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Telus investing $24B in Ontario network upgrades

telecom | 05/21/2024 6:03 pm EDT

Telus Corp.’s spending spree continued on Tuesday as the company announced that it will be investing $24 billion in Ontario to expand and improve its network over the next five years.  The spending is part of Telus’ overall investment plan totaling $73 billion to be...

CCTS reports increasing compliance among service providers 

telecom | 05/16/2024 5:10 pm EDT

Compliance among telecom and TV service providers with the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services’ (CCTS) rules has increased overall, according to the organization’s 2023 compliance report cards released Thursday. The CCTS annually audits service...

CRTC reports continued increase in spam complaints

Internet and Governance | 05/15/2024 6:32 pm EDT

Complaints filed with the CRTC’s Spam Reporting Centre (SRC) are on the rise, according to the...

Bill C-70 a good start but more is needed to combat infrastructure vandalism: CTA

telecom | 05/13/2024 7:06 pm EDT

A new bill – aimed at countering foreign interference – illustrates the...

Google makes Android emergency location service available to all Canadian users

telecom | 05/13/2024 12:05 pm EDT

Alphabet Inc.’s Google has unveiled the widespread availability of...

Telus announces $33B spend across B.C., Alberta for network upgrades

telecom | 05/13/2024 11:37 am EDT

Telus Corp. announced Monday that it is investing more than $16 billion and...

Telus suggests connectivity options in three BC areas

telecom | 05/10/2024 5:43 pm EDT

Telus Corp. has filed a Part 1 application which it hopes will resolve connectivity issues in three parts of British Columbia. An abridged version of the document was posted on the CRTC website earlier this month. The commission was upset that the western telecom is...

Telesat says it remains on track as it releases Q1 results

telecom | 05/10/2024 5:08 pm EDT

Telesat Corp. issued its first quarter 2024 figures on Friday and is...

Entwistle to take salary in shares as Telus releases Q1 results

telecom | 05/09/2024 8:34 pm EDT

Telus Corp. president and CEO Darren Entwistle said Thursday that he will...

Quebecor Q1 revenues soar following Freedom takeover

Media | 05/09/2024 8:27 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc. reported a robust increase in revenues and profits for the first quarter of 2024, driven...

Northwestel ordered to abandon DSL surcharge after eight years

telecom | 05/09/2024 11:48 am EDT

BCE Inc. subsidiary Northwestel has been told by the CRTC to stop charging...

CRTC denies expedited decision on Big Three’s FTTP wholesale access

telecom | 05/06/2024 7:28 pm EDT

Friday the CRTC denied an application by several stakeholders for an...

Bell pleased with subscription numbers as it releases Q1 figures

Media | 05/02/2024 5:08 pm EDT

BCE Inc. issued its first quarter 2024 results Thursday morning and...

Staffieri touts Rogers accomplishments in Toronto speech

telecom | 05/01/2024 3:49 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. CEO Tony Staffieri gave a rosy picture of life...

Canadian telecom prices fall, remain high internationally: ISED report

telecom | 05/01/2024 1:30 pm EDT

Canadian wireless and broadband internet prices declined in 2023, however...

Senate committee takes up study of internet service quality bill 

Internet and Governance | 04/30/2024 6:01 pm EDT

The Senate Committee on Transport and Communications began its study of Bill C-288 on Tuesday, which would amend the Telecommunications Act to require telecom carriers to be...

Rogers backs Bell’s SRDU request while creatives oppose

telecom | 04/29/2024 6:58 pm EDT

Bell Canada ExpressVu Satellite DishRogers Communications Inc. is endorsing a Part 1 application by BCE Inc....

Open telecom to foreign investment, former competition commissioner says

Internet and Governance | 04/26/2024 5:25 pm EDT

A past Competition Bureau Commissioner is calling on the federal government...

CCTS reports surge in Rogers, Bell, and Telus complaints

telecom | 04/25/2024 9:38 am EDT

Customer complaints against telecom and TV service providers surged by 43...

Digital divide still exists in Northern Ontario, study finds

Internet and Governance | 04/24/2024 6:27 pm EDT

The northern lights.Northern Ontario is lagging behind the rest of the province when it comes...

