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Canadian government spends $7.5 million on Manitoba connectivity

telecom | 03/07/2024 2:44 pm EST

Minister of Rural Economic Development Gudie Hutchings speaks at a press conference in the National Press Theatre on Feb. 13, 2024 (photo by Andrew Meade).Minister of Rural Economic Development Gudie Hutchings continued her tour doling out cash from the Universal Broadband Fund. Wednesday saw her in Thompson, Man. handing out $7.5 million for internet and mobile connectivity. The money will allow Broadband Communications...

Providers debate wholesale fibre access in rural areas at CRTC hearing

telecom | 02/14/2024 4:24 pm EST

To bring affordable internet and consumer choice to rural communities, the CRTC must mandate aggregated wholesale fibre access to incumbents’ networks, stated several...

CRTC expands forbearance on regulation of high-capacity digital data services

telecom | 02/12/2024 4:13 pm EST

The CRTC announced Monday an expansion in forbearance from regulating...

SaskTel brings hyper-fast connectivity to Saskatchewan’s rural heartland

telecom | 01/17/2024 3:53 pm EST

SaskTel head office (screenshot via Google Maps).Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. announced Wednesday the...

SaskTel rolls out next-gen WiFi across province

telecom | 12/11/2023 3:42 pm EST

SaskTel head office (screenshot via Google Maps).Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. announced Monday that it was providing state of the art WiFi across the prairie province. SaskTel is joining forces with Eero, a subsidiary of Amazon.com Inc., to deliver...

3,800 MHz auction nets $2.2B in preliminary results

telecom | 11/30/2023 6:14 pm EST

A cell tower with a blue sky in the background.Canada’s telecom industry have spent some $2.16 billion on the 3,800 MHz band of spectrum, according to preliminary results released Thursday by the Department of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED). Telus Corp. was the biggest spender, shelling out...

Fizz offering $4/month plans in western Canada while in beta testing

telecom | 11/20/2023 3:04 pm EST

Quebecor Inc.'s Fizz went live in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, the...

Telecoms oppose remedies in NG911 Part 1 applications

telecom | 11/16/2023 2:37 pm EST

The major telecommunications companies in Canada oppose suggestions that they pay for pre-production...

Bell, SaskTel, expand high-speed internet in prairie provinces

telecom | 11/01/2023 4:59 pm EDT

BCE Inc. and Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. have enhanced...

Competitors oppose incumbents’ stance in second phase of FTTP access review

telecom | 10/19/2023 5:15 pm EDT

The debate over what the future of the wholesale high-speed-access (HSA)...

SaskTel rolls out 5G to Saskatoon arena

telecom | 09/19/2023 2:23 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. has rolled out its 5G network to the SaskTel Centre in...

CRTC orders Videotron to pay Bell 911 service fees despite protest over duplicative costs

telecom | 09/11/2023 4:50 pm EDT

The CRTC denied Quebecor Inc.’s request for...

Lead-lined copper wiring too small part of network to be concern, telecoms say

telecom | 08/08/2023 5:46 pm EDT

Incumbent Canadian telecoms say there is no cause for alarm that...

SaskTel announces new president and CEO

telecom | 08/03/2023 5:19 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. announced Charlene Gavel as its new president and CEO who will be taking over the role effective immediately. Gavel served as the company's chief financial officer for nine years and was CFO for SaskTel International. She is...

CRTC urged to put a moratorium on broadband fund contributions

telecom | 07/24/2023 5:37 pm EDT

Telecoms and other stakeholders have had their say on proposed changes to...

Proposed rates for wholesale HSA over FTTP are inflated: CNOC

telecom | 07/14/2023 5:00 pm EDT

The Competitive Network Operators of Canada (CNOC) told the CRTC that...

Feds, Ontario, announce $54M broadband rollout

telecom | 07/12/2023 5:18 pm EDT

The federal and Ontario governments are together investing $54 million to roll out high-speed internet in the province. The project was announced Wednesday. “Today’s announcement is a significant milestone for internet...

Bell takeover of MTS didn’t produce expected benefits, CCPA says

telecom | 07/05/2023 4:24 pm EDT

BCE Inc.’s takeover of MTS six years ago has not proved beneficial to the prairie province, a new study concludes. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives issued For Whom the Bell Tolls: The...

