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Verizon Media to be sold to Apollo Funds

Media | 05/03/2021 3:12 pm EDT

Investment management firm Apollo Global Management Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire Verizon Media for $5 billion.  Under the terms of the agreement announced Monday, Verizon Communications Inc. will receive $4.25 billion in cash, preferred interests of $750 million and retain a 10 per cent stake in Verizon Media. Current CEO Guru Gowrappan will continue to lead Verizon Media, which will be known as Yahoo, the company said in a release.  “The past two quarters of double-digit growth have demonstrated our ability to transform our media ecosystem. With Apollo’s sector...

Samsung readying 5G PR blitz in Canada: internal comms

telecom | 02/21/2019 5:23 pm EST

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is embarking this year on a massive information and marketing campaign to promote its leadership on, and rollout of, 5G in Canada, according to a high level presentation seen by The Wire Report on Wednesday.   A powerpoint slide with a stated...

Samsung to lobby on 5G ahead of Huawei decision

telecom | 02/19/2019 5:53 pm EST

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has updated its lobby files to include discussions on 5G deployment...

Verizon to offer Samsung 5G phones in U.S. next year

telecom | 12/03/2018 1:18 pm EST

U.S. telecom Verizon Communications Inc. plans to have device manufacturer Samsung Electronics Co.’s 5G-compatible smartphones in the U.S. market within the first half of next year, the two companies announced Monday. That...

‘Narrow window’ to make new comms laws with USMCA: Nordicity

Media | 10/02/2018 3:28 pm EDT

OTTAWA -- There is an “urgent need” for Canadian lawmakers to set out a new communications framework now that Canada has hammered out a new trilateral agreement on trade to replace the North...

Facebook sues BlackBerry for voice, security tech

telecom | 09/05/2018 5:38 pm EDT

Facebook Inc. filed a suit against BlackBerry Ltd. Tuesday accusing the device-maker of allegedly infringing on six of its patents, including voice messaging technology and security components, following BlackBerry’s suit...

BlackBerry to offer ransomware recovery service

telecom | 08/09/2018 4:56 pm EDT

In a bid to combat the growing problem of ransomware, BlackBerry Ltd. announced in a release on Monday an update to its BlackBerry Workspaces product which will help reduce costly downtime associated with the malicious software. Ransomware, or software which encrypts...

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...

OPC follows up on Rogers email complaints

telecom | 05/02/2018 4:43 pm EDT

On Tuesday, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) said it is opening an investigation...

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...

Rogers email users mad about missing data mining opt-out

Media | 04/20/2018 5:18 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. customers spoke out on social media this week...

New promise for fixed wireless, as telecoms incorporate LTE, 5G

telecom | 03/15/2018 2:12 pm EDT

Advances in fixed wireless technology could make it a more viable option...

U.S. IC chiefs issue warning against Huawei, ZTE devices

telecom | 02/16/2018 5:43 pm EST

The United States Senate Intelligence Committee heard from six high-ranking...

Can telecoms cut through the blockchain hype?

telecom | 01/19/2018 3:38 pm EST

The federal government said Friday it is “experimenting” with blockchain technology to create a...

Telus almost hits gig speeds on LTE-A test

telecom | 09/27/2017 12:50 pm EDT

Telus Corp. has achieved nearly 1 Gbps speeds on LTE as part of a test, it said in a press...

Google linking names under publication bans with articles: report

Media | 09/21/2017 5:54 pm EDT

Algorithms used by Alphabet Inc.’s Google have been linking stories regarding individuals whose identities are under court-ordered publication bans in searches involving their names, the Ottawa Citizen has found. The Citizen said in a report Thursday that in six high-profile cases, “searching the name of a young offender or victim online pointed to media coverage of their court cases, even though their names do not appear anywhere in the news articles themselves.” It added that...

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...

Verizon streaming deal for NFL game to include Canada

Media | 05/08/2017 10:02 pm EDT

Canadian viewers will get to watch a National Football League (NFL) game that will be played out of London, England, this fall after Verizon Communications Inc. purchased the streaming rights to the game. The one-game...

Verizon planning new online TV service: report

Media | 03/31/2017 8:39 pm EDT

Verizon Communications Inc. is working on delivering an online streaming television package this summer, according to Bloomberg. The report, published Thursday and citing anonymous sources, said the telecommunications...