CRTC responding to industry concerns, commissioner tells BC telecoms

telecom | 04/24/2024 6:03 pm EDT

The CRTC is making headway in improving the telecommunications landscape, a conference in western Canada was told. Claire Anderson, commissioner for British Columbia and the...

Rogers releases Q1 results, announces 10-year deal with Comcast 

Media | 04/24/2024 5:18 pm EDT

Following the release of its first quarter results of 2024, Rogers...

Irekvist promotes Ericsson’s efforts to reach net-zero emissions

telecom | 04/23/2024 5:56 pm EDT

To celebrate Earth Day on Monday, Ericsson AB signed on with the federal...

CRTC told not to grant FTTP access to big telecoms

telecom | 04/22/2024 6:25 pm EDT

A wealth of intervenors have told the CRTC that the large established telecoms should not be allowed to...

Bell appeal case against CRTC fibre access decision underway

telecom | 04/19/2024 10:43 pm EDT

The front entrance of the Bell Canada building on Albert Street in Ottawa on Nov. 2, 2021 (photo by Andrew Meade)BCE Inc.’s appeal against the CRTC’s November decision to require the...

Strong internet growth in Q2, Cogeco reports

telecom | 04/12/2024 9:01 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. reported strong internet subscriber growth for the second quarter of the 2024 fiscal year, it...

Videotron wants City of Ottawa to pay for relocation of equipment and lines

telecom | 04/10/2024 5:18 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc. subsidiary Videotron has filed a Part 1 application with the...

Fizz launches expansion after successful beta testing outside Quebec

telecom | 04/10/2024 4:56 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc.’s flanker wireless brand Fizz has completed the beta...

Wireless networks withstand effects of solar eclipse

telecom | 04/09/2024 6:26 pm EDT

Canada’s four major wireless carriers experienced major upticks in usage during Monday’s solar eclipse, but they were prepared for the event. They took a victory lap when discussing the outcome. “This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and our network team worked...

UPDATED: CRTC orders Cogeco to maintain TekSavvy’s access to facilities

telecom | 04/09/2024 1:15 pm EDT

The CRTC has ordered Cogeco Inc. to maintain TekSavvy Solutions Inc.’s...

CRTC sets final conditions of service on three broadcast licence holders

Media | 04/05/2024 6:12 pm EDT

The CRTC issued a series of decisions providing addenda to...

Bell confirms appearance at heritage committee; responds to criticisms over job cuts

Media | 04/04/2024 6:16 pm EDT

The front entrance of the Bell Canada building on Albert Street in Ottawa on Nov. 2, 2021 (photo by Andrew Meade)In the wake of recent controversy surrounding BCE Inc.’s restructuring...

Housing organization calls Neighbourhood Connect’s claims in MDU access dispute “unreasonable”

telecom | 04/04/2024 6:01 pm EDT

Bethlehem Housing and Support Services denies claims made by Neighbourhood Connect (NHC) that the affordable housing organization is in violation of the CRTC's multi-dwelling...

Terago appoints new CFO

telecom | 04/04/2024 5:57 pm EDT

Toronto wireless network manager Terago Inc. has appointed Rajneesh Sapra as its new CFO, effective the beginning of April. He replaces Parveen Mithra who was serving as...

Telecoms prepare responses for solar eclipse 

telecom | 04/02/2024 5:22 pm EDT

The April 8 solar eclipse is expected to have an impact on wireless networks as people increase their...

Sunco launches expansion with purchase of Zayo PBX business

telecom | 03/28/2024 9:17 pm EDT

Alberta IT system integrator Sunco Communication and Installation Ltd. is...

Xplore expands broadband footprint in Prince Edward Island

telecom | 03/27/2024 4:31 pm EDT

Xplore Inc. announced Wednesday that it is rolling out high-speed internet...

Bell asks CRTC to lift regulations on satellite TV distributors

telecom | 03/27/2024 4:17 pm EDT

BCE Inc. asked the CRTC to lighten licensing requirements for ExpressVu,...

ISED auctioning off 225 leftover spectrum licences 

telecom | 03/25/2024 5:49 pm EDT

A cell tower with a blue sky in the background.The department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) is auctioning off 225 spectrum...

