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ISED releases results of residual spectrum band auction

telecom | 01/27/2023 4:19 pm EST

The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) has released the list of telecoms that have purchased spectrum in the most recent auction. The spectrum is in the 600 Mhz, 2500 Mhz and 3500 Mhz bands. BCE Inc.’s Bell Mobility Inc. won eight licences...

CRTC demands info on MVNO negotiation process

telecom | 01/27/2023 1:33 pm EST

The CRTC is asking a number of incumbent telecom companies to report back to the regulator with an update about the ongoing mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) negotiations.  In a letter sent to the incumbents on Wednesday, the CRTC wants to know: what regional carriers have made requests to begin...

ISED to begin consultations on drone use in spectrum bands

telecom | 01/25/2023 2:24 pm EST

The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) will...

SaskTel backs off plan to charge for email addresses after customer complaints

telecom | 01/23/2023 5:37 pm EST

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. has rapidly changed its mind...

CRTC calls for FM radio applications in Joliette, Que.

Media | 01/23/2023 3:06 pm EST

Monday the CRTC opened up the radio market in Joliette, Que., calling for...

Globalive seeks to become national carrier by buying Manitoba spectrum

telecom | 01/23/2023 2:59 pm EST

Frustrated in its attempt to buy Freedom Mobile back from Shaw...

Telecoms file briefs on service fees for radio equipment

telecom | 01/20/2023 4:26 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc. and Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. have filed comments with the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) over telecommunications and radio equipment service fees. The ministry asked for the briefs last month....

Sogetel given green light to offer services in Quebec towns

telecom | 01/18/2023 7:34 pm EST

Tuesday, the CRTC gave Sogetel Inc. the okay to begin offering its services...

ISED releases space and earth station fee schedule

telecom | 01/18/2023 4:26 pm EST

The department of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development last week unveiled the schedule for the...

Ten-digit dialing comes to New Brunswick

telecom | 01/18/2023 1:42 pm EST

Starting Friday, callers across New Brunswick will have to begin using 10-digit dialing, and will have to...

CRTC awards Mennonite group FM station in Alberta

Media | 01/17/2023 5:20 pm EST

The CRTC Tuesday approved a proposal for an FM station serving La Crete, Alta. Two years ago the...

London Ont. to get commercial ethnic radio station

Media | 01/16/2023 4:09 pm EST

Monday the CRTC approved an application by Malayalam Commercial Radio Inc. for a low-power commercial...

CRTC lifts telecom ban on Lixo Toronto property

telecom | 01/13/2023 3:08 pm EST

The CRTC has lifted a prohibition on service to a Toronto multi-dwelling unit (MDU) owned by Lixo...

Online Streaming Act will modernize broadcast laws: CRTC commissioner

Media | 01/12/2023 3:49 pm EST

Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act, is a necessary tool to update...

TekSavvy calls on government to disallow Rogers-Shaw merger

telecom | 01/10/2023 3:23 pm EST

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. is calling on the Minister of Innovation François-Philippe Champagne to block the proposed takeover of Shaw Communications Inc. by Rogers Communications Inc. In a Tuesday...

CRTC finds former Quebec-based wireless ISP in violation for failure to participate in CCTS

telecom | 01/10/2023 2:48 pm EST

A wireless internet service provider serving Outaouais, Que., was found to have contravened the Telecommunications Act by failing to become a participant in the Commission for Complaints for...

Bell and Snapchat launch Raptors immersive experience 

Media | 01/06/2023 2:59 pm EST

BCE Inc. announced Friday that the company was partnering with Snap Inc....

BC 911 agency produces list of non-essential calls

telecom | 01/05/2023 4:31 pm EST

E-Comm, the agency which administers British Columbia’s 911 service has issued its top 10 unnecessary calls for 2022. It handled over two million calls last year, an increase of 1.8 per cent from the year before. “Nuisance...

CRTC approves interim rates for Rogers 1.5 Gbps aggregated TPIA service speed

telecom | 01/04/2023 4:54 pm EST

The CRTC approved, on an interim basis, a monthly rate of $49.06 for Rogers...

Quebec court orders Videotron reconnections

telecom | 12/22/2022 3:42 pm EST

The Superior Court of Quebec has ordered Quebecor Inc.'s Videotron to connect a number of different...

Competition Bureau undercuts its own case, National Bank analyst maintains

Media | 12/21/2022 3:25 pm EST

As spectators await the release of a decision in the takeover of Shaw Communications Inc. by Rogers Communications Inc. from the Competition Tribunal, one industry analyst is...

Federal government invests $31 million in Nova Scotia broadband

telecom | 12/19/2022 4:02 pm EST

The Canadian government announced Monday that it is investing up to $31...

