rural Quebec high speed networks with government support

Bell Canada has been awarded regional government funding for expanding high speed fibre internet connections in 18 rural communities in Quebec covering 7,000 homes, businesses and other organisations, in partnership with the Quebec Ministry of Economy & Innovation's Connected Regions programme. Rival operator Videotron announced that it will co...
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Bell’s 5G network 'ready' but launch on hold due to COVID-19

Bell Canada has put on hold its commercial 5G network launch due to the COVID-19 pandemic, its CEO Mirko Bibic told investors. Quoted by RCRWireless News, Bibic clarified: 'We are ready with our initial 5G network, but frankly we don't think that it's the right time right now to officially launch it for marketing purposes. I just don't think that c...
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