UPDATED: Several stakeholders tell CRTC about MLTS systems for 911/988

telecom | 06/23/2023 6:19 pm EDT

The CRTC received a raft of responses on its notice of consultation on 911 and 988 calls from multiline telephone systems (MLTS). The systems, found in such institutions as...

Telecom sector seeing revenue increase: CRTC telecom report

telecom | 06/20/2023 5:24 pm EDT

A cell tower with a blue sky in the background.The CRTC has issued its annual telecommunications survey for 2021. Coming out of the pandemic shutdown, the numbers are generally good. The sector experienced a 3.4 per cent jump in total revenues...

Incumbents oppose CRTC’s expedited review of FTTP access

telecom | 06/09/2023 9:55 am EDT

Incumbent carriers are opposed to the expedited review of the CRTC’s...

Incumbents don’t want IoT, machine-to-machine market segments included in MVNO regime

Internet and Governance | 05/19/2023 4:07 pm EDT

The commission should not regulate the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M)  markets in the same...

CRTC sets out MVNO timelines, negotiations to be concluded by Aug. 7

telecom | 05/09/2023 2:49 pm EDT

The CRTC has announced that it expects incumbents to have their mobile...

Bell and Telus fastest fibre providers: Opensignal report

telecom | 04/13/2023 12:33 pm EDT

A cell tower with a blue sky in the background.According to the analytics firm Opensignal, when it comes to fixed...

CRTC rejects incumbent delay requests for FTTP and HSA proceedings 

telecom | 03/28/2023 5:10 pm EDT

The CRTC has denied a request from a number of incumbents, chief among them...

Network resiliency working group wants to expand CRTC authority over municipal infrastructure, provincially-regulated utilities

telecom | 03/22/2023 5:07 pm EDT

A working group composed of Canadian telecommunication service providers (CTSPs) and experts from the department of Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)...

Feds spend $37 million for broadband rollout in Saskatchewan

telecom | 03/17/2023 4:46 pm EDT

The government of Canada announced Friday that it is spending $37 million to roll out broadband service in Saskatchewan. Over 5,000 homes will see their internet service improve in areas like Prince...

Broadband, mobile prices drop slightly; still high internationally in 2022: Wall report

telecom | 03/14/2023 4:38 pm EDT

The 2022 edition of the department of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development's annual report on pricing in the telecommunications sector shows that in the last year...

Canadian telecoms waive fees to Turkey and Syria following earthquake

telecom | 02/09/2023 3:16 pm EST

Telecommunications companies across Canada are waiving fees for texts and...

SaskTel rolls out 5G into rural communities

telecom | 01/30/2023 4:00 pm EST

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. announced Monday that it is expanding its 5G footprint into...

CRTC demands info on MVNO negotiation process

telecom | 01/27/2023 1:33 pm EST

The CRTC is asking a number of incumbent telecom companies to report back to the regulator with an update about the ongoing mobile virtual network operator (MVNO)...

SaskTel backs off plan to charge for email addresses after customer complaints

telecom | 01/23/2023 5:37 pm EST

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. has rapidly changed its mind...

Telecoms file briefs on service fees for radio equipment

telecom | 01/20/2023 4:26 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc. and Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. have filed comments with the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) over telecommunications and radio equipment service fees. The ministry asked for the briefs last month....

Hockey broadcasters win fresh site-blocking order

telecom | 11/23/2022 7:43 am EST

The start of another hockey season brings another federal court site-blocking order for a trio of telecom...

SaskTel expands 5G service

telecom | 10/11/2022 4:59 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. is expanding its 5G services to the area around Moose Jaw in the province, the telecom announced Tuesday.  The service will...

Four telecoms seek increase in basic TV service price, CRTC seeks comments

telecom | 09/28/2022 5:19 pm EDT

Four telecom companies are asking the CRTC to increase the price of basic...

Champagne announces network sharing agreement following Rogers outage

telecom | 09/07/2022 4:35 pm EDT

Wednesday Innovation, Science and Industry Minister François-Philippe...