5G to arrive sooner after standards approval: AT&T

telecom | 03/20/2017 8:56 pm EDT

The rollout of 5G services will come sooner than expected after a wireless standards body agreed to accelerate the process for the deployment of the next-generation technology, according...

Canadian fibre could be up for grabs if Zayo sold: analyst

telecom | 03/02/2017 9:45 pm EST

An American acquisition could create an opening in the Canadian fibre market, according to Desjardins Capital Markets. In a Thursday note, analyst Maher Yaghi highlighted the recent acquisition of a fibre network company in the U.S. and the overall activity of the mergers and acquisition market south of the border. The uptick is believed to be due to fibre being “an important asset to backhaul wireless networks, which now have to carry an increasing amount of data,” as well as the coming capacity demands of 5G networks, the note said. Last week, Verizon...

Verizon readying 5G field tests in 11 markets

Media | 02/22/2017 5:33 pm EST

Verizon Communications Inc. said Wednesday that it’s ready to test its 5G network, with services to 11 markets expected to start on a trial basis by the summer. In a press release, Verizon said it will pilot...

FCC won’t take action against zero-rating: Pai

Media | 02/03/2017 10:19 pm EST

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said Friday it won’t “focus on denying Americans free data” going forward, as it ended its investigation into zero-rated offerings. New chairman Ajit Pai said in...

Ajit Pai nominated as new FCC chairman

Media | 01/23/2017 10:33 pm EST

Ajit Pai has been picked by the new U.S. president to lead the United States' telecom regulator, Pai announced on Twitter Monday. In a statement, Pai said he looks “forward to working with the new Administration,...

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...

Another Yahoo breach involved 1 billion accounts: reports

Media | 12/15/2016 4:52 pm EST

Yahoo Inc. has found a new security breach that has compromised more than one billion user accounts, a figure that is double the breach it discovered only a couple of months ago, according to...

FCC dep’t engaging in ‘wild goose chase’ over zero-rating: commissioner

Media | 12/05/2016 10:08 pm EST

A branch of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is engaging in a “wild goose chase” by investigating a pair of companies’ zero-rating offers, according to one commissioner....

‘Too early’ to tell what impact 5G could have on FTTH rollout: Bell CFO

Media | 11/30/2016 12:43 am EST

Glen LeBlanc, BCE Inc.’s executive vice-president and chief financial officer, told an investor’s conference hosted by RBC Tuesday that the company is on track to have its...

Media companies looking to MCNs to reach younger audiences

Media | 11/11/2016 9:17 pm EST

Multi-channel networks (MCNs) have carved out a space in the online video ecosystem in recent years, leading traditional broadcasters to move into MCNs as a relatively low-risk way to reach younger...

Yahoo breach could jeopardize sale, Verizon says

Media | 10/14/2016 7:12 pm EDT

The breach of millions of Yahoo Inc. email accounts revealed in late September could affect the acquisition of the company by Verizon Communications Inc., Reuters reported. The news service quoted Verizon general counsel Craig Silliman as saying Thursday that the breach could trigger a clause in the acquisition deal that would allow Verizon to withdraw. “I think we have a reasonable basis to believe right now that the impact is material and we're looking to Yahoo to demonstrate to us the full impact. If they believe that it's...

Privacy commish in contact with Rogers, Yahoo about breach

telecom | 10/06/2016 6:43 pm EDT

The federal privacy commissioner’s office said it has been in touch with Rogers Communications Inc. and Yahoo Inc. regarding the breach of millions of Yahoo email accounts...

Videotron announces testing as 5G gains momentum in Canada

telecom | 09/20/2016 9:46 pm EDT

MONTREAL — Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron said Tuesday it will begin to test 5G technologies as part of a new project, in a move that appears to be part of an increasing push...

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...

Dan Mead joins TerreStar board

telecom | 08/16/2016 7:16 pm EDT

The former president and CEO of Verizon Communications Inc.’s wireless division has signed on with the board of directors of a Canadian mobile satellite provider. Dan Mead, who recently retired from Verizon, is joining...

