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Quebecor ‘not worried’ about COVID-19 impact on capacity

Media | 03/12/2020 5:09 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc. says COVID-19 is not expected to have a “material financial impact” on the company and is not worried about its impact on network consumption and capacity. Quebecor held its quarterly earnings call as the TSX plunged 1000 points in early trading on...

Bell standing by Huawei amidst security concerns

telecom | 09/12/2018 5:07 pm EDT

BCE Inc. head George Cope said Wednesday that his company is aware of concerns involving Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., though he didn’t indicate Bell has any plans to alter its use of technology from the Chinese telecom equipment maker. Cope was addressing a question from BMO Capital Markets analyst Tim Casey at the bank’s annual telecom conference about whether Bell’s use of the Shenzhen-based company’s technology means there’s risk it would need to switch out equipment and potentially incur costs in the future, in light of security concerns about the foreign giant....

New iPhone driving discounts for older models: Barclays

telecom | 09/19/2016 7:56 pm EDT

Carriers are capitalizing on demand for Apple Inc.’s new iPhone with heavy discounts on older models, according to Barclays Capital. Despite a $400 price tag for the 32GB iPhone on a two-year...

Big Three reluctant to finance smartphone purchases

telecom | 09/15/2015 8:33 pm EDT

Executives from BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc. and Telus Corp. said Tuesday they are not interested in offering the type of smartphone leasing or financing plans that are increasingly available to customers in the U.S.,...

Next spectrum auction seen as less substantial than previous sales

telecom | 04/13/2015 5:03 pm EDT

Canada's third wireless spectrum auction in a little more than a year is set to start Tuesday, and it is generally predicted to bring in far less money than the other two, though at least one...

Telecoms will adjust to pick-and-pay regime, analysts say

Media | 03/20/2015 9:10 pm EDT

Financial analysts reacting to the CRTC’s new pick-and-pay rules say they don’t expect the decision to have a major impact on the industry, though the broadcasting side of the business is...

‘Moving parts’ making spectrum auction predictions difficult: analyst

telecom | 01/23/2015 7:12 pm EST

Analysts are divided on how two upcoming spectrum auctions will change Canada’s wireless industry as the deadline for registration looms at the end of January. The upcoming AWS-3 and 2500 MHz auctions are taking place against a backdrop of uncertainty as carriers await a decision from the CRTC on wholesale wireless access and fees, a decision that could change the fundamental economics of providing consumer wireless services. Drew McReynolds, a telecom analyst with RBC Dominion Securities, said predictions about the auctions are more difficult in the current climate. “The problem is, there’s so many moving parts,” he said in a phone interview. The AWS-3 auction...

Experts disagree on stringency of AWS-3 build-out rules

telecom | 08/14/2014 10:56 pm EDT

While some observers are saying the deployment requirements for the upcoming AWS-3 spectrum auction are the strictest the industry’s ever seen, others say they’re pretty much in line...

Wireless device installment plans could come to Canada: analyst

telecom | 05/20/2014 8:16 pm EDT

A telecom analyst with BMO Capital Markets says Canadian wireless carriers will “very likely” start offering installment plans to cover the cost of mobile devices as an alternative to the...

NextWave spectrum could revert to government after blocked sale

telecom | 02/27/2014 9:55 pm EST

Industry Minister James Moore blocked a spectrum-transfer request on Thursday between NextWave Wireless Inc. and a joint venture between two of Canada’s incumbent carriers, a decision that could...