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Government, non-VI companies defend standstill rule

Media | 03/03/2020 5:47 pm EST

  Telus Corp., Cogeco Inc. and the attorney general have filed arguments defending the CRTC’s application of its standstill rule in the fight over carriage of TVA Sports. The attorney general, who represents the CRTC in such appeals, said in a French-language filing that the regulator “clearly” has the power through the broadcasting act to regulate certain aspects of economic relationships between companies. The court case follows an emergency hearing in April 2019 the CRTC held after Quebecor pulled the signal for TVA Sports during the opening night of the Stanley Cup...

Tax all digital services or none, committee hears

Media | 05/31/2016 7:46 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Witnesses in the latest round of hearings in the House of Commons’ Canadian Heritage committee’s study of the media and local communities asked parliamentarians to level the playing field when it comes to taxes on digital services. “Currently, foreign suppliers of digital products and services, such as online news and entertainment services, music, movies and software, are not required to collect or remit HST and provincial sales tax as similar Canadian firms are obliged to do,” Bernard Lord, president and CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications...

Feds should create ‘telecom stamps’ for low-income Canadians: Cogeco

telecom | 04/22/2016 8:21 pm EDT

When it comes to issues of affordability, the Canadian government should look to an American social assistance program to help low-income residents purchase telecommunications services, Cogeco Inc. told CRTC commissioners Friday morning. The government could provide “telecom stamps” as a...

Cogeco launches 400 new WiFi hotspots in Ontario

telecom | 02/17/2016 8:11 pm EST

Cogeco Inc. announced Wednesday it has launched 400 WiFi hotspots across Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Georgetown, all located in the surrounding area of Toronto.   It said in a press release that Cogeco has been working...

CRTC news fund proposal would ‘gut’ community TV: Cogeco

Media | 01/27/2016 10:14 pm EST

Cogeco Communications Inc. told a CRTC hearing Wednesday that a plan the commission proposed to create a new fund for local TV news programming, to be funded by existing financial resources within the...

CACTUS complaints result in 4 CRTC proceedings

Media | 01/25/2016 4:45 pm EST

The CRTC has grouped 61 complaints by the Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations (CACTUS) into four Part 1 proceedings, giving Shaw Communications Inc., Cogeco Cable Inc., Rogers...

TV service provider code takes effect September 2017

Media | 01/07/2016 10:21 pm EST

Television service providers have another 20 months before they are forced to abide by a new code governing their relationship with customers. The CRTC on Thursday released a finalized version of its television service provider code, which will, among other things, require broadcast distributors to provide easy-to-understand information about what channels a customer is getting, clarity about the duration of promotional offers and time commitments a consumer must undertake, explicit information on charges or taxes that might be applied on top of an advertised price, and provide 30 days notice...

Bell’s claim FTTH investment at risk is ‘fear-mongering’: CNOC

telecom | 01/05/2016 9:48 pm EST

Small Internet service providers (ISPs) are asking the government to reject an appeal, filed by BCE Inc., of a CRTC decision that mandated access by smaller competitors to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH)...

Cogeco appoints Daniel Boisvert, Antoine Shiu, to exec positions

Media | 12/14/2015 4:30 pm EST

Cogeco Cable Inc.’s Canadian cable division has appointed Daniel Boisvert as vice-president of marketing and innovation, and Antoine Shiu as vice-president of business solutions sales, it said...

Cogeco Cable considers name change

telecom | 12/10/2015 8:36 pm EST

Cogeco Cable Inc. will ask shareholders to vote on a name change to Cogeco Communications Inc. at its annual meeting in January. The company said in a press release Wednesday that the “new name better expresses the...

Distant TV signals losing value, service providers say

Media | 11/30/2015 9:13 pm EST

OTTAWA — Canada's major TV service providers argued before the Copyright Board of Canada on Monday that they should pay less for distant-TV signals because these channels are losing value as...

Rights holders seek to double royalties for distant TV signals

Media | 11/24/2015 10:32 pm EST

OTTAWA — Rights holders of programming shown over distant TV signals are seeking to at least double the amount of money they receive from TV service providers, on a per subscriber basis, for...