Yahoo sells to Verizon

telecom | 07/25/2016 6:25 pm EDT

Verizon Communications Inc. will acquire Yahoo Inc.’s core Internet business, roughly seven months after initial reports hinted at Verizon’s interest in the company. It’s a cash deal worth approximately $4.83 billion US that will see the California-based company integrated with AOL, which was acquired by Verizon last year for more than $4 billion, according to a Monday press release. “Combining Verizon, AOL and Yahoo will create a new powerful competitive rival in mobile media, and an open, scaled alternative offering for advertisers and publishers,” the release read. Both companies have similar businesses with digital advertising and online content, with Yahoo saying it has a global audience of 1 billion monthly active users. Earlier this year, Yahoo had been shopping...

Verizon fined $1.35M US for targeted advertising practices

telecom | 03/08/2016 6:53 pm EST

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said Monday it has fined Verizon Communications Inc. $1.35 million US for inserting unique identifier headers (UIDH) without...

Verizon leading 5G tests

telecom | 02/22/2016 4:27 pm EST

Verizon Communications Inc. has partnered with other technology companies for 5G field testing, the U.S. carrier announced Monday. The testing with the so-called 5G Technology Forum partners — including Ericsson AB, Intel Corp., Nokia Corp., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Qualcomm Inc. and...

Verizon allows companies to cover data costs for consumer access

Media | 01/19/2016 7:44 pm EST

Verizon Communication Inc. announced Tuesday it is introducing a new sponsored data service, called FreeBee Data, to help businesses drive better consumer engagement without cutting into...

Verizon would consider buying core Yahoo business: report

Media | 12/08/2015 2:48 pm EST

Verizon Communications Inc. would consider buying Yahoo Inc.'s core Internet business, which includes its email, news and sports sites, as well as its advertising technology, according to a report...

Verizon launches $2 US daily roaming in Canada

telecom | 11/12/2015 3:52 pm EST

Verizon Communications Inc. said Thursday it has introduced a new roaming service plan for U.S. subscribers that allows them to use their existing talk, messaging and data plans in Canada and Mexico for an extra $2 US a day. It...

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...

Canada will lag U.S. on mobile video: Huang

Media | 09/21/2015 1:53 pm EDT

Canada will trail the United States in the rollout of mobile-oriented video services for a variety of reasons, Barclays Capital analyst Phillip Huang said in a research note Monday. The comments follow news from earlier this...

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...

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 locations across the United States. It added that Android Pay will store gift cards, loyalty cards, special offers, as well as credit and debit cards from American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. Once users begin to pay with Android Pay, “your real credit or debit card number isn’t sent with your payment. Instead [Android Pay uses] a virtual account number that provides an extra layer of security,” and a payment confirmation will be sent to you that shows where transactions were made, the blog said. It noted that if your phone gets lost or stolen, users can go to Android Device Manager and...

Verizon planning mobile video streaming service: report

Media | 09/08/2015 3:23 pm EDT

Verizon Communications Inc. plans to launch a free ad-supported mobile streaming service, the New York Times reported online Tuesday. The article said the launch would be announced this week, and...

Verizon plans to test 5G next year

Media | 09/08/2015 2:27 pm EDT

Verizon Communications Inc. announced Tuesday it has created a roadmap to begin field trials for 5G wireless technology as early as 2016. The company said in a press release it is partnering with Alcatel-Lucent, Ericson AB,...

CBS to live-stream first regular-season NFL game

Media | 09/02/2015 6:38 pm EDT

CBS Corp.’s sports division said Tuesday that next month it will live-stream a regular-season National Football League game for the first time. The game featured is an Oct. 4 matchup between the New York Jets and Miami...

Digital activists push for free wireless Internet for all

telecom | 07/10/2015 6:50 pm EDT

A movement is underway to make wireless Internet access ubiquitous and free in most urban environments, with people's home routers as the source of these public connections. The people behind...

Bell says its gigabit service marks ‘major shift’ in telecom

telecom | 06/25/2015 9:14 pm EDT

BCE Inc. is leveraging its fibre-to-the-home network to launch a new gigabit Internet service, making it the first large telecommunications company in Canada to offer such connections. It will launch first in Toronto, where 50,000 homes and businesses will have “first access” to the Gigabit Fibe service this summer, a number that Bell said in a press release will later expand to 1.1 million premises in the city. Bell said it would extend the service to “other cities in Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces as soon as this summer in some locations.” It listed a number of cities “primed for Gigabit Fibe,” including Quebec City and some parts of...

