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Bell Canada to offer service in eastern Ontario ILEC’s footprint

telecom | 07/12/2024 3:49 pm EDT

The front entrance of the Bell Canada building on Albert Street in Ottawa on Nov. 2, 2021 (photo by Andrew Meade)A small independent incumbent in eastern Ontario will be providing access to BCE Inc. after winning approval from the CRTC on Friday. Westport Telephone Company Ltd, which...

Union considering grievance after Telus shutters Ontario call centre

telecom | 07/11/2024 3:32 pm EDT

Telus offering communication service for doctorsTelus Corp. is reversing its policy of having call centre employees work from home. It told roughly 1,000 workers across the country Wednesday that they must be in the office...

Bell buys two tech services firms

telecom | 07/09/2024 6:11 pm EDT

Bell buys two tech services firmsBCE Inc. announced Tuesday that it has bought a pair of technical services companies and added them to its FX Innovation division at Bell Canada. Statejm is located in Mississauga, Ont. and leverages artificial intelligence...

European wireless outage had little effect on Canadian travellers, telcos say

telecom | 07/03/2024 5:09 pm EDT

CRTC seeks info on international roaming ratesA wireless outage across Europe seems to have had minimal impact on...

Rizwan Jamal leaves Xplore to become CEO of Beanfield

telecom | 07/02/2024 1:44 pm EDT

Rizwan Jamal leaves Xplore to become CEO of BeanfieldRizwan Jamal is the new CEO of Beanfield Technologies Inc. effective immediately, the company announced...

CRTC tells Iristel to pay overdue fees to Bell, Northwestel or risk losing service

telecom | 06/28/2024 5:48 pm EDT

CRTC tells Iristel to pay overdue fees to Bell, Northwestel or risk losing serviceIristel Inc. has been told to pay overdue fees to BCE Inc. properties in...

Netflash seeks entry to two Kitchener buildings

telecom | 06/26/2024 3:58 pm EDT

CRTC proposes code of conduct for ISPsContinuum Online Services Ltd., which operates under the Netflash name, has filed a Part 1 application with the CRTC seeking access to two multi dwelling units in Kitchener, Ont. The respondent is Greenwin Corp. Netflash offers telecom and broadcast services to clients in...

Satellite networks vital next step for Canada to reach connectivity goals: Terrestar

telecom | 06/24/2024 6:02 pm EDT

Satellite ready to integrate with cellular communications: TerreStarRecent advancements in the satellite communications ecosystem have made...

Bell supports Telus in home phone connectivity dispute, PIAC opposes

telecom | 06/21/2024 2:02 pm EDT

Roaming revenue not expected to fully recover until 2022: Telus CFOInterventions have been filed with the CRTC over Telus Corp.’s desire to...

Internet service quality bill becomes law

Internet and Governance | 06/20/2024 12:47 pm EDT

Tory MP says CRTC directives don’t go far enough when it comes to transparent service quality metricsA private member’s bill on internet service quality has passed through Parliament and received royal...

CTS panelists criticize asymmetrical fibre access regime, urge national approach

telecom | 06/20/2024 11:40 am EDT

CTS discusses road map to growth in telecom market despite challengesIndustry experts on the Canadian Telecom Summit’s “regulatory...

Senate committee completes work on Bill C-11

telecom | 12/09/2022 5:15 pm EST

Senate committee completes work on Bill C-11The Senate committee studying the Online Streaming Act, Bill C-11, officially completed its work after...

Municipally-owned B.C. SILEC asks CRTC for relief from NG911 requirements 

telecom | 11/05/2021 2:37 pm EDT

Municipally-owned B.C. SILEC asks CRTC for relief from NG911 requirements A municipally-owned small incumbent local exchange carrier (SILEC) in...

Bell wary of New Brunswick’s proposed NG911 system

telecom | 07/14/2021 6:34 pm EDT

BCE Inc. has filed an intervention with the CRTC saying New Brunswick’s plan for how it would like to adapt its next-generation 911 (NG911) services may not be the best approach.  According to Bell’s intervention, the...

