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CNOC back regional carriers’ call for roaming rates review

telecom | 06/24/2022 5:00 pm EDT

The Competitive Network Operators of Canada has filed an intervention in support of a Part 1 request for the CRTC to review the methodology by which the regulator sets roaming tariffs.  In a June 23 intervention, CNOC argued that the original application from a...

CRTC outlines framework to block botnets from internet traffic

telecom | 06/23/2022 5:48 pm EDT

In a Thursday decision, the CRTC announced it was implementing regulations to control botnets that threaten Canadians’ internet security. It established the guiding principles for the framework and required a detailed set of recommendations from the CRTC Interconnection...

ILECs and CLECs spar over telecom fees amendments

telecom | 06/10/2022 4:33 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. and Cogeco Inc. are among competitors protesting proposed changes to the...

Regional wireless carriers seek review of incumbents’ roaming rates

telecom | 05/24/2022 5:43 pm EDT

A consortium of regional wireless competitors have filed an application...

Canadian LEOs challenge SpaceX’s offering, Gov. subsidy

telecom | 05/16/2022 7:04 pm EDT

Players in the low-earth orbit satellite (LEOs) space are casting doubt...

Comp. Bureau moves to block Rogers-Shaw merger; Quebecor “has apparently entered the process”: analyst

Media | 05/09/2022 4:32 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau has filed an application with the Competition Tribunal seeking a "full block" of the proposed acquisition of Shaw Communications Inc. by Rogers...

Xplornet buys internet business of Full Throttle Networks

telecom | 04/04/2022 3:14 pm EDT

Xplornet Communications Inc. purchased the high-speed internet business of...

Paper billing for vulnerable customers, not universally: CRTC

telecom | 02/10/2022 5:42 pm EST

The CRTC has determined that all communications service providers (CSPs),...

Canada avoids American confusion of 5G impact on airports

telecom | 01/05/2022 4:29 pm EST

Early consultations on regulations to 5G rollout affecting air traffic...

Xplornet connects Haldimand County to fibre-to-the-home broadband

telecom | 10/07/2021 5:31 pm EDT

Xplornet Communications Inc.’s newly acquired fibre-based service provider Ocdotus Inc. — which operates as Metro Loop — has connected approximately 6,500 homes and...

Xplornet announces new CTO

telecom | 10/06/2021 4:01 pm EDT

Xplornet Communications Inc. announced Dennis Steiger as its new chief technology officer in a Wednesday press release. Steiger will lead the architecture, planning,...

Xplornet announces rural 5G standalone network

telecom | 09/22/2021 3:12 pm EDT

New Brunswick-based rural broadband provider Xplornet Communications Inc. announced Wednesday it’s...

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 fraud had fallen by 95 per cent between October 2020 and May of this year. The CRTC did not disclose how many instances of the fraud the 95 per cent drop represented, either at the beginning or the end of the monitoring period.  SIM swapping involves a fraudster convincing a wireless provider to transfer the victim’s phone number to a new SIM card in the...

CRTC rejects Xplornet request to make non-payer disconnection easier under Internet Code

telecom | 05/19/2021 5:21 pm EDT

The CRTC has rejected a request from Xplornet Communications Inc. to repeal certain language from the regulator's Internet Code that raised the barrier for cutting off...

Xplornet expanding fibre network in Haldimand

telecom | 04/23/2021 8:35 pm EDT

Through its newly acquired fibre-based service provider Ocdotus Inc. — which operates as Metro Loop — Xplornet Communications Inc. is expanding its fibre network in Haldimand County, Ontario.  New Brunswick-based Xplornet...

Quebecor would buy Freedom, but only with spectrum: PKP

telecom | 03/31/2021 6:21 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc. has indicated that, should the Competition Bureau force...

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,...

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...

Former industry minister joins Xplornet board

telecom | 01/04/2021 1:45 pm EST

James Moore, who served as industry minister in Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, has joined the board of directors at Xplornet Communications Inc. The company said in a late-December press release the appointment...

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...

CRTC seeks further information on telecoms’ paper billing practices

Media | 12/03/2020 3:15 pm EST

A CRTC consultation on paper billing practices in the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors is continuing, with the commission requesting that all major companies respond to a series of questions about their provision of paper bills to customers.  The CRTC launched the consultation in March, with interventions and replies from most telecom and broadcast providers urging the commission not to intervene in their billing practices. However, a letter from the commission this week states...