Bell holds out on distributing Bloomberg TV

Media | 11/19/2015 7:11 pm EST

When Channel Zero Inc. announced the launch of its Bloomberg TV Canada channel this week, it listed every TV-service provider that was carrying it and absent from that list was Canada's biggest provider of TV service. Channel...

CRTC to release ISP performance results in spring

telecom | 11/18/2015 4:31 pm EST

The CRTC said Wednesday it will, in spring 2016, release a preliminary report on the results of an ongoing study of the broadband performance of various Canadian Internet service providers (ISPs). The regulator said in a press...

Telus, Cogeco challenge Bell appeal of wholesale code

Media | 11/17/2015 9:36 pm EST

Telus Corp. and Cogeco Cable Inc. have filed their opposition to BCE Inc.'s attempt to fight, before the Federal Court of Appeal, the CRTC's wholesale code governing relationships between television stations and TV-service...

Cogeco boosts speeds for some Internet plans

telecom | 11/16/2015 3:29 pm EST

Cogeco Cable Inc. has increased the speeds of some of its Internet plans, the company said in a press release Monday. “As of today, the new speeds will automatically and progressively be rolled out to current subscribers, at no additional cost,” it said. Its Turbo 30 residential plan has been boosted by 10 Mbps, while its Ultimate 55 and Ultimate 55 Unlimited residential plans now have speeds of 60 Mbps. In Ontario, Cogeco increased the download speed of its Business Select plan from 40 Mbps to 50 Mbps, and its upload speed from 10 to 15 Mbps, the same increase was applied to...

FTTH to cover 90% of Bell footprint in 10 years: Cope

Media | 11/12/2015 8:10 pm EST

BCE Inc. will cover about 90 per cent of its wireline footprint with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) in a little less or a little more than a decade, though the issue of whether smaller Internet service providers will get mandated access...

Market has adjusted to 2-year wireless contracts: analyst

Media | 11/10/2015 8:42 pm EST

Third-quarter results indicate the mobile market has adjusted to the higher-priced, two-year contracts that became the norm after the CRTC implemented the wireless code in 2013, says Scotia Capital...

‘Record’ loss of TV subscribers this year: Boon Dog

Media | 11/06/2015 9:17 pm EST

The number of Canadian households abandoning TV-service subscriptions from Canada’s biggest providers during the first nine months of this year was almost seven times higher than during the same period a year earlier, according to data compiled by consulting company Boon Dog Professional Services Inc. Boon Dog said...

Cogeco financials show big gains in U.S.

telecom | 10/29/2015 4:23 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. reported higher revenue and profit numbers this week, with its U.S. operations bringing in substantially more money as it benefited from a favourable trend in the U.S.-dollar exchange rate. The company said in a...

Tony Ciciretto stepping down from Cogeco Peer 1

Media | 10/28/2015 8:46 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. announced Wednesday that Tony Ciciretto, CEO of its business unit Cogeco Peer 1, will be stepping down and replaced by chief technology and strategy officer Philippe Jette. “It is with regret that we are announcing Tony’s decision to step down to pursue other opportunities,” Cogeco CEO Louis Audet said in a press release. “On behalf of the board of directors and all our employees, particularly those who worked closely with Tony these past six years, I want to sincerely thank him for his dedication, commitment and many contributions to the growth and...

Cogeco renames subsidiary to Cogeco Peer 1

telecom | 10/19/2015 3:27 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. announced Monday that its combined subsidiaries Cogeco Data Services and Peer 1 will be renamed Cogeco Peer 1. It said in the release that combining the two subsidiaries will help grow Cogeco’s enterprise...

Rogers dives into 4K video, gigabit Internet

Media | 10/02/2015 8:28 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. on Monday announced it is moving forward with two different kinds of technology — 4K video and gigabit-speed Internet — though one commentator says the success of either of these initiatives...

Cogeco announces new cloud-based services for businesses

Media | 09/30/2015 5:38 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. announced Wednesday it is launching a suite of cloud-based applications, called Online Productivity Tools, to help small- and medium-sized business customers in Quebec and Ontario....

