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BCE’s Siim Vanaselja to retire next year

Media | 10/14/2014 8:34 pm EDT

BCE Inc. said Tuesday that its chief financial officer, Siim Vanaselja, will retire in the second quarter of next year. The company said in a press release that he will be replaced by Glen LeBlanc, currently chief financial officer of BCE-controlled Bell Aliant Inc. BCE also said the transaction to take control of all shares of Bell Aliant it does not already own is on track to close on or around Oct. 31. Bell said Vanaselja will continue to serve on the board of directors for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which is the owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC, and is controlled equally by Bell and Rogers Communications Inc....

Rogers ranked fastest Canadian ISP by PCMag.com

telecom | 10/10/2014 7:47 pm EDT

For the second year in a row, PCMag.com has named Rogers Communications Inc. the fastest Internet service provider in Canada. The online technology publication gave Rogers a score of 30.3, which is based on a compilation of download and upload speeds in megabits per second, with the download portion representing 80 per cent of the score and the upload portion representing 20 per cent. PCMag.com said testing for these rankings occurred between Oct. 1 last year and Aug. 13 this year, and each ISP ranked had its service tested from at least 50 different IP addresses. Rogers' score improved...

Bell Aliant expands N.B. fibre network

telecom | 10/09/2014 5:00 pm EDT

Bell Aliant Inc. said in a press release Thursday that it will extend its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to another 4,177 premises in three communities in New Brunswick. It added that it has invested $122 million since 2009 to...

BCE says most Aliant common shares tendered

Media | 10/03/2014 4:01 pm EDT

BCE Inc. and Bell Aliant Inc. said Friday that a vast majority of the common shares of the latter have been tendered to the former, and that the whole deal should be completed on or around the end of this month. The companies...

Bell Aliant makes concession on Ontera purchase

telecom | 10/01/2014 7:28 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau said Wednesday that Bell Aliant Inc. has responded to the bureau's concerns surrounding its purchase of an Ontario-government-owned telecommunications provider. The bureau said in a press release Bell...

Bell Aliant’s Karen Sheriff retiring

Media | 09/24/2014 3:34 pm EDT

Bell Aliant Inc. president and CEO Karen Sheriff will retire at the end of the year, BCE Inc., which is buying out Bell Aliant, said in a joint press release with its acquisition target on Wednesday. “Taking over in an aggressively competitive environment, she initiated a plan of corporate transformation and strategic priority-setting, and led...

Bell Aliant brings fibre-to-the-home to Quebec

telecom | 09/22/2014 5:27 pm EDT

Bell Aliant Inc. said Monday that fibre-to-the-home connections are now available in Quebec, with three communities on its FibreOP network immediately and four more to be connected before the end of the year. Bell Aliant said in a press release that its FibreOP service, which it uses to deliver Internet download speeds of up to 250 Mbps, along with TV and home-phone services, is now available in Alma, Saguenay and Victoriaville. It said FibreOP would be brought to Saint-Félicien in October, and Rivière-du-Loup, Roberval and Thetford Mines before the end of the year. In...

Bell top payer, PIAC top recipient of CRTC cost awards so far in 2014

telecom | 09/12/2014 2:31 pm EDT

The CRTC this year has ordered telecommunications companies to pay more than $230,000 to various organizations participating in different telecommunications proceedings, of which BCE Inc. and its...

Bell Aliant posts higher profits after buyout deal

telecom | 08/01/2014 7:10 pm EDT

Bell Aliant Inc. on Friday reported profits in the second quarter of 2014 that were slightly higher than the previous quarter, days after the company said it had reached a deal to become a wholly owned part of BCE Inc....

Rogers’ Internet speed improves further: Netflix

Media | 07/18/2014 4:54 pm EDT

Over two months, Rogers Communications Inc. has gone from being dead last in Netflix Inc.'s ranking of Canadian Internet service providers' speeds to being sixth out of 16 with an average speed that has nearly doubled. In the latest ranking, released Monday, Netflix said Rogers had an average Internet speed of 2.95...

