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Canada outranks peers in wireless prices: report

telecom | 08/11/2016 9:02 pm EDT

Canadians continue to pay among the highest prices internationally for wireless and broadband Internet services, according to a new report comparing telecom service prices released Thursday by the CRTC. The ninth annual study was completed in January and February of this year by Nordicity and ranks Canadian prices among those offered by carriers in the G7 countries (United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Italy, Germany and France) and Australia. Mobile wireless prices “are, on average, higher than those in other international jurisdictions,” the report said,...

Post budget, Liberal telecom policy remains unclear

telecom | 03/23/2016 11:03 pm EDT

The budget didn't offer many clues about the Liberals' telecommunications strategy, but that might in itself be a hint as to where the new government will go, according to experts. Unlike budgets from the previous Conservative government, which contained explicit references to increasing wireless competition and pushing for a fourth national carrier, Tuesday's financial plan didn't go much farther than highlighting a rural broadband program. Details for the five-year, $500 million fund will be revealed "in the coming months," according to the budget documents tabled...

Telecom policy should focus on innovation, not competition: report

telecom | 03/03/2016 10:34 pm EST

Shaw Communications Inc.'s acquisition of Wind Mobile has fulfilled the previous federal government's push for four national carriers, which means the new government has the chance to hit the...

TV regulatory changes could cost 15,000 jobs: report

telecom | 01/05/2016 4:15 pm EST

New CRTC regulatory changes from the Let’s Talk TV decisions could lead to a loss of more than 15,000 Canadian jobs and take $1.4 billion from the Canadian economy annually by 2020, according to a new report released Tuesday...

29 local TV stations at risk of closing by 2020: report

Media | 11/10/2015 7:52 pm EST

A report from independent consultant and lawyer Peter Miller and research company Nordicity says that 50 per cent of Canada’s small- and medium-market local TV stations could...

Rogers, Bell start supporting WiFi calling

Media | 09/29/2015 8:43 pm EDT

BCE Inc. and Roger Communications Inc. have begun supporting calls and texts over WiFi networks with the latest iPhone. "You can call and text wherever you have a Wi-Fi connection in places like basements, condos and tall...

Kosiner looking for piece of TV music market

Media | 04/15/2015 4:14 pm EDT

A 27-year-old entrepreneur wants to offer an alternative to what he calls a monopoly in the market for audio music channels offered through TV service providers in Canada. Evan Kosiner, president and owner of Kosiner Venture Capital Inc., said in a phone interview there is still a business opportunity in audio-only music channels despite the impending launch of scaled-down TV subscriptions next year as mandated by the CRTC and the rise of online music streaming. "It's something that consumers are used to having, and it provides an extra value of 40 to 80 channels for the...

Canadian tech company to help carriers implement VoLTE

telecom | 02/11/2015 9:44 pm EST

Sandvine Inc., a Canadian company that provides software to telecommunications service providers around the world, said Wednesday that it has added capabilities enabling it to help carriers offer...

Unlicensed spectrum eyed for easing wireless capacity crunch

telecom | 01/09/2015 7:06 pm EST

As data consumption by smartphone users increases exponentially every year, wireless technology companies are looking to harness the unlicensed spectrum normally used for WiFi connections to improve...

App business thriving within Canada’s wireless industry: CWTA report

telecom | 12/09/2014 8:50 pm EST

A recent study on the wireless industry's effects on the Canadian economy in 2013 showed a shift favouring businesses involved in applications and content, and against those involved in devices and other hardware. The study was done for the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) by research company...

CRTC manager moves to Nordicity

telecom | 07/19/2013 7:09 pm EDT

Stephan Meyer, a former senior manager at the CRTC, is Nordicity’s new director of technology, the consulting firm said in a release. Meyer, whose roles at the commission included manager of network evolution policy, acting...