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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...

Majority of Canadians for banning Chinese investment in telecom amid Huawei row

telecom | 02/01/2019 3:57 pm EST

A strong majority of Canadians say the country should ban Chinese investment in “sensitive industries” like telecommunications, according to a new poll by the Angus Reid Institute that focuses on the diplomatic spat stirred up between Canada and China over the arrest of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd CFO Meng Wanzhou and detention of Canadians in China. About 70 per cent of Canadians polled online said China shouldn’t be allowed to invest in Canada’s telecom or finance industries, while...

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...

Don’t count on Freedom’s $0 iPhone X offer for long: analyst

telecom | 11/22/2017 4:29 pm EST

Shaw Communications Inc.’s Freedom Mobile announced in a press release...

Freedom set to support older iPhones with spectrum rejig, deployment

telecom | 10/26/2017 5:37 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. announced Thursday that it would move to redeploy...

Zero-rated programs from vertically integrated providers may cause harm: FCC report

Media | 01/12/2017 10:00 pm EST

A branch of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said it had concerns with the differential pricing practices used by Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. as it...

Videotron goes on defence as differential pricing hearing wraps

Media | 11/04/2016 11:49 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — Those who innovate shouldn’t be penalized because their competitors can’t keep up, the CRTC heard Friday from representatives of the telecom company partially responsible for this week’s public hearing on differential pricing practices. Quebecor Inc. appeared in front of the five-commissioner panel on the final day of the week-long hearing on net neutrality issues, including zero-rating and sponsoring data. For the majority of its nearly three-hour appearance, chairman Jean-Pierre Blais grilled the company’s reps over...

Wind won’t be as disruptive as T-Mobile, Krstajic says

telecom | 11/03/2016 12:02 am EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. reported revenues of $1.31 billion for the three months ended Aug. 31, an increase from $1.13 billion from the same quarter a year earlier, due to the addition of...

T-Mobile dinged $48M for ‘unlimited’ data claims

telecom | 10/19/2016 5:02 pm EDT

T-Mobile US Inc. has been ordered to pay a $48-million settlement following an investigation by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) into its advertised “unlimited” data plans. In press...

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...

Impact of Alberta fires on Shaw, Telus $5M-$10M: Barclays

telecom | 07/08/2016 5:50 pm EDT

Barclays analyst Phillip Huang said in a research note Friday that he estimates Shaw Communications Inc. and Telus Corp. lost about one month of cable revenues as a result of...

Effect of zero-rating on competition under debate

Media | 05/06/2016 8:21 pm EDT

OTTAWA — A panel discussion on net neutrality Friday dug into whether zero-rating can help or harm market competition, with Ted Woodhead, senior vice-president of regulatory affairs at Telus Corp. taking issue with the...

T-Mobile adds more providers to Binge On service

Media | 03/17/2016 9:22 pm EDT

T-Mobile U.S. Inc. announced Thursday it has added more video providers to its unlimited mobile video streaming service, Binge On, including Google Inc.’s Youtube, Google Play Movies and Discovery GO. It said in a press...

FCC chairman praises zero-rating service

telecom | 11/19/2015 10:01 pm EST

Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), told reporters Tuesday a service that exempts some video from wireless data caps is “highly innovative and highly competitive,” Bloomberg...

T-Mobile gives users unlimited video from select services

Media | 11/11/2015 3:29 pm EST

T-Mobile US Inc. announced Tuesday it will be launching a new service for its Simple Choice mobile plan customers that allows free video streaming from several services without it cutting into their...

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 the company's spectrum holdings outside of Quebec, Pruneau said: "Building a new wireless network from scratch in the rest of Canada is not among the options considered." The possibilities he mentioned for what to do with the spectrum included selling it outright or partnering with another carrier to utilize it. "We are continuing our analysis but have the firm belief that the spectrum we hold outside the province of Quebec is of great fundamental...

Big Three reluctant to finance smartphone purchases

telecom | 09/15/2015 8:33 pm EDT

Executives from BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc. and Telus Corp. said Tuesday they are not interested in offering the type of smartphone leasing or financing plans that are increasingly available to customers in the U.S.,...

Google rolls out Android Pay

telecom | 09/11/2015 2:14 pm EDT

Google Inc. announced Thursday on its official Android blog it has launched Android Pay. The blog post said that, after downloading the app onto any NFC-enabled Android device, users can use it for payments at more than a million...

T-Mobile launches video calling

telecom | 09/03/2015 6:16 pm EDT

T-Mobile US Inc. is making video calling available to its customers, its chief technology officer Neville Ray said in a blog post Thursday. “Of course, there are apps that do video calling. But this isn’t another app....

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,...

T-Mobile pays $17.5M US for 911 outages

telecom | 07/17/2015 6:25 pm EDT

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said Friday that it has reached a settlement with T-Mobile U.S. Inc. that will see the carrier paying $17.5 million US for a pair of 911 outages last year. The FCC said in a press release that T-Mobile had two "separate but related" national outages of 911 service, which lasted about three hours combined on Aug. 8 last year. It said that the carrier failed to notify all affected 911 call centres in timely manner, as required by the FCC, and that the outages could have been avoided "if T-Mobile had implemented appropriate...

