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Canada launches 3800MHz policy and licence framework consultation

Canada's Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Francois-Philippe Champagne, announced the launch of the consultation on a policy and licensing framework for spectrum in the 3800MHz band to support 5G and promote competition in mobile services. The consultation specifically seeks input on issues such as the network build-out requirements tha...
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SaskTel switches on first 5G network sections

Saskatchewan operator SaskTel announced yesterday that it has begun commercial deployment of its 5G mobile network in partnership with Samsung, with initial sections of the network going live in parts of Regina, under a first-phase plan to expand coverage throughout Regina and Saskatoon in spring 2022. Doug Burnett, SaskTel President and CEO, decla...
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Xplornet buys Brant in Ontario; finalises rural broadband agreement in Manitoba

Xplornet Communications has closed an agreement to acquire Brant Fibre Optics, a network operator providing gigabit speed internet services to enterprise customers in Brant County, southwestern Ontario. Xplornet Executive VP Bill Macdonald said: 'The acquisition of Brant Fibre Optics is an important milestone in our continued focus on increasing ou...
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Satellite group Telesat goes public

Canadian-based global satellite operator Telesat Corporation has become a public company with shares listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (NASDAQ) and Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the ticker symbol TSAT, following the closing of a transaction in which Loral Space & Communications' stockholders and Telesat Canada's other equity holder...
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Bell, Nokia test 25Gbps PON

Bell Canada and Nokia have announced a North American first test of 25Gbps PON fibre broadband technology at Bell's Advanced Technical Lab in Montreal. The partners reported that 'the trial validates that current GPON and XGS-PON broadband technology and future 25G PON can work seamlessly together on the same fibre hardware, which is being deployed...
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Telus reports 6.8%, 7.6% growth in Q3 revenue, EBITDA

Canadian full-service operator Telus reported that its consolidated revenues increased by 6.8% year-on-year to CAD4.251 billion (USD3.412 billion) in the three months ended 30 September 2021. Q3 EBITDA increased by 7.6% y-o-y to CAD1.496 billion, which the company said reflected higher internet and data service margins resulting from subscription b...
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BCE reports 3.6% service revenue growth in Q3; total net activations up 10.2%

Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) reported a 0.8% year-on-year increase in total revenues to CAD5.836 billion (USD4.696 billion) in Q3 2021, with 3.6% consolidated service revenue growth driving 4.2% higher adjusted EBITDA at CAD2.558 billion, as quarterly net income grew 9.9% y-o-y to CAD813 million. Highlights in the three months ending 30 September ...
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Bell Canada partnering with geographic information system (GIS) provider Esri Canada

Bell Canada is partnering with geographic information system (GIS) provider Esri Canada to create the Bell Integrated Smart City Ecosystem, combining Bell's 5G network and IoT solutions with Esri's real-time analytics and location intelligence capabilities 'to help cities of all sizes across Canada become connected communities, empowering them to r...
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Shaw Communications posts 43% rise in fiscal year net profit

Canada's Shaw Communications has posted its consolidated financial and operating results for the quarter and fiscal year ended 31 August 2021. Quarterly revenue increased 2.1% year-on-year to CAD1.38 billion (USD1.11 billion) while adjusted three-month EBITDA increased 3.4% y-o-y to CAD614 million and net income improved 44% to CAD252 million. Fisc...
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Court denies Bell, Telus attempts to block Videotron’s western 5G purchases

Canada's Federal Court has denied requests from national telecoms operators Bell and Telus to block Quebec-based rival Videotron from purchasing 3500MHz 5G 'set-aside' mobile licences in western provinces it won at auction earlier this year, IT World Canada reports. The court concluded that there was no basis for assertions that Videotron needed to...
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Rogers completes national 5G SA core rollout, gains 5G SA device certification

Rogers Communications announced on 25 October 2021 that it had completed the rollout of Canada's first national 5G Standalone (SA) core network in partnership with Ericsson and also achieved the country's first 5G SA device certification, for the Google Pixel 6/6 Pro smartphones. Rogers' press release says that over the next few months eligible cus...
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Rogers’ service revenues climb 2% in Q3

Canada's Rogers Communications reported that its total revenue in the three months ended 30 September 2021 was flat year-on-year at CAD3.666 billion (USD2.970 billion), while quarterly service revenue climbed 2% y-o-y to CAD3.149 billion. 3Q21 EBITDA fell 2% y-o-y to CAD1.600 billion, and three-month net income dropped 4% to CAD490 million. Rogers ...
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Rogers expanding 1.5Gbps FTTH in Ottawa, surrounding locations

Canadian fixed and mobile network operator Rogers Communications reported that it is investing over CAD188 million (USD152 million) to extend 1.5Gbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services to more than 24,000 additional homes and businesses in Ottawa and nearby eastern Ontario communities including Clarence-Rockland, North Grenville and Carleton Place. ...
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Xplornet launches rural fixed-wireless 5G standalone network with Ericsson

Canadian rural-focused broadband provider Xplornet Communications has announced the launch of its fixed-wireless 5G standalone network, powered by the Ericsson Radio System. The rollout of 'Canada's first rural 5G standalone network with fixed-wireless broadband services' is starting in New Brunswick and expanding across that province during the ne...
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Eastlink expanding New Brunswick mobile network

Canadian cable and cellular operator Eastlink has announced plans to invest CAD26 million (USD20 million) to expand its mobile network in New Brunswick, aiming to 'bringing more choice and competition to mobile customers' in the northern part of the province. Taking place 'over the next couple of years the project will expand existing coverage from...
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SaskTel launches Rural Broadband Partnership with rural ISPs

Canada's SaskTel announced the launch of its Rural Broadband Partnership Programme, an initiative to partner with smaller internet providers to bring advanced broadband connectivity to underserved farms, acreages, Indigenous communities and other hard to serve rural areas in Saskatchewan. Don Morgan, Minister Responsible for SaskTel, stated: 'Maxim...
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Canada proceeds with CAD1.4bn Telesat investment; OneWeb agrees satellite deal with Northwestel

Canada's federal government has entered into an agreement-in-principle with Telesat to invest CAD1.44 billion (USD1.15 billion) into Telesat's advanced low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation, Telesat Lightspeed, through a CAD790 million repayable loan and a CAD650 million preferred share equity investment for which the government would recei...
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Ontario broadband projects get CAD1.2bn govt funding; Telesat launching CAD109m Ontario partnership

Canada's federal government and the provincial government of Ontario have committed joint investment of over CAD1.24 billion (USD990 million) to expand high speed internet in all corners of the province by 2025, covering nearly 280,000 rural households, including: CAD148 million for northwestern Ontario (connecting 11,200 households); CAD362 millio...
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6.4% sales growth for Bell in Q2

Bell Canada's quarterly net income increased by 149.7% year-on-year to CAD734 million (USD584 million) in Q2 2021, on consolidated revenue growth of 6.4% to CAD5.698 billion. Adjusted EBITDA rose 6.2% y-o-y in April-June to CAD2.476 billion. The operator highlighted 115,916 total wireless mobile phone and mobile connected device, retail internet an...
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Telus Q2 revenues climb 10%

Canadian full-service operator Telus reported that its consolidated operating revenues for the second quarter of 2021 increased by 10% year-on-year to CAD4.1 billion (USD3.3 billion). EBITDA rose by 6.8% to CAD1.45 billion while adjusted EBITDA increased by 9.5% to CAD1.50 billion, and quarterly net income expanded by 9.2% to CAD344 million. CAPEX ...
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