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Rogers, Quebecor, Cogeco lag behind in pandemic pick up: analyst

telecom | 12/02/2021 5:48 pm EST

Of Canada’s big three telecom companies, Rogers Communications Inc. is the one most affected by the COVID-19 Delta wave and the looming Omicron variant. However, with the Shaw Communications Inc. merger on the horizon, things should be picking up for the incumbent,...

At CRTC, Cogeco cites Rogers opposition to Bell-Astral merger

Media | 11/25/2021 10:05 am EST

On the third day of CRTC hearings into the proposed takeover of Shaw Communications Inc. by Rogers Communications Inc., Cogeco Inc.’s Paul Beaudry quoted from a Rogers intervention during BCE Inc.’s application to take over Astral Media in 2012. “The issue is market...

Cogeco given permission to provide telephony service Lambton, Que.

telecom | 11/16/2021 10:44 am EST

The CRTC is permitting Cogeco Connexion Inc. to provide telephony services...

Cogeco’s Jetté concerned about MVNO tariff negotiations

telecom | 11/15/2021 2:59 pm EST

MISSISSAUGA - Even at the earliest stages of the CRTC’s new mobile...

Cogeco expects to enter mobile rate negotiations by spring, summer 2022 earliest

telecom | 11/12/2021 5:02 pm EST

Cogeco Inc.’s CEO said it is a multi-step process it has to follow before...

Dynamic site-blocking case gets Nov. 23 hearing date 

Media | 11/03/2021 5:51 pm EDT

A test-case for Canada's first-ever "dynamic" site-blocking order is headed for a three-day hearing starting on Nov. 23, with the possibility for a fourth day of arguments. In the case, BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc. and Quebecor Inc. are asking the court to force a...

Delay Rogers-Shaw CRTC hearing until its clear who controls Rogers: PIAC  

Media | 11/01/2021 5:35 pm EDT

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre has asked the CRTC to delay a hearing...

Bell, Rogers, Quebecor apply for extended site-blocking in GoldTV

Media | 10/26/2021 9:30 am EDT

A trio of Canada's biggest broadcasters has asked the Federal Court for a...

CRTC approves work on  Cogeco, Columbia Basin, Broadband Fund projects

telecom | 10/22/2021 6:14 pm EDT

Two telecom companies can start work on their Broadband Fund projects now...

CRTC to allow CPAC to participate in Rogers-Shaw hearing 

Media | 10/13/2021 6:28 pm EDT

The CRTC has granted Cable Public Affairs Channel Inc. -- more widely known...

CRTC issues consultation for several broadcasting applications

Media | 10/05/2021 4:06 pm EDT

The CRTC is holding a consultation to determine a series of applications...

CRTC sending Cogeco and Wildbrain to mediation over channel drop dispute

telecom | 08/18/2021 5:03 pm EDT

A dispute over Cogeco Inc. dropping children’s television content creator...

CRTC orders some incumbent disclosure to CNOC in disaggregated regime consultation 

Media | 08/13/2021 11:13 am EDT

In a dispute between a trade organization representing wholesale-based...

Cogeco hires Fido VP Nancy Audette 

telecom | 07/26/2021 4:56 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. cable subsidiary Cogeco Connexion has signed on Fido Mobile VP Nancy Audette as its own vice president and general manager for the Quebec region. "I am delighted that Nancy is joining the Cogeco family. She will be an undeniable asset to our growth strategy in...

High spectrum costs could be driven by competition for set aside: analyst

telecom | 07/15/2021 6:32 pm EDT

Industry analysts are declining to speculate too much on what caused the...

Cogeco reports rise in Q3 revenue as it eyes a ‘landmark year’ in 2022 

telecom | 07/15/2021 5:58 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. saw a rise in revenue and profit this spring and though CEO...

Bell, Rogers, and Quebecor seek first-ever ‘dynamic’ site-blocking order

Media | 07/08/2021 6:22 pm EDT

Nearly six weeks after a Federal Court of Appeal upheld Canada's first-ever...

Cogeco getting millions more in high-speed funding

telecom | 06/08/2021 5:53 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. is getting more than $40 million in funding for high-speed internet projects in Quebec. ...