T-Mobile to provide free roaming in Canada, Mexico

telecom | 07/09/2015 3:33 pm EDT

T-Mobile U.S. Inc. announced Thursday a "Mobile without Borders" upgrade that will remove roaming charges for U.S. customers when using wireless service from Canada or Mexico, and also for customers making calls to these...

Non-smartphone, mobile device sales on rise: Gartner

Media | 05/29/2015 3:53 pm EDT

As demand to be connected to the Internet on non-smartphone mobile devices increases, so do the sales of such products, according to Gartner Inc. The company said in a press release Friday that more than 112 million...

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...

Cordova was never meant to be permanent Wind CEO: source

telecom | 03/23/2015 8:06 pm EDT

When Pietro Cordova was introduced as Wind Mobile's new chief executive officer in October, it was not presented as an interim role, yet that was always the plan, according to a person with...

Canadian tech company to help carriers implement VoLTE

telecom | 02/11/2015 9:44 pm EST

Sandvine Inc., a Canadian company that provides software to telecommunications service providers around the world, said Wednesday that it has added capabilities enabling it to help carriers offer...

Music streaming in Canada ramps up

Media | 01/20/2015 10:56 pm EST

In the past six months, Canadians’ usage of streaming music services seems to have jumped, in a trend that’s not only good news for streaming services, but wireless companies as well. Nielsen Co. only began...

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...

Unlicensed spectrum eyed for easing wireless capacity crunch

telecom | 01/09/2015 7:06 pm EST

As data consumption by smartphone users increases exponentially every year, wireless technology companies are looking to harness the unlicensed spectrum normally used for WiFi connections to improve...

T-Mobile to allow customers to roll over data

telecom | 12/17/2014 6:19 pm EST

U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile US Inc. announced on Tuesday that it would allow customers to store unused data as part of their monthly plans in a "Data Stash" to be available to them any time for up to a year. The company said in a press release that this option will be provided free to subscribers of its plans featuring 3 GB or more of LTE data for smartphones and 1 GM or more for tablets. It added that these stashes will be topped up with 10 GB of free LTE data once they launch in January. “Can you imagine your gas station siphoning unused gas from your car each month? The...

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...

T-Mobile sues Huawei for spying

telecom | 09/08/2014 6:59 pm EDT

T-Mobile US Inc. is suing Chinese hardware manufacturer Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. in U.S. Federal Court for alleged industrial espionage, reports the Seattle Times. The wireless carrier says Huawei stole phone-testing software...

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...

T-Mobile launching unRadio music streaming service

telecom | 06/19/2014 8:25 pm EDT

T-Mobile US Inc. and Rhapsody International Inc. are introducing a music streaming service that will not count against T-Mobile customers’ monthly data cap, the U.S. wireless carrier announced Thursday. The new service, unRadio, will be ad-free, allow unlimited streaming and unlimited skipping, and let customers choose their own music, T-Mobile said in a press release.  The name of the service echoes T-Mobile's “un-carrier” campaign, in which it has ended long-term contracts and phone subsidies in an effort to differentiate its services from the biggest American...

Roam Mobility products available at Staples

telecom | 05/13/2014 2:00 pm EDT

Roam Mobility Inc. said Tuesday that Staples Canada would start carrying its SIM cards and unlocked phones, geared toward those travelling to the United States, through both its retail and online operations. According to a press...

BlackBerry won’t renew contract with T-Mobile

telecom | 04/02/2014 1:58 pm EDT

BlackBerry Ltd. said in a release issued late Tuesday that it will not renew T-Mobile US Inc.’s licence to sell BlackBerry products after it expires on April 25. BlackBerry CEO John Chen said in the release:...

T-Mobile exec praises Canadian spectrum auction

telecom | 03/06/2014 7:00 pm EST

T-Mobile US Inc.’s vice-president of federal regulatory affairs is holding up Canada’s auction of 700 MHz spectrum as an example of how limiting bidding by bigger wireless players can still result in successful financial results for government.   In a Feb. 28 blog, Kathleen Ham praised a rule in the Canadian spectrum auction —...

Roam Mobility cards available at Best Buy, Future Shop

telecom | 03/04/2014 4:59 pm EST

Roam Mobility Inc. said Tuesday that its SIM cards for roaming in the United States are now available at Best Buy and Future Shop outlets. It said in a news release that unlimited talk-and-text plans...

Blackberry CEO John Chen slams “inappropriate” T-Mobile offer

telecom | 02/18/2014 9:13 pm EST

BlackBerry Ltd. CEO John Chen said in a blog post Tuesday he was “outraged” at T-Mobile US Inc. after the U.S. carrier sent a targeted email to BlackBerry users last week offering them a...

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...