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Bell selling 25 data centres for $1.04 billion

telecom | 06/01/2020 5:28 pm EDT

BCE Inc. is selling 25 data centres located at 13 sites to California-based Equinix Inc for $1.04 billion, the company announced Monday.  "Our strategic redeployment of capital further underscores Bell's commitment to champion customer experience by leading investment in communications networks and services, especially as Canada manages and recovers from the COVID-19 crisis," Bell CEO Mirko Bibic said in the release.  The transaction is all cash, according to the release.  As part of the deal,  Bell Business Markets will become Equinix's Canadian partner, and Bell's business...

Gov’t criticized by tech companies on cloud strategy for sensitive data

telecom | 04/03/2019 1:17 pm EDT

In the lead-up to a meeting with Amazon.com Inc., the government was informed that it was facing criticism for its handling of its cloud-first policy for sensitive data....

Cogeco selling Peer 1 data centre business for $720M

telecom | 02/27/2019 3:29 pm EST

Cogeco Communications Inc. says it’s inked a deal to sell its Cogeco Peer 1 cloud services business for $720 million. The data centre business is being sold to affiliates of the Los Angeles-based investment firm Digital...

Videotron selling data centre business

telecom | 12/19/2018 1:01 pm EST

Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron is selling its data centre business, 4Degrees Colocation, for $259 million, with the proceeds likely going to fund future spectrum purchases, analysts say. The telecom announced Tuesday that it...

Amazon releases online video production suite

Media | 11/27/2017 6:49 pm EST

Amazon.com Inc. announced multiple pieces of Amazon Web Service-based (AWS) video publishing software,...

Distributel’s TNW buy part of wider expansion plans: CEO

telecom | 10/11/2017 6:19 pm EDT

Distributel Communications Ltd. is acquiring “selected assets” of a...

Canadian cities interested in hosting 2nd Amazon HQ

Media | 09/07/2017 4:54 pm EDT

Amazon.com Inc. issued a request for proposals Thursday for North American cities interested in hosting its second headquarters, and some of Canada’s biggest cities are planning to throw their hat into the ring. Amazon said in a press release that the second...

200 to join Amazon’s Toronto office

telecom | 06/21/2017 12:27 pm EDT

Amazon.com Inc. is poised to expand its Canadian workforce by 200 positions, the Ontario government...

Nitin Kawale leaves Rogers

telecom | 05/05/2017 3:15 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc.’s Nitin Kawale is leaving his position as president of the company’s enterprise business division. “Nitin Kawale has decided to move on from Rogers and focus on his philanthropic and community activities,” Sarah Schmidt, Rogers’ director of...

Shaw looking to sell ViaWest: report

telecom | 05/01/2017 7:31 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. wants to sell its ViaWest data centre division, according to a Reuters report, a move analysts had been predicting would help it focus on its wireless business. Shaw bought the...

Ontario court bars FBI from handling Canadian data in piracy case

Media | 04/03/2017 8:43 pm EDT

Ontario’s highest court has reversed an order by a lower court to allow a U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation team to investigate and prepare a report on seized data in a copyright infringement...

Hydro One expands fibre network

telecom | 03/24/2017 6:50 pm EDT

Hydro One Telecom Inc. — a subsidiary of Ontario electricity provider Hydro One Networks Inc. — has expanded its fibre network to connect to 30 data centres in Ontario and Quebec. It said in a press...

NAFTA renegotiation could affect privacy rules on Canadian data: Geist

Media | 03/22/2017 5:24 pm EDT

The upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) could include pressure to change rules requiring some information to stay in Canada, University of Ottawa law professor...

Google bringing cloud services to Canada

telecom | 03/10/2017 4:50 pm EST

Alphabet Inc. said Thursday it is expanding its cloud platform reach by launching its first Canadian data service in Montreal. The Cloud Platform “consists of a set of physical assets, such as computers and...

SaskTel opens Saskatoon data centre

telecom | 01/26/2017 9:00 pm EST

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holdings Corp. said Thursday that its newest data centre is now operational. The 24,000-square-foot Tier III facility, first announced in 2015, “significantly...

Cogeco shifting data centre strategy due to Amazon, Microsoft: Audet

Media | 01/12/2017 9:56 pm EST

MONTREAL — Moves by Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. into the Canadian data centre business won’t compete directly with Cogeco Inc., which is changing its data centre strategy by focusing on a different type of client, CEO Louis Audet told reporters Thursday. In response to a question about how Cogeco would compete given the opening of a data centre by Amazon in Montreal in December and Microsoft’s opening of centres in Toronto...