Incumbents “should be comforted”, Rogers could move first on mandated access: analysts

telecom | 04/16/2021 5:11 pm EDT

Industry analysts are calling Thursday's decision to mandate access to incumbent wireless networks for a limited number of regional wireless competitors a "moderate net negative" for incumbent telecom companies.  In a note published late Thursday, Canaccord Genuity analyst Aravinda Galappatthige wrote that effectively for the incumbents, it could have been worse. Incumbents "should be comforted," he wrote, by two aspects of the decision. First, the seven year sunset on the mandated access,...

Rogers, Shaw execs mum on spectrum at Industry committee  

telecom | 03/29/2021 7:40 pm EDT

On the opening day Monday of hearings into Roger's proposed acquisition of...

CRTC awards $57 million for transport projects in Que., Ont., and B.C.

telecom | 03/19/2021 3:51 pm EDT

The CRTC is handing out $57.7 million through its Broadband Fund for the construction of thousands of kilometres of network transport infrastructure. The commission announced Friday that seven...

Cogeco accuses Wildbrain of “glaring abuse” of CRTC process over Part 1

Media | 03/03/2021 5:26 pm EST

Cogeco Inc. has responded to a Part 1 from television company Wildbrain,...

Telecoms split on ISED’s proposed approach to opening 6 GHz band

telecom | 03/02/2021 5:20 pm EST

The federal government’s proposal to open up the 6 GHz spectrum band for WiFi use has received broad support in an Industry, Science and Economic Development Canada consultation. Every...

Focus turns back to CRTC as SCC rejects incumbent wholesale challenge 

telecom | 02/25/2021 5:46 pm EST

As the Supreme Court of Canada  dismissed an incumbent challenge to an...

Wildbrain says Cogeco breached CRTC rules by dropping channels

telecom | 01/29/2021 2:08 pm EST

Cogeco Inc. breached the CRTC’s standstill rule by announcing its intention to drop Wildbrain’s family programming while in commercial negotiations about their ongoing carriage, Wildbrain claims....

Cogeco launches IPTV

Media | 01/18/2021 5:25 pm EST

Cogeco Inc. has officially launched its IPTV service, dubbed Epico. Epico, which runs on the MediaFirst platform, is now available to the “majority of Cogeco customers in the territories served by the company,” according to a press release Monday. “This new service will allow customers...

Cogeco revenues up on pandemic internet demand

telecom | 01/15/2021 7:14 pm EST

Cogeco Inc. reported $646.4 million in revenue in its first quarter, up 4.5 per cent from a year earlier. Profit, meanwhile, was up 27.8 per cent to $120.5 million in the three months ending Nov. 30. The company said in its quarterly report revenue increased due to reasons including growth in internet service customers “given the increased demand for high speed offerings in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic,” rate increases and the impact of the acquisition of  Thames Valley Communications in March 2020, as well as “increased political advertising revenue related to the United...

Michel Lorrain steps down from Cogeco media division

Media | 12/14/2020 5:29 pm EST

Michel LorrainPresident of Cogeco Inc.'s media division Michel Lorrain has stepped down from the position, the company...

ISED proposal to displace spectrum for fixed wireless divides ISPs

telecom | 12/11/2020 11:37 am EST

A pair of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada proposals on changes to midband spectrum allocation that would affect fixed wireless service has drawn a mixed response from telecoms....

Telecom complaints down 19%, CCTS says

telecom | 11/30/2020 12:50 pm EST

The number of complaints from Canadians about their telecom services fell 19 per cent last year, the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services (CCTS) said in its annual report Monday.  It’s the first time...

Regulatory delays a slow-moving incumbent tantrum: CNOC

telecom | 11/19/2020 1:53 pm EST

On the heels of the incumbent appeal of a Federal Court of Appeal decision...