CRTC approves Rogers wireless project to boost connectivity in northern B.C.

telecom | 03/22/2024 6:42 pm EDT

The CRTC has approved Rogers Communications Inc.’s funding application...

Feds provide funding to expand broadband in Nunavut

telecom | 03/21/2024 6:28 pm EDT

The federal government is spending an additional $2.8 million to advance clean energy and roll out high-speed internet service in Nunavut. Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal made the announcement at the Arctic Energy and Resource Symposium in Calgary on Thursday....

Globe and Mail reporter digs into story of Rogers Communications 

Media | 03/21/2024 10:06 am EDT

Book cover of Rogers v. Rogers: The Battle for Control of Canada’s Telecom Empire by Alexandra Posadzki.The recent history of Rogers Communications Inc. has had more drama than anything broadcast on its CityTV network. The company poached its CEO Joe Natale from Telus Corp. only to ultimately dismiss...

Falling wireless and internet prices battle inflation, StatsCan says

Internet and Governance | 03/19/2024 5:52 pm EDT

A cell tower with a blue sky in the background.A day after the leaders of Canada’s biggest three telecoms told...

High spectrum costs are the villain in cellular prices, Big 3 tell INDU

telecom | 03/18/2024 3:52 pm EDT

The presidents of the Big Three telecoms told the House of Commons Industry...

CRTC adopts interim basic 911 features for remote regions, pushes NG911 deadlines 

telecom | 03/14/2024 5:42 pm EDT

The CRTC is delaying transition of next-generation 911 (NG911) services in...

Bell increases security on network grid to battle copper thefts

telecom | 03/13/2024 4:59 pm EDT

As copper prices increase, BCE Inc. is enhancing its security around its network installations to prevent theft of copper wire. The company announced on Wednesday that it is installing aerial alarms to warn it as attempts to steal copper happen. In February, an alarm...

CRTC rejects Bell’s challenge against wireless attachment jurisdiction

telecom | 03/12/2024 5:06 pm EDT

The CRTC has dismissed BCE Inc.’s application challenging the...

Champagne second-most lobbied minister, Hill Times finds

telecom | 03/12/2024 3:33 pm EDT

Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne...

Frédéric Perron replaces Philippe Jetté at Cogeco

telecom | 03/11/2024 12:00 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Communications Inc. announced Monday morning that president and CEO Philippe Jetté is retiring immediately from the companies and will be replaced by Frédéric Perron. Perron was most recently president of...

Beanfield appoints new SVP of commercial services 

telecom | 03/07/2024 4:44 pm EST

Beanfield Technologies Inc. has hired Chris Adamkowski as its new SVP of commercial services, the company announced Thursday.  “I am thrilled to be joining Beanfield and contributing to the mission of connecting communities...

Canadian government spends $7.5 million on Manitoba connectivity

telecom | 03/07/2024 2:44 pm EST

Minister of Rural Economic Development Gudie Hutchings speaks at a press conference in the National Press Theatre on Feb. 13, 2024 (photo by Andrew Meade).Minister of Rural Economic Development Gudie Hutchings continued her tour...

Class action suit granted over Rogers’ 2021 service outage

telecom | 03/06/2024 1:09 pm EST

A trio of Quebecers has been granted leave to launch a class action suit against Rogers Communications Inc. and two subsidiaries over a service disruption in April 2021. The filing was submitted last...

Feds and Alberta spend $112 million on broadband deployment

telecom | 03/06/2024 11:18 am EST

The governments of Canada and Alberta announced Tuesday that they are...

Court authorizes class action lawsuit for phone unlocking fees

telecom | 03/05/2024 6:40 pm EST

The Superior Court of Quebec has authorized a class action lawsuit against...

The Wire Report is hiring an editor

Internet and Governance | 03/05/2024 10:36 am EST

The Wire Report, the leading news source covering telecom, digital communications and broadcast media in Canada, is searching for an editor to join our Ottawa office. The Wire Report is part of The Hill Times Canada’s leading political news company. This is an opportunity to be part of a dynamic and influential newsroom in a growing and vibrant company. As editor, you will lead the news team and have the opportunity to report on and analyze the latest...