CRTC approves CISC working group report on location technology

telecom | 09/02/2022 5:06 pm EDT

Friday the CRTC approved a report from the CRTC Interconnection Steering...

Consults on antenna systems must be done in both official languages, ISED determines

telecom | 08/03/2022 5:34 pm EDT

Canadians will be able to participate in public consultations regarding the installation or modification of antenna systems in the official language of their choice, after the Department of...

CRTC outlines framework to block botnets from internet traffic

telecom | 06/23/2022 5:48 pm EDT

In a Thursday decision, the CRTC announced it was implementing regulations...

ILECs and CLECs spar over telecom fees amendments

telecom | 06/10/2022 4:33 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. and Cogeco Inc. are among competitors protesting proposed changes to the telecom fees regime while incumbent telecoms are happy with the CRTC’s amendments.  The commission initiated the proceeding earlier this year. Under current rules,...

SaskTel announces $337M investment in province

telecom | 04/13/2022 4:29 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. is investing approximately $337 million of capital in...

CRTC sides with regional wireless carriers in roaming decision

telecom | 04/06/2022 6:24 pm EDT

The CRTC mostly accepted the arguments of small wireless carriers against...

Distributel seeks revised interim rates for disagg regime

telecom | 03/30/2022 6:57 pm EDT

Distributel Ltd. is asking the CRTC to revise the interim rates for disaggregated wholesale high-speed access (“HSA") services to help jumpstart the lagging disaggregated wholesale regime.  In a Mar. 28 Part 1 application posted to the commission's website Wednesday,...

Rogers and Ericsson combine for standalone 5G network

telecom | 03/28/2022 5:02 pm EDT

Monday Rogers Communications Inc. announced it was partnering with Ericsson AB on rolling out Canada’s first standalone 5G network. The Toronto-based telecom had earlier deployed the country’s first standalone 5G core and...

CRTC to forbear from regulating IXPL services on 12 additional routes

telecom | 03/25/2022 4:32 pm EDT

The CRTC has added a dozen additional routes to its list of interexchange...

Supreme Court dismisses TekSavvy appeal of GoldTV site-blocking order

Media | 03/24/2022 1:28 pm EDT

Updated with TekSavvy reaction. The Supreme Court of Canada Thursday...

SaskTel rolling out 5G in Saskatoon, expanding in Regina

telecom | 03/10/2022 5:06 pm EST

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. is rolling out 5G in the City...

Rogers, civil groups, say CRTC should remove Russian state-owned channels from airwaves

Media | 03/09/2022 4:27 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc. and civil organizations...

Delay 3,800 Mhz auction until altimeter issues resolved, Sasktel tells ISED

telecom | 03/03/2022 9:52 am EST

A cell tower with a blue sky in the background.Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. has a “simple”...

Paper billing for vulnerable customers, not universally: CRTC

telecom | 02/10/2022 5:42 pm EST

The CRTC has determined that all communications service providers (CSPs),...

SaskTel launches new digital mobile service

telecom | 12/07/2021 4:02 pm EST

A crown-owned Saskatchewan telecommunications firm is launching its new digital mobile service In a...

Samsung opens Regina office to work with SaskTel

telecom | 12/01/2021 3:11 pm EST

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has opened a regional office in Regina to facilitate its work with Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. to roll out 5G service in the prairie province, the two companies announced Wednesday. “This announcement is further validation...

CRTC okays statement of work for BH Telecom’s Saskatchewan fibre lay

telecom | 11/19/2021 2:15 pm EST

BH Telecom Corp. has had its proposed statement of work for a Saskatchewan fibre project approved by the CRTC. In a Friday order, the commission said it will provide the approval in confidence to the...

Shaw backs delay of STIR/SHAKEN implementation

telecom | 11/09/2021 1:51 pm EST

Shaw Communications Inc. has added its voice to those calling for deferral of the implementation of the...

Telecoms ask for delay of STIR/SHAKEN roll-out

telecom | 11/02/2021 1:56 pm EDT

Canada’s incumbent telecoms are asking the CRTC to delay the start date of an anti-call spoofing...

Bell, Rogers, Quebecor apply for extended site-blocking in GoldTV

Media | 10/26/2021 9:30 am EDT

A trio of Canada's biggest broadcasters has asked the Federal Court for a renewal of Canada's first ever site-blocking order, two years after the original blocking order was...