Cogeco hires Paul Beaudry as VP of regulatory

telecom | 11/11/2020 6:14 pm EST

Paul Beaudry is to become the new vice-president for regulatory affairs at Cogeco Inc., taking over from Nathalie Dorval. Beaudry announced the news on Twitter Thursday morning. “It’s an exciting time to be in the telecom/broadcasting space, and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of this iconic Quebec-based company,” he wrote. Dorval occupied the role for about seven years, moving to Cogeco from a regulatory role at BCE Inc.'s Astral Media. According to a Cogeco spokesperson, Dorval is retiring.  Beaudry leaves his role as director of broadband policy and regulatory...

Telecoms object to Telesat’s proposal to auction 3800 MHz spectrum

telecom | 11/10/2020 5:48 pm EST

A number of Canadian wireless providers have objected to a proposal that...

Cogeco Q4 keeps profits stable, helped by internet demand

telecom | 10/28/2020 6:30 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. announced its fourth quarter earnings on Wednesday, increasing...

Cogeco acquiring Quebec telecom for $405M

telecom | 10/21/2020 6:07 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. is buying Quebec cableco DERYtelecom for $405 million, the company announced Wednesday.  The acquisition will see Cogeco add around 100,000 customers in various regions of the province, including Estrie,...

Increased offer for Cogeco rejected by Audet family

Media | 10/19/2020 5:00 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. and Altice USA Inc. upped their offer in a joint takeover bid of Cogeco Inc. from $10.3 billion to $11 billion over weekend, a bid that was rejected by the controlling shareholder of the company, the...

Cogeco wireless plans ‘probably part of the equation’ for Rogers: Ouimet

telecom | 09/15/2020 5:09 pm EDT

As Cogeco Inc.’s CFO speculated Tuesday that a bid for his company’s...

Canadian internet users almost universally getting ISP’s advertised speeds

telecom | 09/08/2020 5:11 pm EDT

In almost all cases, Canadian internet consumers are receiving service at...

Refusal to sell Cogeco is ‘definitive,’ Audet says

Media | 09/08/2020 1:34 pm EDT

Louis Audet, former CEO of Cogeco Inc. and current executive chairman of...

Rogers says it would keep Cogeco headquarters in Quebec

telecom | 09/04/2020 4:46 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. says if its proposed acquisition of Cogeco Inc.’s Canadian division went through, it wouldn’t move the headquarters, management team or operations of Cogeco’s media...

Audet family declines Altice USA, Rogers offer to buy Cogeco

telecom | 09/02/2020 9:54 am EDT

The controlling shareholder of Cogeco Inc. — the Audet family — has said no to an acquisition bid from a U.S. company that would have seen Rogers Communications Inc. take over Cogeco’s Canadian assets for $4.9 billion. The deal is part of an offer, announced...

CIRA, CIPPIC, BCCLA intervene in site-blocking case

telecom | 08/04/2020 5:07 pm EDT

In a much-watched appeal of Canada's first-ever site-blocking court order, three separate opponents of the order have filed two interventions asking the Federal Court of Appeal to strike down the order.  In the first of the...

Cogeco radio feels COVID hit, but overall revenues increase

telecom | 07/16/2020 4:42 pm EDT

In its first quarterly report to include the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cogeco Inc.’s radio revenues fell by one-third, though its overall revenue beat analyst expectations. In the results...

CRTC considering changes to disaggregated wholesale regime

telecom | 06/11/2020 5:47 pm EDT

Five years after it announced a move to a new system for wholesale internet...

Bell selling 25 data centres for $1.04 billion

telecom | 06/01/2020 5:28 pm EDT

BCE Inc. is selling 25 data centres located at 13 sites to California-based Equinix Inc for $1.04 billion, the company announced Monday.  "Our strategic redeployment of capital further underscores Bell's commitment to champion...

SaskTel to resume charging overage fees on June 9

telecom | 05/29/2020 2:13 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. will become the second Canadian telecom to resume charging overage fees to home internet customers who go over their data caps, with the company announcing it will end the COVID-19 relief measure on June 8. SaskTel announced in a Friday press release that it had extended the suspension of overage fees --  scheduled to end on May 31 -- a further eight days, but customers would again be charged for exceeding their caps as of June 9.  SaskTel president and CEO Doug Burnett said in the release that the company understood the importance of...

