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Telecoms bond over stirring proposals to shake up call spoofing

telecom | 03/03/2017 7:18 pm EST

Technologies identified by the CRTC as potential tools to combat spoofed and nuisance calls have promise, but barriers to their deployment mean they’re not likely to be put in place any time soon, companies told the regulator. The CRTC launched a consultation in January following a November order requiring telecoms put in place measures to block “unwanted nuisance calls” on both wireless and wireline networks. In interventions, which were due Wednesday, companies addressed the potential effectiveness of two standards that are currently in...

Less government interference not positive for Shaw: Barclays

telecom | 02/27/2017 8:56 pm EST

Greater flexibility allowed by the federal government for market forces to shape the wireless industry would benefit most of the big players but negatively affect Shaw Communications Inc.'s Freedom Mobile, according to Barclays Capital analyst Phillip Huang. “While the Liberal government is maintaining the four-player wireless market structure introduced by the Conservative government a decade ago, it appears to allow greater flexibility for market forces to shape the industry,” Huang said in a Monday note, adding the government “appears less...

Maintaining NG911 network won’t exceed current costs: Quebecor

telecom | 01/19/2017 1:04 am EST

GATINEAU, Que. — The costs to maintain next-generation 911 (NG911) services in Canada will not cost more than what telecoms pay to maintain current 911 services, Quebecor Inc. said on the third day of the CRTC's hearing on the issue, despite some suggesting costs will increase on the new...

CRTC gives go-ahead to Bell-MTS BDU licence transfer

Media | 12/20/2016 5:39 pm EST

The CRTC has granted approval for Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. to transfer its broadcast distribution licences to BCE Inc. as part of an overall $3.9-billion acquisition of the provincial provider. In a...

Bell, MTS announce post-merger plans for Churchill, Man.

telecom | 08/29/2016 7:26 pm EDT

Gigabit-speed Internet will be introduced to Northern Manitoba under a BCE Inc.-owned Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., the companies announced Monday. The improvement in Churchill,...

MTS improves wireless churn, but still feeling double-cohort effect

telecom | 08/04/2016 8:26 pm EDT

Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. said it made improvements to its post-paid wireless churn for the third consecutive quarter, though its total wireless subscribers were still down from a year ago,...

MTS to offer Netflix on set-top box

Media | 07/14/2016 8:40 pm EDT

Manitoba Telecommunications Services Inc. will begin offering Netflix Inc.’s streaming service directly on its set-top box. The company said in a press release Thursday that the move “removes the hassle of having to switch video inputs or purchase additional hardware.” It added that it was the “only Manitoba television provider to offer direct access to Netflix.” Other Canadian telecoms to include Netflix access on their set-top boxes include BCE Inc., which is in the process of acquiring MTS, and Telus Corp....

Wall prefers SaskTel sale over public offering: report

telecom | 06/15/2016 4:04 pm EDT

Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall told reporters he would rather sell Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. than take the company public and sell shares on the open market, Bloomberg...

Proxy advisors, Manitoba gov’t back Bell-MTS deal

telecom | 06/08/2016 5:50 pm EDT

An independent proxy advisory company has backed the takeover of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. by BCE Inc., MTS said in a Tuesday press release. International Shareholder Services (ISS) is recommending...

MTS customers fear bill increases, unlimited data loss under Bell: poll

Media | 06/07/2016 6:48 pm EDT

Current Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. customers are concerned about the future of their bills if the proposed takeover by BCE Inc. is approved, suggest the results of a new poll...

Bernier calls for end of ‘control-freak’ CRTC’s role as telecom regulator

telecom | 06/07/2016 4:01 pm EDT

TORONTO — Conservative MP Maxime Bernier took aim at the CRTC and the previous government’s telecom and wireless policies Tuesday, calling for the commission to be phased out as a telecom regulator and the wireless sector to be opened to foreign competition. “As the industry evolves, the CRTC finds new...