Telus and Sogetel getting $38 million for high-speed connectivity projects

telecom | 05/03/2021 5:58 pm EDT

Telus Corp. and Sogetel Inc. are each getting millions to connect 2,850 houses in Quebec to high-speed internet by September 2022 for a total cost of $38 million, Innovation, Science and Economic...

ISED rejects request to delay 3500 MHz auction following MVNO decision

telecom | 04/29/2021 6:31 pm EDT

ISED rejects request to delay 3500 MHz auction following MVNO decisionInnovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne has rejected a call by the Competitive Network Operators of Canada (CNOC) and its member company Distributel Communications...

CRTC directs public disclosure of some Bell call blocking info

telecom | 04/28/2021 6:05 pm EDT

CRTC directs public disclosure of some Bell call blocking infoThe CRTC directed BCE Inc. to put on the public record responses to a...

CRTC to ‘let market forces operate’ in Bell-Iristel rate dispute

telecom | 03/21/2019 6:01 pm EDT

CRTC proposes code of conduct for ISPsBCE Inc. doesn’t have to implement a freeze on rates it charges Iristel Inc. while the CRTC decides how to settle a dispute between the two regarding the rates, the regulator said Thursday. In...

CRTC lifts 100 Mbps wholesale internet speed cap – for now

telecom | 03/21/2019 5:39 pm EDT

CRTC lifts 100 Mbps wholesale internet speed cap – for nowThe CRTC has quietly informed wholesale-based internet service providers...

TekSavvy to lobby feds on speed caps in disaggregated regime

telecom | 03/15/2019 5:14 pm EDT

TekSavvy releases quarterly transparency reportTekSavvy Solutions Inc. has hired a new consultant lobbyist to raise awareness on Parliament Hill about internet speed caps wrought by the disaggregated regime that small providers say will hinder their ability to compete. Kyle Larkin, a consultant at Impact Public...

CWTA tells panel review MVNOs would hurt investment, rural access

telecom | 03/11/2019 2:20 pm EDT

The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) took aim at mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in its submission to the ongoing review of Canada’s communications legislation....

Few internet giants weighed in to BTLR, submission list shows

telecom | 03/08/2019 4:13 pm EST

Few internet giants weighed in to BTLR, submission list showsThe panel in charge of reviewing the broadcasting and telecom acts received...

Freedom opening in Eastern Ontario markets

telecom | 03/08/2019 2:19 pm EST

Freedom opening in Eastern Ontario marketsShaw Communications Inc.’s mobile division is expanding to some Eastern Ontario markets as it continues...

Telus health app to offer video doctor appointments, AI advice

telecom | 03/05/2019 3:01 pm EST

Telus health app to offer video doctor appointments, AI adviceA new app launched by Telus Corp.’s health division will enable users to...

CRTC changes position on MVNOs, proposes mandated access

telecom | 02/28/2019 4:17 pm EST

CRTC changes position on MVNOs, proposes mandated accessThe CRTC has reversed its long-held position that mobile virtual network...

‘Competition’ definition key to impact of new CRTC directive: experts

telecom | 02/27/2019 6:08 pm EST

CRTC proposes code of conduct for ISPsThe new policy direction for the CRTC announced by the federal government...

Ottawa proposes new consumer-focused policy direction for CRTC

telecom | 02/26/2019 5:51 pm EST

Broadband price hikes ‘concerning’: BainsThe Liberal government is proposing a significant departure...

CACTUS asks BTLR for $150M community TV framework

Media | 02/22/2019 12:53 pm EST

CACTUS asks BTLR for $150M community TV frameworkA group representing the Canadian community TV sector is asking the panel reviewing the broadcasting and...

Huawei promises jobs, R&D investment in Canada

telecom | 02/21/2019 2:32 pm EST

Huawei to invest $2.5 million in UBC researchHuawei Technologies Co. Ltd. held a rare press conference in Toronto Thursday to promote new investments amid controversy over whether the federal government should ban the Chinese company’s equipment from Canada’s 5G networks. It would hire another 200 research and...