Wholesale rate appeal to go ahead in June via video conference

telecom | 05/25/2020 6:05 pm EDT

A Federal Court of Appeal judge has rejected the argument made by the incumbent telecom companies last week that their appeal of the CRTC's wholesale broadband rates decision is too complicated to be...

Spectrum funds could achieve broadband targets before 2030: telecoms

telecom | 05/14/2020 9:35 pm EDT

An NDP plan for the federal government to add money raised from past and...

Provinces also looking at speeding up rural broadband rollouts

telecom | 05/01/2020 1:10 pm EDT

As the federal government and individual companies work on accelerating...

Cogeco pre-COVID Q2 revs steady, adjusts share buyback

telecom | 04/08/2020 6:57 pm EDT

Amid the financial uncertainty and upheaval of the COVID-19 global...

Quebecor, Cogeco lay off staff due to COVID-19

telecom | 03/27/2020 4:26 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc. and Cogeco Inc. have both announced staff layoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Quebecor announced on Friday morning it would lay off 10 per cent of its workforce, which the company said amounted to about 1000...

Financial analysts say telecoms ‘resilient’ to impact of COVID-19

telecom | 03/18/2020 5:24 pm EDT

Canada’s telecommunications sector is a “constructive place to hide” for financial investors as markets continue to feel the impact of COVID-19, RBC Capital Markets analyst Drew McReynolds...

COVID-19 won’t have ‘very large impact’ on Cogeco: CFO

telecom | 03/17/2020 3:54 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. chief financial officer Patrice Ouimet has told an investor...

CIPPIC unveils most ambitious low cost wireless plan

telecom | 02/28/2020 6:01 pm EST

GATINEAU, Que. — The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic and Open Media have unveiled...

MVNO decision arrives at a ‘tipping point’: Bell CEO

telecom | 02/19/2020 6:48 pm EST

GATINEAU, Que. — How threatening the prospect of mandated MVNO access is to BCE Inc. was evident Wednesday as the company brought out its CEO to the CRTC’s ongoing wireless hearing, who told the regulator even the “least aggressive” MVNO proposal would harm...

CIPPIC, CIRA to challenge court authority in site-blocking case

telecom | 02/07/2020 3:54 pm EST

Both the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) and the Canadian...

Cogeco’s IPTV service in beta testing, but no start date

telecom | 01/15/2020 4:27 pm EST

There’s no firm timeframe for when Cogeco Inc. will roll out its new IPTV service, despite the cableco previously telling investors it would become available in 2019.  Cogeco’s CEO Phillipe...

Incumbents, small telecoms pan Competition Bureau MVNO proposal

telecom | 01/14/2020 5:54 pm EST

Telecom providers both big and small have unanimously rejected a...

Cogeco Connexion president leaving

telecom | 12/17/2019 12:31 pm EST

Ken Smithard, the president of Cogeco Inc.’s Canadian telecom division, is leaving the company after 20...

Telecoms find silver lining in unprecedented number of CCTS complaints

telecom | 11/28/2019 6:00 am EST

Despite improvements in customer service that have lowered customer defections, the country’s telecom complaints watchdog said it still accepted 35 per cent more issues from...

Consumer groups push mandated low-cost data plans in wireless review

telecom | 11/26/2019 6:03 pm EST

Consumer advocacy groups are urging the CRTC to require incumbent wireless providers to make low-cost data plans a condition of operation in the latest round of submissions to the regulator’s review...

Competition Bureau endorses limited MVNO model

telecom | 11/25/2019 10:12 am EST

The Competition Bureau is officially endorsing a policy that would temporarily mandate access to the incumbents’ network infrastructure by mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), the watchdog said Monday. The recommendation...

BDUs appeal new distant signal tariffs

Media | 11/12/2019 12:00 pm EST

The country’s largest TV service providers are appealing an increase in the over-the-air distant signal...

Large telecoms say small ISPs should be subject to Internet Code too

telecom | 11/08/2019 5:20 pm EST

A few months ahead of the introduction of the CRTC’s Internet Code, scheduled for Jan. 31,, a grouping of the largest telecom companies in the country are asking the regulator to make the code apply...

