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War of words between Cogeco and Rogers heats up

telecom | 09/16/2020 6:53 pm EDT

In a Wednesday afternoon press release, the board of directors for Cogeco Inc. accused the CEOs of both Rogers Communications Inc. and Altice USA Inc. of making "untrue statements and unsubstantiated allegations" against them, and "misleading investors and increasing the...

Refusal to sell Cogeco is ‘definitive,’ Audet says

Media | 09/08/2020 1:34 pm EDT

Louis Audet, former CEO of Cogeco Inc. and current executive chairman of the company, says when the company turned down an acquisition offer last week, its denial was final. The Audet family, which is the controlling shareholder of Cogeco, said no last week to a $10.3...

Rogers says it would keep Cogeco headquarters in Quebec

telecom | 09/04/2020 4:46 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. says if its proposed acquisition of Cogeco Inc.’s Canadian division went through, it wouldn’t move the headquarters, management team or operations of Cogeco’s media...

Audet family declines Altice USA, Rogers offer to buy Cogeco

telecom | 09/02/2020 9:54 am EDT

The controlling shareholder of Cogeco Inc. — the Audet family — has...

Might be ‘late’ for regional wireless competitors: Cogeco

Media | 01/23/2019 5:05 pm EST

Cogeco Inc.  is raising caution about the negative impact the government's...

Marie-Hélène Labrie new Cogeco SVP of communications

telecom | 11/21/2018 2:01 pm EST

Cogeco Inc. has a new senior vice-president of public affairs and communications, the telecom announced Tuesday, following the retirement of René Guimond. Marie-Hélène Labrie will replace...

Blank slate in wireless tech an opportunity: Cogeco’s Audet

telecom | 07/12/2018 6:00 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc.'s renewed interest in entering the wireless market is partly driven by the opportunity to jump directly into building an entirely new type of cellular network, said CEO Louis Audet. “At this point in time, the opportunity exists to start with a blank sheet...

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...

Cogeco could opt for ‘hybrid’ arrangement with new spectrum: Canaccord

telecom | 06/22/2018 2:40 pm EDT

An announcement Thursday that Cogeco Inc. has bought more spectrum makes it clear the company is “exploring a viable economic model for a wireless service,” Canaccord Genuity analyst Aravinda...

New CEO announced for Cogeco, Audet vows family to retain control

telecom | 05/15/2018 7:36 pm EDT

MONTREAL — Despite a generational change at the helm of Cogeco Inc., the...

Cogeco picking up 10 RNC radio stations for $18.5M

Media | 04/24/2018 2:25 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. has reached a deal with RNC Media Inc. to acquire 10 of RNC’s radio stations. The deal,...

Cogeco qualifies for wireless auction, CEO says no more

telecom | 04/13/2018 5:17 pm EDT

Despite qualifying this week for an auction of wireless spectrum, the head...

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...

Citing gov’t signals, Cogeco CEO indicates renewed interest in wireless

Media | 01/11/2018 5:55 pm EST

MONTREAL — Cogeco Inc. is feeling more optimistic about the possibility...

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...

Bell ‘heartened’ by CRTC chair statements, CEO says

telecom | 09/27/2017 5:09 pm EDT

BCE Inc.’s top man George Cope said the company likes new CRTC head Ian Scott’s approach to balancing consumer and business interests. “He said he’s working in the public interest,” Cope told an investors' conference hosted by CIBC Wednesday. “We’re heartened by that because the public...

Cogeco’s U.S. cable prospects more promising: Barclays

telecom | 07/17/2017 2:40 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. can look to cable in the United States to see sustained growth compared to a harsher cable market in Canada, according to Barclays Capital analyst Phillip Huang. “Relative to...

Cogeco reports higher revenues and profit in Q3

Media | 07/14/2017 3:11 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. reported stronger revenues and profits for its fiscal third quarter, the first earnings...

Cogeco expands U.S. biz with MetroCast buy

Media | 07/10/2017 1:08 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. is again expanding its U.S. footprint, with the announcement Monday that it would purchase...

Bains tells CRTC to reconsider MVNO rules

telecom | 06/05/2017 1:51 pm EDT

TORONTO — Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains is directing the CRTC to reconsider a March decision in...

5G to be ‘crowded playground,’ conference hears

telecom | 05/31/2017 5:35 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — New entrants and existing service providers that haven’t traditionally delved into the mobile wireless market could find opportunities to take advantage of 5G and available spectrum, participants of the Wireless World Research Forum’s 5G Huddle were...

5G wireless substitution ‘not in the cards,’ says Cogeco’s Audet

Media | 04/07/2017 8:14 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. CEO Louis Audet said Friday that he’s not concerned about customers substituting wireline Internet service with wireless with the advent of 5G, and that the company...