Pick-and-pay drives customer satisfaction: J.D. Power

Media | 06/03/2016 3:26 pm EDT

A new J.D. Power survey has found customers who have a skinny-basic TV package with a pick-and-pay option are more satisfied than TV customers with other types of subscriptions. Satisfaction among skinny-basic customers was 761...

MTS considered SaskTel merger, Telus and Rogers declined to bid

telecom | 06/02/2016 9:07 pm EDT

An information package for Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. shareholders sheds some light on the genesis of the proposed $3.9-billion acquisition of the company by BCE Inc., announced May 2. According...

MTS shareholders to vote on Bell deal

telecom | 06/01/2016 10:12 pm EDT

Shareholders in Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. will have their say in the proposed merger with BCE Inc. later this month. The company announced in a Wednesday press release that a special meeting...

61% of Manitobans disapprove of Bell-MTS deal: Angus-Reid

telecom | 06/01/2016 3:57 pm EDT

The sale of Manitoba’s largest telecommunications company is not sitting well with Manitobans, with 61 per cent stating they don’t approve of the deal, while only 21 per cent said it would...

Experts say approval of Bell’s MTS acquisition likely

telecom | 05/02/2016 2:12 pm EDT

BCE Inc. announced Monday morning that it will purchase Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. in a $3.9 billion transaction that, if approved, will see the number of players in Manitoba’s telecom market fall from four to three. Some experts said the deal is likely to be approved, especially given a pre-emptive move to shift some subscribers to Telus Corp. The deal is subject to approval from shareholders, the CRTC, Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada and the Competition Bureau. Bell CEO George Cope said in a Monday conference call with analysts that he expects the regulatory...

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...

Deferral account-funded broadband expansion complete

telecom | 02/25/2016 10:12 pm EST

A $422 million expansion of broadband Internet services to underserved communities has been completed, the CRTC confirmed Thursday. In 2010, the regulator approved plans by BCE Inc., Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. and Telus Corp....

Forbes downplays potential MTS selloff after Allstream deal

telecom | 11/23/2015 9:38 pm EST

Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. CEO Jay Forbes on Monday downplayed the likelihood that the whole company could be sold in the wake of a deal to unload its business communications division, Allstream....

CRTC approves enhanced 911 applications

telecom | 10/03/2014 7:49 pm EDT

The CRTC has approved applications from Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp., Telus Corp., Bell Aliant and BCE Inc. regarding enhanced 911 services. The regulator said in separate...

Industry Canada approves joint Rogers/MTS network

telecom | 05/23/2014 5:09 pm EDT

Industry Canada said Friday it approved a spectrum-sharing agreement between MTS Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc. The companies announced the agreement a year ago, and The Wire Report reported at the time that the deal, which would cover the roll-out of LTE technology in Manitoba and cut the companies’ implementation costs in half, was part of Rogers’ aim to improve its competitive position against BCE Inc. and Telus Corp., which have a spectrum-sharing agreement. Industry Canada said Friday that under the deal, “both parties retain control of their existing licences and...

MTS expands fibre to Lorette

telecom | 11/15/2013 8:08 pm EST

MTS Inc. has extended its fibre-to-the-home service to Lorette, Man. The company said in a release Friday the rollout will give residents access to its IPTV service, MTS Ultimate TV, as well as its high-speed Internet plans. The...

MTS to provide WiFi to Winnipeg public facilities

telecom | 11/04/2013 10:03 pm EST

Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. will provide WiFi to Winnipeg’s libraries, arenas, and other community facilities, the company said Monday. MTS said in a release it would invest approximately $2 million “to bring Wi-Fi...

Sawiris says he’s exiting Canadian market for good

telecom | 10/16/2013 8:03 pm EDT

Egyptian billionaire and former Wind Mobile financier Naguib Sawiris said he is “finished with Canada” following the federal government's decision to reject his firm's bid to acquire Allstream Inc., Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram said. “I am finished with Canada, I tell you,” Sawiris told...