Verizon completes purchase of AOL

Media | 06/23/2015 6:31 pm EDT

Verizon Communications Inc. announced Tuesday that it has completed its acquisition of AOL Inc. The press release stated that “AOL is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Verizon." Verizon had announced in May that AOL...

Fumbled response to iPhone sealed BlackBerry’s fate: book authors

telecom | 05/25/2015 5:15 pm EDT

The decline of BlackBerry Ltd. as a dominant player in the global smartphone market can be traced largely to its inadequate response to Apple Inc.'s iPhone, say authors of a new book on the subject. Losing the Signal: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of BlackBerry was written by Globe and Mail journalists Jacquie McNish...

Verizon buying AOL for $4.4B US

Media | 05/12/2015 2:26 pm EDT

Verizon Communications Inc. is buying AOL Inc. for an estimated $4.4 billion US, Verizon said in a press release Tuesday. AOL will become a subsidiary of Verizon once the deal is completed, it added. Verizon noted AOL’s...

Broadcasters, BDUs at odds over proposed wholesale code

Media | 05/08/2015 8:49 pm EDT

While many broadcasters and TV providers expressed support for the CRTC’s proposed changes to its wholesale code, which governs carriage agreements for TV channels, they took differing positions...

FCC approves open-Internet regulations

telecom | 02/26/2015 10:02 pm EST

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved a set of rules that, among other things, prevents Internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic, or giving priority to content from an affiliate or...

Verizon Wireless head Daniel Mead steps down

telecom | 02/18/2015 6:14 pm EST

Daniel Mead is stepping down as head of Verizon Communications Inc.’s wireless division and will retire following the close of his company’s deal to sell a chunk of its wireline assets to Frontier Communications Corp.,...

U.S. AWS-3 auction raises more than $41B US

Media | 01/30/2015 3:00 pm EST

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s AWS-3 auction ended Thursday, and the regulator announced Friday that it had accepted $41.3 billion US in net bids from 31 bidders for 1,611 spectrum licences. The FCC had...

YouTube to host own Super Bowl halftime show

Media | 01/20/2015 3:29 pm EST

For the first time, Google Inc.’s YouTube streaming service is hosting a live Super Bowl halftime show of its own that will stream during the break of the NFL championship game on Feb. 1. Hosted by Harley Morenstein,...

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 appropriate money,” Hoettges told the website. “You have to earn your money back at one point in time.” T-Mobile has been aggressively courting customers with roll-over data and low prices as part of its its “un-carrier” campaign, under which it previously ended long-term contracts and phone subsidies. The company, of which Deutsche Telekom owns about 70 per cent, has lost money in five out of the last six quarters, according to its most...

Verizon CEO dismisses report about AOL purchase

Media | 01/06/2015 4:08 pm EST

Verizon Communications Inc.'s CEO on Tuesday denied it is interested in purchasing AOL Inc., despite a report suggesting it was exploring this option. Several news agencies reported Lowell McAdam denied such speculation...

CRTC, spectrum auctions among major wireless issues for 2015: analysts

telecom | 12/18/2014 6:01 pm EST

As the new year approaches, Canadian wireless carriers of all sizes await a CRTC decision on domestic roaming that could, in the words of one analyst, “disrupt” the industry with...

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...

Mobilicity backers’ lawsuit describes government courting of new entrants

telecom | 09/05/2014 8:14 pm EDT

New details about the government’s push for new-entrant carriers in the 2008 AWS auction were revealed in a lawsuit filed this week against Industry Canada by two of the original investors in...

Internet infrastructure approaching limits of capacity

telecom | 08/22/2014 7:49 pm EDT

The size of the Internet is becoming a challenge for the hardware that supports it and there could be some hiccups in service in the coming months as a result, according to experts. Jim Cowie, chief scientist with New Hampshire-based Internet analytics company Dyn, said users of the Internet might have had problems accessing certain websites on Aug. 12 because on that day many of border gateway protocol (BGP) routers that direct web traffic reached their limit. Cowie said many of these routers — he's unsure the exact number or proportion — are only capable of handling about...

