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SaskTel chooses company to conduct review

telecom | 05/27/2016 6:13 pm EDT

Toronto-based consulting company Mark H. Goldberg and Associates Inc. will conduct the third-party review of Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp., the company announced Friday. The review, launched in the wake of the proposed merger of BCE Inc. and Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., will be “an analysis of the impacts and risks that the MTS acquisition may have for SaskTel,” said a press release. Ron Styles, SaskTel president and CEO, said in the release that he and the chair of the SaskTel board “contacted numerous telecom...

CRTC launches review of zero-rating, sponsored data

Media | 05/18/2016 9:32 pm EDT

Net neutrality advocates welcomed the CRTC’s launch of a new consultation on “differential pricing practices” for both wireline and wireless data plans Wednesday, a process that will see a public hearing kick off on Oct. 31. Tamir Israel, a lawyer with the Samuel-Gloshko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, said in a phone interview that having “this broader review that’s going to put in place a more-principled framework and look beyond ad-hoc scenarios that have come up so far is a good step.” He added: “I think having a clear...

Toronto telecom provider seeks condo access

telecom | 01/04/2016 9:07 pm EST

Beanfield Technologies Inc., an independent provider of fibre-based Internet, TV and phone services in Toronto, is asking the CRTC to help it gain access to one of the few condominium buildings it isn't already connected to in...

Public safety spectrum set-aside raises questions: analyst

telecom | 04/23/2015 3:03 pm EDT

The federal government’s proposal to set aside more spectrum and spend $3 million next year to plan for a dedicated public-safety wireless broadband network, as detailed in the budget released...

Government blamed for CRTC predicament on Netflix

Media | 09/29/2014 2:49 pm EDT

The federal government’s pursuit of a consumer-driven broadcasting policy instead of a more comprehensive digital strategy has left the CRTC in a difficult position when it comes to regulating Internet video services, says...

Paper billing issue small potatoes for telecom sector: analysts

telecom | 08/29/2014 7:28 pm EDT

Much has been made this week about the practice of levying extra fees for the privilege of getting a physical bill for telecommunications services, and some industry watchers are downplaying the...

Small ISPs positive, Xplornet critical of new 3500 MHz policy

telecom | 08/19/2014 9:34 pm EDT

The government’s proposed changes to the licensing of 3500 MHz spectrum are receiving praise from small wireless Internet service providers (ISPs), while satellite Internet provider Xplornet Communications Inc. said it is “deeply concerned.” Industry Canada released a consultation document Tuesday proposing that some of the spectrum, which currently permits only fixed services, such as wireless Internet or satellite Internet service, be freed up for mobile use. The document proposes that licence areas be designated as either rural or urban in a “geographically...

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...

Lower prices for AWS-3 auction ‘attractive’ for new entrants: analyst

telecom | 07/28/2014 9:37 pm EDT

The minimum opening bids for the entirety of the available spectrum in the upcoming AWS-3 auction total $162.45 million, with a $97.45 million minimum for the blocks set aside for smaller carriers, Industry Canada said Monday as it launched a consultation on its proposed auction framework. In a Monday research...

CRTC decision on condo access could be ‘warning’: analyst

telecom | 02/05/2014 10:27 pm EST

Unless BCE Inc. is allowed to install its infrastructure in a Toronto condo building, as of March 31, Rogers Communications Inc. will not be allowed to provide services to its residents either, the...

Rogers would use Shaw spectrum to quickly expand LTE services, Rogers, experts say

telecom | 01/24/2013 10:08 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc. could quickly expand the capacity of its fourth-generation LTE network in lucrative Western Canadian markets to offer faster data speeds for a larger number of subscribers...