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Telus matches Bell’s 4C LTE-A footprint; launches SD-WAN NaaS solution

Canadian carrier Telus has revealed that its recently-launched 'Quad-Band LTE' – four-carrier aggregation (4C) LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) – high speed mobile data services have been expanded to cover 38 markets across eight provinces, mirroring a previous announcement from rival Bell Canada, with which Telus has nationwide joint network investment/sharin...
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Viavi’s 10th ‘State of the Network’ study probes security threats

 Viavi Solutions today released the results of its 10th annual State of the Network global study, which focuses on the growing issue of security threats. Now available for download, respondents included 1,035 CIOs, IT directors, and network engineers. "Enterprise network teams are expending more time and resources than ever before to battle se...
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Four-band carrier aggregation LTE-A in 40 cities soon, says Bell

Bell Canada has announced that its quad-band (four-band carrier aggregation) LTE Advanced (LTE-A) network with theoretical download speeds of up to 750Mbps is now available in nearly 40 cities/communities in eight provinces across Canada. Bell began deploying the advanced 750Mbps-capable network configuration, supported by 256QAM technology, in Apr...
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Telus acquires local telco Raftview Communications

Canadian major telco Telus Communications has purchased Raftview Communications, a local cable TV and telecoms network operator in Clearwater and Barriere in the province of British Columbia. Paul Caissie, the owner of Raftview, which has been in business for 30 years, said of the takeover: 'We feel the time is right to transition our business for ...
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Orolia improves Spectracom SecureSync GPS threat mitigation through partnership with Talen-X

 Orolia announces integration of its Spectracom SecureSync with Talen-X's BroadShield Interference and Spoofing Detection technology. Through the strategic partnership with Talen-X, Orolia is now able to provide improved protection against emerging GPS threats in their Spectracom brand of products, including the SecureSync precision time and f...
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SaskTel reaches 200,000 fibre premises passed; upgrades internet in 46 Indigenous/First Nations communities

Canadian provincial full-service operator SaskTel has announced that its 'infiNET' branded fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband network services are available to more than 200,000 homes and businesses throughout Saskatchewan. In a deployment beginning in 2011, SaskTel has now completed infiNET rollout in Estevan, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Swift C...
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Telus, Huawei hail successful 5G wireless-to-the-premises pilot

Canadian operator Telus and Chinese technology partner Huawei have claimed a 'significant breakthrough' with a successful 5G pilot of live point-to-multipoint (P2MP) connections over commercial central office and transport network infrastructure using equipment based on 3GPP 5G foundational technologies, utilising 28GHz band frequencies. A press re...
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Eastlink expands gigabit availability

 Canadian cableco Eastlink has given an update on its ongoing investment in high speed fibre-optic networks including expansion of gigabit-capable internet services, in response to demand for 'real-time entertainment and connected home technologies'. Lee Bragg, Eastlink CEO, said: 'For years, we have been providing gigabit speeds and higher to...
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Canadian cellcos banned from locking phones to their network

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has introduced amendments to its Wireless Code, a mandatory code of conduct for providers of retail mobile wireless voice and data services. Starting on 1 December 2017 all mobile service end-users (post-paid and pre-paid) will have the right to have their phone unlocked (i.e. u...
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Shaw acquires 700MHz, 2500MHz spectrum from Videotron for CAD430m; sells ViaWest for CAD2.3bn

 Canadian quadruple-play operator Shaw Communications has entered into a definitive agreement with Videotron's parent Quebecor Media to acquire 700MHz and 2500MHz wireless spectrum licences in seven regional markets in Canada for CAD430 million (USD324 million). The Quebec-based multi-service cable/mobile operator is selling 2×5MHz blocks of 7...
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Rogers buys Videotron’s AWS-1 spectrum in Greater Toronto for CAD184m

 Quebecor, the parent of Quebec-based quadruple-play network operator Videotron, has announced the sale of Videotron's Advanced Wireless Services (AWS-1) 1700MHz/2100MHz mobile spectrum licence in the Greater Toronto region to Rogers Communications for approximately CAD184 million (USD137 million), pursuant to a transfer option on the frequenc...
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It could be you… chosen Bell-MTS users begin migration to Telus

Over 100,000 Bell-MTS mobile customers in Manitoba will receive letters in the next two months informing them if they have been selected to transfer to rival Canadian operator Telus, as a knock-on condition of Bell's recent takeover of MTS in the province. Canadian website MobileSyrup reports that the process is beginning its first phase this week,...
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Bell rings the pay-TV changes with budget streaming venture

 Bell Canada is launching a 'no-frills', budget app-based live TV service named 'Alt TV' enabling customers to watch regular TV programming on smartphones, computers and other streaming devices. Alt TV is being offered initially to Bell's internet subscribers in Ontario and Quebec, with the Atlantic provinces and Manitoba scheduled for launch ...
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Ice n slice: Yellowknife gets cutting-edge 4G

Ice Wireless, which operates in Canada’s far northern regions – Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut – has launched commercial LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network services, initially in Yellowknife. According to Ice Wireless CEO Samer Bishay, quoted by MobileSyrup, customers can expect real-world LTE-A mobile data speeds of around 40Mbps, whilst he added that the carrier plans to switch on additional LTE-A base stations throughout the summer. Simultaneously, Ice revamped its post-paid packages, wit...
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Xplornet hails improvement in rural internet via satellite

Canadian rural broadband specialist Xplornet Communications has announced the launch of an upgraded internet service supported by the EchoStar XIX satellite, now available to new and existing customers. Xplornet says t hat, combined  with the scheduled launch of the ViaSat-2 satellite on June 1, its satellite internet capacity is being tripled, resulting in ‘more speed and data at affordable prices’ for its users. Xplornet’s newly launched satellite internet service offers speeds up to 25Mb...
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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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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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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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