UBF should focus on both backbone, last mile, ISPs told ISED

telecom | 07/28/2020 2:22 pm EDT

At a discussion about Ottawa’s now-delayed Universal Broadband Fund with...

Telecoms end overage fees suspension

telecom | 07/02/2020 4:52 pm EDT

Major Canadian telecoms have ended one of their major relief measures for Canadians who suddenly shifted...

Xplornet says Stonepeak sale will lead to accelerated broadband investment

telecom | 06/11/2020 2:37 pm EDT

Xplornet Communications Inc.’s sale to U.S. based Stonepeak...

SaskTel to resume charging overage fees on June 9

telecom | 05/29/2020 2:13 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. will become the second Canadian telecom to resume charging overage fees to home internet customers who go over their data caps, with the company announcing it will end the COVID-19...

2025 offered as connectivity target as pressure to fast track rises

telecom | 05/19/2020 2:01 pm EDT

Universal connectivity at the CRTC’s universal service objective speeds could be achieved by 2025 if funds were administered in the right way, according to Ryerson...

Wholesale debate moves to transport in CRTC rural broadband consult

telecom | 05/15/2020 2:33 pm EDT

The familiar argument over wholesale access has made its way to a CRTC consultation on how to remove barriers to rural broadband rollouts, with smaller providers arguing the regulator should mandate...

Spectrum funds could achieve broadband targets before 2030: telecoms

telecom | 05/14/2020 9:35 pm EDT

An NDP plan for the federal government to add money raised from past and...

Provinces also looking at speeding up rural broadband rollouts

telecom | 05/01/2020 1:10 pm EDT

As the federal government and individual companies work on accelerating...

Cogeco to bring back overage fees as of May 1

telecom | 04/30/2020 2:10 pm EDT

Cogeco  Inc. will again start charging overage fees to its home internet customers who exceed their data limits as of Friday, with the company instead focusing on other measures it considers to “be more essential” to its...

Federal government to accelerate rural broadband funds: Monsef

telecom | 04/29/2020 3:49 pm EDT

The federal government will speed up its rural broadband funding in...

Telecoms close stores, offer free channels in response to COVID-19

Media | 03/16/2020 5:56 pm EDT

Telecommunication providers are closing retail stores, offering complimentary TV channels and continuing to waive overage fees on home internet plans as they respond to COVID-19. Xplornet...

Xplornet confirms sale to U.S infrastructure firm

telecom | 02/27/2020 2:20 pm EST

Xplornet Communications Inc. has confirmed it has signed an agreement for it to be purchased by U.S. based Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners.  In a statement, Xplornet said Stonepeak would acquire a controlling stake in the...

Xplornet to be sold to U.S. company for $2B: report

telecom | 02/25/2020 6:41 pm EST

Xplornet Communications Inc. will be bought for some $2 billion USD by a U.S.-based investment firm, according to a report from Bloomberg News.  Asked if the government was aware of the reports of the transaction, a...

MVNO decision arrives at a ‘tipping point’: Bell CEO

telecom | 02/19/2020 6:48 pm EST

GATINEAU, Que. — How threatening the prospect of mandated MVNO access is to BCE Inc. was evident Wednesday as the company brought out its CEO to the CRTC’s ongoing wireless hearing, who told the regulator even the “least aggressive” MVNO proposal would harm...

Broad MVNO access too risky, Competition Bureau tells CRTC

telecom | 02/18/2020 5:54 pm EST

GATINEAU, Que. — The CRTC’s two-week wireless policy review kicked off...

Telecoms find silver lining in unprecedented number of CCTS complaints

telecom | 11/28/2019 6:00 am EST

Despite improvements in customer service that have lowered customer...

Internet code will make it too hard to cut off non-payers: Xplornet 

telecom | 11/12/2019 11:36 am EST

The forthcoming Internet code from the CRTC would make it far too hard for Xplornet Communications Inc. to disconnect customers that haven’t paid, the company argues in a filing to the regulator...

