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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 private line (IXPL) services that it is forbearing from regulation. In a decision released Friday,...

BH Telecom objects to SaskTel’s request for stay in funding

telecom | 04/27/2021 3:33 pm EDT

BH Telecom Corp. claims that it is local residents who will lose if Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. gets the stay it wants on millions in funding awarded to the company to connect more than 26 communities to high-speed internet. The CRTC previously awarded BH Telecom, which does business as FlexNetworks, $9.5 million through its $750 million broadband funding program in order to connect the almost 30 communities -- but SaskTel argued in a March 18 Part 1 application that the...

Spectrum licence fees are too high already: big telecoms

telecom | 04/30/2019 3:38 pm EDT

An Innovation Canada consultation asking for comment about whether it should begin adjusting spectrum licence fees to keep up with the consumer price index has drawn opposition from BCE Inc., Rogers...

Doug Burnett named president and CEO of SaskTel

telecom | 01/29/2019 1:36 pm EST

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp.’s acting president and CEO has been named to the role on...

Public would review suitable SaskTel offer: report

telecom | 08/25/2016 6:27 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall took the conversation about a possible sale of the provincially owned telecommunications provider another step forward by suggesting that the province would put an offer, if received, to the public,...

SaskTel gets $7.42M from Connecting Canadians for northern broadband

telecom | 08/03/2016 7:42 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. is upgrading its high speed Internet service in northern Saskatchewan. The provincial government-owned telecom provider is partnering with the...

SaskTel expands LTE network to reach nearly all residents

telecom | 06/21/2016 4:23 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. is injecting $11.8 million to expand its LTE wireless network to include “nearly everyone in Saskatchewan.” “We anticipate that LTE will be available to almost everyone in Saskatchewan by April 2017,” Ron Styles, SaskTel president and CEO, said in the June 15 news release. It will “lay the groundwork for future network enhancements, such as the deployment of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) which we expect to start rolling out around mid-2017,” he added in the release. The investment is part of a promise to spend...

Pick-and-pay drives customer satisfaction: J.D. Power

Media | 06/03/2016 3:26 pm EDT

A new J.D. Power survey has found customers who have a skinny-basic TV package with a pick-and-pay option are more satisfied than TV customers with other types of subscriptions. Satisfaction among skinny-basic customers was 761...

MTS considered SaskTel merger, Telus and Rogers declined to bid

telecom | 06/02/2016 9:07 pm EDT

An information package for Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. shareholders sheds some light on the genesis of the proposed $3.9-billion acquisition of the company by BCE Inc., announced May 2. According...

Bell, Telus, SaskTel and Videotron rank highest in customer survey

telecom | 06/11/2015 8:45 pm EDT

A new survey from J.D. Power says wireless customers in Ontario gave the highest marks for network performance to BCE Inc. and Telus Corp., those in the West to Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding...

Lower prices for AWS-3 auction ‘attractive’ for new entrants: analyst

telecom | 07/28/2014 9:37 pm EDT

The minimum opening bids for the entirety of the available spectrum in the upcoming AWS-3 auction total $162.45 million, with a $97.45 million minimum for the blocks set aside for smaller carriers, Industry Canada said Monday as it launched a consultation on its proposed auction framework. In a Monday research...

Rogers’ Internet speed improves further: Netflix

Media | 07/18/2014 4:54 pm EDT

Over two months, Rogers Communications Inc. has gone from being dead last in Netflix Inc.'s ranking of Canadian Internet service providers' speeds to being sixth out of 16 with an average speed that has nearly doubled. In the latest ranking, released Monday, Netflix said Rogers had an average Internet speed of 2.95...

Telecoms owe money for CRTC proceeding on cancellation notice

telecom | 07/03/2014 4:15 pm EDT

The CRTC said on Thursday both the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and the DiversityCanada Foundation are owed costs they incurred to make submissions in a CRTC proceeding on whether wireline...

Main wireless carriers lost subs in Q1: CWTA

telecom | 06/26/2014 8:40 pm EDT

Wireless subscribers declined during the first quarter among Canada's publicly traded carriers, according a compilation posted on the website of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA). According to the...

SaskTel expands fixed wireless LTE

telecom | 04/22/2014 8:41 pm EDT

SaskTel is making its fixed-wireless, fourth-generation LTE service available on its remaining 43 wireless broadband Internet (WBBI) towers, the company said in a release Monday. Last year, the company made its SaskTel High Speed...