Telus says it can manage a Huawei 5G ban after warning of costs, delay

telecom | 02/14/2019 10:58 am EST

Huawei CFO’s arrest renews political criticisms about 5G accessThe head of Telus Corp. says the company would be able to “adeptly”...

Stick to hexagons for broadband fund, PIAC and telecoms tell CRTC

telecom | 02/13/2019 3:07 pm EST

Stick to hexagons for broadband fund, PIAC and telecoms tell CRTCAn application to relax eligibility requirements for the CRTC’s...

Odds of Huawei ban have increased in recent months: analyst

telecom | 02/05/2019 4:26 pm EST

Huawei to invest $2.5 million in UBC researchThe likelihood Canada will ban Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. equipment from...

ISPs can already resell incumbent internet to other providers, cablecos say

telecom | 02/04/2019 2:33 pm EST

Canada’s largest cable companies said they already have existing provisions that allow providers to buy and resell their services to other providers. Late last year, the CRTC asked the cablecos...

Doug Burnett named president and CEO of SaskTel

telecom | 01/29/2019 1:36 pm EST

Doug Burnett named president and CEO of SaskTelSaskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp.’s acting president and CEO has been named to the role on a permanent basis, the company said in a press release Tuesday. Doug Burnett replaced Ron Styles, who retired in 2017. Prior to that, Burnett was vice-president of...

Innovation, rural development ministers get new parlsecs

telecom | 01/29/2019 12:38 pm EST

Innovation, rural development ministers get new parlsecsQuebec MP Rémi Massé will replace David Lametti as the parliamentary...

US files charges against Huawei in two cases

telecom | 01/28/2019 6:49 pm EST

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a highly-anticipated criminal case against Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. Monday, issuing a spate of charges against the company, two affiliates and its chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou,...

Scott Bradley leaves Huawei

telecom | 01/11/2019 5:04 pm EST

Huawei to invest $2.5 million in UBC researchScott Bradley, vice-president of corporate affairs at Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.’s Canadian division, has left the company. Bradley had been with Huawei for eight...

44.5% of under-30 households don’t have TV: report

Media | 01/07/2019 5:41 pm EST

44.5% of under-30 households don’t have TV: reportA new report using data from Statistics Canada says 44.5 per cent of Canadian households headed by...

ARIN asks Parliament to require ISPs to maintain Whois info

telecom | 01/04/2019 6:21 pm EST

ARIN asks Parliament to require ISPs to maintain Whois infoThe organization responsible for allocating IP numbers to intermediaries in...

Top telecom and media stories to watch for in 2019

Media | 12/21/2018 5:46 pm EST

Top telecom and media stories to watch for in 2019As the new year begins, the months ahead promise a new spectrum auction, new CRTC announcements on...

More subscribing to basic service speeds, but availability unchanged

telecom | 12/21/2018 5:41 pm EST

More subscribing to basic service speeds, but availability unchangedCanadians are increasingly signing up for home internet services that meet...

Higher-speed internet plans more expensive in 2018: report

telecom | 12/21/2018 4:41 pm EST

Higher-speed internet plans more expensive in 2018: reportThe prices of higher-speed wireline internet plans increased last year, and...

Huawei 5G decision won’t be made based on politics: Trudeau

telecom | 12/19/2018 5:14 pm EST

Huawei 5G decision won’t be made based on politics: TrudeauPrime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will rely on expert advice and not pollute with politics its decision on whether to ban Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. from Canada’s 5G networks, comments that come amid domestic and international political pressure over the...

Bell must pay $433k in ‘ineligible’ tangible benefits

Media | 12/18/2018 3:20 pm EST

Bell warns about some Apple Watch 911 capabilitiesThe CRTC has dismissed an appeal by BCE Inc. and ordered it to pay...

Don’t give Corus tangible benefits exemption: CanCon groups

telecom | 12/11/2018 5:09 pm EST

Don’t give Corus tangible benefits exemption: CanCon groupsA proposal by Corus Entertainment Inc. to shut down 44 television...