Feds continue rollout of connectivity, Quebec achieves universality

telecom | 12/16/2022 1:20 pm EST

The federal government’s Innovation Science and Economic Development...

Ministers vow to monitor American proposals on TikTok

Media | 12/15/2022 2:03 pm EST

The ministers most responsible for telecom and broadcasting policy in Canada are pledging to follow...

CRTC approves CAV funding, contribution levels, for 2022 and 2023

telecom | 12/15/2022 1:41 pm EST

The CRTC Thursday approved a revenue-per cent charge of 0.46 per cent to...

Mendicino, Champagne, will appear before INDU in response to RCMP contract tied to China

telecom | 12/12/2022 5:27 pm EST

The House of Commons Industry committee has summoned Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino to appear before the committee for a study regarding an RCMP contract awarded to...

Supreme Court refuses to hear Iristel appeal

telecom | 12/08/2022 10:27 am EST

The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday dismissed an appeal in the case of Iristel Inc. v. Telus...

CRTC to hold hearings on radio station proposals

Media | 12/05/2022 3:57 pm EST

The CRTC announced Monday that it will hold proceedings in February to consider six applications before...

Tbaytel seek delay in implementation of 10-digit dialing

telecom | 12/02/2022 2:58 pm EST

A municipally-owned Thunder Bay , Ont., telecommunications company is...

BC sues Telus Health over extra billing allegations

telecom | 12/02/2022 12:56 pm EST

The government of British Columbia is suing Telus Corp.'s Telus Health, claiming that doctors who sign up for its LifePlus program are refusing to see patients unless the patients also sign up for the program. That constitutes extra billing, which is forbidden, the province...

Bell accuses Videotron of not paying 911 fees

telecom | 12/01/2022 4:55 pm EST

BCE Inc. subsidiary Bell Canada is accusing Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron division of reneging on its...

Keep CanCon requirements for Rogers community radio, FRPC tells CRTC

telecom | 12/01/2022 9:35 am EST

The Forum for Research and Policy in Communications (FRPC) told the...

CRTC officially releases its third call for Broadband Fund applications

telecom | 11/30/2022 5:12 pm EST

The CRTC is now accepting applications for eligible transport...

CRTC imposes AMPs on Net2Web and its director

telecom | 11/28/2022 5:07 pm EST

The CRTC is fining telecommunications service provider Net2Web Inc. an administrative monetary penalty...

On 5G, Canadians eager in theory and slow in practice: Ericsson survey

telecom | 11/25/2022 4:42 pm EST

Canadians are eager to upgrade to 5G services in theory, but are slow to put it into practice, according to a new national survey released by Ericsson AB. The polling was done...

Senate won’t define discoverability in Online Streaming Act definitions

Media | 11/24/2022 5:11 pm EST

Supporters and opponents of the Online Streaming Act alike have their eyes...

CRTC fines Quebec chimney sweep company 

telecom | 11/24/2022 4:35 pm EST

The CRTC imposed an administrative monetary penalty of $24,927 on a Quebec-based chimney sweep company...

Hockey broadcasters win fresh site-blocking order

telecom | 11/23/2022 7:43 am EST

The start of another hockey season brings another federal court site-blocking order for a trio of telecom...

Fixed-wireless providers unfairly excluded from ISED funding plans: CanWISP

telecom | 11/22/2022 9:33 am EST

CanWISP, the trade organization that represents fixed wireless and rural...

CRTC reports fewer spam complaints in bi-annual report

Media | 11/17/2022 1:14 pm EST

Canadians have been sending slightly fewer complaints per week to the Spam...

Gov. seeking comments in review of Competition Act

Media | 11/17/2022 11:14 am EST

Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne announced Thursday that the government is seeking...

CRTC extends deadline in Quebecor advertising application 

Media | 11/15/2022 5:14 pm EST

The CRTC has extended the deadline for interventions on a consultation...

Feds rollout $2.6 million in broadband in Alberta First Nations community

telecom | 11/11/2022 12:14 pm EST

Thursday the federal government announced it was rolling out $2.6 million in broadband infrastructure in the Tsuut'ina indigenous community in Alberta. This will provide up to...

Supreme Court declines to hear three telecom appeals

telecom | 11/10/2022 4:17 pm EST

In a series of rulings issued on Thursday morning, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed appeals in three...

CRTC directing numbering administrator to set aside 5 area codes for future use

telecom | 11/08/2022 5:41 pm EST

The CRTC is directing the Canadian Numbering Administrator (CNA) to set...

CIK Telecom files more Part 1s over access to buildings

telecom | 11/07/2022 4:03 pm EST

CIK Telecom Inc. has filed three more Part 1 applications with the CRTC,...