SaskTel to spend $55M on fibre-to-home this year

telecom | 02/28/2014 10:13 pm EST

SaskTel said it plans to spend $55 million on its fibre-to-the-home program this year, with a focus on adding 18,000 customers to its fibre-optic network service, known as InfiNet. The $55 million is part of plans to spend about $322 million on capital expenditures in 2014, announced in a release Thursday. Also among its spending plans this year, SaskTel said it will spend $36.8 million on upgrades to its wireless network, including $1.8 million to expand its LTE network....

CRTC rebuts claims it overstepped with wireless code

telecom | 02/21/2014 8:23 pm EST

The CRTC not only has the right to implement its consumer-friendly wireless code, but its powers extend to the so-far-unused ability to determine prices within the wireless industry, the commission said in a response filed...

700 MHz auction ‘biased against regional carriers’: SaskTel

telecom | 02/20/2014 8:09 pm EST

Ron Styles, president of Saskatchewan telecom services provider SaskTel, said Thursday that the 700 MHz wireless spectrum auction’s format was “clearly biased against regional...

700 MHz auction results coming Wednesday

telecom | 02/18/2014 10:59 pm EST

Industry Minister James Moore will announce the results of the government’s 700 MHz spectrum auction Wednesday afternoon in Ottawa, the federal government said Tuesday. The auction opened Jan. 14 and was a chance for...

‘Millions’ of contracts affected by retrospective wireless code: carriers

telecom | 01/27/2014 9:22 pm EST

The CRTC lacks the statutory authority to interfere with wireless carriers’ “vested rights” by applying its wireless code of conduct to pre-existing contracts, some of Canada’s largest wireless providers said. In a Federal Court of Appeal challenge launched in July, mobile...

SaskTel expanding infiNET to Prince Albert

telecom | 01/06/2014 8:05 pm EST

SaskTel is expanding its infiNet fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network to Prince Albert, Sask., the company said in a release Thursday. It said “customers can expect to have infiNET available to their homes starting in spring 2014, with fibre optics projected to be deployed to all residential areas of the city within a year.” The company is spending $670 million to deploy FTTP and upgrade its broadband network in Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, Weyburn, Estevan, Swift Current, Yorkton, North Battleford and Prince Albert, SaskTel said....

Sasktel boosts Internet speeds in 7 communities

telecom | 11/26/2013 7:30 pm EST

Sasktel is upgrading the Internet speeds it makes available to its customers in Pike Lake, Leask, Choiceland, Marsden, Meath Park, Sheho and Star Blanket Cree Nation, Sask., the company said Thursday. The company said in a...

SaskTel launches 4G push-to-talk

telecom | 10/30/2013 8:41 pm EDT

SaskTel launched its next-generation “push-to-talk” service, which will serve as an alternative to its service operating on the CDMA network, the company said. Push-to-talk services cater to a niche market of business...

SaskTel launches fixed wireless LTE

telecom | 09/24/2013 8:40 pm EDT

SaskTel is launching a new fixed wireless fourth-generation LTE service for its customers now receiving wireless broadband Internet (WBBI) service from towers in 12 communities where its high throughput satellite service is not...

Charges for paper bills justified, providers say

Media | 07/23/2013 2:54 pm EDT

Canadian consumers need incentives to make the switch to environmentally friendly electronic bills, SaskTel said in response to CRTC questions about telcos' charges for paper billing.  SaskTel, a provincial Crown...

SaskTel turns on LTE, announces capex plans

Media | 01/31/2013 10:11 pm EST

SaskTel launched its next-generation LTE network in and around Saskatchewan’s two most populous cities and said it will invest about $400 million in capital expenditures this year. In a release Wednesday, SaskTel said it...

SaskTel brings high-speed Internet to First Nations

telecom | 12/13/2012 10:01 pm EST

SaskTel rolled-out high-speed Internet services to eight First Nations communities, the company said. In a release Thursday, SaskTel said the Makaoo, Seekaskootch, Piapot, Little Pine, Mosquito, Witchekan Lake, Keeseekoose and Key First Nations  will have access to high-speed Internet services. The new services are a part of a 2010 initiative to...