Telecoms argue extending workplace safety to third-party locations ‘absurd’

telecom | 12/10/2018 3:14 pm EST

SCC sets Canadian jurisdiction in Facebook privacy caseOTTAWA -- Two of Canada’s largest telecoms and CBC/Radio-Canada told the Supreme Court on Monday that it’s “absurd” and “illogical” for a court to force them to ensure the safety of an...

Bar Association tells committee notice-and-notice falls short

Media | 12/04/2018 5:36 pm EST

OTTAWA — The Canadian Bar Association told MPs Monday Parliament should introduce a new regime to deal with online piracy in the Copyright Act because the current notice-and-notice regime is...

CRTC closes Novus condo access file

telecom | 11/30/2018 5:07 pm EST

The CRTC has closed a Part 1 file, once suspended, involving two parties embroiled in a condo access issue that emerged when the property owner allegedly didn’t answer a telecom’s calls to connect its services.   Novus Entertainment Inc. went to the CRTC earlier this year with a Part 1 claiming that real estate developer Ledingham McAllister was ignoring its requests to negotiate access to multi-dwelling units under construction in Vancouver. Novus said it needed access to compete against incumbent providers. But in April, Novus requested, and was granted, a suspension on the Part 1...

More consumer groups say they won’t participate in CRTC internet code proceeding

telecom | 11/30/2018 3:59 pm EST

More consumer groups say they won’t participate in CRTC internet code proceedingThe list of consumer groups that say they won’t take part in the CRTC’s...

Small ISPs welcome ISED consults for fifth tier spectrum licensing area

telecom | 11/29/2018 4:48 pm EST

Small ISPs welcome ISED consults for fifth tier spectrum licensing areaInnovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) has launched a...

Rogers beefing up wireless in Manitoba

telecom | 11/29/2018 4:15 pm EST

Rogers requests extension for Wireless Code changesRogers Communications Inc. is planting more cell towers in parts of Manitoba as wireless activity in the...

Shaw doubles internet speeds on highest tiers

telecom | 11/29/2018 3:38 pm EST

Plan comes together for TV subs boost in Shaw Q3: MehrExisting customers on Shaw Communications Inc.’s top internet packages, and new customers on those...

CRTC requests advice on broadband data, maps

telecom | 11/29/2018 3:09 pm EST

CRTC requests advice on broadband data, mapsThe CRTC is asking telecoms and satellite broadband providers for feedback on broadband maps and data...

VMedia now serving all provinces after Atlantic push

telecom | 11/29/2018 2:37 pm EST

VMedia Inc. recently launched its full suite of services in all four Atlantic Canada provinces, meaning it now operates in all 10 provinces. CEO George Burger confirmed that the company “started rolling out services as...

Bell could see $100M benefit from fed tax plan in 2019: analyst

telecom | 11/29/2018 2:21 pm EST

Bell warns about some Apple Watch 911 capabilitiesThe federal government’s recently-tabled tax strategy allowing telecoms...

1-in-10 say ISPs should play a role identifying ‘fake news’: survey

Media | 11/28/2018 2:21 pm EST

Photo via Pxhere showing laptop with fake newsThere’s a lack of consensus over who should help Canadians determine what...

Bell emphasizes original, ‘boots on the ground’ content for ethnic licence

telecom | 11/27/2018 8:35 pm EST

CRTC proposes code of conduct for ISPsGATINEAU, QUE. -- Seeking to differentiate itself from other applicants, BCE Inc. said it would not outsource, and commit to limit dubbing over, ethnic and third-language...

CRTC issues interim resolution in Iristel, Telus fight

telecom | 11/23/2018 4:46 pm EST

CRTC calls out Iristel, but says no new regs in traffic stimulation caseThe CRTC ordered Friday both Telus Corp. and Iristel Inc. to make interim...

Cogeco wants to put fibre cables in Ottawa River

telecom | 11/23/2018 3:05 pm EST

Cogeco wants to put fibre cables in Ottawa RiverPart of Cogeco Inc.’s plan to deliver gigabit internet service to its footprint is to put two fibre...