Telus posts 10 per cent revenue increase in Q3

Media | 11/04/2022 4:33 pm EDT

Telus Corp. reported a 9.9 per cent increase in its overall revenues for the three months that ended on Sep. 30, jumping to $4.67 billion from $4.25 billion this time last year, while the companies profit for the quarter was up 53.9 per cent to $551 million from $358 million...

CRTC hosts international counterparts to fight scams

telecom | 11/01/2022 4:40 pm EDT

The CRTC hosted an in-person meeting with its counterparts in Australia, Ireland, Hong Kong and the...

Feds invest $15 million to further EXFO’s 5G development

telecom | 10/31/2022 2:57 pm EDT

The federal government has granted EXFO Inc. $15.9 million for 5G...

UPDATED: Senators want incoming CRTC chair to testify about C-11

Media | 10/27/2022 5:41 pm EDT

Hopes that the government’s Online Streaming Act would receive quick...

PIAC wins partial victory as CRTC extends basic skinny proceeding

Media | 10/27/2022 3:11 pm EDT

The CRTC announced Thursday it was extending the deadline for interventions...

Iristel loses appeal over tax assessment

Media | 10/26/2022 2:15 pm EDT

Iris Technologies Inc. had its appeal to prevent the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) from collecting tax...

Telecom sector surpasses 2020 investments and GDP, workforce, contributions: Report

telecom | 10/25/2022 2:02 pm EDT

Canada’s telecommunications sector contributed $4.3 billion more in...

CRTC delays Telus credit card ruling until later this fall

telecom | 10/18/2022 5:28 pm EDT

The CRTC has missed a deadline for ruling if Telus Corp. can impose a 1.5 per cent service charge on customers who pay with credit cards. The telecom applied for the measure back in August. “Commission staff is continuing its analysis of this application,” the...

Nova Scotia warns telecoms to be ready in case of emergencies

telecom | 10/14/2022 5:02 pm EDT

Thursday the Nova Scotia government tabled amendments to two laws which it...

CRTC’s Scott comments on Marouf controversy, vows to review costs awards

Media | 10/13/2022 4:20 pm EDT

CRTC chair Ian Scott issued a statement on Thursday over the controversy...

PIAC attacks CRTC procedure on skinny TV price hike application

telecom | 10/13/2022 2:38 pm EDT

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC)  has criticized the CRTC’s...

SaskTel expands 5G service

telecom | 10/11/2022 4:59 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. is expanding its 5G services to the area around Moose Jaw in the province, the telecom announced Tuesday.  The service will be available by the end of March, 2023, the company stated in a press release.  “I’m extremely pleased with the tremendous progress SaskTel has made since first launching their 5G network last December,” said Don Morgan, the minister responsible for SaskTel. According to the release, the expansion is part of SaskTel's $1.5 billion five-year...

CRTC seeking comment about removal of advertising limits

Media | 10/06/2022 2:14 pm EDT

The CRTC is seeking comments on whether or not it should allow Quebecor...

Pandemic has altered cybersecurity landscape: CIRA survey

telecom | 10/05/2022 4:29 pm EDT

Just over half of IT security professionals feel their organization in more...

Fraud on the rise: RCMP; Data, enforcement needed for telecoms: anti-SIM swap advocate

telecom | 10/03/2022 5:22 pm EDT

In 2021, the RCMP detected a 130 per cent increase...

CRTC orders proceeding into Rogers BDU dispute

telecom | 10/03/2022 4:51 pm EDT

A long-simmering dispute between Rogers Communications Inc. and Toronto developer Lixo Developments Ltd....

Four telecoms seek increase in basic TV service price, CRTC seeks comments

telecom | 09/28/2022 5:19 pm EDT

Four telecom companies are asking the CRTC to increase the price of basic...

CRTC issues best practices for 911 use by multi-line telephone systems

telecom | 09/26/2022 5:12 pm EDT

The CRTC has approved the recommendations of the Emergency Services Working...

Privacy watchdogs call for better health data practices 

telecom | 09/21/2022 4:41 pm EDT

Canadian federal, provincial, and territorial privacy commissioners are...

Bell introduces gigabit 8.0 in areas of Toronto

telecom | 09/20/2022 3:02 pm EDT

BCE Inc. is introducing a new speed tier to its North American customers and subsequently filed a new tariff notification with the CRTC to reflect the changes. Bell Fibe gigabit 8.0 was made available to customers earlier this month and offers symmetrical download and...

ISED rejects transfer of Xplore licence to Telus

telecom | 09/19/2022 7:22 am EDT

The department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)  denied an application by...

Xplornet rebranding to Xplore as it plans to expand rural footprint  

telecom | 09/13/2022 5:11 pm EDT

Xplornet Communications Inc.  is rebranding to Xplore Inc. “to better...

Rogers wants more details on how Québecor-Freedom deal allegedly harms competition

Media | 09/09/2022 5:02 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. wants competition commissioner Matthew Boswell...