Cogeco upgrades 15 TV stations to HD

Media | 09/21/2015 4:43 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. announced Monday it has converted 15 local TV stations, part of its TVCogeco division, to high-definition (HD) quality. Cogeco said in a press release that the $5 million investment in upgrading the stations...

Cogeco opens Montreal-area data centre

telecom | 09/18/2015 4:53 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. said Friday it has officially opened a new 100,000-square-foot data centre in Kirkland, Que., just west of Montreal. The data centre, which the company announced earlier this year, is the first in Canada to bill...

‘No demand’ for gigabit Internet: Audet

telecom | 09/17/2015 8:04 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. CEO Louis Audet says there is currently "no demand" for Internet services with speeds as quick as one gigabit per second, despite recent forays by BCE Inc. and Quebecor Inc. into this area. "As I'm sure everyone realizes, there is essentially no demand for that," Audet told a Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce...

Regulators will eventually embrace MVNOs: Audet

telecom | 09/15/2015 6:26 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. CEO Louis Audet said Tuesday he believes Canada's telecommunications regulators will come around to mandating access for mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), notwithstanding the CRTC's decision on...

Cogeco creates new Internet plans for Ont. community

telecom | 08/27/2015 3:19 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. announced Thursday that new residential and business Internet packages are now available in Lindsay, Ont. Both of the residential plans for Lindsay — a 130-kilometre drive northeast of downtown Toronto...

Cogeco’s U.S. footprint expands

telecom | 08/20/2015 4:36 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. said Thursday that its Atlantic Broadband subsidiary in the United States has closed its acquisition for the cable assets of MetroCast Communications of Connecticut from Harron Communications LP. The deal was announced in June for a price of $200 million US. Cogeco on Thursday reiterated in a press release that the acquisition gives it infrastructure that passes almost 70,000 homes and businesses, and currently has 23,000 TV customers, 22,000 Internet customers and 8,000 subscribers of phone service. "Nearly three years after our initial entry into the U.S. market, we are pleased to be continuing our geographic expansion into key growth markets," Cogeco CEO Louis Audet said in the release....

Cord-cutting accelerated in first half of 2015: report

telecom | 08/12/2015 2:37 pm EDT

A report from Boon Dog Professional Services Inc. released Wednesday said Canada's publicly traded TV-service providers lost six times as many subscribers in the first half of 2015 than in the...

Gig speeds mainly about marketing for now: analyst

Media | 07/30/2015 8:37 pm EDT

Canadian companies’ recent embrace of gigabit Internet isn’t meeting a need that exists in the market, but it is setting telecoms up for the day customers start demanding such speeds, according to Greg MacDonald,...

Are ‘hybrid’ streaming services the future of TV?

Media | 07/27/2015 9:18 pm EDT

Streaming is often perceived as a competitor to the traditional TV system, but the introduction of a new service in the U.S. raises the possibility that instead of one replacing the other, the two could merge into a new hybrid...

New CRTC wholesale rules won’t change telco FTTH strategies: analysts

telecom | 07/23/2015 8:59 pm EDT

A day after the CRTC said it would mandate wholesale access to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks by small ISPs, financial analysts said the move likely won’t have a significant impact on...

‘Good day’ for small ISPs as CRTC mandates FTTH access

telecom | 07/22/2015 8:09 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — Small ISPs and advocacy groups praised a move by the CRTC Wednesday mandating wholesale access to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks and allowing small Internet service providers (ISPs) to build their own “middle mile” connections. “We think it’s great,” Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC) president Bill Sandiford said in an interview following the release of the CRTC’s decision on its wholesale wireline review. “The majority of CNOC members, as this decision gets implemented, will have access to fibre-to-the-home...

Switch to IPv6 on as old IP addresses run out

telecom | 07/16/2015 8:00 pm EDT

The Internet has run out of new IP addresses based on the most commonly-used format, and one Canadian expert says service providers in the country are being too slow in making the switch to the newer protocol. Jacques Latour,...

Cogeco Cable earnings boosted by U.S. operations

telecom | 07/15/2015 3:04 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. reported higher third-quarter earnings on Tuesday, attributing gains largely to its U.S. operations, which benefited from favourable terms when translating U.S. dollars to Canadian. The company said in a press...

