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Bell, Telus and PIAC want CRTC to deny Rogers’ acquisition of Shaw’s broadcasting interests

| 09/14/2021 7:50 pm EDT

BCE Inc. and Telus Corp., considered to be two of Rogers Communications Inc.’s greatest competitors, have asked the CRTC to deny Rogers’ proposed acquisition of Shaw...

China Mobile fights back in court against Gov. order to shut down

telecom | 09/09/2021 6:23 pm EDT

China Mobile Communications Group Co., Ltd. is going to court to fight an August order in council from the federal government that directed the company to shut down its...

Telecom regulation more ‘benign’: analyst

telecom | 09/09/2021 6:00 pm EDT

Telecoms shares have continued to track higher thanks to a regulatory backdrop which “has turned much more benign,” according to an industry analyst. Thursday National Bank of Canada analyst Adam Shine issued a note that...

Lower your prices or else, Trudeau tells big telecom at debate

telecom | 09/09/2021 11:22 am EDT

GATINEAU, Que. -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is giving Canada’s...

Telus announces newly connected 5G regions in AB, QC

telecom | 09/08/2021 4:49 pm EDT

Telus Corp. Wednesday announced developments in a pair of projects aimed at rolling out higher speed wireless service.  The company announced it has rolled out its 5G network to Lethbridge and Sylvan Lake, Alberta, as part of...

Conservatives would reject mergers impacting competition: O’Toole

telecom | 09/07/2021 5:14 pm EDT

Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole said during a press conference on...

Broadband blues: the UBF and its discontents

telecom | 09/03/2021 5:50 pm EDT

With a federal election called for Sept. 20, parties have pledged to make Canadians’ lives better in a myriad of ways, including by connecting rural and remote communities to quality internet. The government has had a vision for increased connectivity for years, even...

Telecoms say no need for additional accessibility requirements; advocates disagree

telecom | 09/03/2021 5:28 pm EDT

Canada’s telecommunications companies are recommending that the CRTC...

Telecom unions want govt. action on jobs outsourcing

telecom | 09/03/2021 4:33 pm EDT

Two telecommunication workers’ unions, Unifor and the Canadian Union for Public Employees (CUPE), have partnered up to demand the federal government step in to minimize the outsourcing of Canadian jobs overseas in the telecom...

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...

Telus joins Bell’s call for rollback on Quebecor spectrum acquisition 

telecom | 08/30/2021 4:51 pm EDT

Telus Corp. has joined BCE Inc. in seeking to block Quebecor Inc. from...

Bell misunderstands CRTC toll-trunk order: Telus

telecom | 08/26/2021 6:01 pm EDT

Three companies are disputing claims from BCE Inc. that it would be unduly harmed by the CRTC’s...

Iristel asks CRTC for incumbents’ MVNO template agreements

telecom | 08/24/2021 5:55 pm EDT

The CRTC has said it will consider a procedural request from Iristel Inc....

Redline Communications hires new CEO as it eyes LTE and 5G growth

telecom | 08/19/2021 12:54 pm EDT

Redline Communications Group Inc., a Markham-Ont.-based manufacturer of...

CRTC sending Cogeco and Wildbrain to mediation over channel drop dispute

telecom | 08/18/2021 5:03 pm EDT

A dispute over Cogeco Inc. dropping children’s television content creator...

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...

Court to hear Telus challenge to CRTC wireless review decision 

telecom | 08/12/2021 1:13 pm EDT

The Federal Court of Appeal will take up a Telus Corp. challenge to two...

No reason to deny TSPs access to secure telephony identity certificates: CRTC

telecom | 08/05/2021 2:10 pm EDT

The CRTC has determined that, unless a telecommunications service provider...

CRTC announces 10 projects, $20.5M, in Broadband Fund

telecom | 08/04/2021 5:39 pm EDT

Approximately 3,625 households will benefit from the CRTC’s Broadband Fund, after a Wednesday announcement of 10 projects selected to receive a total of $20.5 million....

CRTC dismisses Quebecor complaint of CBC undue preference

Media | 08/03/2021 5:22 pm EDT

The CRTC has ruled that the CBC/Radio-Canada is  not giving itself an...

Telus talks wireless strategy after spectrum auction, Q2 results

telecom | 07/30/2021 6:31 pm EDT

Going forward, if Canadians are to “truly benefit” from 5G innovation and affordability, the government needs to develop “responsible, forward-looking, and predictable regulatory policy that ensures expedition, fair, and economical access to the national asset,”...

BREAKING: 3500 MHz auction nets $8.9B, $7.3B from incumbents

telecom | 07/29/2021 6:04 pm EDT

Canadian telecom companies -- and wireless service hopefuls -- have spent...