Experts disagree on stringency of AWS-3 build-out rules

telecom | 08/14/2014 10:56 pm EDT

While some observers are saying the deployment requirements for the upcoming AWS-3 spectrum auction are the strictest the industry’s ever seen, others say they’re pretty much in line...

Build-out requirements, regulations, keeping Verizon away: analyst

telecom | 08/05/2014 8:08 pm EDT

Verizon Communications Inc. is not likely to enter the Canadian market, Barclay’s analyst Philip Huang said in a Monday research note, referring to a meeting a U.S. Barclay’s analyst had...

One year later, could the wireless wars re-ignite?

telecom | 07/30/2014 9:03 pm EDT

Last summer, a conflict between the federal government and Canada’s three biggest wireless carriers, centering over rules around the 700 MHz spectrum auction and the prospect of a large U.S. carrier entering the Canadian...

Verizon Wireless reward program starts Thurs.

telecom | 07/21/2014 3:27 pm EDT

Verizon Communication Inc.'s wireless unit said Monday that a program that allows customers to earn points for discounts by performing routine functions with their wireless account begins Thursday. Verizon Wireless said in a...

Verizon lets Canadian lobbying registration expire

telecom | 07/04/2014 6:14 pm EDT

Verizon Communications Inc. has let its entry on Canada's federal lobbyists' registry expire. The registration for Verizon, represented by Ottawa lobbyist Peter Burn of Dentons Canada LLP, opened Oct. 22 last year and...

Germany cancels Verizon contract amid spy concerns: report

telecom | 06/27/2014 3:43 pm EDT

The German government has cancelled a contract with U.S. communications giant Verizon Communications Inc. amid worries over spying by the U.S. government, Bloomberg reported Friday. The article said...

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...

FCC to examine U.S. Internet traffic management

Media | 06/13/2014 6:28 pm EDT

Tom Wheeler, chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, said Friday that his organization is looking into whether Internet service providers are purposely diminishing, for their own benefit, the flow of content from...

Rogers climbs from bottom spot in Netflix speed index

Media | 06/09/2014 7:33 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. climbed out of the bottom ranking among 14 Canadian ISPs measured in latest speed index from Netflix Inc. Rogers had an average speed of 2.52 Mbps, according to Netflix's index for May that was posted Monday. That was up from an average speed of 1.67 Mbps in the April ranking. Netflix said in a blog that Rogers had the biggest improvement of any Canadian service provider measured. It moved to 12th place from 14th in April. Company spokesman Joris Evers said in an email that the scores represent average speeds for Netflix content during primetime viewing. Bell...

Verizon tells Netflix to ‘cease and desist’ on congestion claims

telecom | 06/06/2014 8:47 pm EDT

Verizon Communications Inc. on Thursday threatened Netflix Inc. with legal action in a cease and desist letter over messages the video-streaming service has shown to viewers that blames Verizon for quality issues experienced by that ISP's customers. “There is no basis for Netflix to assert that issues with...

Verizon says Netflix ‘misleading’ viewers on connection issues

Media | 06/04/2014 7:49 pm EDT

In a blog post on its website Wednesday, Verizon Communications Inc. accused Netflix Inc. of "misleading" consumers about the source of buffering issues that viewers may have  experienced. The post from David Young, Verizon's vice-president of regulatory affairs, cited a Twitter posting showing a...

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...

Verizon Wireless tracking users’ home Internet usage for ads

telecom | 04/25/2014 4:17 pm EDT

Verizon Communications Inc.’s so-called relevant mobile advertising program is being expanded to use information about wireless customers’ home Internet habits in order to help its...

Verizon numbers up on wireless growth

telecom | 04/24/2014 3:05 pm EDT

Verizon Communications Inc. said earnings and revenue were up in the first quarter largely on strength from the wireless side of the business. The company’s financial figures released Thursday showed revenue was up 4.8 per cent from a year earlier to $30.82 billion US for the three months ended March 31. Net income was $6 billion US for that period, up from $4.86 billion US a year earlier. Verizon said in a press release the results included the impact of taking full ownership of Verizon Wireless in February. Wireless revenue for the quarter was $20.88 billion US, a gain of 6.9 per...

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...

Industry Canada lobbied AT&T, too

telecom | 03/17/2014 2:50 pm EDT

It will go down in history as the great telecom lobby of 2013. BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc. and Telus Corp. lobbied Industry Canada to change the spectrum auction rules favouring a foreign entrant, while Industry Canada...