Digital activists push for free wireless Internet for all

telecom | 07/10/2015 6:50 pm EDT

A movement is underway to make wireless Internet access ubiquitous and free in most urban environments, with people's home routers as the source of these public connections. The people behind...

French-language radio stations to combine sales

Media | 07/08/2015 4:46 pm EDT

The CRTC said Wednesday that two separately owned French-language commercial radio stations in Gatineau, Que., will be allowed to combine their sales teams. The stations involved are Cogeco Cable Inc.-owned CKOF-FM, which has a...

Shaw writes off $55M on abandoned IPTV project

Media | 06/25/2015 3:04 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. on Thursday reported a decline in its quarterly income with much of the drop attributed to a $55-million write-down taken on an abandoned IPTV project. Shaw said in a press release that it started work in...

Fibre Internet customers more satisfied, says market study

Media | 06/24/2015 7:22 pm EDT

The proportion of Canadians connected to the Internet by fibre is rising and these people are more satisfied with their Internet service than others, according to market research data released...

Large telecoms oppose CNOC application for interim relief

telecom | 06/08/2015 8:23 pm EDT

Canada’s biggest telecom companies are asking the CRTC to dismiss an application by smaller providers that, if granted, would make usage-sensitive rates interim, allowing small Internet service...

Cogeco acquires new U.S. company

telecom | 06/08/2015 1:35 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. announced Monday that its U.S. subsidiary Atlantic Broadband will acquire MetroCast Communications of Connecticut from parent company Harron Communications LP for $200 million US. MetroCast Connecticut has a...

Cogeco unveils new business-phone plans

telecom | 05/27/2015 4:43 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. announced Wednesday a series of a new business phone plans for its fibre-services customers. The new service will provide customers with lower costs, better productivity and "scalability" to meet future needs, said the company in a press release. Cogeco listed three different plans — hosted PBX Fibre, SIP trunking and PRI replacement — all of which cost $29.95 per month for each "seat" or "channel." Cogeco Cable marketing vice-president Anne Isabelle Roussy said in the release that the company sees the growth of the Internet and...

One-fifth of Canadians considering cord-cutting: MTM

Media | 05/07/2015 6:24 pm EDT

In the past three years, five per cent of Canadians have gotten rid of their TV service, Media Technology Monitor (MTM) said in a new report. MTM, a project of CBC/Radio-Canada, reported that 16 per cent of Canadians currently do...

Rising wholesale Internet rates have reached ‘critical status’: CNOC

telecom | 05/04/2015 8:30 pm EDT

The rates large telecom companies charge small Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to access their wireline networks have reached extreme levels and are eroding competition “with every passing day,” according to a CRTC application filed by the Canadian Networks Operators Consortium (CNOC). “The amount of...

Cogeco boosts revenue as TV subs continue decline

telecom | 04/09/2015 1:49 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. reported late Wednesday a decline in profit for its second fiscal quarter, a gain in revenue and fewer TV subscribers. It said in a press release that its profit was $58.9 million for the three months ended Feb....

Cogeco Cable brings TiVo service to Quebec

Media | 03/30/2015 6:09 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. said Monday it is now offering its TiVo Inc. service to customers in Quebec. Cogeco Cable Canada CEO Louise St-Pierre said in a Monday news release that the service ensures “there will always be something...

IPTV gains are slowing as cable losses continue: Boon Dog

Media | 03/24/2015 8:43 pm EDT

An Ottawa consulting company says IPTV services aren’t absorbing the exodus of cable customers at the same rate as they used to. TV-industry consulting company Boon Dog Professional Services Inc. issued a press release Wednesday that showed Canada’s publicly traded companies lost a record of 64,649 TV customers last year, compared to a few hundred the year before. The Wire Report similarly tabulated the number of public companies’ subscribers, and these results showed 31,663 fewer TV subscribers in their most recently completed fiscal years. The Boon Dog report, however,...

Telecoms will adjust to pick-and-pay regime, analysts say

Media | 03/20/2015 9:10 pm EDT

Financial analysts reacting to the CRTC’s new pick-and-pay rules say they don’t expect the decision to have a major impact on the industry, though the broadcasting side of the business is...

