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Telus Health ‘scaling up’ as COVID-19 spreads

telecom | 03/30/2020 5:11 pm EDT

Telus Corp.’s years-long investment in e-health and telemedicine has found itself rapidly expanding as the COVID-19 pandemic forces Canadians to seek medical help  without physically visiting doctor’s offices, with downloads of its Babylon Telehealth app increasing six...

CRTC to decide if mandated access to inside wire applies to fibre

telecom | 09/07/2018 3:31 pm EDT

A small internet service provider (ISP) is asking the CRTC to order BCE Inc. to give it access to Bell’s fibre connections inside a Toronto apartment building in a case that...

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...

Canadian ‘tale of two internets,’ as 25% get online wirelessly: Deloitte

Media | 12/12/2017 6:39 pm EST

The number of Canadians who get their internet access wirelessly — either...

Tech giants increasing grip on advertising in Canada: report

Media | 11/21/2017 3:57 pm EST

While the total amount of advertising money flowing to Canadian media has...

Bell Apple Watch advantage unknown: experts

telecom | 09/15/2017 4:06 pm EDT

Wearable use in Canada and around the world is trending up, but the numbers for smartwatches are still...

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 technology, companies haven’t stopped working on wringing out more from the current 4G standard, and the unexpected advances they’ve made could lessen the appeal of 5G, according to some experts....

Ad pulls from YouTube show money shift to TV: Corus CEO

Media | 04/06/2017 8:05 pm EDT

The fallout from Alphabet Inc.’s placing of advertisements next to unfavourable content is in line with an ongoing trend of some advertisers shifting money from digital back to traditional...

Government help necessary for connected car rollout: ISED

telecom | 02/14/2017 11:15 pm EST

OTTAWA — In order to roll out the infrastructure and technology necessary to make connected cars available across Canada, government funding will be needed, and it could be modeled after the...

Pricing for 5G unclear, but cost per GB could drop: Deloitte expert

Media | 01/11/2017 11:24 pm EST

There are still many unknowns as wireless carriers move to 5G networks in the coming years, including questions about how much companies will charge for service, though prices have the potential to...

Ehealth is growing, but market size still unknown

telecom | 08/03/2016 6:39 pm EDT

MONTREAL — In recent years, Canadians have gained the ability to keep track of data contributing to their health — from steps walked to their heart rate to calories burned — in a way that would have been...

Infrastructure, spectrum among obstacles for connected cars

telecom | 07/12/2016 8:41 pm EDT

Traffic on the Internet of Things (IoT) is forecast to skyrocket over the coming years, and though vehicles will be part of that network, there are still a number of challenges, including...

What inroads will virtual reality make in TV, communications?

Media | 03/29/2016 9:37 pm EDT

This week is a long-awaited one for virtual reality enthusiasts, as Facebook Inc. starts to ship its Oculus Rift headset to people who pre-ordered their $599 US devices as far in advance as early...

4K’s appeal extends beyond sports, say experts

Media | 01/22/2016 9:22 pm EST

While Rogers Communications Inc. and BCE Inc. are getting the ball rolling on 4K broadcasting in Canada with a heavy emphasis on sports, others feel food, nature, music videos and outdoor adventure programming are also the kinds of content that would work well in ultra-high definition. Chris Knight, CEO at Ottawa-based Gusto TV, said in a phone...

Gigabit Internet in 3% of Canadian homes by end of 2016: Deloitte

Media | 01/12/2016 10:09 pm EST

The availability and adoption of gigabit Internet in Canada is expected to grow this year, with almost three per cent of Canadians subscribing to the service by the end of 2016, according to Deloitte...

Mobile messaging grows, monetization remains the challenge

Media | 09/23/2015 8:50 pm EDT

Mobile-messaging through apps in Canada and globally is on the rise as it attracts users wanting a convenient interface that can help them be included in social circles, though the steep growth in users is not yet being matched in dollars generated. Research from Juniper Research Ltd. released in June said messages sent via apps such as Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp, Canada's own Kik Interactive Inc. and others were expected to grow from 31 trillion last year to 100 trillion in 2019. Juniper said in another release in July that “within the next 12 months [instant messaging] will...

‘Wireless’ concept extends to charging

Media | 08/28/2015 6:49 pm EDT

Wireless charging creates advantages beyond not having to use cords when refuelling mobile devices with electricity, according one British researcher, though a Canadian technology expert says widespread adoption of such technology is far from certain. James Moar, a research analyst with Juniper Research Ltd. in the United Kingdom, said in a phone...

Videotron 4K box seen as cord-cutting prevention

Media | 08/11/2015 8:58 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron announced Tuesday it will be releasing an ultra-high-definition (UHD) set-top-box for its customers, making it the first Canadian telecom provider to commercially release such technology. Videotron...

Wearable tech could eliminate need for smartphones: exec

Media | 07/14/2015 8:11 pm EDT

Wearable devices could replace everything in our pockets, eventually wiping out smartphones in five to 10 years, says one wearable-technology company CEO. However, others say functionality, design and...