Cogeco ‘very optimistic on wireless’: CEO

telecom | 10/31/2019 5:54 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. is looking forward to the upcoming spectrum auctions in 2020, especially since Innovation, Science, and Economic Development put in place new tier 5 spectrum licensing rules this past summer.  The new licenses,...

Quebec news funding will help with Google, Facebook dominance: Le Devoir

Media | 10/15/2019 5:56 pm EDT

As the Canada Revenue Agency considers how to administer $595-million worth...

CRTC has no jurisdiction over site-blocking request, big telecoms argue

Media | 09/26/2019 5:31 pm EDT

BCE Inc., Quebecor Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc. are arguing in...

Investors too focused on Rogers wireless division: analyst

telecom | 09/20/2019 4:59 pm EDT

Investors are overly preoccupied with the wireless divisions of telecom companies, and as such have been overly punitive toward Rogers Communications Inc. this summer, according to a look in on the...

Telecoms say CRTC wholesale decision violates Harper-era directive

telecom | 09/17/2019 5:13 pm EDT

In their Friday appeal of the CRTC decision on wholesale internet rates, the affected cable companies are asking the Federal Court of Appeal to defer to a 2006 Harper-era directive that advised the regulator to base its decisions to the “maximum extent feasible” on market forces. The CRTC’s August decision established a new pricing regime for the selling of wholesale internet rates that dramatically lowers the rate at which the companies are allowed to sell wholesale internet to...

Big telecoms go to court over wholesale rates

telecom | 09/13/2019 5:26 pm EDT

In a widely anticipated move, several of the country’s biggest telecom companies have filed for leave to appeal a CRTC decision establishing a new rate regime for wholesale internet broadband.  The decision, issued August 15...

Local Quebec radio groups want more gov’t ads

Media | 09/12/2019 5:25 pm EDT

Two local Quebec radio groups representing around 60 stations in the province are asking the provincial...

CRTC resolves issues in Gatineau access dispute

telecom | 09/06/2019 5:11 pm EDT

The CRTC has set guidelines for how the country’s largest telecoms and the city of Gatineau should...

New wholesale rates to cost Rogers $140M, Cogeco $25M, companies say

telecom | 08/19/2019 7:29 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. said Monday that the new wholesale broadband rates set by the CRTC will cost the company $25 million in retroactive payments, while Rogers Communications Inc. said it "expects to record a...

Telecoms asking SCC to review Quebec bylaw case

telecom | 08/19/2019 2:22 pm EDT

The country’s biggest telecoms are asking the Supreme Court of Canada to review a decision by a lower court that determined the companies were not entitled to a reimbursement of fees they paid under municipal rights-of-way bylaws that were subsequently invalidated. ...

Internet code will indirectly tackle poor sales practices, CRTC chairman says

telecom | 07/31/2019 11:01 am EDT

CRTC chairman Ian Scott said the new internet code will address many of the...

CTI project funding rolling out again

telecom | 07/26/2019 5:35 pm EDT

The last two months have seen a glut of project funding announced under the Connect to Innovate (CTI) program, with $29 million being funneled to 13 projects: three in New Brunswick; two each in Prince Edward Island, Ontario, and...

ISED approves smaller, tier 5 spectrum licence areas

telecom | 07/24/2019 7:04 pm EDT

The federal government will create over 600 smaller spectrum licensing areas across the country, which...

CRTC asks if incumbent networks should have MVNO set-asides

telecom | 07/15/2019 5:40 pm EDT

Ahead of its wireless review hearing, the CRTC is asking Canadian telecoms...

IPTV coming by December, Cogeco says

Media | 07/11/2019 4:21 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. will launch its new IPTV service in its entire Canadian footprint by the end of the calendar...

CRTC asks wireless providers to justify post-data cap throttling

telecom | 07/04/2019 4:52 pm EDT

The CRTC has asked several telecoms to explain how their throttling of wireless speeds once customers exceed their data allotments doesn’t violate the commission’s regulatory policy on internet...

Broadcast news tax credit exclusion means cuts ‘inevitable’: CAB

Media | 07/02/2019 5:27 pm EDT

The independence of the panel that will determine which print news...