Bell says permanent approval of call blocking ‘is overwhelmingly in the public interest’

telecom | 07/23/2021 6:46 pm EDT

BCE Inc. is urging the CRTC to give it permanent...

Federal Court of Appeal dismisses BDUs’ appeal of distant signal tariffs

telecom | 07/23/2021 6:34 pm EDT

The Federal Court of Appeal ruled Friday partially in favour of a group...

Telus expands 5G network to Quebec City

telecom | 07/20/2021 5:25 pm EDT

Telus Corp. has expanded its 5G network into Quebec City as part of a $38 million investment in infrastructure.  The company, which plans to spend $9 billion throughout the province through 2024, said Tuesday it will continue...

High spectrum costs could be driven by competition for set aside: analyst

telecom | 07/15/2021 6:32 pm EDT

Industry analysts are declining to speculate too much on what caused the...

Low cost mobile plans fall short of the mark: PIAC 

telecom | 07/15/2021 6:08 pm EDT

The new low-cost mobile wireless plans released yesterday by BCE Inc., Telus Corp., and Rogers Communications Inc. are not good enough, according to the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.  PIAC's Thursday letter argues that the...

TekSavvy wants regulatory framework before Bell permanently implements AI call blocking

telecom | 07/14/2021 6:23 pm EDT

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. is recommending that the CRTC put in place a framework for regulating artificial intelligence, the use of automated decision-making, and machine...

Q2 telecom earnings could be sign of recovery: Analysis

telecom | 07/13/2021 6:46 pm EDT

The telecom sector is on track to rebound following a bleak 2019 and 2020, according to an analysis of the industry halfway through the 2021 financial year.  “Halfway through the year, we see...

Local RCMP raises security concerns over New Brunswick NG911 clarification application with the CRTC

telecom | 07/13/2021 6:42 pm EDT

The New Brunswick RCMP is raising concerns to the CRTC that the province’s proposal for how it would like to adapt its next-generation 911 (NG911) services could put RCMP...

PIAC disappointed with CRTC SIM swap disclosure

telecom | 07/09/2021 4:59 pm EDT

Six months after it received a request to release the data it collects on a fraud process known as "SIM swapping," the CRTC yesterday sent a letter to parties involved in a proceeding on the matter saying that instances of the...

PIAC says no to permanent roaming test, Telus wants new definition

telecom | 07/05/2021 5:37 pm EDT

Telus Corp. wants the CRTC to set an industry-wide definition of...

Quebec union wants more Telus jobs at home

telecom | 06/24/2021 5:17 pm EDT

A workers’ union in Quebec claims Telus Corp. has broken a “moral contract” with the people of the province by opting to hire more outside of Canada, rather than at home.  In a release Thursday, a regional council of the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ) said Telus’ workforce, which it claims has grown to more than 70,000 employees in 2020 from over 40,000 in 2014, includes 50,000 international jobs.  The FTQ said it has seen the number and quality of jobs for its members across Quebec -- affiliated with CUPE and the Steelworkers union --...

FCM rejects Telus complaint of regulatory uncertainty in wireless review appeal

telecom | 06/23/2021 5:20 pm EDT

Rather than creating a "lacuna in the federal regulatory scheme," causing...

New Brunswick seeks clarification from CRTC regarding NG911 PSAPs

telecom | 06/16/2021 4:50 pm EDT

New Brunswick is looking for answers as to whether or not independent local exchange carriers (ILECs) delivering next-generation 911  (NG911) services may connect those networks to demarcation points...

Cogeco getting millions more in high-speed funding

telecom | 06/08/2021 5:53 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. is getting more than $40 million in funding for high-speed internet projects in Quebec. ...

Rogers backs Telus in Wireless Review decision challenge

telecom | 06/08/2021 5:50 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. has voiced its support for Telus Corp.'s Federal...

CRTC chair asserts personal preference for facilities-based competition

telecom | 05/20/2021 5:59 pm EDT

CRTC chair Ian Scott said he believes the commission’s pick of a...

ISED triples spectrum available for Wi-Fi

telecom | 05/19/2021 5:59 pm EDT

The federal government is making more spectrum available to increase competition, rural connectivity and the effective deployment of Wi-Fi and 5G technologies. On Wednesday, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry...

Telus spending $26 billion in Ontario, Quebec

telecom | 05/17/2021 3:46 pm EDT

Telus Corp. is planning to spend a combined $26 billion on network connectivity in Ontario and Quebec...