Pay app launched for Android, BlackBerry, while Apple users wait

Media | 06/23/2015 7:26 pm EDT

A mobile payment application owned and supported by Canada's three biggest wireless providers was announced Tuesday for Android and BlackBerry phones, while iPhone users are left waiting for Apple...

Videotron rolls out Apple watch app for TV customers

Media | 05/25/2015 8:19 pm EDT

MONTREAL — Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron has launched a new app for Apple Inc.’s smartwatch that the company hopes will increase discoverability of channels available though its cable packages and appeal to early tech adopters. The app, called “Illico for Apple watch,” allows the users to shuffle through TV channels by choosing a category, such as children’s programming, sports or music. The app then communicates with the set-top box to cycle through all the channels that fall in that category. That function works only with live channels, but the app can also...

Will our next piece of ID be digital?

Media | 05/14/2015 5:23 pm EDT

Showing a piece of ID to prove who you are has remained, for the most part, one stubbornly analog interaction in our increasingly digital world. That’s now starting to change, in countries like Estonia and even some...

Online video factors into cord-cutting: CIRA survey

Media | 02/24/2015 9:43 pm EST

Newly released results from a Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) survey show the availability of online video content is a factor for four in 10 Canadian Internet users who do not subscribe to cable TV. The data,...

Tablet’s social impact remains despite sales slowdown: expert

Media | 02/02/2015 9:04 pm EST

New data shows that tablet shipments declined year-over-year in last year's fourth quarter — for the first time in the category’s short market history — though a Canadian trends observer says the cultural impact of tablets isn't going away any time soon. International Data Corp. said in a press...

Enterprise to assume bigger role in technology adoption: Deloitte

Media | 01/12/2015 6:50 pm EST

After a decade of consumers being the trendsetters in the adoption of emerging technology, the enterprise sector will take on a bigger role in 2015 as leaders in the use of cutting-edge IT products,...

Extent of TV piracy unclear, might be rising among youth

Media | 12/11/2014 7:37 pm EST

On Wednesday, the Australian government said it would allow the blocking of foreign websites that offer illegal downloading and streaming, the same day that the file-sharing website Pirate Bay was...

TV viewing down 25% among young U.S. adults: Nielsen

Media | 12/04/2014 8:13 pm EST

Nielsen Co. numbers show that viewership of traditional TV is dropping significantly among Americans 18 to 24. Duncan Stewart, Deloitte Canada’s director of technology, media and telecom, noted on his personal blog the...

OTT expected to cause Internet capacity crunch

Media | 11/06/2014 7:30 pm EST

Netflix isn’t the only game in town anymore. In recent weeks, Canadian and American TV giants have made a number of announcements about new over-the-top (OTT) video services — HBO and CBS revealing new streaming...

Inaction against VPN usage ‘may speak volumes’: lawyer

Media | 07/22/2014 9:35 pm EDT

Users of Netflix Inc.’s Canadian feed who feel like watching a few episodes of 30 Rock, Louie or Les Revenants will find themselves out of luck. But in a world where Canadians know these shows...

International coalition gets hyper about voice

telecom | 05/23/2014 7:06 pm EDT

You’d be forgiven for thinking that voice calling is becoming less important to the telecommunications industry. Figures from corporations and government have shown, in recent years, a decline in those subscribing to home-phone lines. Its apparent replacement, mobile service, is becoming more about accessing the web than making calls. For example, Rogers Communications Inc.’s wireless division saw revenue from data services in the first quarter of 2014 surpass voice revenue for the first time. However, an international coalition is now promoting the idea that advances in...

Study outlines positives, negatives of an Internet of Things future

Media | 05/22/2014 8:03 pm EDT

Experts from industry and academia mostly agree that by 2025 the Internet of Things will be pervasive and ubiquitous while agreeing on little else in a new report from the Pew Research Center. The...

Wearables bring together techies in Toronto

telecom | 04/07/2014 6:48 pm EDT

There are a few hundred people in Toronto who are, in a manner of speaking, wearing their passion and belief in the potential of wearable technology on their sleeves. A group, comprised largely of people in related professional...

Taking that pebble out of your shoe, and the move to LTE voice

telecom | 08/14/2013 7:26 pm EDT

Mobile providers in Canada and around the world are walking around with a proverbial “pebble” in their shoe and could save millions of dollars each month when advancements in LTE wireless...

TV providers to fight for smaller share of customers as housing starts fall

Media | 07/02/2013 7:14 pm EDT

Lower housing starts this year will lead to fewer television subscriptions and could trigger pricing wars among TV providers, industry experts said. In a data released last week, the Canada Mortgage...

Younger demographic more a PC than smartphone generation, Deloitte says

Media | 12/07/2012 8:12 pm EST

Despite rapid growth in smartphone and tablet use, more than 80 per cent of global Internet traffic, as measured in bits, will continue to come from laptops and PC computers in 2013, consulting firm Deloitte and Touche LLP will forecast in its annual media and technology predictions in January. Duncan Stewart, director of technology, media and telecom at Deloitte Canada, said in an interview that a younger, 18-to-24 year-old demographic continues to prefer PCs (including laptops) over smartphones and tablets. The laptop and desktop share of Internet traffic will remain at about 80 per cent in 2013, though computers make up less than 50 per cent of devices. “Their share is declining,...