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‘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 American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) so that Canadian industry isn’t put at a disadvantage, according to a Canadian telecom consultant. Nordicity’s Stuart Jack told a Senate committee reviewing Canada’s communications industry laws that Canada is three decades “out of date” with other OECD countries in adopting a “unified” communications act. He said there’s a “narrow window”...

Canadian telecom prices justified by speed, quality: MEI

telecom | 05/08/2018 6:34 pm EDT

A report by the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) challenging studies saying Canadian telecommunication prices are comparatively high against the rest of the world is being criticized by Nordicity as an unquantified analysis that misunderstood the scope of its work. The MEI’s annual state of telecom competition report, released Tuesday, challenged assumptions that the Canadian sphere was ruled by unduly high prices and little competition, pointing to the country’s fast wireless speeds, high investment in its networks, increased usage by Canadians and competitive options relative to...

Spectrum auction complexity barrier for fixed wireless providers: Nordicity

telecom | 03/29/2018 4:35 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Complex auction and government subsidy application processes are...

Non-profit gives tech leg up to telecoms, smaller businesses

telecom | 07/28/2017 4:09 pm EDT

Canada’s big three wireless providers are now cooperating on a...

Use of AI will bring benefits to telecoms, but also risks

Media | 05/01/2017 5:22 pm EDT

Artificial intelligence is a tool telecoms will increasingly use to manage networks and enhance various products, but its susceptibility to hacking will also pose big security-related concerns,...

Mixed reaction to budget viewed as long on potential, short on details

Media | 03/23/2017 9:37 pm EDT

For all the focus on the digital economy, there was little in Wednesday’s budget for digital content creators, broadband infrastructure enthusiasts or fans of long-term planning, according to...

Rural broadband program aims to bring 300 communities up to speed

telecom | 12/15/2016 10:01 pm EST

WAKEFIELD, Que. — The federal government’s new rural broadband program will focus on making high-speed connections, as opposed to simply forging Internet connections for rural and remote communities, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains said Thursday, in announcing some of the long-awaited details to the Liberal commitment outlined in this spring’s budget. The new program, which will operate under the name Connect to Innovate, picks up where...

Post budget, Liberal telecom policy remains unclear

telecom | 03/23/2016 11:03 pm EDT

The budget didn't offer many clues about the Liberals' telecommunications strategy, but that might in itself be a hint as to where the new government will go, according to experts. Unlike budgets from the previous...

Telecom policy should focus on innovation, not competition: report

telecom | 03/03/2016 10:34 pm EST

Shaw Communications Inc.'s acquisition of Wind Mobile has fulfilled the previous federal government's push for four national carriers, which means the new government has the chance to hit the...

App business thriving within Canada’s wireless industry: CWTA report

telecom | 12/09/2014 8:50 pm EST

A recent study on the wireless industry's effects on the Canadian economy in 2013 showed a shift favouring businesses involved in applications and content, and against those involved in devices and other hardware. The study was done for the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) by research company...

Rogers becomes first Canadian carrier to aggregate LTE spectrum

telecom | 10/24/2014 9:04 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. said Friday it has become the first Canadian wireless carrier to combine spectrum bands for enhanced LTE service, a move it said will improve the mobile-video experience of...

New technology promises to do more with less spectrum

telecom | 08/27/2014 8:28 pm EDT

A new technology that is part of the next generation of LTE could help wireless carriers more than double the speed of their networks and make the most out of their limited spectrum holdings. Each spectrum band, be it PCS, AWS or...