Cogeco expands gigabit to Quebec, Wi-Fi service in Ontario

telecom | 11/22/2018 4:56 pm EST

Cogeco reports higher revenues and profit in Q3Just as it did in Ontario, Cogeco Inc. is now expanding its gigabit...

Feds pledge faster fibre cost recovery for telecoms

telecom | 11/21/2018 6:00 pm EST

The federal government’s fall economic update includes a faster way for telecoms to recover a bigger portion of their investment costs in fibre deployment, which it hopes will spur broadband connectivity in rural areas. The...

Marie-Hélène Labrie new Cogeco SVP of communications

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

Marie-Hélène Labrie new Cogeco SVP of communicationsCogeco 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 Guimond, who Cogeco spokeswoman Nancy Bouffard confirmed is retiring from the position and Cogeco. Guimond was appointed to the position eight years ago and has held other roles at the company since 2005. “René wishes to devote more time to personal projects and will serve...

Feds put out call for mobile spectrum performance data

telecom | 11/15/2018 6:30 pm EST

The federal government is looking for a contractor to crowdsource measurements of mobile phone spectrum performance in Canada – results that could affect government licensing strategies. A new...

CRTC proposes code of conduct for ISPs

telecom | 11/09/2018 5:33 pm EST

CRTC proposes code of conduct for ISPsThe CRTC is asking for input on a draft version of a new code governing internet service providers (ISPs)...

Raj Shoan sues government, former CRTC chairman over firing

telecom | 11/09/2018 12:32 pm EST

Raj Shoan sues government, former CRTC chairman over firingFormer CRTC commissioner Raj Shoan has filed a lawsuit against the federal...

Helix to be ‘superior’ to Bell’s Fibe: Videotron CEO

telecom | 11/08/2018 5:48 pm EST

Helix to be ‘superior’ to Bell’s Fibe: Videotron CEOAs CEO Manon Brouillette wrapped up her last quarterly results with...

Bell hits Videotron with $100M infringement suit

telecom | 11/07/2018 12:35 pm EST

Bell hits Videotron with $100M infringement suitBCE Inc.’s Bell Media is suing Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron for copyright and trademark infringement...

Lack of infrastructure, bylaws challenges for remote connectivity

telecom | 11/05/2018 7:28 pm EST

Lack of infrastructure, bylaws challenges for remote connectivityTORONTO — Remote communities looking to build internet as an essential...

Xplore Mobile to launch with data rollover plans

telecom | 11/05/2018 4:58 pm EST

Xplornet to brand wireless service Xplore MobileManitoba customers of Xplornet Communications Inc.’s upcoming mobile service will be allowed to...

Bell posts subscriber gains, but wireless ARPU dips

telecom | 11/01/2018 5:42 pm EDT

Industry's hot streak in wireless continues with Bell's record Q1BCE Inc. reported its wireless average revenue per user (ARPU) dipped in its third quarter results...

Electrical utilities ask CRTC to become MVNOs

telecom | 10/31/2018 1:31 pm EDT

An organization representing Canada’s electricity providers has filed a Part 1 application with the CRTC asking for changes to wireless regulations it says are necessary for the roll out of smart electrical grids. The Canadian Electricity Association said the CRTC should allow utilities to become “private” mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) that would only provide service to themselves, and not to consumers. It’s an approach that’s been implemented in the Netherlands and is being considered by other countries, it noted. The application filed Tuesday said the smart grid...

Bell, Rogers defend sales practices to CRTC

telecom | 10/26/2018 8:00 pm EDT

Bell, Rogers defend sales practices to CRTCGATINEAU –– BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc. defended their sales tactics Friday after a week...

Rogers plans to advance Ignite at ‘thoughtful pace’ to replace legacy systems  

telecom | 10/19/2018 6:42 pm EDT

Rogers aims to improve churn, ‘reset’ enterprise divisionRogers Communications Inc. top brass say they expect to see enough...