Major providers’ broadband subs exceed TV subs for first time

Media | 03/16/2015 8:48 pm EDT

The number of Canadian broadband subscribers among the major publicly traded telecom service providers exceeded television subscribers for the first time in 2014. Data compiled by The Wire Report shows the overall number of TV subscribers at these companies, as recorded at the end of their last fiscal years, fell by almost...

Cogeco approved for wholesale Internet rate cut

telecom | 03/04/2015 7:46 pm EST

While Shaw Communications Inc. has been trying to raise the rates it charges to smaller ISPs to use its network, Cogeco Cable Inc. has been seeking permission to lower rates and received it on Wednesday. The CRTC said Cogeco has...

Cogeco lays off 20 data service workers in Toronto

telecom | 02/19/2015 7:32 pm EST

Cogeco Cable Inc.'s data services division has cut about 20 jobs in Toronto, the company said Thursday. Cogeco Data Services spokeswoman Shawna Abbott said in an email that the cuts were made Wednesday "to increase...

CRTC gives 90 days for talks on wholesale Internet service dispute

telecom | 02/12/2015 9:44 pm EST

The CRTC is demanding that four of Canada’s largest cable companies and small ISPs represented by the Canadian Network Operators’ Consortium (CNOC) work out a dispute over customer service...

Cogeco launching Montreal data centre in spring

telecom | 02/10/2015 5:01 pm EST

Cogeco Cable Inc. said Tuesday it expects to open a new 100,000 square foot data centre in Montreal in the spring. The facility is designed to meet Tier 3 standards, the company said in a release, and will serve customers in...

Cogeco creating public WiFi hotspots from people’s homes

telecom | 01/14/2015 10:44 pm EST

Cogeco Cable Inc. has quietly rolled out home spotting, or the use of multi-signal routers in people's homes to provide both private WiFi signals to residents and separate public signals to...

Cogeco promotes two executives at U.S. subsidiary

telecom | 12/10/2014 5:30 pm EST

Cogeco Cable Inc. said Wednesday that Richard Shea and David Isenberg will share the title of president at its U.S. subsidiary Atlantic Broadband, as of Jan. 1. Shea will also be given the title of CEO on that date, and Isenberg...

Rogers VP calls CNOC’s arguments on wholesale rates ‘absurd’

telecom | 12/02/2014 10:17 pm EST

GATINEAU, Que. — Rogers Communications Inc.'s senior vice-president of regulatory affairs, Ken Engelhart, on Tuesday attacked some of the arguments made on behalf of smaller Internet service providers during CRTC's hearing on wholesale wireline services. For example, VMedia Inc., an Ontario-based provider of Internet protocol-TV (IPTV) services, told the hearing on Friday that usage rates for companies using incumbents' infrastructure were too high and an obstacle to the rollout of data-heavy services like VMedia’s TV offering. On Tuesday, Engelhart said that in order for the CRTC to address VMedia’s assertion with any action, the commission would have to hold...

No FTTP wholesale without CRTC action: PIAC

telecom | 12/01/2014 9:49 pm EST

GATINEAU, Que. — Three consumer groups opened the second week of the CRTC hearing into wholesale wireline connections by telling the regulator to expand its wholesale access regulations to fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP)...

Cogeco boosts Internet speeds

telecom | 12/01/2014 5:42 pm EST

Cogeco Cable Inc. said Monday that it has increased the Internet speeds of its customers in Quebec and Ontario. The company said in a press release that, in Quebec, the changes include increasing the download speed of its Express...

Mandated wholesale access to FTTP wouldn’t deter investment: Shaw

telecom | 11/28/2014 10:29 pm EST

GATINEAU, Que. — Shaw Communications Inc. on Friday took a different tack than other large Internet service providers that have spoken before the CRTC’s wholesale wireline...

Cogeco, SaskTel warn against mandatory wholesale on fibre connections

telecom | 11/27/2014 9:19 pm EST

GATINEAU, Que. — Two Canadian Internet service providers told the CRTC on Thursday that opening up fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) networks to wholesale access could hurt the “fragile”...