Telecoms support for 3-digit crisis line and transition to ten-digit dialling 

telecom | 09/02/2021 5:43 pm EDT

Canada’s big telecommunications companies are in favour of making access...

CRTC orders some incumbent disclosure to CNOC in disaggregated regime consultation 

Media | 08/13/2021 11:13 am EDT

In a dispute between a trade organization representing wholesale-based...

Bell wary of New Brunswick’s proposed NG911 system

telecom | 07/14/2021 6:34 pm EDT

BCE Inc. has filed an intervention with the CRTC saying New Brunswick’s plan for how it would like to adapt its next-generation 911 (NG911) services may not be the best approach.  According to Bell’s intervention, the...

SaskTel spending another $50 million on rural fibre optic broadband

telecom | 06/25/2021 5:16 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. (SaskTel) is throwing another...

Telecoms emphasize concerns, support for CRTC’s botnet blocking proposal

telecom | 05/06/2021 7:19 pm EDT

Canada’s big-three telecoms are doubling down on their assertions that...

Majority of Canadian mobile wireless prices second-highest internationally: ISED report

telecom | 05/04/2021 8:10 pm EDT

The average Canadian mobile wireless prices rank the second highest internationally in four of seven service “baskets,” and remains in the middle-high range for the...

UPDATED – CRTC rejects broad MVNO model, will mandate limited access for regional players

telecom | 04/15/2021 4:01 pm EDT

Incumbent telecom companies will be required to sell access to their mobile networks to some regional service providers, but only those that have some level of spectrum and...

Botnet-blocking provides security for Canadians: CSE

telecom | 04/13/2021 5:57 pm EDT

The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) has argued that the average Canadian’s cybersecurity...

CRTC rejects incumbent request to expand Internet Code

telecom | 04/08/2021 5:05 pm EDT

The CRTC has rejected a request from a number of large facilities-based...

SaskTel chooses Samsung for 5G supplier

telecom | 03/15/2021 2:26 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. will be using Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. as its primary supplier as the company builds out its own 5G network, the company announced Monday.  Samsung will be SaskTel’s sole...

Mitel pushes back on incumbents in STIR/SHAKEN access debate 

telecom | 02/18/2021 5:06 pm EST

Mitel Networks Corp. has delivered a blunt reply to incumbents over their approaches to implementing the STIR/SHAKEN anti-fraud-call technology, suggesting that larger companies are seeking...

PIAC reiterates demands for CRTC to impose paper billing rules 

telecom | 02/16/2021 5:06 pm EST

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and National Pensioners Federation are repeating their request for the CRTC to require Canadian telecommunications companies to issue paper bills to customers.  In their joint final reply to a consultation on paper billing, PIAC...

CRTC should release data on fraud calls: PIAC

telecom | 02/09/2021 5:58 pm EST

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) has asked the CRTC to publicly disclose the information it...

Telecoms end overage fees suspension

telecom | 07/02/2020 4:52 pm EDT

Major Canadian telecoms have ended one of their major relief measures for Canadians who suddenly shifted...

SaskTel to resume charging overage fees on June 9

telecom | 05/29/2020 2:13 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. will become the second Canadian telecom to resume charging overage fees to home internet customers who go over their data caps, with the company announcing it will end the COVID-19...

Provinces also looking at speeding up rural broadband rollouts

telecom | 05/01/2020 1:10 pm EDT

As the federal government and individual companies work on accelerating...

Cogeco to bring back overage fees as of May 1

telecom | 04/30/2020 2:10 pm EDT

Cogeco  Inc. will again start charging overage fees to its home internet customers who exceed their data limits as of Friday, with the company instead focusing on other measures it considers to “be more essential” to its...

Carriers to text consular information to Canadians abroad

telecom | 03/18/2020 5:30 pm EDT

Canada's wireless service providers will send out text messages to their...

Telecoms close stores, offer free channels in response to COVID-19

Media | 03/16/2020 5:56 pm EDT

Telecommunication providers are closing retail stores, offering complimentary TV channels and continuing to waive overage fees on home internet plans as they respond to COVID-19. Xplornet...