Combine Heritage and ISED, move spectrum to CRTC: professor

telecom | 10/18/2018 2:16 pm EDT

Combine Heritage and ISED, move spectrum to CRTC: professorThe government should combine the Heritage and Innovation ministries, and...

Videotron losing its CEO as Brouillette announces departure

telecom | 10/16/2018 12:42 pm EDT

Former Videotron customers returning from Bell: BrouilletteManon Brouillette, who has been at the helm of Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron for the past five years, is leaving the company in what National Bank...

Iristel buys wireless operator specializing in remote areas

telecom | 10/12/2018 2:06 pm EDT

Iristel Inc. has acquired Télécommunications de l’Est (TDE), a small Quebec telecom that provides service to industries operating in remote areas with limited cellular service, such as forestry and mining. Iristel CEO Samer Bishay said in a press release Thursday that much of TDE’s infrastructure overlaps with that of I-Mobileca Inc., a small provider of machine-to-machine communications Iristel bought in May. Iristel said at the time it would use I-Mobileca’s spectrum in eastern Quebec and northern Ontario to launch wireless service in those areas. “Cellular connectivity has...

Bandwidth pressures a concern for indigenous ISPs

telecom | 10/11/2018 5:43 pm EDT

Bandwidth pressures a concern for indigenous ISPsInternet service providers (ISPs) in rural and remote communities are trying to keep up with the appetite...

TeraGo to start GTA 5G fixed wireless trial

telecom | 10/11/2018 3:10 pm EDT

TeraGo Inc. will repurpose spectrum it bought nearly a decade ago for a 5G fixed wireless trial in the Greater Toronto Area, the company said Thursday. It bought the 24 GHz spectrum in 2010, aiming to use it for a backhaul...

Canada joins allies in calling out Russian cyberattacks

telecom | 10/04/2018 5:11 pm EDT

Canada joins allies in calling out Russian cyberattacksThe Canadian government took part in a coordinated international effort...

Bibic named Bell COO

telecom | 10/04/2018 2:35 pm EDT

Bibic named Bell COOBCE Inc.’s head of regulatory, Mirko Bibic, has been named its new chief operating officer. Bell said in a press release Thursday that in his new role, Bibic will “lead...

Barclays predicts ‘smooth sailing’ at Telus after VP exit

telecom | 10/02/2018 6:03 pm EDT

Barclays predicts ‘smooth sailing’ at Telus after VP exitThe upcoming departure of Telus Corp.’s president of consumer and small...

Small ISPs ‘optimistic’ about CRTC broadband fund

telecom | 09/28/2018 4:58 pm EDT

A CRTC decision outlining how its $750 million fund for rural broadband will be administered “looks quite encouraging,” according to the president of the Canadian Network Operators’ Consortium (CNOC). Matt Stein said in a...

ITPA asks CRTC to reconsider ending voice subsidy

telecom | 09/28/2018 3:34 pm EDT

The Independent Telecommunications Providers Association (ITPA) has filed a review-and-vary application with the CRTC, asking the regulator to bring back its landline subsidy. When the commission announced its $750 million...

CRTC rural broadband fund speed targets draw criticism

telecom | 09/27/2018 5:51 pm EDT

The CRTC revealed Thursday the details of the $750 million rural broadband fund that’s been in the works for nearly two years, prompting criticism from some groups concerned about what they say are...

Telecom execs praise ‘healthier,’ ‘balanced’ regulatory environment

telecom | 09/26/2018 5:51 pm EDT

Representatives from BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc. described a favourable relationship with regulators at a CIBC investors conference Wednesday, where they also addressed competition between the largest telecoms. “It’s healthier in that there’s a desire for two-way dialogue with us and the regulator. Many years ago, with the previous government, we were frustrated that that dialogue didn’t exist and I believe it does today,” Bell chief financial officer Glen LeBlanc said...

Broadcast, telecom acts review panel kicks off consultation

telecom | 09/25/2018 5:31 pm EDT

Broadcast, telecom acts review panel kicks off consultationOTTAWA — The expert panel in charge of reviewing Canada’s...