Telecoms must hand over more detailed info to Comp Bureau

telecom | 08/06/2019 7:23 pm EDT

The CRTC has directed telecom companies to disclose an additional set of...

Telecoms say speed throttling doesn’t violate net neutrality

telecom | 08/06/2019 2:37 pm EDT

The big three telecoms are telling the CRTC that their practice of slowing data speeds down on the new "unlimited" plans after customers reach their data cap is not a violation of the regulator's policy on internet traffic management practices (ITMPs).  That ITMP...

Internet code will indirectly tackle poor sales practices, CRTC chairman says

telecom | 07/31/2019 11:01 am EDT

CRTC chairman Ian Scott said the new internet code will address many of the...

CTI project funding rolling out again

telecom | 07/26/2019 5:35 pm EDT

The last two months have seen a glut of project funding announced under the Connect to Innovate (CTI) program, with $29 million being funneled to 13 projects: three in New Brunswick; two each in Prince Edward Island, Ontario, and...

CRTC asks wireless providers to justify post-data cap throttling

telecom | 07/04/2019 4:52 pm EDT

The CRTC has asked several telecoms to explain how their throttling of wireless speeds once customers exceed their data allotments doesn’t violate the commission’s regulatory policy on internet...

Industry committee dissents from ISED spectrum clawback plans

telecom | 06/18/2019 8:09 pm EDT

The House of Commons industry committee has endorsed Xplornet Communications Inc.'s call that the ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) should not claw back any of the 3.5...

Effect of 3.5 GHz clawback on rural broadband to vary across Canada

telecom | 06/14/2019 5:03 pm EDT

In recent weeks, telecom issues haven’t escaped the increased rhetoric...

Clawback of 3.5 GHz strikes ‘reasonable’ balance, analyst says

telecom | 06/06/2019 6:43 pm EDT

The decision by Innovation Canada to carve-out mobile use licences from the...

3.5 GHz auction will mean a level playing field for 5G: ISED

Media | 06/05/2019 7:56 pm EDT

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Innovation Canada will give existing holders of 3.5...

CRTC accepts Comp Bureau’s narrowed request for wireless data

telecom | 05/24/2019 5:49 pm EDT

After the CRTC in April denied the Competition Bureau’s request for more specific telecom data for its wireless review, the commission Friday changed course and said it will go ahead and ask...

Shaw says patience, not regulation, required to see organic MVNO market

telecom | 05/17/2019 4:55 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc.’s Freedom, the country’s major fourth wireless player, says it is most susceptible to harm if the CRTC decides to mandate MVNO access to incumbent facilities, and that time and encouraging network investment are needed for the CRTC to see an organic wholesale market for MVNOs to emerge. In its submission to the CRTC’s review of the mobile wireless market, which will hold a hearing on the matter in January 2020, Calgary-based Shaw said the CRTC drew premature...

$10 fees on customer service tasks don’t violate Wireless Code: Bell, Telus

telecom | 05/03/2019 5:27 pm EDT

BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc., Telus Corp., and Shaw Communications Inc. have responded to the CRTC’s questions about $10 fees they charge for some customer service tasks. Telecom...

Bell opts out of 600 MHz, Rogers nabs 52 licenses for $1.7B

telecom | 04/10/2019 5:30 pm EDT

BCE Inc. was among three prospective applicants who didn’t grab licenses for the coveted 600 MHz spectrum, widely considered to be the last chance to get valuable low-band frequencies. The...

Xplornet launching new unlimited data plans

telecom | 04/02/2019 5:41 pm EDT

Xplornet Communications Inc. is now offering unlimited internet service plans across the country for...

Stick to hexagons for broadband fund, PIAC and telecoms tell CRTC

telecom | 02/13/2019 3:07 pm EST

An application to relax eligibility requirements for the CRTC’s...

CRTC sets 5 ms threshold for ‘jitter’ in basic service standard

telecom | 02/12/2019 5:41 pm EST

The CRTC has finally set a threshold for a metric it said will improve the quality of service (QoS) for applications reliant on the rapid transmission of data. The regulator said Tuesday that it will require internet service providers (ISPs) to meet a threshold of five milliseconds (ms) on fixed broadband for “jitter,” a term for data received at irregular intervals, causing lag and slowdown in QoS-sensitive applications such as online gaming, web page loading, and cloud-based software....