Videotron must give data to STB working group: CRTC

Media | 07/02/2019 5:13 pm EDT

The CRTC has ruled that Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron must continue to participate in an industry-wide working group charged with creating a set-top box (STB) data measurement system.  In April, Videotron walked away from the group, saying it didn’t want to provide any of its data to the STB working group. In an April letter to the CRTC, Shaw...

Cogeco creates new VP wireless position, hires Stingray exec

telecom | 06/25/2019 4:47 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. said it has hired Marie Ginette Lepage as its new vice-president of wireless solutions and innovation, a newly-created position in which she will take on the responsibility for Cogeco’s wireless service strategy. Lepage is leaving her role at Stingray Group...

Industry committee dissents from ISED spectrum clawback plans

telecom | 06/18/2019 8:09 pm EDT

The House of Commons industry committee has endorsed Xplornet Communications Inc.'s call that the ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) should not claw back any of the 3.5...

Effect of 3.5 GHz clawback on rural broadband to vary across Canada

telecom | 06/14/2019 5:03 pm EDT

In recent weeks, telecom issues haven’t escaped the increased rhetoric...

Cogeco calling for radio representation on tax credit panel

Media | 05/22/2019 5:25 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. is lobbying the government to help Canadian radio news...

CRTC asking Canadians to participate in internet performance test

telecom | 05/10/2019 9:37 am EDT

A CRTC project dating back to 2015 that seeks to measure the internet performance of service providers (ISPs) in Canadian homes to help drive policy decisions is kicking off a second phase. The...

Telus appealing CRTC speed cap relief

telecom | 04/18/2019 5:00 pm EDT

Telus Corp. is going to court over the CRTC’s decision last month to grant smaller internet providers a pause on a rule that caps the internet speeds they can provide their customers if they don’t switch to a new regime they argue is impractical. Last month, the CRTC...

Small telecoms call for more forceful language in policy direction

telecom | 04/16/2019 6:19 pm EDT

The CRTC’s new, consumer-focused policy direction doesn’t go far...

Cogeco offering no details on MVNO strategy

telecom | 04/10/2019 4:14 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. has long been a vocal proponent of mandated mobile virtual operators in Canada, so it’s no...

Gov’t criticized by tech companies on cloud strategy for sensitive data

telecom | 04/03/2019 1:17 pm EDT

In the lead-up to a meeting with Amazon.com Inc., the government was...

Complaints to CCTS increase again, TV issues up 500%

Media | 04/02/2019 6:00 am EDT

Complaints about TV service to the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS)...

ACORN asks review panel for low-income $10 internet

telecom | 03/13/2019 2:44 pm EDT

All Canadians whose earnings fall below the government’s low-income measure should have access to internet service for $10, an advocacy group is telling the panel reviewing the broadcasting and telecom acts. ACORN Canada also...

Telecoms added over 1.4 million new wireless subs in 2018

telecom | 03/13/2019 12:20 pm EDT

Canada’s publicly traded telecom companies added more than one million...

Cogeco selling Peer 1 data centre business for $720M

telecom | 02/27/2019 3:29 pm EST

Cogeco Communications Inc. says it’s inked a deal to sell its Cogeco Peer 1 cloud services business for $720 million. The data centre business is being sold to affiliates of the Los Angeles-based investment firm Digital...

Radio interference, 5G delays raised in new spectrum tier consult

telecom | 02/26/2019 6:10 pm EST

BCE Inc., Shaw Communications Inc., and Quebecor Inc. are warning against a...

CRTC sets 5 ms threshold for ‘jitter’ in basic service standard

telecom | 02/12/2019 5:41 pm EST

The CRTC has finally set a threshold for a metric it said will improve the quality of service (QoS) for applications reliant on the rapid transmission of data. The regulator said Tuesday that it will require internet service providers (ISPs) to meet a threshold of five milliseconds (ms) on fixed broadband for “jitter,” a term for data received at irregular intervals, causing lag and slowdown in QoS-sensitive applications such as online gaming, web page loading, and cloud-based software....