Fewer phones than expected emergency alert compatible: official

telecom | 09/24/2018 5:48 pm EDT

Fewer phones than expected emergency alert compatible: officialOTTAWA — Those in charge of the wireless emergency alert system...

Feds paid $190,000 in late-fees to telecoms: documents

telecom | 09/21/2018 6:31 pm EDT

Security, data concerns drive two-phone phenomenon: Bell CEOThe federal government spent at least $190,600 on late-payment fees and...

Repurpose spectrum used for plane connectivity for mobile: Rogers

telecom | 09/21/2018 5:41 pm EDT

Repurpose spectrum used for plane connectivity for mobile: RogersInnovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) should change...

CSE defends network security as Tories press on Huawei concerns

telecom | 09/20/2018 8:51 pm EDT

OTTAWA -- Officials from Canada’s cyber-spy agency defended the security of Canada’s telecommunications systems and allowing Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd equipment to operate on them, as MPs pressed whether Canada should follow other Five Eyes allies and restrict the Chinese company’s technology. Communications Security Establishment (CSE) officials insisted Thursday afternoon that taking a "holistic" approach to ensuring security across “heterogeneous networks” is more important than the particular devices vendors are selling, comments that come amid an emerging political...

Small ISPs ask for new limits on infringement notices

telecom | 09/20/2018 2:26 pm EDT

Small ISPs ask for new limits on infringement noticesThe Canadian Network Operators’ Consortium (CNOC) told a House of Commons committee reviewing the Copyright Act that small internet service providers would like to see “some tweaking” to the notice-and-notice regime. That...

Senators asked to champion net neutrality in comms laws review

Media | 09/18/2018 6:38 pm EDT

Senators asked to champion net neutrality in comms laws reviewOTTAWA -- Lawmakers need to make net neutrality a major priority and...

Northwestel boosting speeds threefold in October

telecom | 09/17/2018 5:00 pm EDT

Northwestel boosting speeds threefold in OctoberBCE Inc.’s Northwestel says it will begin providing internet service at speeds three times as fast as...

Smart home profitability may be elusive for telecoms, Desjardins says

telecom | 09/17/2018 4:34 pm EDT

Global telecoms that have deployed internet of things (IoT) in the home are not seeing the desired profitability from their investments, suggesting those ventures in Canada may suffer a similar fate, according to a review by Desjardins Capital Markets. “While we expect Canadian telcos to be more vocal about the...

Class action filed against Facebook over Android metadata collection

Media | 09/17/2018 12:35 pm EDT

Twitter lobbying on online ads in wake of proposed elections billFacebook Inc. is facing another class action suit in Ontario over how it...

Ice Wireless can continue to roam until final decision

telecom | 07/07/2016 4:43 pm EDT

Sugar Mobile, an affiliate of Iristel Inc.-subsidiary Ice Wireless, can continue roaming on Rogers Communications Inc.’s network while the CRTC considers its final decision in a...

Privacy commish warns telecoms about transparency reporting, metadata

telecom | 06/09/2016 12:42 am EDT

TORONTO — Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien told a telecom industry audience Wednesday that companies should be prudent about the collection and use of metadata, and cautioned companies that...

Competition Bureau wants input on Bell-MTS deal

telecom | 05/10/2016 4:32 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau is asking for comment on BCE Inc.’s $3.9-billion bid to buy Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., it said in a press release Tuesday. It made a form available on its website that both consumers and...

ISED approves spectrum transfers

telecom | 04/22/2016 7:17 pm EDT

Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada has approved the transfer of 83 WCS spectrum licences from Xplornet Communications Inc. to Telus Corp. ISED said in a decision Thursday that though the transfer means there will be a “modest increase” in Telus’ commercial mobile spectrum holdings in those licence areas, “all existing service providers have had multiple opportunities to access additional spectrum in the licence areas and, along with future service providers, will have the opportunity to access spectrum in the coming years.” The decision added that given “the extent and diversity of holdings of competing wireless service providers within the affected licence areas, there will be a minimal impact on spectrum concentration.” In a separate decision also released Thursday, the...