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CRTC to decide if mandated access to inside wire applies to fibre

telecom | 09/07/2018 3:31 pm EDT

A small internet service provider (ISP) is asking the CRTC to order BCE Inc. to give it access to Bell’s fibre connections inside a Toronto apartment building in a case that...

Cybersecurity expertise gap ‘global risk’: report

telecom | 07/11/2018 5:32 pm EDT

To overcome a shortage of cybersecurity experts, Canadian companies should hire people with broad knowledge bases rather than specific technical skill-sets, according to a report by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd., published this month. “The rapid march of technology and its associated cyber risks seems to be outpacing the ability of organizations to adapt,” said the report, a joint effort with Toronto Financial Services Alliance. “Despite significant investments in cybersecurity over the past decade, organizations in every industry are facing a growing cyber risk gap.” Deloitte...

Canadian ‘tale of two internets,’ as 25% get online wirelessly: Deloitte

Media | 12/12/2017 6:39 pm EST

The number of Canadians who get their internet access wirelessly — either...

Report on Wireless Code privacy rule compliance flags paper copies

Media | 01/25/2017 8:58 pm EST

Wireless service providers aren’t necessarily adhering to Wireless Code rules mandating that customers receive paper copies of their privacy policies, according to a new CRTC-commissioned report. The report, published on the CRTC’s website Friday, is part of the ongoing Wireless Code review,...

Pricing for 5G unclear, but cost per GB could drop: Deloitte expert

Media | 01/11/2017 11:24 pm EST

There are still many unknowns as wireless carriers move to 5G networks in the coming years, including questions about how much companies will charge for service, though prices have the potential to...

Government should have cyber security czar, senators hear

telecom | 10/19/2016 8:43 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Canada should have a federal “cyber czar” focused on the issue of cyber security, Peter Sloly, the former deputy chief of the Toronto Police Service and an executive...

Ehealth is growing, but market size still unknown

telecom | 08/03/2016 6:39 pm EDT

MONTREAL — In recent years, Canadians have gained the ability to keep track of data contributing to their health — from steps walked to their heart rate to calories burned — in a way that would have been impossible before the emergence of fitness trackers and smartphone apps. Their doctors and health institutions are also adopting new technologies, through initiatives like electronic medical records (EMRs) and home health monitoring, as the field of ehealth expands. “Everybody has a health story,” and it’s an issue that’s relevant to every...

Infrastructure, spectrum among obstacles for connected cars

telecom | 07/12/2016 8:41 pm EDT

Traffic on the Internet of Things (IoT) is forecast to skyrocket over the coming years, and though vehicles will be part of that network, there are still a number of challenges, including...

Videotron to begin offering gigabit service

telecom | 06/29/2016 3:31 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron said it will begin offering Internet download speeds of up to 940 Mbps to consumers and business costumers on July 13. The company said the roll out of its Hybrid Fibre Giga service, which...

What inroads will virtual reality make in TV, communications?

Media | 03/29/2016 9:37 pm EDT

This week is a long-awaited one for virtual reality enthusiasts, as Facebook Inc. starts to ship its Oculus Rift headset to people who pre-ordered their $599 US devices as far in advance as early...

With no network infrastructure, towns opting to build their own

telecom | 03/02/2016 9:19 pm EST

Among the arguments from BCE Inc. and those supporting its appeal to federal cabinet of the CRTC decision mandating wholesale access to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks is that the ruling will slow...

4K’s appeal extends beyond sports, say experts

Media | 01/22/2016 9:22 pm EST

While Rogers Communications Inc. and BCE Inc. are getting the ball rolling on 4K broadcasting in Canada with a heavy emphasis on sports, others feel food, nature, music videos and outdoor adventure programming are also the kinds of content that would work well in ultra-high definition. Chris Knight, CEO at Ottawa-based Gusto TV, said in a phone...

Gigabit Internet in 3% of Canadian homes by end of 2016: Deloitte

Media | 01/12/2016 10:09 pm EST

The availability and adoption of gigabit Internet in Canada is expected to grow this year, with almost three per cent of Canadians subscribing to the service by the end of 2016, according to Deloitte...