CRTC tells Cogeco to implement customer-transfer system

telecom | 11/20/2014 7:38 pm EST

The CRTC said Thursday that Cogeco Cable Inc. must adopt an automated, cross-industry customer-transfer system for its television and Internet operations by the new year. In it decision, the commission noted that in 2010 it directed all large home-phone service providers to adopt a standardized system to facilitate the movement of customer data between different providers, and in 2013 extended the directive to TV- and Internet-service providers. It gave providers until May this year to adopt such measures. In June, BCE Inc. asked the CRTC to direct Cogeco to adopt such a system by Jan. 1,...

Patrice Ouimet named Cogeco’s new CFO

telecom | 11/17/2014 3:22 pm EST

Cogeco Cable Inc. said Monday that Patrice Ouimet has been made the company's new chief financial officer, effective immediately. The position became vacant in July after Pierre Gagne left the company for what was described by Cogeco as "personal reasons." Cogeco said in a press release Monday that Ouimet's previous job was as chief...

Bell, Cogeco execs say enterprise market weak

telecom | 11/12/2014 9:42 pm EST

Executives from two of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies told the crowd at the Scotiabank Telecom & Cable 2015 Conference on Wednesday that the business of selling services to businesses is challenging their...

Government pressured to open more WiFi spectrum

telecom | 11/05/2014 6:23 pm EST

Industry Canada is being lobbied to open up more unlicensed spectrum for wireless Internet, as the United States did earlier this year. Government briefing notes and emails written in advance of a meeting planned for May 27...

Cogeco’s TiVo service will reduce sub loss: Audet

telecom | 11/03/2014 5:32 pm EST

Cogeco Cable Inc. CEO Louis Audet said Monday that providing TiVo service in Canada will help reduce the ongoing reduction in cable subscribers, or possibly even lead to growth. On Thursday, Cogeco said its TiVo service, which can bring customers Netflix service through their set-top boxes, would launch for Ontario...

Canada on the verge of ‘new era’ of online TV

Media | 10/30/2014 8:40 pm EDT

Several new options for online television are about to become available in Canada. On Thursday BCE Inc. announced a new streaming service it's currently code-naming "Project Latte." The service, operated by the Bell Media division, will be available to TV service providers across the country, pending...

Paying retail for wholesale access isn’t good enough, say carriers

telecom | 09/29/2014 9:40 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — Legislation introduced earlier this year that caps wholesale wireless roaming rates to what host carriers charge their own retail customers doesn't create the conditions necessary for smaller operators to compete, representatives from Wind Mobile and Mobilicity told the CRTC on Monday. It was the...

Diane Nyisztor joins Cogeco

telecom | 09/29/2014 4:46 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. said Monday that it has appointed Diane Nyisztor as vice-president of corporate human resources. Nysiztor was previously partner of international executive services at tax and consulting services company KPMG Canada, Cogeco said in a press release. “Following our recent...

U.S. channels have ‘little bargaining power’: CRTC

Media | 09/26/2014 7:40 pm EDT

Documents from the CRTC indicate its officials felt that if conventional television broadcasters from the United States had the right to negotiate their carriage by Canadian service providers, they would have "little bargaining power" due to their "marginal viewership" in Canada. "Since Canadian...

Cogeco calls for regulated access to wireless networks

telecom | 09/25/2014 8:05 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. wants the CRTC to set up regulated access to established wireless carriers’ networks, president and CEO Louis Audet said during a conference call with media Thursday. “The conditions for the creation of MVNOs [mobile virtual network operators] in Canada do not exist today in any form,” he said. “So we are making a number of suggestions to the commission that would create the regulatory environment where this new form of mobile network operator could appear and help increase the competitive nature of the wireless market in Canada.” The comments...

Cogeco to discuss wireless services on Thursday

telecom | 09/23/2014 7:54 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. said Tuesday it will hold a conference call with journalists on Thursday to discuss "the future of mobile services in Canada." Cogeco has indicated an interest in launching wireless service, and it is...

Shomi not meant to ‘kill Netflix’: Rogers CEO

Media | 09/17/2014 8:17 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. CEO Guy Laurence told a CIBC investor conference in Montreal on Wednesday that his company's upcoming over-the-top (OTT) programming service, Shomi, isn't meant to be the ultimate solution for streaming users. "We're not trying to kill Netflix here," he said. "This is a...