Amazon expands cloud services in Canada

telecom | 12/09/2016 7:00 pm EST

Amazon.com Inc. has expanded its data centre services into Canada with the introduction of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Montreal. It is the first AWS in Canada, joining four other regions in North America (in Northern Virginia,...

CenturyLink buys Level 3 for $34B US

telecom | 10/31/2016 7:31 pm EDT

CenturyLink Inc. said Monday it is buying Level 3 Communications Inc. in a deal valued at approximately $34 billion US. “The combined company will have the ability to offer CenturyLink's larger...

Bell buys Q9 amidst increasing data centre competition: analysts

telecom | 08/08/2016 9:16 pm EDT

BCE Inc. announced Monday it is buying out its fellow investors in Q9 Networks Inc., a data centre operator in which it currently holds a 35.4-per-cent stake, in a move that analysts...

Rogers launches new cloud storage service

telecom | 07/07/2016 8:01 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. has introduced a new data cloud storage service for businesses, the company said in a press release Thursday. The Rogers Public Cloud “gives customers access to computing and storage space in...

Bell partners with IBM to expand cloud services

telecom | 02/08/2016 7:53 pm EST

BCE Inc. announced Monday it is partnering with IBM Corp. in order to expand its cloud computing services. It said in a press release that the partnership will give Bell Business Cloud customers access to the IBM Cloud “via a secure, high-speed private connection from Bell.” The release added that “IBM is equipped with one of the highest performing cloud infrastructures available to offer organizations speed, power, and flexibility, while delivering a high degree of customization, transparency, predictability, and automation.”...

MTS completes sale of Allstream to Zayo

Media | 01/15/2016 2:29 pm EST

Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. announced Friday it has completed the sale of Allstream, its business communication division, to Boulder, Colo.-based Zayo Group Holdings Inc. MTS said in a news release that the deal, announced in...

Telus launches new cloud services for businesses

telecom | 12/03/2015 2:52 pm EST

Telus Corp. announced Thursday it has expanded its cloud services to offer Canadian businesses a suite of managed infrastructure as service solutions that include private and public cloud offerings, as well as a hybrid of the two....

Rogers acquires Internetworking Atlantic

Media | 12/01/2015 3:38 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc. announced Tuesday it has acquired Internetworking Atlantic Inc., a Halifax based communications technology company that offers a range of IT products and solutions to government agencies, institutions...

Forbes downplays potential MTS selloff after Allstream deal

telecom | 11/23/2015 9:38 pm EST

Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. CEO Jay Forbes on Monday downplayed the likelihood that the whole company could be sold in the wake of a deal to unload its business communications division, Allstream....

Cloud traffic to surge in coming years: Cisco

Media | 10/30/2015 8:21 pm EDT

Global cloud traffic will be four times higher than what it was in 2014 by 2019, Cisco Systems Inc. said this week, rising to 8.6 zettabytes from 2.1 zettabytes. Cisco said in a press release Wednesday that its fifth annual...

Tony Ciciretto stepping down from Cogeco Peer 1

Media | 10/28/2015 8:46 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. announced Wednesday that Tony Ciciretto, CEO of its business unit Cogeco Peer 1, will be stepping down and replaced by chief technology and strategy officer Philippe Jette. “It is with regret that we are...

Cogeco renames subsidiary to Cogeco Peer 1

telecom | 10/19/2015 3:27 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. announced Monday that its combined subsidiaries Cogeco Data Services and Peer 1 will be renamed Cogeco Peer 1. It said in the release that combining the two subsidiaries will help grow Cogeco’s enterprise...

Almost half of small businesses use cloud services: survey

Media | 10/07/2015 3:17 pm EDT

A newly released survey shows 46 per cent of Canadian small businesses polled are using cloud-based services, and most of those that do are seeing benefits. Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc. said...

SaskTel to construct data centre in Saskatoon

Media | 10/05/2015 5:15 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holdings Corp. announced Monday it has started construction of a new data centre in Saskatoon. It said in the press release that the data entre has met the Tier III certification requirements from the Uptime Institute, which requires maintainable electrical and mechanical components and multiple independent distribution paths to power IT equipment within the site’s architecture. “These are the world-class facilities that are outfitted with cutting-edge technology to deliver services with the security, availability and assurance that business...

Cogeco opens Montreal-area data centre

telecom | 09/18/2015 4:53 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc. said Friday it has officially opened a new 100,000-square-foot data centre in Kirkland, Que., just west of Montreal. The data centre, which the company announced earlier this year, is the first in Canada to bill...

Videotron to build $40M data centre

telecom | 09/16/2015 7:12 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron announced Wednesday it is spending $40 million to build a data centre in Montreal. Videotron said in the release this will be the only facility located in Technoparc Montreal that is built...