Canada and British Columbia fund high-speed internet rollout in province

telecom | 03/05/2024 9:47 am EST

Monday the federal government and the government of British Columbia joined...

Neighbourhood Connect escalates dispute with Bethlehem Housing over MDU access

Media | 02/29/2024 4:35 pm EST

Neighbourhood Connect (NHC), operating under 2621159 Ontario Inc. DBA...

INDU committee passes motion to call on Big 3 telecom CEOs to testify

telecom | 02/29/2024 4:26 pm EST

The House of Commons committee on Industry met Wednesday to discuss...

Updated: CRTC issues consult on mandatory call traceback process for TSPs

telecom | 02/28/2024 5:46 pm EST

This story has been updated to reflect changes to deadlines made by the CRTC on Monday. The CRTC is issuing a consultation on its proposal to make its voluntary call traceback process mandatory for all TSPs offering voice services in Canada to tackle the persistent issue of nuisance calls plaguing consumers. The call traceback process, initiated to curb spam calls,...

UPDATED: Quebecor files complaints to Comp. Bureau against Bell’s alleged abuse of dominance in internet market

telecom | 02/28/2024 4:22 pm EST

Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron and its subsidiary VMedia have lodged two formal complaints with the Competition Bureau, urging an investigation into BCE Inc.'s alleged abuse of...

Building owner ordered to give Execulink access to western Ontario MDUs

telecom | 02/28/2024 4:16 pm EST

The CRTC has approved Execulink Telecom Inc.’s request for access to three multi-dwelling units (MDUs) owned by JLC Homes Ltd. in western Ontario.  The buildings, located in Tillsonburg, Ont. at...

Bell challenges CRTC’s jurisdictional authority in wireless deployment consultation

telecom | 02/27/2024 5:30 pm EST

The front entrance of the Bell Canada building on Albert Street in Ottawa on Nov. 2, 2021 (photo by Andrew Meade)BCE Inc. is disputing the CRTC’s preliminary...

Telecommunications sector sees strong revenue growth in 2022: CRTC report

telecom | 02/27/2024 4:51 pm EST

Revenues were robust in the telecommunications sector, a new CRTC study has...

Canada signs joint statement of principles for 6G

telecom | 02/27/2024 4:49 pm EST

Canada has joined nine other nations to promote the development of next generation telecommunications...

INDU wants to force Big 3 CEOs to appear before committee 

telecom | 02/26/2024 5:19 pm EST

With the heads of Canada’s big three telecoms threatening to boycott a...

Beyond tractors: Farmers navigating the digital transition, and broadband barriers

telecom | 02/23/2024 2:35 pm EST

A person outdoors in a field using a touchscreen tablet.By Paul Park at ppark@thewirereport.ca  Technology is changing the family...

Quebecor reports revenue increase in Q4

Media | 02/22/2024 5:52 pm EST

Quebecor Inc. reported a successful fourth-quarter as it closed out the 2023 fiscal year, which it said...

CRTC angry at Telus over proposed service cuts in Kamloops

telecom | 02/20/2024 11:32 am EST

The CRTC is upset with Telus Corp. over its proposal to eliminate home telephone service in three communities in the Kamloops, BC region. The commission sent a strongly worded letter to the telecom on Feb. 15 saying it was “concerned” about the move. “Disconnecting...

Telus announced partnership with Amazon, Samsung

telecom | 02/20/2024 10:54 am EST

Telus Corp. announced Tuesday that it is partnering with Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Samsung...

Aggregated access to FTTP needed for independent ISPs, CRTC told

telecom | 02/20/2024 10:24 am EST

The crisis in competition when it comes to internet connectivity is...

Rogers, Cogeco, Quebecor challenge ILECs at CRTC hearings

telecom | 02/16/2024 3:02 pm EST

Representatives from Cogeco Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc. told the...

Reseller market is healthy, incumbents tell CRTC internet hearing

telecom | 02/15/2024 1:39 pm EST

Two large incumbent telecoms told the CRTC that broadband resellers are not...