‘Many’ ISPs could shut down due to wholesale regime: CNOC

telecom | 01/17/2019 4:34 pm EST

Small, wholesale-based internet service providers could be forced out of...

Top telecom and media stories to watch for in 2019

Media | 12/21/2018 5:46 pm EST

As the new year begins, the months ahead promise a new spectrum auction, new CRTC announcements on...

MPs onside with alcohol ad standards

telecom | 12/13/2018 11:57 am EST

An industry group has created a code of conduct governing the content and application of beer...

Lower CRTC latency standards, say large telecoms, northern gov’ts

telecom | 12/12/2018 2:27 pm EST

An application by BCE Inc.’s Northwestel arguing the CRTC’s basic...

Cogeco won’t be among bidders for 600 MHz spectrum

telecom | 12/06/2018 6:29 pm EST

Cogeco Inc. isn’t among the list of participants in the 600 MHz auction, released by Innovation Canada...

ISED said it will do its ‘darndest’ for rural in face of 3.5 GHz clawback

telecom | 11/20/2018 2:49 pm EST

OTTAWA — Innovation Canada deputy minister John Knubley said his...

Lack of scale, device lineup challenges for Xplore Mobile

telecom | 11/16/2018 6:34 pm EST

New Brunswick-based internet provider Xplornet Communications Inc. started...

Indigenous ISP lobbies to get piece of allocated fed funds

telecom | 11/14/2018 6:19 pm EST

An indigenous telecom vying for federal support to provide Northern Manitoba communities with fibre internet is trying to claim a share of Innovation Canada money announced in January, following a...

Xplore Mobile to launch with data rollover plans

telecom | 11/05/2018 4:58 pm EST

Manitoba customers of Xplornet Communications Inc.’s upcoming mobile service will be allowed to rollover unused data from the previous month, the company announced Monday as it prepares to launch its 4G LTE network in the province next week. The roughly 24,000 existing...

TekSavvy tells CRTC about incumbents trying to ‘poach’ customers

telecom | 10/24/2018 6:17 pm EDT

GATINEAU — TekSavvy Solutions Inc. told the CRTC Wednesday that a sales...

CRTC reviewing ISPs’ differential pricing practices

telecom | 10/03/2018 1:39 pm EDT

The CRTC is reviewing Canadian ISPs’ traffic management and differential pricing practices for compliance with its net neutrality framework, according to a letter sent out by the commission requesting specific information from...

Cultural sector reaches out to Rodriguez

Media | 09/19/2018 6:12 pm EDT

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez has met with creative groups in his first registered lobby...

Broadcasters’ association, Corus, add new lobby registrations

Media | 08/24/2018 11:33 am EDT

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters registered to lobby the federal government on its review of the Copyright Act in July, which was otherwise a sleepy month in telecom and media government...

Xplornet announces more ‘5G ready’ network expansion

telecom | 08/07/2018 5:26 pm EDT

Xplornet Communications Inc. plans to introduce “5G-ready Internet technology” in New Brunswick, it said two weeks after a similar announcement in Ontario. The company said in a press release Friday  it will “install and enable the latest wireless technology that...

Xplornet to brand wireless service Xplore Mobile

telecom | 08/01/2018 11:13 am EDT

Xplornet Communications Inc. will call its wireless service Xplore Mobile when it launches this fall, it...

Xplornet plans 100 Mbps, “5G-ready” fixed wireless network

telecom | 07/25/2018 3:02 pm EDT

Xplornet Communications Inc. plans to build up fibre facilities in Eastern...

Xplornet lobby blitz fights 3.5 GHz clawback proposal

telecom | 07/23/2018 10:16 am EDT

Xplornet Communications Inc. will not be able to service thousands of its rural customers with...

CRTC to hold sales practices hearing in October

telecom | 07/16/2018 1:57 pm EDT

The CRTC will question telecoms about their sales practices at an October hearing in Gatineau, Que., the regulator said Monday as it launched a consultation. The proceeding is in response to an order by the federal government...

Bell MTS increasing wireless rates, axing unlimited data for new customers

telecom | 07/12/2018 5:08 pm EDT

BCE Inc.’s Bell MTS in Manitoba is dropping its province-wide wireless unlimited data plan option and increasing prices for upgrading or new customers, it announced Tuesday. New customers will...