Mobile messaging grows, monetization remains the challenge

Media | 09/23/2015 8:50 pm EDT

Mobile-messaging through apps in Canada and globally is on the rise as it attracts users wanting a convenient interface that can help them be included in social circles, though the steep growth in...

‘Wireless’ concept extends to charging

Media | 08/28/2015 6:49 pm EDT

Wireless charging creates advantages beyond not having to use cords when refuelling mobile devices with electricity, according one British researcher, though a Canadian technology expert says widespread adoption of such technology is far from certain. James Moar, a research analyst with Juniper Research Ltd. in the United Kingdom, said in a phone...

Videotron 4K box seen as cord-cutting prevention

Media | 08/11/2015 8:58 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron announced Tuesday it will be releasing an ultra-high-definition (UHD) set-top-box for its customers, making it the first Canadian telecom provider to commercially release such technology. Videotron said in a press release that the set-top-box processing speed will be 12 times faster than what is currently available in the market, allowing customers to navigate through content choices four times faster, record eight shows simultaneously, and store about 320 hours of standard HD content or 115 hours of UHD content. Manon Brouillette, CEO of Videotron, said in a...

Wearable tech could eliminate need for smartphones: exec

Media | 07/14/2015 8:11 pm EDT

Wearable devices could replace everything in our pockets, eventually wiping out smartphones in five to 10 years, says one wearable-technology company CEO. However, others say functionality, design and...

Pay app launched for Android, BlackBerry, while Apple users wait

Media | 06/23/2015 7:26 pm EDT

A mobile payment application owned and supported by Canada's three biggest wireless providers was announced Tuesday for Android and BlackBerry phones, while iPhone users are left waiting for Apple...

Videotron rolls out Apple watch app for TV customers

Media | 05/25/2015 8:19 pm EDT

MONTREAL — Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron has launched a new app for Apple Inc.’s smartwatch that the company hopes will increase discoverability of channels available though its cable packages and appeal to early...

Will our next piece of ID be digital?

Media | 05/14/2015 5:23 pm EDT

Showing a piece of ID to prove who you are has remained, for the most part, one stubbornly analog interaction in our increasingly digital world. That’s now starting to change, in countries like Estonia and even some...

RBC expects challenge from tech giants over mobile payments: report

Media | 03/10/2015 8:25 pm EDT

The chief executive of the Royal Bank of Canada says his company is on a “collision course” with technology giants such as Apple Inc. and Google Inc. as the act of making payments with mobile devices becomes more mainstream, according to a report in the Financial Post. The newspaper reported Dave McKay told an investors conference in New York Tuesday that the companies making mobile payment technology available might come between the direct relationship the bank has with customers...

Online video factors into cord-cutting: CIRA survey

Media | 02/24/2015 9:43 pm EST

Newly released results from a Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) survey show the availability of online video content is a factor for four in 10 Canadian Internet users who do not subscribe to cable TV. The data,...

One-third of Netflix users have used U.S. IP address: survey

Media | 02/17/2015 8:50 pm EST

About one in three Canadian customers of Netflix Inc. have used a U.S. IP address to access the company's American service because it offers more content than the Canadian version, Media...

Tablet’s social impact remains despite sales slowdown: expert

Media | 02/02/2015 9:04 pm EST

New data shows that tablet shipments declined year-over-year in last year's fourth quarter — for the first time in the category’s short market history — though a Canadian trends observer says the cultural impact of tablets isn't going away any time soon. International Data Corp. said in a press...

Facebook’s Canadian impact worth $5B US: study

Media | 01/20/2015 4:02 pm EST

The Canadian economy saw an economic benefit of about $5 billion US last year thanks to Facebook, according to a new study by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd. commissioned by Facebook Inc. That's out of a global impact from Facebook of $227 billion US, which "enabled" 4.5 million jobs around the world, the study said. It said about 80 were...

Enterprise to assume bigger role in technology adoption: Deloitte

Media | 01/12/2015 6:50 pm EST

After a decade of consumers being the trendsetters in the adoption of emerging technology, the enterprise sector will take on a bigger role in 2015 as leaders in the use of cutting-edge IT products,...