Cogeco shifting data centre strategy due to Amazon, Microsoft: Audet

Media | 01/12/2017 9:56 pm EST

MONTREAL — Moves by Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. into the Canadian data centre business won’t compete directly with Cogeco Inc., which is changing its data...

Cogeco launches gigabit service in Ontario markets

telecom | 11/23/2016 9:27 pm EST

Cogeco Inc. is now offering gigabit Internet, starting with Oakville and Burlington, Ont., with the launch of its UltraFibre 1Gig service, it announced in a Wednesday press release. It is the company’s first...

U.S. operations boost Q4 for Cogeco

Media | 11/03/2016 7:43 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. saw a 3.2-per-cent increase in revenue to hit $572 million for the final quarter of fiscal 2016, the company reported Wednesday. In a press release, Cogeco said the growth was driven by its communications...

Louise St-Pierre leaving Cogeco Connexion

Media | 08/12/2016 7:20 pm EDT

The head of Cogeco Inc.’s Canadian division is retiring after more than 17 years with the company, the company announced Friday. Louise St-Pierre, Cogeco Connexion president and CEO, will step down as...

Cogeco reports higher revenues, takes a hit from Peer 1

telecom | 07/07/2016 9:20 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. reported higher overall revenues for the third quarter, but a write-down on its Peer 1 business pulled on the reins. The Montreal-based company reported its earnings for Q3, which...

Quebec City lawsuit against Cogeco dismissed

Media | 06/22/2016 8:49 pm EDT

The Quebec Superior Court has dismissed a defamation lawsuit against Cogeco Inc., determining the suit was abusive under section 51 of Quebec’s code of civil procedure. The City of Quebec had sued Cogeco, its...

Tax all digital services or none, committee hears

Media | 05/31/2016 7:46 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Witnesses in the latest round of hearings in the House of Commons’ Canadian Heritage committee’s study of the media and local communities asked parliamentarians to level the playing field when it comes...

Feds should create ‘telecom stamps’ for low-income Canadians: Cogeco

telecom | 04/22/2016 8:21 pm EDT

When it comes to issues of affordability, the Canadian government should look to an American social assistance program to help low-income residents purchase telecommunications services, Cogeco Inc. told CRTC commissioners Friday morning. The government could provide “telecom stamps” as a form of subsidy, modeled after the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, Louis Audet, Cogeco CEO, told the basic services hearing panel at the end of the second week of the three-week proceeding. According to the website of the U.S. Food and Nutrition Service, a four-person household with a net monthly income of no...

Cogeco open to Shaw partnership: Audet

telecom | 04/14/2016 10:03 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. CEO Louis Audet said his company would be “delighted” to partner with Shaw Communications Inc. on its newly acquired wireless business, Wind Mobile. During the company’s second-quarter...

City of Quebec sues Cogeco for defamation

Media | 02/03/2016 9:27 pm EST

The City of Quebec is suing Cogeco Inc., its CEO, Louis Audet, as well as Richard Renaud, director of Quebec’s CJMF FM-93 radio station, for defamation. The municipality said in a French press release Wednesday that...

Cogeco looking to expand in the U.S. cable market: Audet

Media | 01/13/2016 9:48 pm EST

MONTREAL — Cogeco Inc. CEO Louis Audet said Wednesday that the company will prioritize its U.S. cable and Internet business over a potential wireless initiative in Canada. Speaking to reporters...

FTTH to cover 90% of Bell footprint in 10 years: Cope

Media | 11/12/2015 8:10 pm EST

BCE Inc. will cover about 90 per cent of its wireline footprint with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) in a little less or a little more than a decade, though the issue of whether smaller Internet service providers will get mandated access...

Tony Ciciretto stepping down from Cogeco Peer 1

Media | 10/28/2015 8:46 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. announced Wednesday that Tony Ciciretto, CEO of its business unit Cogeco Peer 1, will be stepping down and replaced by chief technology and strategy officer Philippe Jette. “It is with regret that we are announcing Tony’s decision to step down to pursue other opportunities,” Cogeco CEO Louis Audet said in a press release. “On behalf of the board of directors and all our employees, particularly those who worked closely with Tony these past six years, I want to sincerely thank him for his dedication, commitment and many contributions to the growth and...

Cogeco renames subsidiary to Cogeco Peer 1

telecom | 10/19/2015 3:27 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. announced Monday that its combined subsidiaries Cogeco Data Services and Peer 1 will be renamed Cogeco Peer 1. It said in the release that combining the two subsidiaries will help grow Cogeco’s enterprise...

‘No demand’ for gigabit Internet: Audet

telecom | 09/17/2015 8:04 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. CEO Louis Audet says there is currently "no demand" for Internet services with speeds as quick as one gigabit per second, despite recent forays by BCE Inc. and Quebecor Inc. into this area. "As I'm sure everyone realizes, there is essentially no demand for that," Audet told a Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce...

