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Telecoms’ TV customer losses up five-fold in 2015

telecom | 03/10/2016 10:22 pm EST

The number of subscribers leaving the Canadian TV system appears to be accelerating, as Canada’s publicly traded telecom companies lost five times more TV subscribers in 2015 than a year earlier. They reported having 178,910 fewer television customers at the end of 2015 than at the end of 2014, according to data compiled by The Wire Report based on the companies’ fourth-quarter statements. That’s compared to the previous year’s 31,663 drop, the first on record. Overall, the number of TV subscribers reported by BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc., Shaw...

Business market growth elusive for some telecoms

telecom | 02/03/2015 9:31 pm EST

Canadian telecommunications providers are looking to the business market to pick up the slack from the increasingly competitive consumer space, yet financial data from the incumbent service providers shows, in the opinion of one analyst, that competing in that low-margin segment is a challenge. Macquarie Capital Markets analyst Greg MacDonald said that entering the business market as a new competitor would be "very, very difficult" but that there could be opportunities in serving small businesses. "Your competitive advantage has to be either customer service, or unique product...

Chris Peirce leaving MTS Allstream

Media | 12/13/2013 9:12 pm EST

Chris Peirce is retiring from his position as chief corporate officer at Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.‘s MTS Allstream business unit. The company said in a release Friday that Peirce’s retirement would be effective Dec. 31. Peirce joined the predecessor of MTS Allstream, AT&T Canada, in 1999, it said. “Mr. Peirce made...

Bell, Allstream spar over wholesale Internet services with deregulation coming

telecom | 01/25/2013 7:47 pm EST

BCE Inc.’s efforts to prohibit its wholesale Internet access and transport customers from reselling those services on a wholesale basis will put competing businesses at an undue disadvantage and will lead to a “re-monopolization” of the wholesale market, MTS Allstream Inc. says. The transport links,...