Telus appeals seamless roaming in CRTC’s wireless review decision

telecom | 05/14/2021 6:54 pm EDT

Telus Corp. is seeking permission to appeal two provisions of the CRTC's April decision flowing from the commission's wireless review.  While Telus is not seeking to appeal the central decision of the regulator mandating wireless network access for a limited number of mobile virtual network operators, in a Friday afternoon filing with the Federal Court of Appeal the company said it wants the court to strike down provisions of the decision concerning access to public infrastructure for...

Quebec Appeal Court upholds decision finding Quebec site blocking law unconstitutional 

telecom | 05/14/2021 5:10 pm EDT

Quebec’s Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal from the province’s attorney general over its desire to have telecoms block access to illegal gambling sites.  In July...

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...

Asian Television Network wants authorization for Indian news channel

Media | 05/05/2021 5:28 pm EDT

The Asian Television Network International Limited is asking the CRTC to authorize the “Mirror Now” channel for distribution as programming.  The network, which says on its website that it...

Cogeco, Xplornet get $81.36 million in connectivity funding

Media | 05/04/2021 5:41 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. and Xplornet Inc. are getting a combined $81.36 million to connect more than 18,000 households to high-speed internet in the Outaouais region of Quebec.  The funding announcement from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) Tuesday followed another from the day before, which indicated Telus Corp. and Sogetel Inc. are getting $38 million for similar projects.  The funding announced Tuesday covers more than two-thirds of the costs of the two companies’ projects, which totals $112.09 million, stated the release from ISED.  Xplornet is getting $57.5...

Telus and Sogetel getting $38 million for high-speed connectivity projects

telecom | 05/03/2021 5:58 pm EDT

Telus Corp. and Sogetel Inc. are each getting millions to connect 2,850 houses in Quebec to high-speed internet by September 2022 for a total cost of $38 million, Innovation, Science and Economic...

Incumbents “should be comforted”, Rogers could move first on mandated access: analysts

telecom | 04/16/2021 5:11 pm EDT

Industry analysts are calling Thursday's decision to mandate access to incumbent wireless networks for a limited number of regional wireless competitors a "moderate net...

Large telecoms not in favour of sharing data for NG911

telecom | 04/08/2021 5:22 pm EDT

Several large telecom companies have argued that the CRTC shouldn’t...

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...

Efficiencies defense is a ‘serious’ exercise of discretion: competition comish

telecom | 04/07/2021 7:28 pm EDT

Allowing a merger to proceed on the basis of the...

Rogers, Shaw execs mum on spectrum at Industry committee  

telecom | 03/29/2021 7:40 pm EDT

On the opening day Monday of hearings into Roger's proposed acquisition of...

GoldTV site-blocking order runs “roughshod” over parliament’s authority: TekSavvy

Media | 03/25/2021 7:57 pm EDT

Is a Nov. 2019 court order mandating a number of...

Federal court dismisses telecom carriers attempt to get SOCAN royalties back

Media | 03/22/2021 7:03 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc., BCE Inc., and Quebecor Inc.’s collective bid to get back millions in royalties they say they paid to the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) for ringtones downloaded onto customers’ phones over 10 years has been dismissed by a federal court.  The March 5 decision is part of a fight that goes back to 2012, when the companies, along with Telus Corp. at the time, filed the suit. In 2015, a federal court issued a decision saying...

CRTC awards $57 million for transport projects in Que., Ont., and B.C.

Media | 03/19/2021 3:51 pm EDT

The CRTC is handing out $57.7 million through its Broadband Fund for the construction of thousands of kilometres of network transport infrastructure. The commission announced Friday that seven...

Telus gets $5.4 million for high-speed internet in rural Alberta

telecom | 03/17/2021 4:50 pm EDT

Telus Corp. will receive more than $5 million in funding through the Rapid Response Stream of the federal government’s Universal Broadband Fund for projects bringing high-speed Internet to rural...

Regulatory approval of Rogers-Shaw deal will hinge on wireless: Execs, analysts

Media | 03/15/2021 8:30 am EDT

From the perspective of Rogers Communications Inc. CEO Joe Natale,...

Telesat needs proceeds from 3800 MHz to compete: CEO

telecom | 03/11/2021 6:11 pm EST

If Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada doesn't approve Telesat Holdings Inc.'s proposal...

ITPA asks CRTC to compel release of limited customer data for NG911

telecom | 03/05/2021 5:15 pm EST

The Independent Telecommunications Providers Association (ITPA) is asking the CRTC to force  large telecom service providers to give the association a list of the wireless service numbers with billing addresses in geographic areas covered by the small incumbent local exchanges (SILECs) represented by the ITPA. Such an order, the ITPA argued in a Part 1 filed with the CRTC this week and posted to the regulator's website Thursday, will facilitate the rollout of so-called next generation 911...

