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Verizon plans to test 5G next year

Media | 09/08/2015 2:27 pm EDT

Verizon Communications Inc. announced Tuesday it has created a roadmap to begin field trials for 5G wireless technology as early as 2016. The company said in a press release it is partnering with Alcatel-Lucent, Ericson AB, Cisco Systems Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Qualcomm Inc. and Nokia Corp., in creating working teams to bring the technology to the U.S. “5G is no longer a dream of the distant future,” Roger Gurnani, chief information and technology architect for Verizon, said in the release. “We feel a tremendous sense of urgency to push forward on 5G...

Smartphone sales of China’s Xiaomi drive global growth

telecom | 10/30/2014 3:41 pm EDT

Global smartphone shipments were up 25.2 per cent in this year's third quarter from a year earlier, driven largely by explosive growth in devices coming from China's Xiaomi, International Data Corp. said in a release Wednesday. IDC said that preliminary data indicates there were 327.6 million shipments of smartphones during the three-month period, compared to 261.7 million one year earlier. The top two vendors remained Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. Samsung's smartphone shipments were down 8.2 per cent year-on-year to 78.1 million, while Apple sales gained 16.1 per cent to 39.3 million helped by the release of two new iPhones. Cracking the top five for the first time to land in third spot was Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi, which saw smartphone shipments surge 211.3 per...

Nearly half of Anglo market own tablet: MTM

Media | 08/12/2014 4:23 pm EDT

Almost half of anglophone Canadians aged 18 or older own a tablet, according to a report released Tuesday from Media Technology Monitor. Tablet penetration has grown to 45 per cent of Anglos from 34 per cent in the same period...

World tablet shipments up 11% in second quarter

telecom | 07/24/2014 6:37 pm EDT

World tablet shipments were up 11 per cent in the second quarter compared to a year earlier, International Data Corp. said Thursday. It said in a press release that preliminary data shows that total shipments were 49.3 million in...

Carriers finally have ‘will’ for VoLTE: analyst

telecom | 06/23/2014 6:26 pm EDT

After years of dragging their feet, carriers finally have “the will” to adopt the latest in wireless technology that will allow them to ditch their old networks once and for all, according to Nordicity analyst Stephan...

CIBC payment app available for Bell wireless customers

Media | 06/18/2014 4:27 pm EDT

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and BCE Inc. on Wednesday said that CIBC's mobile payment app will be available in the coming weeks for certain mobile phones on the Bell network. In a joint...

New smartwatch won’t need tethering for calls: WSJ

telecom | 05/26/2014 1:16 pm EDT

Samsung Electronics Co. is poised to release a smartwatch that will not need to be tethered to a smartphone to make calls, the Wall Street Journal reported. An article posted on its website Friday said, according to people familiar with the matter, the product will be released between June and July. Samsung already has a smartwatch on the market, though it uses the signal of a smartphone to make calls, as most smartwatches do. The Wall Street Journal article said Samsung has been talking with carriers in the United States, Europe and South Korea about offering its next smartwatch. Canada...

Ultra-HD TV ownership in U.S to hit 33% by 2020: report

Media | 05/16/2014 3:34 pm EDT

The ownership rate of ultra-high-definition televisions will hit 33 per cent in the United States by 2020, up from less than 10 per cent now, according to a report from Strategy Analytics. The...

Antitrust class-action lawsuit launched against Google

Media | 05/02/2014 3:06 pm EDT

An antitrust class-action lawsuit in the U.S. has been filed against Google Inc., claiming the search engine illegally monopolized and stagnated the American market for Internet and mobile search....

New U.S. military program to support 80,000 BlackBerrys: reports

telecom | 01/20/2014 9:04 pm EST

The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency will use about 80,000 BlackBerry Ltd. devices on a new mobile communications system to be launched at the end of January, news agencies reported Monday....

4K TV imposes hurdles on telcos, broadcasters

Media | 12/02/2013 10:15 pm EST

As the holiday shopping season begins, shoppers in electronics stores might find their eye caught by a new type of television set—one that offers a more detailed, crisper and richer picture than its high-definition brethren....

Apple, Samsung almost tied in Canadian mobile market

telecom | 11/14/2013 6:06 pm EST

Nearly the same number of Canadians now use mobile devices made by Samsung Electronics Co. as use devices made by Apple Inc., Ipsos Reid said. The company said in a release Tuesday that 33 per cent of Canadian smartphone owners...