Providers debate wholesale fibre access in rural areas at CRTC hearing

telecom | 02/14/2024 4:24 pm EST

To bring affordable internet and consumer choice to rural communities, the CRTC must mandate aggregated wholesale fibre access to incumbents’ networks, stated several...

Cogeco defends infrastructure upgrade amid TekSavvy dispute

telecom | 02/13/2024 4:58 pm EST

Cogeco Inc. is adamantly defending its right to upgrade infrastructure for...

Fibre needed for viable third-party access framework, CRTC hears

telecom | 02/13/2024 2:42 pm EST

If Canada is to have a viable wholesale market, high speed access needs to...

Court denies stay in Bell vs CRTC case

telecom | 02/12/2024 4:40 pm EST

The front entrance of the Bell Canada building on Albert Street in Ottawa on Nov. 2, 2021 (photo by Andrew Meade)The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed BCE Inc.’s motion for a stay against the CRTC’s decision to...

CRTC expands forbearance on regulation of high-capacity digital data services

telecom | 02/12/2024 4:13 pm EST

The CRTC announced Monday an expansion in forbearance from regulating...

Trudeau says Bell decision to cut jobs is “garbage”; CNOC not surprised

telecom | 02/09/2024 5:07 pm EST

Reaction has been swift and condemnatory to the announcement Thursday by...

CRTC, St-Onge highlight Bell’s profitability in response to 4.8K job cut, CTV and radio closures

Media | 02/08/2024 3:57 pm EST

BCE Inc. announced Thursday that it will be restructuring by eliminating 4,800 positions, divesting more than 40 per cent of its radio stations, cutting CTV newscasts, and...

CRTC denies TerreStar’s bid for stay of contribution decision

telecom | 02/07/2024 3:41 pm EST

The CRTC has denied an application by TerreStar Solutions Inc. for a stay...

Telus forced to explain BC service disconnection to CRTC

telecom | 02/07/2024 3:11 pm EST

Telus Corp. is being called upon by the CRTC to justify its proposal to...

CRTC accepts Quebecor application for arbitration over MVNO with Telus

telecom | 02/07/2024 2:14 pm EST

Quebecor Inc.'s Videotron and Freedom Mobile divisions have been granted a...

Bell asks cabinet to overturn CRTC decision on fibre network access

telecom | 02/06/2024 5:48 pm EST

BCE Inc., filed a petition to cabinet Friday urging it to reverse a ruling by the CRTC which mandated Bell  to grant independent competitors access to its fibre network at...

CRTC releases consult over its jurisdiction on small cell pole attachments

telecom | 02/05/2024 5:54 pm EST

The CRTC has issued a call for comments on the attachment of wireless...

Galaxy Broadband providing Eutelsat OneWeb satellite service to Shared Services Canada

telecom | 02/05/2024 4:57 pm EST

Galaxy Broadband Communications Inc., a subsidiary...

CRTC implements thousand-block pooling to address telephone number exhaustion

telecom | 02/05/2024 12:32 pm EST

The CRTC is implementing thousand-block pooling (TBP) as a proactive...

Rogers announces Q4 results and completion of network slicing trial

telecom | 02/01/2024 3:49 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc., in partnership with Ericsson AB, announced it...

New “use it or lose it” policy helps Indigenous spectrum connectivity 

telecom | 01/31/2024 3:42 pm EST

Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne...

Calgary 911 operator charged with leaking information

telecom | 01/26/2024 4:44 pm EST

A 911 operator in Calgary has had three charges laid against her in a corruption investigation, local...

Eatrides pledges to support minority language 911 services

telecom | 01/26/2024 12:23 pm EST

CRTC chair Vicky Eatrides has promised to look into recent problems with...

CRTC receives final replies on service to Far North

telecom | 01/25/2024 3:26 pm EST

Stakeholders have sent their final replies on telecom service in the Far North to the CRTC. The incumbent telecoms are at odds with most other applicants when it comes to the remedy for competition in the region. BCE Inc. subsidiary Northwestel and Telus Corp. are the ILECs in the area. They quarrel with many of the proposed solutions to competitiveness in the district. Low earth orbit [LEO] carriers like Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) division Starlink...