Wireless prices down in Canada in 2019, but still high internationally: ISED report

telecom | 03/05/2020 4:45 pm EST

Mobile wireless prices are lower or have stayed the same across all service "baskets" compared to last year, but the higher data plan prices remain stubbornly higher than most other countries, a new...

TekSavvy sticking to lower internet prices despite wholesale rate stay

telecom | 09/30/2019 12:13 pm EDT

The temporary nature of the decision by the Federal Court of Appeal to freeze a CRTC order forcing the big telecoms to slash how much they charge resellers of their internet...

Unifor rejects latest Sasktel offer, in strike position

telecom | 08/14/2019 6:25 pm EDT

The union representing employees at Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. has rejected the latest contract offer from the telecom and are in a legal strike position.  That means Unifor can...

Telecoms must hand over more detailed info to Comp Bureau

telecom | 08/06/2019 7:23 pm EDT

The CRTC has directed telecom companies to disclose an additional set of...

Internet code will indirectly tackle poor sales practices, CRTC chairman says

telecom | 07/31/2019 11:01 am EDT

CRTC chairman Ian Scott said the new internet code will address many of the...

CRTC accepts Comp Bureau’s narrowed request for wireless data

telecom | 05/24/2019 5:49 pm EDT

After the CRTC in April denied the Competition Bureau’s request for more specific telecom data for its wireless review, the commission Friday changed course and said it will go ahead and ask...

Shaw says patience, not regulation, required to see organic MVNO market

telecom | 05/17/2019 4:55 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc.’s Freedom, the country’s major fourth wireless player, says it is most susceptible to harm if the CRTC decides to mandate MVNO access to incumbent facilities, and that time and encouraging network investment are needed for the CRTC to see an organic wholesale market for MVNOs to emerge. In its submission to the CRTC’s review of the mobile wireless market, which will hold a hearing on the matter in January 2020, Calgary-based Shaw said the CRTC drew premature...

Bell opts out of 600 MHz, Rogers nabs 52 licenses for $1.7B

telecom | 04/10/2019 5:30 pm EDT

BCE Inc. was among three prospective applicants who didn’t grab licenses for the coveted 600 MHz spectrum, widely considered to be the last chance to get valuable low-band frequencies. The...

Cogeco won’t be among bidders for 600 MHz spectrum

telecom | 12/06/2018 6:29 pm EST

Cogeco Inc. isn’t among the list of participants in the 600 MHz auction, released by Innovation Canada...

BDUs need to have STB data ready for Sept. 2019: CRTC

telecom | 08/03/2018 2:31 pm EDT

The CRTC renewed the licences of a slew of broadcasters in multiple decisions on Thursday, taking a hands-off approach to issues like pricing of standalone channels, but setting conditions of license for community programming,...

CRTC to hold sales practices hearing in October

telecom | 07/16/2018 1:57 pm EDT

The CRTC will question telecoms about their sales practices at an October hearing in Gatineau, Que., the regulator said Monday as it launched a consultation. The proceeding is in response to an order by the federal government...

Bell tops broadband speed tests, but falls in customer satisfaction survey

Media | 06/22/2018 5:06 pm EDT

In a pair of studies measuring home internet service this week, BCE Inc. was positioned at the two ends of the spectrum, topping out the list of fastest connections in Canada, but falling to near the...

SaskTel’s microwave backhaul network getting an upgrade

telecom | 05/31/2018 5:16 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. (SaskTel) announced on...

CRTC consulting on NG911 network efficiency

telecom | 03/26/2018 1:29 pm EDT

The CRTC said Monday it is asking for input on next-generation 911 (NG911) network design efficiencies...

Millimetre wave spectrum set-asides harmful to 5G potential: telcos

telecom | 11/27/2017 5:51 pm EST

The issue of set-asides has resurfaced in replies to a consultation on...

Telus joins Rogers in Wireless Code extension ask

telecom | 11/20/2017 6:12 pm EST

Several telecoms are backing Rogers Communications Inc.’s request for an extension to implement certain requirements of the Wireless Code, suggesting some processes required by the code will take longer than the CRTC initially thought. Telus Corp. was the latest to file...