Cogeco hires lobbyist with wireless spectrum expertise

telecom | 07/03/2018 11:54 am EDT

Amir Bigloo, who has a history of successful spectrum purchases as CEO of...

Balsillie-led Centre for Digital Rights registers to lobby

Media | 05/25/2018 12:33 pm EDT

A new organization called the Centre for Digital Rights (CDR) that is...

Cogeco picks up 2300 MHz, 2500 MHz spectrum

telecom | 05/22/2018 6:18 pm EDT

Innovation Canada (ISED) released the results of its 2018 residual spectrum auction Friday, with Cogeco Inc. ending up as the big spender. The Montreal-based telecom picked up seven paired and 16 unpaired licenses in the 2300...

Rogers, Bell add junk food bill concerns to lobby efforts

Media | 04/25/2018 2:54 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. and BCE Inc. have registered to lobby the government on proposed Senate legislation, now moving through the House, to quell the impact of junk food advertising on children, joining critics who lobbied heavily in March about the bill they say will...

It’s not ‘notice-and-Norwich,’ SCC to hear in disclosure costs case

Media | 04/20/2018 11:33 am EDT

The notice-and-notice regime requires internet service providers (ISPs) to...

Manitoba town launches no-fee internet service

telecom | 04/09/2018 5:36 pm EDT

Last week, the city of Morden, Manitoba announced a May start date for a utility-like fixed wireless internet service that will be provided to residents at no monthly cost, according to its website. Called Morenet, the service...

Internet Society establishes lobby footing in Canada

Media | 03/27/2018 6:32 pm EDT

A decades-old organization that is pushing for a multilateral approach to decision-making on the future...

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...

Telecoms point to growing WiFi, IoT spectrum demand in ISED consultation

telecom | 02/26/2018 7:46 pm EST

Canada’s telecoms are taking sides on how Innovation Canada should approach the release of more licence-exempt spectrum, including whether more should be allocated for WiFi use, as it prepares for the proliferation of connected devices in a 5G world. “As Canadians connect more and more devices to their home networks, more unlicensed spectrum will also be needed to support the faster wireline speeds Internet service providers are delivering,” Rogers Communications Inc. said in a reply...

SWIFT takes fibre goals to the Hill

Media | 02/21/2018 5:57 pm EST

Over six years after it was established, a government-funded non-profit initiative seeking to deliver...

ISED expands AWS-1 coverage requirements, licence terms

telecom | 02/16/2018 4:49 pm EST

Innovation Canada is extending both licence terms and coverage requirements following a consultation on AWS-1 spectrum renewals, it said in a decision Friday. In 2008, ISED — then Industry...

BPF registers to lobby amidst consumer group funding concerns

Media | 12/14/2017 2:25 pm EST

A few months after the emergence of a proposal asking the CRTC to shift...

Millimetre wave spectrum set-asides harmful to 5G potential: telcos

telecom | 11/27/2017 5:51 pm EST

The issue of set-asides has resurfaced in replies to a consultation on...

Xplornet turns on LTE in Newfoundland communities

telecom | 11/16/2017 2:41 pm EST

Rural internet provider Xplornet Communications Inc. has expanded its fixed wireless network in...

For ‘acceptable’ internet, look beyond speed, House study told

telecom | 10/25/2017 5:35 pm EDT

A section of a map from Innovation Canada showing areas eligible for funding under its Connect to Innovate program./ Screenshot via ISED.As the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and...

Xplornet increases stake in Manitoba with NetSet buy

telecom | 10/23/2017 5:21 pm EDT

Rural internet service provider Xplornet Communications Inc. has announced the purchase of Brandon,...

Telus leads in end-of-summer lobbying activity

Media | 09/25/2017 5:31 pm EDT

Telus Corp. was far and away the busiest industry stakeholder when it came to...

Small providers, incumbents clash over WiFi-based MVNOs

telecom | 09/12/2017 5:54 pm EDT

Mandating wholesale roaming access to Wi-Fi-based mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) will encourage innovation and competition by providing Canadians with more wireless service options, some organizations and small providers told the CRTC, while incumbents argued such a mandate would actually...