36-month financing plans violate Wireless Code: CRTC

telecom | 03/04/2021 5:26 pm EST

The fees required for a customer to buy out of a 36-month mobile phone financing contract amount to a...

Federal government refuses PIAC request to overturn CRTC paper bills decision

telecom | 03/04/2021 12:15 pm EST

The federal government has rejected a petition from the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and the National Pensioners Federation seeking to mandate telecommunications companies to offer paper...

Telecoms split on ISED’s proposed approach to opening 6 GHz band

telecom | 03/02/2021 5:20 pm EST

The federal government’s proposal to open up the 6 GHz spectrum band for WiFi use has received broad support in an Industry, Science and Economic Development Canada consultation. Every...

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...

Incumbents push back on interim fibre resale rates proposal

telecom | 02/12/2021 5:11 pm EST

The request from the Competitive Network Operators of Canada (CNOC) for the...

Roaming revenue not expected to fully recover until 2022: Telus CFO

telecom | 02/11/2021 5:38 pm EST

Telus Corp.'s ability to extract roaming revenue from its customers will...

Incumbents reject Mitel’s concerns about STIR/SHAKEN rollout

telecom | 02/10/2021 4:20 pm EST

Incumbent telecom providers have pushed back against a recent Part 1 from Mitel Networks Corp., which asked the CRTC to mandate inclusion for resellers in the STIR/SHAKEN anti-fraud-call technology. ...

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 receives in monthly reports from wireless telecom service providers about the fraudulent practice known as "SIM swapping." In a letter sent to the CRTC Tuesday, PIAC...

Telus International goes public 

telecom | 02/03/2021 6:04 pm EST

Telus Corp.’s Telus International division went public Wednesday, in what the company said was “the largest technology IPO in TSX history by total proceeds raised.” Telus International, which provides IT services to...

CRTC hears divided opinions about internet service in North

telecom | 01/27/2021 9:56 am EST

Local governments and advocacy groups are urging the CRTC to take action to...

Telus RnV in 867 traffic stimulation ruling should be dismissed: Iristel

telecom | 12/17/2020 4:48 pm EST

Telus Inc.'s request for the CRTC to review its decision that the company "unjustly discriminated" against Iristel Inc. should be thrown out and the original ruling upheld, Iristel has told the...

ISED proposal to displace spectrum for fixed wireless divides ISPs

telecom | 12/11/2020 11:37 am EST

A pair of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada proposals on changes to midband spectrum allocation that would affect fixed wireless service has drawn a mixed response from telecoms....

Xplornet picks Ericsson for 5G

telecom | 12/08/2020 5:22 pm EST

Xplornet Communications Inc. will use technology from Ericsson AB in its next-generation network, the company said Tuesday.  Xplornet will begin rolling out its 5G fixed-wireless network in rural areas this summer, it said in a press release.  "Our agreement with Ericsson will provide Xplornet's robust national network with 5G equipment to revolutionize the rural broadband experience across our country,” president and CEO Allison Lenehan said in the release. Xplornet announced last year it would invest $500 million in rural broadband services over five years.  Its choice of Ericsson for 5G comes as the federal government is still deciding whether to ban Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. equipment. In the meantime, companies have been opting for other suppliers, with BCE Inc. announcing deals with Ericsson and Nokia Corp., and Telus...

Rogers, Shaw get cableco support in demand for relocation payments

telecom | 12/04/2020 3:36 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. have the support of...

Regulatory delays a slow-moving incumbent tantrum: CNOC

telecom | 11/19/2020 1:53 pm EST

On the heels of the incumbent appeal of a Federal Court of Appeal decision...

Telus jumps into the agricultural tech sector

telecom | 11/12/2020 3:08 pm EST

Telus Corp. announced Thursday the launch of a new business focused on agricultural tech, after the company’s acquisition of eight companies in that sector. Telus Agriculture will bring together those companies’ various...

Telecoms mostly oppose further delays to next-gen 911 network roll-out

telecom | 11/11/2020 1:54 pm EST

In response to a CRTC call for comments, Canadian telecommunications providers have indicated that they generally agree with new deadlines for the rollout of next-generation 911 networks across...

Telecoms object to Telesat’s proposal to auction 3800 MHz spectrum

telecom | 11/10/2020 5:48 pm EST

A number of Canadian wireless providers have objected to a proposal that...

Telus acquires AI company for $1.2B ahead of IPO for Telus International

telecom | 11/06/2020 6:34 pm EST

The $1.2-billion acquisition of Lionbridge AI by Telus Corp. will "help accelerate the digital transformation and strategic growth journey of Telus International," CEO Darren Entwistle said on a...