Telus’ credit card fee proposal violates Telecommunications Act: PIAC

telecom | 09/08/2022 4:55 pm EDT

Telus Corp.'s plan to introduce a 1.5 per cent surcharge for new and...

CRTC to arbitrate Rogers dispute over Family Channel

Media | 09/08/2022 4:50 pm EDT

In a Sept. 6 letter, the CRTC has accepted a request from Rogers Communications Inc. for final offer arbitration (FOA) with WildBrain Ltd. over carriage of the Family Channel and its subsidiary Family Jr. In a redacted letter to both parties, the commission said it had...

Broadcasting arbitrator divides free-time broadcasts among federal parties

Media | 09/06/2022 5:25 pm EDT

Broadcasting arbitrator Monica Song has released the schedule for free-time...

Federal government, BC announce $1.9m in broadband rollout

telecom | 09/06/2022 4:59 pm EDT

The Canadian government has partnered with the government of British...

CRTC approves CISC working group report on location technology

telecom | 09/02/2022 5:06 pm EDT

Friday the CRTC approved a report from the CRTC Interconnection Steering...

Rogers buys itself one-year extension with bondholders to close Shaw deal

telecom | 09/01/2022 5:12 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. has more time to close its acquisition deal with...

CNOC displeased with Rogers’ secrecy in outage

telecom | 08/31/2022 4:58 pm EDT

The Competitive Network Operators of Canada (CNOC) is calling on the CRTC to force Rogers Communications...

Bell tries again to stop Videotron’s ‘permanent roaming’

telecom | 08/30/2022 4:56 pm EDT

BCE Inc. has filed a review and vary application seeking to overturn a May...

Rogers disclosure on outage, CRTC process not good enough: PIAC

telecom | 08/26/2022 4:57 pm EDT

Again dissatisfied with the redactions in Rogers Communications Inc.'s...

CRTC launches new consultation website

Media | 08/25/2022 5:23 pm EDT

CRTC Thursday launched a website where Canadians can participate in a newly designed, streamlined version...

Rogers answers CRTC request for information on July outage

telecom | 08/24/2022 5:44 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. filed a second response to a confidential Aug. 5 letter from the CRTC, requesting more information on the July network outage. The heavily redacted response was received Monday and posted to the commission website this week. “During the July...

CRTC puts out request for information on wholesale wireless 

telecom | 08/24/2022 5:30 pm EDT

The CRTC has issued a request for information from the incumbent wireless...

CRTC investigating Northwestel outage in Nunavut

telecom | 08/22/2022 2:52 pm EDT

The CRTC is once again dealing with a service outage from a major carrier, in this case BCE Inc. property...

Feds, province roll out broadband in southwestern Ontario

telecom | 08/19/2022 4:57 pm EDT

The federal government and the government of Ontario have each pledged...

PIAC calls for suspension of Telus credit card charge application 

telecom | 08/18/2022 5:15 pm EDT

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the National Pensioners Federation...

Comp. Bureau’s silence on anti-competitive complaint allowing abuse of dominance to persist: TekSavvy

telecom | 08/17/2022 6:13 pm EDT

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. has told the Competition Bureau that market dominance in the telecommunications industry will continue to persist because it has “taken no action”...

Feds give $675k for UWaterloo cybersecurity project

telecom | 08/16/2022 5:03 pm EDT

The federal government Tuesday announced $675,000 in funding for a University of Waterloo-based project...

Google loses patent infringement case against smart-speaker company 

telecom | 08/16/2022 5:03 pm EDT

The Federal Court dismissed Alphabet Inc.’s Google patent infringement...

Bell MTS continues to experience outages in Manitoba

telecom | 08/16/2022 4:59 pm EDT

BCE Inc. property Bell MTS had an outage on Monday that cut off internet and television services to...

Quebecor inks agreement to buy Shaw’s Freedom Mobile

telecom | 08/12/2022 4:33 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc., Rogers Communications Inc., and Shaw Communications Inc....

CRTC seeks to confirm Rogers-Shaw deal on cable lines

telecom | 08/12/2022 2:30 pm EDT

The CRTC is asking Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. to confirm that they have...

ISED auctioning off 42 licences left up for grabs

telecom | 08/11/2022 5:28 pm EDT

The department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) is auctioning off 42 spectrum...

OneSoccer demands carriage on Rogers

telecom | 08/10/2022 4:22 pm EDT

An independent soccer channel is petitioning the CRTC to force Rogers Communications Inc. to carry its...

Telus posts big profits on strength of customer additions

telecom | 08/05/2022 5:24 pm EDT

Telus Corp.’s profits shot up by almost 45 per cent after it reported its best second quarter on record for mobile and fixed customer additions. Telus’ profits soared to $498 million from the $344 million it reported in the same period last year, the company reported...