Rogers VP predicts end of TV broadcasting, as we know it

Media | 09/11/2014 11:09 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — You can’t assume that young people who have never had subscription-TV service will eventually get it, Ken Engelhart, Rogers Communications Inc.’s vice-president of...

Broadcast revenue rises as TV subs drop: CRTC

Media | 09/04/2014 8:18 pm EDT

The latest numbers from the CRTC show Canadians are watching more television on more devices, though fewer people are subscribing to TV services and young adults are tuning out. The broadcasting portion of the CRTC's annual...

Moore promises to outlaw ‘pay-to-pay’ billing

telecom | 08/28/2014 11:56 pm EDT

Hours after a meeting between telecommunications companies and CRTC officials regarding paper-billing charges that failed to end in a result satisfactory to policy-makers, Industry Minister James Moore said via social media he'll solve the issue with legislation. “Our Government will introduce legislation to end pay-to-pay billing practices for telecom industry #ConsumersFirst,” Moore said on Twitter late Thursday evening. That followed an announcement from the CRTC Thursday that after closed-door meetings with several telecoms that companies agreed to exempt certain...

Shaw lobbying federal officials ahead of CRTC TV review

Media | 08/25/2014 2:15 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. is stepping up its lobbying ahead of the CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV hearing in September, meeting with various MPs in their ridings as well senior public servants in...

TSN channel expansion starts Aug. 25

Media | 08/11/2014 6:44 pm EDT

BCE Inc.'s TSN said Monday that it will debut its expanded format of five national broadcast feeds on Aug. 25. The sports specialty channel announced in May that its national broadcast channels would expand from two to five,...

Pierre Gagne steps down as Cogeco’s CFO

telecom | 07/21/2014 6:18 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. announced Monday that Pierre Gagne has stepped down as the company's chief financial officer. The company said in a press release that he left because of "personal reasons." No replacement was named, nor was a timeline or process for finding a new chief financial officer immediately specified. Canaccord Genuity analyst...

WiFi hotpots coming to homes near you

telecom | 07/16/2014 9:14 pm EDT

Telecommunications providers are discovering an untapped resource in their quest to provide customers with more opportunities to get online, and that resource is other people's homes. Service providers in the United States...

Cogeco to provide telecom services to Laurentian Bank

telecom | 07/15/2014 6:15 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc.’s data services subsidiary will manage Laurentian Bank’s “corporate telecommunications program,” the company said in a press release Tuesday. Michel Racine, vice-president of real estate...

Cogeco partners with TiVo, ditches IPTV plans

telecom | 07/10/2014 7:21 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. has abandoned a multi-year project to establish an Internet protocol-based TV platform in Canada and will instead launch a service in partnership with TiVo Inc. that its CEO says gives it "all of what we...

Viewer’s Choice pay-per-view service shutting down

Media | 07/07/2014 9:06 pm EDT

BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc. are shutting down their jointly-owned pay-per-view service, Viewer’s Choice Canada. Bell Media spokeswoman Amy Doary said in an email Monday that the service would cease operations by...

Bell asks CRTC to push Cogeco on customer-transfer system

telecom | 06/30/2014 5:49 pm EDT

BCE Inc. has asked the CRTC to force Cogeco Cable Inc. to implement an automated system for facilitating the transfer of customers between different telecommunications companies by the start of next...

Cogeco Cable looks to enter wireless market

telecom | 06/12/2014 8:30 pm EDT

Internet- and television-service provider Cogeco Cable Inc. is looking to enter the wireless market if the CRTC paves the way with new rules as part of its ongoing review of the wholesale wireless sector, the company’s director of regulatory affairs said in a phone interview this week. Michel Messier said Tuesday that Montreal-based Cogeco will not build its own wireless infrastructure but is interested in becoming a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), buying services from Canada’s incumbent carriers and re-selling them to its customers. “We want to enter in the...

Bell launches Super Écran Go

telecom | 06/10/2014 7:41 pm EDT

BCE Inc.'s Bell Media division on Tuesday launched what it said is the first French-language product among its growing selection of "Go" products for viewing television content over the Internet or by mobile device....