ISED: flanker brands prices falling, but not yet at 25% drop target

telecom | 10/29/2020 7:04 pm EDT

The federal government released its second quarterly check-in on wireless prices across Canada Thursday morning, as a follow up to the Liberal government’s plan to lower wireless prices 25 per cent...

Liberals’ wireless price drop unlikely to achieve promised savings: gov’t docs

telecom | 10/15/2020 2:50 pm EDT

The Liberals' election commitment to drop wireless prices 25 per cent will...

CRTC hears differing pitches to fix lagging disaggregated regime

telecom | 10/13/2020 6:04 pm EDT

In order to make its disaggregated wholesale regime work, the CRTC should reintroduce a level of aggregation to cut down on the amount wholesale-based providers would have to spend to connect, the Competitive Network Operators of Canada (CNOC) told the CRTC.  Under the...

Secret shoppers with disabilities less satisfied with telecom options

telecom | 09/29/2020 6:23 pm EDT

One in five potential customers for telecommunications services "perceived...

Telus wants Iristel to file new rates in traffic stimulation case

telecom | 09/23/2020 6:09 pm EDT

Telus Corp. has told the CRTC that it doesn't think Iristel Inc. deserves a stay on implementing new tariff rates while the CRTC assesses Iristel's argument that the regulator wrongly determined it...

CRTC adjourns consult on Iristel, Telus fines

telecom | 09/11/2020 4:54 pm EDT

The CRTC is putting on hold its proceeding on whether it should fine Iristel Inc. and Telus Corp. up to $1.25 million over a fight involving traffic stimulation. The regulator had proposed enforcing a financial penalty of...

Canadian internet users almost universally getting ISP’s advertised speeds

telecom | 09/08/2020 5:11 pm EDT

In almost all cases, Canadian internet consumers are receiving service at...

Iristel fights traffic stimulation finding, proposed $1.25M fine

telecom | 09/08/2020 4:51 pm EDT

Iristel Inc. says the CRTC wrongly determined it was stimulating traffic to the 867 area code and “fundamentally misunderstood” the role of a tariffed rate it significantly reduced in a bid to stop the practice, the company has argued in a review-and-vary application....

Watchdog finds Telus ad on wireless prices misled consumers

telecom | 09/03/2020 4:04 pm EDT

Canada’s advertising standards body has found Telus Corp. made misleading...

ISED launches 3800 MHz consultation

telecom | 08/27/2020 5:31 pm EDT

Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada announced the launch of its consultation process on the 3800 MHz spectrum auction. The band is widely seen as being one of the bands crucial for 5G deployment.  The launch...

BDUs happy with community TV monitoring scheme, CACTUS not

Media | 08/21/2020 5:45 pm EDT

Telus Corp., BCE Inc., and Rogers Communications Inc. have all endorsed the CRTC's proposed approach to monitoring the provision of community television programming, both linear and on-demand. ...

Cabinet says CRTC wholesale rates too low, may harm investment

telecom | 08/15/2020 9:06 am EDT

The Liberal government has sided with Canada’s largest telecoms in their...

CRTC proposes fines for Iristel, Telus over ‘self-serving’ conduct

telecom | 08/14/2020 3:24 pm EDT

The CRTC has proposed enforcing a financial penalty of between $750,000 and...

Bell calls for Competition Bureau report to be struck from wireless review

telecom | 08/06/2020 7:15 pm EDT

BCE Inc. has asked the CRTC to strike a Competition Bureau report...

Network outage impacts services in Ontario, Quebec

telecom | 08/06/2020 6:52 pm EDT

A network outage left wireless, internet and TV customers in Ontario and Quebec without service for about 45 minutes on Thursday. Consumers, mostly with BCE Inc., began reporting the outage on social media soon after 12 p.m. A...

eHealth raises data, privacy, and clinical questions: experts 

Media | 08/05/2020 6:07 pm EDT

eHealth technologies have been widely billed as bridging divides between...

Two new CTI projects announced in Quebec

telecom | 08/04/2020 5:25 pm EDT

Innovation, Science and Economic Development on Tuesday announced that it would be funding two separate projects in rural Quebec under its $585 million Connect to Innovate program.  In a release, ISED said it was giving just over $1 million to BCE Inc.'s Télébec to provide high-speed internet in the community of Belcourt near Val d'Or and to Launay near Abitibi, as well as $7.5 million for Telus Corp. to bring fibre-optic high-speed internet to some 18 communities northwest of Baie-Comeau.  "Through the current COVID-19 crisis, we have come to recognize, now more than ever, how...