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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 11 rural sections of the province. This will further wireless connectivity in Saskatchewan. “Saskatchewan people will continue to benefit from some of the best...

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) negotiations.  In a letter sent to the incumbents on Wednesday, the CRTC wants to know: what regional carriers have made requests to begin...

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...

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 television service from $25 a month to $28 per month with a yearly indexing mechanism being added to...

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...

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 Saskatchewan over the course of the next 12 months and more than $1.5 billion over the next five years.  According to a Wednesday release the investment will give...

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...

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 morning dismissed a last effort by TekSavvy Solutions Inc. to challenge Canada's first-ever...

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

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...

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 STIR/SHAKEN condition.  In a Nov. 8 letter to the CRTC, the parent company of Freedom Mobile Inc. says technical issues involving enhanced 911 (E911) and next...

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...

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 internet service providers (ISPs) and facilities-based ISPs over the amount of information the latter...

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...

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 vendor for the hardware, software and expertise needed for its 4G/5G Radio Access Network (RAN) and Core.  “SaskTel’s deployment of a transformational 5G network will foster continued innovation and support the growth of Saskatchewan's technology sector,” Don Morgan, the minister responsible for SaskTel, said in a press release. “5G technology will deliver...

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...

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 relief measure on June 8. SaskTel announced in a Friday press release that it had extended the suspension of overage fees --  scheduled to end on May 31 -- a further eight days, but customers would again be charged for exceeding their caps as of June 9.  SaskTel president and CEO Doug Burnett said in the release that the company understood the importance of...

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...

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 underlying issues that have resulted in complaints about the industry's poor sales practices, which...

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...

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, accessibility and a firm deadline for the national set top box data program. It renewed broadcast distribution undertakings (BDU) licenses for Rogers Communications Inc., Shaw Communications Inc., Telus Corp., BCE Inc., Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp.,  Bragg Communications Inc.’s Eastlink, Cogeco Inc. and Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron in their...

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...

NFL Sunday Ticket returns to broadcast TV with Dazn partnership

Media | 10/11/2017 6:16 pm EDT

Perform Group’s over-the-top (OTT) sports service Dazn is partnering with...

SaskTel updating rural wireless towers

telecom | 09/01/2017 5:27 pm EDT

Rural wireless towers in Saskatchewan are being upgraded to increase their LTE capacity, Saskatchewan...

Hargrave in as new SaskTel minister

telecom | 08/30/2017 4:24 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Co. has a new minister responsible for the Crown telecom corporation after Premier Brad Wall shuffled his cabinet Wednesday. In a press release, Wall announced that Joe Hargrave, Minister responsible for Crown Investments...

TBayTel asks for 1-year extension for Wireless Code changes

telecom | 08/22/2017 12:56 pm EDT

The CRTC is seeking comment on whether it should grant regional...

SaskTel launches smart-home service

telecom | 08/21/2017 5:29 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Co. has rolled out a connected-home service, allowing customers...

Transparency reporting in Canada: still opaque?

telecom | 07/31/2017 4:15 pm EDT

Without an Edward Snowden-like scandal, exposing inappropriate government access of citizens’ personal...

Deny TerreStar ask for more spectrum, telecoms tell ISED

telecom | 07/26/2017 3:17 pm EDT

TerreStar Solutions Inc. is asking Innovation, Science and Economic...

STB data measurement complex task, group says

Media | 06/30/2017 2:23 pm EDT

Activity by a working group tasked with studying the implementation of an audience measurement system via set-top boxes is slow, but steady, TV providers told the CRTC, with user privacy coming to bear as a top concern for those involved. Broadcast distribution...

SaskTel CEO leaving company July 1

telecom | 06/29/2017 2:38 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp.’s president and CEO, Ron Styles, will...

SaskTel to boost Internet speeds in indigenous communities

telecom | 06/20/2017 2:56 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. will improve Internet service...

Sask. to cost Internet improvements: report

telecom | 06/08/2017 4:50 pm EDT

The Saskatchewan government will appoint someone to investigate the cost of expanding Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp.’s Internet coverage, Premier Brad Wall was reported as saying this week, according to CTV News....

‘Alternative video’ services more satisfying than pay TV: study

Media | 06/08/2017 3:10 pm EDT

Non-traditional TV subscribers, such as those who use over-the-top (OTT) services, are more satisfied than those with traditional pay-TV subscriptions, a new J.D. Power survey suggested. Customers...

Telus, Videotron lead in wireless network quality: study

telecom | 05/26/2017 3:52 pm EDT

Telus Corp. and Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron had the fewest reported problems on their networks in certain regions of the country, according to a new study by J.D. Power. Released Thursday, the...

Partial sale would bring benefits to SaskTel: Desjardins

telecom | 05/08/2017 6:53 pm EDT

The sale of a stake in Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. would help the crown corporation when it comes to adopting new technologies, according to Desjardins Capital Markets...