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 —...

Verizon to buy Intel’s cloud-TV division

Media | 01/21/2014 7:12 pm EST

Verizon Communications Inc. said Tuesday it has reached a deal to purchase Intel Corp.’s Intel Media division, which is focused on developing cloud-television products and services. Terms of the transaction were not...

Verizon earnings rise, wireless growth outpaces other operations

telecom | 01/21/2014 4:21 pm EST

Verizon Communications Inc. on Tuesday reported higher fourth-quarter earnings as revenue in its wireless business rose faster than its other operations, which also include Internet, television and...

Incumbents’ campaign against government called ‘unmitigated failure’

telecom | 01/20/2014 4:47 pm EST

Industry Canada’s long-awaited auction for the coveted 700 MHz wireless spectrum got underway Jan. 14, but the most interesting story may have played out over the summer in a high-stakes public relations and lobbying fight whose outcome and consequences are still being dissected. Although...

Fibre-to-the-home rollout ramps up in Canada

telecom | 01/15/2014 6:41 pm EST

The average Canadian is currently less likely to have access to the fast Internet speeds offered by fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology than the average American, but Canada is catching up. The companies building FTTH networks in...

U.S. net neutrality rules struck down

telecom | 01/14/2014 6:37 pm EST

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Tuesday struck down Federal Communications Commission rules that require Internet service providers to treat similar traffic equally in its transmission. The decision also...

Verizon CEO says unlimited data ‘has to go away’

telecom | 01/08/2014 10:10 pm EST

Lowell McAdam, CEO of Verizon Communications Inc., said wireless carriers will have to stop offering unlimited data. Speaking at the Citi 2014 Internet, Media & Telecommunications Conference in Las Vegas Tuesday, McAdam said it’s “just sort of a fact of life” that “eventually unlimited has got to go away,” according to a transcript on Verizon’s website. He said that in “a world where there is a finite amount of spectrum and in a world where you see video exploding and you talked about the volumes of bits on the network, how can I keep servicing...

Analysts split on Verizon-Vodafone talks’ impact on Canadian market

telecom | 08/29/2013 5:16 pm EDT

Verizon Communications Inc. has resumed talks with Vodafone Group Plc to acquire a full stake in the companies’ joint wireless company in a move that industry analysts said could either assist...

Verizon benefits from ‘unintended consequences’ of auction rules: Bibic

telecom | 06/28/2013 8:47 pm EDT

Verizon Communications Inc. could buy twice as much spectrum at a lower price than Canada’s wireless incumbent carriers if it enters next year’s 700 MHz spectrum auction, said Mirko Bibic, BCE Inc.’s executive vice-president and chief legal and regulatory officer. Bibic said in an interview with BNN...

‘Very realistic’ Verizon entry a ‘game changer,’ analysts say

telecom | 06/27/2013 7:34 pm EDT

Verizon Communications Inc. is waiting to see Industry Canada’s new rules for spectrum licence transfers and is seeking clarification on the department’s rules for the upcoming 700 MHz...

Verizon would lack towers, backhaul, ‘quad play,’ Rogers says

telecom | 06/26/2013 9:08 pm EDT

Verizon Communications Inc.'s entry into the Canadian wireless market would be disadvantaged by a lack of towers, backhaul and a “quad play” offering, said Anthony Staffieri, executive vice-president and chief financial officer at Rogers Communications Inc. “When we run our models, we really find it...

Shammo: Verizon ‘dipping its toe’ in Canadian waters

telecom | 06/18/2013 8:55 pm EDT

Verizon Communications Inc. is “looking at the opportunity” of entering the Canadian wireless market, Fran Shammo, the company’s chief financial officer, told the Wall Street Journal. “We’re looking at the opportunity,” Shammo told WSJ in an interview Tuesday. “This is just us dipping our toe in the water.” The Globe and Mail reported on Monday that Verizon is considering entering the Canadian wireless market with a bid for struggling new entrant carriers Wind Mobile (owned by VimpelCom Ltd.) or Dave Wireless Inc. (operating as Mobilicity). Industry analysts said Verizon’s entry into Canada is unlikely due to the capital costs required to build one of the new entrants into a sustainable competitor in the Canadian market, which...