Distributors will pay for Rogers’ rich hockey deal: analyst

Media | 05/27/2014 7:46 pm EDT

Broadcast distributors across the country are likely to pay for a big chunk of the billions of dollars for which Rogers Communications Inc. is on the hook as a result of the deal it struck for 12...

Cities in B.C., Quebec getting free WiFi

telecom | 05/07/2014 2:53 pm EDT

Two Canadian cities have been granted free WiFi in separate arrangements involving Shaw Communications Inc. and Cogeco Cable Inc. Shaw said in a press release Wednesday that under a five-year agreement with the City of Penticton...

Uncertain future for targeted TV ads in Canada

Media | 05/06/2014 6:35 pm EDT

One of television’s strengths as a vehicle for advertising has always been its ability to reach a lot of people with the same message at the same time. The industry has the technological capability to move in a different...

Price hikes for sports in pick-and-pay ‘big concern’: CMPA lawyer

Media | 05/01/2014 9:14 pm EDT

OTTAWA — The CRTC would be unlikely to intervene if a move to pick-and-pay television caused price increases, said Reynolds Martin, chief negotiator and chief legal officer at the Canadian Media Production Association. “I wonder what remedies would be available to the commission, because my supposition is that it’s going to be extremely reluctant to engage in any kind of rate regulation exercise over and above what’s been contemplated [and] done in the past,” he...

Video-on-demand, pay-per-view revenues fall: CRTC

Media | 04/30/2014 9:38 pm EDT

Television providers earned less from their video-on-demand services last year, according to CRTC data released Wednesday, despite investing in increasing the availability of content. The CRTC said in the statistical and...

Netflix to be carried by U.S. TV providers

Media | 04/25/2014 6:43 pm EDT

Netflix Inc.’s video streaming service is poised to be a feature of some providers of television service in the United States, as opposed to just competing with them. RCN Telecom Services LLC, Grande Communications LLC and...

Mobilicity reaches acquisition deal with Telus

telecom | 04/18/2014 1:08 pm EDT

Mobilicity announced late Thursday night that it has reached a deal to be purchased by Telus Corp. for $350 million. Mobilicity, which has been under bankruptcy protection since September last year, said in a press release the transaction would need the approval of the Ontario Superior Court, the federal Competition Bureau, Industry Canada and...

Cogeco boosts residential Internet speeds

telecom | 04/16/2014 5:44 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. on Wednesday said it was boosting speeds on certain residential Internet packages in both Ontario and Quebec. It said in a press release the upload speed for its Express 10 package will increase to as much as 2...

Acquisition helps boost Cogeco Cable numbers

telecom | 04/10/2014 3:06 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. on Wednesday reported higher second-quarter numbers for both profit and revenue, helped along by an acquisition that took effect about a year earlier. The company said in a press release that revenue for the...

Shaw launches on-demand viewing of History

Media | 02/27/2014 4:42 pm EST

Shaw Communications Inc. said Thursday it has launched a mobile app and upgraded the website for its History channel to allow its subscribers on-demand viewing of almost 300 hours of programming. Shaw said in a press release the...

Canada falls short in broadband upload speed ranking

telecom | 02/26/2014 3:25 pm EST

A lack of competition is behind slow upload speeds for Canadian broadband Internet customers, according to analyst Alan Breznick, and only the entry of a disruptive force like Google Inc. will bring the country up to speed....

Variety on television must be preserved, says Bell’s Crull

Media | 02/20/2014 10:26 pm EST

OTTAWA — Industry executives disagreed about the best way to give consumers more choice as they discussed the CRTC’s ongoing review of the television system during a panel discussion at...

Cogeco expands home-phone service in Quebec

telecom | 02/12/2014 8:16 pm EST

Cogeco Cable Inc. said Wednesday that it has launched home-phone service in three Quebec communities. It said the service is now available in St-Simon-les-Mines, Roxton Falls and Notre-Dame-des-Pins. The company announced introductory packages costing $4.99 a month for a basic line and $16.99 for a “Freedom Package” that includes, among other features, unlimited long-distance calling to locations in Canada and the United States. These discounted prices expire after 12 months, Cogeco said in a release, and are only available to customers already subscribing to at least two of...