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Xplornet expanding Eastern Ontario ‘5G-ready’ fixed-wireless broadband with federal assistance

​ Canada's leading rural fixed-wireless broadband provider Xplornet Communications has announced an initiative to deploy '5G-ready' 100Mbps services to an additional 80,000 rural homes and businesses in Eastern Ontario, supported by rollout of over 600km of fibre infrastructure. Assisted by a contribution of up to CAD16 million (USD12.2 million) fr...
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Bell claims wholesale rate hike will reduce broadband rollout by 200,000 households

​ Bell Canada has released a statement claiming that a regulatory decision to reduce wholesale broadband rates will negatively impact its high speed access network expansion in smaller towns and rural communities, reducing the scope of its current plans in such areas by 20%, or approximately 200,000 households. On 15 August the Canadian Radio-telev...
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Big operators take a hit as CRTC cuts wholesale broadband rates

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has ordered the country's large telcos and cablecos to reduce tariffs for wholesale broadband network services charged to smaller ISPs, in a move which it says will 'facilitate greater competition and promote innovative broadband services and more affordable prices for consumers...
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Huawei supports Ice Wireless 4G upgrade in Inuvik

Ice Wireless has partnered with Huawei to deliver 4G LTE mobile services to the town of Inuvik in the Northwest Territories, reports Canadian news site MobileSyrup. Services will be functional by the end of June 2019. Samer Bishay, CEO of Ice Wireless, said: 'Our collaborative launch with Huawei to offer 4G LTE in Inuvik will be the stepping stone ...
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Videotron switches on 5G test site in Montreal

​Quebec-based cableco and mobile operator Videotron and its partners in the Open-Air Laboratory for Smart Living (LabVI) have announced that a 5G testing site is now live in Montreal's Quartier de l'innovation using Ericsson equipment, reports MobileSyrup. The site – utilizing an existing 4G LTE site on the roof of the Ecole de Technologie Superieu...
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Telus buys Axia rural Albertan consumer operations from Bell

Canadian full-service operator Telus has bought Axia's residential internet services in rural Alberta from Bell Canada, reports VulcanAdvocate.com. Bell purchased Calgary-based Axia's network assets in September last year, and the transaction with Telus follows a 31 March agreement to sell Axia's residential fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) operations,...
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Bell Canada revenues up 2.6% in 1Q19

​ Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) posted total revenue of CAD5.734 billion (USD4.262 billion)) for the three months ended 31 March 2019, up 2.6% compared to the same period of last year. First-quarter service revenue grew 1.6% to CAD5.045 billion and product revenue increased 10.1% to CAD689 million, reflecting increases at both wireless and wireline...
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Xplornet gets capacity on new Hughes satellite for rural broadband

Canada's leading rural fixed-wireless broadband provider Xplornet has signed a 15-year contract valued at over USD250 million for 50Gbps of Ka-band capacity on the EchoStar XXIV satellite due to be launched by US-based Hughes Network Systems in 2021, to support high speed broadband reaching over 90% of Canadians. According to Hughes' press release,...
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Eastlink Expands Mobile Network to Alberta

​Nova Scotia-based cableco and wireless operator Eastlink has announced its first mobile network service launch in western Canada, in Grande Prairie, Alberta. The move sees Eastlink enter its sixth Canadian province with mobile services, having launched its 4G LTE network in 2013 in Nova Scotia, before expanding to Prince Edward Island, Southeast O...
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Canadian 600MHz auction raises CAD3.5bn; Rogers dominates bidding

Canada's auction of 600MHz spectrum concluded on 4 April, Navdeep Bains, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development has confirmed, with the sale process generating a total of CAD3.5 billion (USD2.6 billion) for the country's Consolidated Revenue Fund. 70MHz of spectrum was divided into 10MHz blocks in each service area, including ...
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TNW Wireless acquired by United American Corp

​ Florida, US-based development and management company United American Corp has agreed to purchase Canada's TNW Wireless from Investel Capital Corporation Canada. TNW Wireless is licensed as a wholesale and retail wireless carrier in the Northwest of Canada, where it holds 25MHz of 'tier-2' 850MHz band spectrum licences, and also owns proprietary '...
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​Ice's Nunavik LTE Expansion Begins in Quaqtaq

Canadian far north network operator Ice Wireless has launched LTE-based mobile services in Quaqtaq in Nunavik, Nunatsiaq News reports. Ice, which already operates 3G/4G cellular services in Nunavik capital Iqaluit, plans to extend mobile voice and broadband data services throughout the remote region with national and international roaming, in colla...
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Canada budgets up to CAD6bn for universal high speed internet

In its 2019 budget, Canada's federal government has committed to offering 95% of homes and businesses internet access at download/upload speeds of at least 50Mbps/10Mbps by 2026, rising to 100% by 2030, in line with targets of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). The government estimates that by 2021 around 90% of...
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Xplornet investing CAD500m-plus in ‘national’ 5G rural rollout

Canada's leading rural fixed-wireless broadband provider Xplornet Communications has announced that it will invest over CAD500 million (USD375 million) in five years to deliver hybrid fibre-wireless 5G services 'nationally to rural Canadians', enabled by the federal government's Accelerated Investment Incentive. CEO Allison Lenehan stated that Xplo...
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Shaw Business introduces 1Gbps speeds across Western Canada

  Shaw Business – part of cableco Shaw Communications – announced on 7 March 2019 the availability of 1Gbps (download) internet speeds for B2B customers across Western Canada alongside upload speeds of up to 125Mbps 'in select areas'. In addition, from the same date business customers on eligible Shaw Business Internet and SmartWiFi 150 and 30...
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Bell revenues climb 3% in 4Q18

​ Bell Canada Enterprises ( BCE ) reported that its operating revenue was up 3.0% in Q4 2018 to CAD6.215 billion (USD4.680 billion), driven by a 1.5% increase in service revenue to CAD5.231 billion that reflected year-on-year growth for all Bell operating segments. Product revenue increased 11.3% to CAD984 million, the result of a higher sales mix ...
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Shaw completes fibre network enhancements with Fujitsu

Canadian cableco Shaw Communications has completed a fibre-optic transport network upgrade involving deployment of the Fujitsu 1FINITY platform and Virtuora Network Control software, enabling significant capacity expansion and software-defined network control capability, network planning and design, network management, as well as service fulfillmen...
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Rogers’ revenues rise 6% in 4Q18

Canadian quad-play operator Rogers Communications posted a 6% year-on-year increase in total revenue for the three months ending 31 December 2018 to CAD3.94 billion (USD2.95 billion), up from CAD3.73 billion in the same period of 2017. Underlying mobile revenue climbed 8% – driven chiefly by mobile data demand monetisation – and fixed broadband int...
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Big Three Commit to Lower-Cost Mobile Data

Canada's 'big three' nationwide mobile operators Rogers, Telus and Bell have committed to offer a broad range of lower-cost data-only packages within the next 90 days, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced yesterday. The national providers must introduce the monthly plans ranging from 250MB (CAD15 [USD11.2...
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SSI Micro improves LTE services via Rogers spectrum tie-up

SSi Micro, a Canadian far-northern wireless broadband operator which trades under the SSi Mobile and QINIQ brands, has teamed up with national cellular giant Rogers Communications to deliver enhanced services to customers in northern Canada, including in Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon. SSi has received a spectrum sub-licence from Rogers t...
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