Main wireless carriers lost subs in Q1: CWTA

telecom | 06/26/2014 8:40 pm EDT

Wireless subscribers declined during the first quarter among Canada's publicly traded carriers, according a compilation posted on the website of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA). According to the...

Rogers climbs from bottom spot in Netflix speed index

Media | 06/09/2014 7:33 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. climbed out of the bottom ranking among 14 Canadian ISPs measured in latest speed index from Netflix Inc. Rogers had an average speed of 2.52 Mbps, according to Netflix's index for May that was...

CRTC warns companies as rural broadband deadline looms

telecom | 06/06/2014 8:45 pm EDT

This week the CRTC warned three companies — Telus Corp., BCE Inc. and Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. — about missing a late-August deadline for expanding broadband service to rural...

BCE earnings up as wireless, media divisions boost revenue

Media | 05/06/2014 2:52 pm EDT

BCE Inc. improved its bottom line in this year’s first quarter as wireless data revenue surged and last year’s purchase of Astral Media contributed to its overall revenue. Revenue was up...

Bell Aliant first-quarter financials dip

telecom | 04/30/2014 6:59 pm EDT

Bell Aliant Inc. on Tuesday reported declines in both first-quarter revenue and profit. The company’s financial records indicated that revenue came in at $675.7 million, down 1.2 per cent from the previous year. Net...

Sun News gets on Bell, Bell Aliant TV services

Media | 04/30/2014 4:37 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc.’s Sun News Network said Tuesday it has reached agreements for carriage on BCE Inc.’s Bell Fibe and satellite TV service, along with Bell Aliant Inc.’s FibreOP TV. The terms of the agreements are consistent with the new CRTC framework for Canadian specialty news services that grants the must-offer status to Canada’s national all-news specialty services, Sun News said in a press release. Sun News vice-president Kory Teneycke said in a phone interview that the new CRTC framework benefits Sun News and, as such, many providers will be obligated to...

Game of Thrones sets filesharing record: report

Media | 04/16/2014 4:34 pm EDT

The most recent episode of Game of Thrones set a new record this week for having a single file shared by the greatest number of people simultaneously on BitTorrent, according to a report. A website called TorrentFreak said...

Bell Aliant, Bell exempted from wireline services regulation

telecom | 04/03/2014 7:50 pm EDT

The CRTC will exempt BCE Inc. and Bell Aliant Inc. (in which BCE Inc. has 44 per cent stake) from regulation of its local residential wireline services in its territories in Ontario, Quebec and...

Bell Aliant extends fibre network in Newfoundland

telecom | 03/12/2014 3:23 pm EDT

Bell Aliant Inc. said Wednesday it is expanding its fibre-optic network to three towns in Newfoundland, making its FibreOP service available to an additional 8,100 homes and businesses. Harbour Grace, Deer Lake and Stephenville...

Canadian TV subs fall for first time

telecom | 03/03/2014 7:15 pm EST

A compilation of 2013 year-end data from Canada’s major telecommunications companies verifies suspicions that it was the first year on record in which TV subscriptions in Canada declined. A compilation by The Wire Report of...

Bell Aliant opening New Brunswick data centre

telecom | 02/11/2014 9:39 pm EST

Bell Aliant Inc. is opening a new $25-million data centre in Saint John, N.B., the company said in a press release Tuesday. The company, in which BCE Inc. has 44 per cent stake, said that over the last five years, it has invested more than $40 million in its data centre facilities in Saint John, Halifax and St. John's, N.L. It added the construction and operation of the Saint John centre would create about 50 new jobs....

Bell Aliant reports 50% growth in IPTV revenue

telecom | 02/04/2014 8:21 pm EST

Bell Aliant Inc.’s fourth-quarter earnings report on Tuesday showed it was doing about 50 per cent more business in the area of Internet-protocol television than a year earlier. Revenue from its IPTV services was up 50.2...

Fibre-to-the-home rollout ramps up in Canada

telecom | 01/15/2014 6:41 pm EST

The average Canadian is currently less likely to have access to the fast Internet speeds offered by fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology than the average American, but Canada is catching up. The companies building FTTH networks in...