Regulators will eventually embrace MVNOs: Audet

telecom | 09/15/2015 6:26 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. CEO Louis Audet said Tuesday he believes Canada's telecommunications regulators will come around to mandating access for mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), notwithstanding the CRTC's decision on...

Cogeco’s U.S. footprint expands

telecom | 08/20/2015 4:36 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. said Thursday that its Atlantic Broadband subsidiary in the United States has closed its acquisition for the cable assets of MetroCast Communications of Connecticut from Harron Communications LP. The deal was announced in June for a price of $200 million US. Cogeco on Thursday reiterated in a press release that the acquisition gives...

Cogeco acquires new U.S. company

telecom | 06/08/2015 1:35 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. announced Monday that its U.S. subsidiary Atlantic Broadband will acquire MetroCast Communications of Connecticut from parent company Harron Communications LP for $200 million US. MetroCast Connecticut has a...

Cogeco creating public WiFi hotspots from people’s homes

telecom | 01/14/2015 10:44 pm EST

Cogeco Cable Inc. has quietly rolled out home spotting, or the use of multi-signal routers in people's homes to provide both private WiFi signals to residents and separate public signals to...

Government pressured to open more WiFi spectrum

telecom | 11/05/2014 6:23 pm EST

Industry Canada is being lobbied to open up more unlicensed spectrum for wireless Internet, as the United States did earlier this year. Government briefing notes and emails written in advance of a meeting planned for May 27...

Cogeco’s TiVo service will reduce sub loss: Audet

telecom | 11/03/2014 5:32 pm EST

Cogeco Cable Inc. CEO Louis Audet said Monday that providing TiVo service in Canada will help reduce the ongoing reduction in cable subscribers, or possibly even lead to growth. On Thursday, Cogeco said its TiVo service, which can bring customers Netflix service through their set-top boxes, would launch for Ontario...

Diane Nyisztor joins Cogeco

telecom | 09/29/2014 4:46 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. said Monday that it has appointed Diane Nyisztor as vice-president of corporate human resources. Nysiztor was previously partner of international executive services at tax and consulting services company KPMG Canada, Cogeco said in a press release. “Following our recent acquisitions and continued growth, we now need to adapt our corporate structure to the evolving needs of our organization and of our employees,” Cogeco CEO Louis Audet said in the release. “This new vice-presidency is key in supporting and enabling the expansion of Cogeco moving forward as well as providing guidance and support to senior management and to each of our business units." The appointment is effective immediately, the release said....

Cogeco calls for regulated access to wireless networks

telecom | 09/25/2014 8:05 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. wants the CRTC to set up regulated access to established wireless carriers’ networks, president and CEO Louis Audet said during a conference call with media Thursday....

Cogeco to discuss wireless services on Thursday

telecom | 09/23/2014 7:54 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. said Tuesday it will hold a conference call with journalists on Thursday to discuss "the future of mobile services in Canada." Cogeco has indicated an interest in launching wireless service, and it is...

Shomi not meant to ‘kill Netflix’: Rogers CEO

Media | 09/17/2014 8:17 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. CEO Guy Laurence told a CIBC investor conference in Montreal on Wednesday that his company's upcoming over-the-top (OTT) programming service, Shomi, isn't meant to be the ultimate solution for streaming users. "We're not trying to kill Netflix here," he said. "This is a...

Rogers VP predicts end of TV broadcasting, as we know it

Media | 09/11/2014 11:09 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — You can’t assume that young people who have never had subscription-TV service will eventually get it, Ken Engelhart, Rogers Communications Inc.’s vice-president of...

Cogeco partners with TiVo, ditches IPTV plans

telecom | 07/10/2014 7:21 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. has abandoned a multi-year project to establish an Internet protocol-based TV platform in Canada and will instead launch a service in partnership with TiVo Inc. that its CEO says gives it "all of what we want and more." The decision to cancel plans for building out an IPTV system for Canada resulted in its third-quarter profit being cut almost in half, the company announced in a press release issued late Wednesday. The company said its earnings for the three months ended May 31 were $35.5 million, down from $48.1 million a year earlier. Its recent results included...

Variety on television must be preserved, says Bell’s Crull

Media | 02/20/2014 10:26 pm EST

OTTAWA — Industry executives disagreed about the best way to give consumers more choice as they discussed the CRTC’s ongoing review of the television system during a panel discussion at...

‘Penetration-based’ subscription rates needed in pick-and-pay regime: experts

Media | 01/08/2014 8:16 pm EST

Carriage negotiations between broadcasters and the broadcast distributors who deliver their channels to consumers will focus on finding the right “penetration-based” price rates in a...