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MVNO access proposal ‘burst of oxygen’ to some potential entrants

telecom | 03/04/2019 3:21 pm EST

As the CRTC signals it’s ready to make an about-face on its approach to mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) network access, prospective MVNOs are eyeing the regulator’s...

Big Three face lawsuit over 911-location tech

telecom | 08/07/2018 4:05 pm EDT

A Colorado-based company is suing BCE Inc., Telus Corp. and Rogers Communications Inc. for allegedly violating its patents involving technology used to locate mobile phones for 911 service. TracBeam LLC filed a statement of claim in Federal Court in late July, stating that without its patented methods and systems, the three telecoms “would not have been able to comply with the CRTC’s mandate regarding E9-1-1 services and would not have been able to operate as a wireless carrier in Canada.” The patent in question involves methods and systems to provide location estimates for a...

T-Mobile, Sprint tout merger as way to win race to 5G

telecom | 04/30/2018 3:34 pm EDT

T-Mobile US Inc. is looking to get ahead of the evolution to 5G with a play that would see it absorb...

Recent LTE advances could affect demand for 5G: experts

telecom | 09/08/2017 5:16 pm EDT

Even with an accelerated arrival date for the next generation of wireless...

LTE still has ‘untapped potential’: Desjardins

telecom | 06/26/2017 2:08 pm EDT

While 5G is expected to arrive in a couple of years, the LTE standard still has some room for growth, according to Desjardins Capital Markets analyst Maher Yaghi. Sprint Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced in a...

Sprint customers to get Tidal exclusives after acquisition

Media | 01/23/2017 5:50 pm EST

Sprint Corp. has agreed to acquire a 33-per-cent stake in music streaming service Tidal in an agreement that will see it offer exclusive music content for its customers. The deal will provide...

Eisenach named to Trump “landing team”

Media | 11/21/2016 10:55 pm EST

Jeffrey Eisenach has been named to U.S. president-elect Donald Trump’s “landing team,” with responsibility for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), according to a Monday press release. Mark Jamison, director of the Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida, was also named to the team and will focus on the FCC. The landing team will play a part in the transition from the current U.S. administration. Eisenach, who has consulted with Canadian telecom companies, has been rumored to be a top candidate to replace current FCC chairman Tom...

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...

Quebecor won’t take mobile service national alone: CFO

Media | 09/16/2015 8:47 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc. is not interested in being Canada's fourth national wireless carrier, at least not by itself. That was the message Quebecor chief financial officer Jean-Francois Pruneau gave to a Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce investors' conference held in Montreal Wednesday. While discussing options for using...

Sprint offers free service to DirecTV customers

telecom | 08/27/2015 7:21 pm EDT

U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Corp. is offering free service to customers of DirecTV, the satellite-TV provider that was recently purchased by AT&T, a competitor to Sprint in the mobile market. Sprint said in a press release...

Sprint provides free roaming in Canada, Mexico

telecom | 08/11/2015 2:45 pm EDT

U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Corp. announced Monday free roaming in Canada, Mexico and other countries. Sprint said in a press release that under its Free Open World program, which customers can access at no additional cost,...

Kevin Crull to join Sprint

Media | 05/21/2015 2:43 pm EDT

Kevin Crull, former president of BCE Inc.'s Bell Media unit, will join Sprint Corp. as chief marketing officer at the end of this month, Sprint said Wednesday. The company said in a press release that Crull will report to Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure and his responsibilities will include customer...

Google launches wireless service in U.S.

Media | 04/22/2015 7:35 pm EDT

Google Inc. on Wednesday announced it has launched a wireless service in the United States, partnering with T-Mobile U.S. Inc. and Sprint Corp. for coverage on their networks. A website for Google's new service, called...

T-Mobile ‘un-carrier’ approach unsustainable: owner

telecom | 01/19/2015 7:40 pm EST

Deutsche Telekom AG CEO Tim Hoettges said in an interview published by American technology website Re/Code on Monday that T-Mobile US Inc., of which it is part-owner, needs to change its approach in order to build a sustainable business. “The question is always the economics in the long term … and earning...

FCC begins AWS-3 auction

telecom | 11/13/2014 3:27 pm EST

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s AWS-3 auction began on Thursday. The auction, which has a minimum price of a little more than $10 billion US and is scheduled for a single day, includes 1,614 licences in the 1695 to 1710 MHz, 1755 to 1780 MHz and 2155 to 2180 MHz bands. The 65 MHz...

Apple’s soft-SIM could hurt carriers: Huang

telecom | 10/20/2014 8:24 pm EDT

A feature of Apple Inc.'s new iPads could become a thorn in the side for wireless carriers, Barclays Capital telecom analyst Phillip Huang said Monday.  The iPad Air 2, released last week, has a software-based SIM card, or soft-SIM, that allows users to switch between multiple carriers directly through the device as well as use different carriers when travelling without incurring roaming charges. Huang said in a research note Monday that the soft-SIM eliminates the need for the carrier-provided SIM card that "operators use to control service access." Huang noted only three U.S. operators, AT&T, T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp., and one in the U.K., EE Ltd., have so far made their services available through the new iPad's soft-SIM. "Given the wide range...

New technology promises to do more with less spectrum

telecom | 08/27/2014 8:28 pm EDT

A new technology that is part of the next generation of LTE could help wireless carriers more than double the speed of their networks and make the most out of their limited spectrum holdings. Each spectrum band, be it PCS, AWS or...

Telecoms looking for help to manage flood of big data

telecom | 07/02/2014 7:11 pm EDT

Telecom companies are turning to outside help in order to manage the floods of data coming from smartphones, set-top-boxes and other consumer technology. Canada’s biggest telecoms — BCE Inc., Rogers Communications...

Sprint CEO says merger would increase competition: report

telecom | 06/25/2014 4:51 pm EDT

Sprint Corp. CEO Dan Hesse was quoted in an article published on the website CNet Wednesday as saying a merger, such as one between his company and T-Mobile US Inc., would increase wireless...

WiFi could help wireless industry, consultant says

telecom | 05/30/2014 5:29 pm EDT

WiFi is not necessarily a friend of mobile carriers, though it could be, according to a Denmark-based industry consultant who’s hosting an international summit on WiFi in mid-June. Wireless service providers are...

Former BlackBerry boss ranked third-highest paid wireless exec

telecom | 04/16/2014 7:44 pm EDT

Former BlackBerry Ltd. CEO Thorsten Heins was the third-highest paid executive in 2013 among wireless companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges, according to the website FierceWireless. Based on filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the website said Heins received total compensation of $22 million US in 2013. That included a base salary of $3 million US, plus bonuses, stocks and other supplemental pay of $19 million US, the website said. It more than doubled his previous year’s compensation of $10.3 million US, the article said. BlackBerry announced on Nov. 4 that...

Sprint gets bank advice on buying T-Mobile: WSJ

telecom | 01/17/2014 5:03 pm EST

Sprint Corp. has received advice from at least two different banks on how to finance a buyout of T-Mobile US Inc., the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, quoting two anonymous sources. While one source said that the terms of...