MTS expands LTE network to Steinbach

telecom | 08/14/2013 8:41 pm EDT

Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. subsidiary MTS Inc. expanded its next-generation LTE wireless network to Steinbach, Man., the company said. MTS said in a release Wednesday that Steinbach is the fifth of six communities in Manitoba...

MTS expands DSL service in rural Manitoba

telecom | 08/02/2013 6:59 pm EDT

MTS Inc., a subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., expanded its DSL Internet service to Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation, Fisher River Cree Nation, Brunkild, and Seven Sisters Falls, Man. The company plans to bring the...

Strople joins Metro Ethernet Forum board

telecom | 07/29/2013 9:05 pm EDT

Mike Strople, chief operating officer of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.’s Allstream subsidiary, was elected to the board of international industry group the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), Allstream said. In a release Monday,...

Allstream opens Chicago Internet point of presence

telecom | 07/23/2013 8:40 pm EDT

Allstream has a new Internet connection point of presence in Chicago, which will give Canadian Internet service providers (ISPs) and other network operators more capacity to exchange traffic with leading Canadian and international carriers, the company said. In a release Tuesday, Allstream said its new Internet exchange point will allow network...

MTS expands LTE network to Selkirk

telecom | 07/19/2013 7:55 pm EDT

Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. subsidiary MTS Inc. expanded its fourth-generation LTE wireless network to Selkirk, Man., the company said Friday. Selkirk is the fourth of six communities in the province to which MTS will expand the service this year, the company said in a release. This expansion follows launches in Victoria Beach, Grand Beach, and...

MTS workers reach tentative agreement

telecom | 07/18/2013 9:37 pm EDT

The Telecommunications Employees Association of Manitoba (TEAM) Local 161 reached a tentative agreement on a revised collective agreement with Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., a release said. The union voted to authorize a strike in late June. TEAM members include MTS managers, sales team and other support staff, and its more than 1,000 members represent about one-third of MTS’ Manitoba-based workforce. Details on the ratification vote on the three-year agreement will follow, the union said in a memo on its website....

MTS workers authorize strike

telecom | 07/03/2013 9:14 pm EDT

About one-third of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.’s (MTS) Manitoba-based workforce voted to authorize a strike and could walk off the job in two weeks, the Telecommunications Employees Association of Manitoba (TEAM) Local...

First signs of cord cutting are here, Boon Dog says

Media | 06/06/2013 7:09 pm EDT

Canada’s publicly traded broadcast distribution companies reported “concrete signs” of cord cutting over the past two quarters as their combined subscriber base fell for the first time since cable TV first become a feature in most homes, said Mario Mota, partner at Boon Dog Professional Services Inc. In a release Thursday, Boon Dog...

MTS expands DSL service

telecom | 06/04/2013 7:43 pm EDT

Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. subsidiary MTS Inc. expanded its DSL Internet service to Falcon Lake, West Hawk Lake, Victoria Beach and Grand Beach, Man., the company said. In a release Tuesday, MTS said it plans to expand its high-speed Internet service to 20 additional rural communities in Manitoba this year. MTS recently expanded its fourth generation LTE network to Grand Beach and Victoria Beach, Man....

Sawiris re-enters Canadian market with deal for Allstream

telecom | 05/24/2013 6:40 pm EDT

Former Wind Mobile backer Naguib Sawiris said he is re-entering the Canadian telecom market with a “long-term commitment” and the purchase of Allstream from Manitoba Telecom Services Inc....

Ontario communities look at repurposing broadcast towers for mobile services

telecom | 05/22/2013 5:53 pm EDT

Six Ontario communities are looking for partnerships with wireless carriers to launch or improve local mobile services using repurposed radio and TV broadcast towers, which could mean cellphone service for some of the province’s most rural and hard-to-reach areas, said people involved in the project. The towers could make use of an existing mobile carrier's spectrum, extending its service into hard-to-reach areas, the people said in interviews, or the communities may look at...