Big three haven’t met with minister about SaskTel sale: report

Media | 05/03/2017 9:41 pm EDT

Canada’s big three wireless providers have not spoken with the minister for Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. about the potential partial sale of the company, even though last week he said he met with a major telecom, according to a Tuesday Regina Leader-Post report. SaskTel Minister Dustin...

SaskTel minister confirms discussions about partial sale

telecom | 05/01/2017 8:22 pm EDT

Saskatchewan's minister for Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. said last week the government met with a major Canadian telecom company to discuss a partial sale of the...

SaskTel sale off the table, Wall says

telecom | 03/07/2017 5:38 pm EST

The premier of Saskatchewan said Monday that the province will not pursue the sale of its telecommunications crown corporation, according to a report in the Canadian Press. Brad Wall said last year that the province would hold a referendum on whether to pursue a suitable offer for Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. Alluding to the public not wanting its sale, Wall took it off the table. “They’re not interested in a referendum. They’re not interested in the potential sale of SaskTel,” he said as the legislature returned for spring,...

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...

SaskTel says it’s ‘concerned’ by end of local voice subsidy

telecom | 02/13/2017 6:09 pm EST

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. said Monday that it is concerned about the CRTC’s December decision to eliminate the local voice subsidy in favour of a...

Eliminate locked phones in Canada, Freedom Mobile tells CRTC

telecom | 02/08/2017 10:05 pm EST

In a departure from the positions of its fellow wireless providers, Shaw Communications Inc.’s Freedom Mobile suggested Wednesday the CRTC should forbid carriers from charging...

Trump raising concerns about Internet traffic passing U.S.: advocates

telecom | 01/30/2017 9:21 pm EST

In November 2016, a group of Internet experts met in Toronto to discuss how to address the issue of Canadian Internet traffic travelling to the United States, which some say raises data privacy...

SaskTel opens Saskatoon data centre

telecom | 01/26/2017 9:00 pm EST

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holdings Corp. said Thursday that its newest data centre is now operational. The 24,000-square-foot Tier III facility, first announced in 2015, “significantly increases SaskTel’s data centre capacity,” the company said. SaskTel “previously had a total of 31,088 square feet in 6 different data centre locations with 4 locations in Regina and 2 in Saskatoon,” the release added....

Sasktel boosting Internet offerings in 4 communities

telecom | 11/16/2016 7:18 pm EST

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. is upgrading Internet speeds in some communities and will begin offering higher-speed service to another in Saskatchewan.  In one of two press releases Wednesday, the...

Sasktel ties for fastest LTE speeds in the world: OpenSignal

telecom | 11/10/2016 9:29 pm EST

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp.’s LTE download speeds are among the fastest in the world, according to a new OpenSignal Inc. report. “In the fourth quarter, Singapore had...

CRTC’s lowering of HSA rates means small ISPs ‘free to innovate’: CNOC

telecom | 10/06/2016 8:00 pm EDT

The CRTC has set revised interim wholesale rates for high-speed access (HSA) services, criticizing large Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for proposing “unreasonable” rates that were too...

Wireless Code could use tweaks, providers tell CRTC

telecom | 10/04/2016 8:55 pm EDT

While the general consensus among the industry’s biggest players is that the Wireless Code has been an effective tool over the past three years, it could do with few upgrades, according to submissions made to the CRTC’s review of the regulation. Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. argued a return to three-year contracts is in...

Union-backed ads call for SaskTel status quo

telecom | 09/09/2016 4:25 pm EDT

A union representing Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. employees has launched an advertising campaign calling for Premier Brad Wall to abandon any idea of selling the telecom. In a press release Thursday,...

Bell has fastest wireless network again: report

telecom | 08/31/2016 8:51 pm EDT

BCE Inc. owns the country’s fastest mobile speeds for a second consecutive year, helped by partnerships agreements with other companies, according to a report released Wednesday by PCMag.com. With an average of 59.72...

Rogers’ OMNI application a ‘band-aid’ solution, critics say

Media | 08/18/2016 7:14 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc.’s proposal for a new national ethnic programming service is neither innovative nor appropriate in today’s TV environment aimed at providing consumers more...

FTTH rollout crucial for affordability in long-term: report

telecom | 08/16/2016 5:13 pm EDT

The deployment of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks will be an important step for improving affordability of communications services in the long-term, according to a...

CRTC allowing off-tariff GSM agreements, for now

telecom | 08/05/2016 8:50 pm EDT

The CRTC has determined that a hands-off approach to regulating roaming rates on GSM networks until it approves a final set of guidelines would not put smaller carriers in a negotiating disadvantage with larger ones. The regulator drew that conclusion in a decision on Friday, stating that negotiations on GSM roaming pricing are optional and if a smaller carrier does not agree with the terms, “ it can use a Commission-approved default tariff that contains rates, terms, and conditions that are just and reasonable.” In the meantime, “allowing off-tariff agreements...