MTS opens data centre

telecom | 09/14/2015 4:47 pm EDT

Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. announced Monday it has opened a new $53-million data centre in Winnipeg. MTS’ CEO Jay Forbes said in the press release that the data centre offers reliable, secure and flexible IT solutions to customers that are trying to grow their business. “This is...

Shaw announces new data centre for Calgary

telecom | 07/16/2015 3:22 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. on Thursday announced that it will have a new "state-of-the-art" data centre in Calgary that will begin operations this fall. It said in a press release the 40,000-square-foot facility will...

Cisco to buy cloud security company OpenDNS

Media | 06/30/2015 2:22 pm EDT

Cisco Systems Inc. announced Tuesday it is planning to acquire OpenDNS, a security systems company with offices in San Francisco and Vancouver.   Cisco said in a press release that it will buy the company for $635 million US and use the aquisition to provide security for the expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT), which in Canada is expected to have an annual growth of 18 per cent and generate $6.5 billion revenue in 2018, with The Wire Report recently reporting on the growth and expansion of the IoT space. It said in the release that OpenDNS’ security will be on a...

Bell Aliant opens new data centre in N.B.

Media | 06/08/2015 6:19 pm EDT

BCE Inc.’s Bell Aliant announced Monday that its new data centre in Saint John, N.B. is now fully functional and open for business. The new $25 million data centre met the Tier III certification from the Uptime Institute,...

Telus to invest $2.1 billion in Ontario

telecom | 04/21/2015 2:01 pm EDT

Telus Corp. announced Tuesday that it will spend $2.1 billion in Ontario by the end of 2018, the latest in a series of funding announcements from the company. The money will go toward new infrastructure and facilities, including...

Telus to make $4.2B investment in Alberta

telecom | 04/07/2015 3:22 pm EDT

Telus Corp. said Monday it will spend $4.2 billion on infrastructure and facilities in Alberta between now and the end of 2018, including $1 billion in the current year. The company said in a press release that, when combined...

IBM to build IoT division

Media | 04/01/2015 3:27 pm EDT

International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. said Tuesday it will invest $3 billion US over the next four years to establish an Internet of Things (IoT) unit. It said in a press release it will use its cloud-based platform to help business clients better integrate data from IoT devices and other...

HP opens new security centre in Ontario

telecom | 03/26/2015 4:03 pm EDT

Hewlett-Packard Co. announced Thursday that it has opened a new security operations centre in Mississauga, Ont., to help businesses defend themselves from security threats. The centre provides “security management...

TeraGo to buy RackForce Networks

telecom | 03/19/2015 3:28 pm EDT

Data solutions provider TeraGo Inc. said Thursday it has reached an agreement to buy RackForce Networks Inc. for $33 million in cash and shares. The acquisition “establishes TeraGo as a leading provider of enterprise class...

IBM opens cloud centre near Montreal

telecom | 03/10/2015 1:51 pm EDT

International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. announced on Tuesday the opening of a new cloud centre in Drummondville, Que., near Montreal. IBM said in a press release it is part of a $1.2-billion US effort to expand its global...

Apple to spend billions on European data centres

Media | 02/23/2015 5:09 pm EST

Apple Inc. said Monday it will spend 1.7 billion euros ($2.4 billion Cdn) on two data centres in Europe that are expected to be operational in 2017. The company said in a press release the facilities will each be 166,000 square...

Cogeco lays off 20 data service workers in Toronto

telecom | 02/19/2015 7:32 pm EST

Cogeco Cable Inc.'s data services division has cut about 20 jobs in Toronto, the company said Thursday. Cogeco Data Services spokeswoman Shawna Abbott said in an email that the cuts were made Wednesday "to increase efficiencies and streamline internal processes." She added that the business "continues to experience positive growth," and referenced an announcement last week about a new data centre planned for Montreal and added that a facility in Barrie, Ont., just north of Toronto, is slated to expand. "[Cogeco Data Services] will continue to grow its...

Q9 Networks launching new support services for data centres

Media | 02/12/2015 3:44 pm EST

Q9 Networks Inc. said Thursday it is launching a new support option for its data centre customers that includes hardware installation and management for the full life cycle of customers’ servers...

Cogeco launching Montreal data centre in spring

telecom | 02/10/2015 5:01 pm EST

Cogeco Cable Inc. said Tuesday it expects to open a new 100,000 square foot data centre in Montreal in the spring. The facility is designed to meet Tier 3 standards, the company said in a release, and will serve customers in...

Telus buys stake in Quebec IT and consulting company

telecom | 01/28/2015 3:30 pm EST

Telus Corp. said Wednesday it has purchased a 20 per cent share in and formed a partnership with a Quebec City-based IT and consulting service. Telus said in a press release it is teaming up with Alithya, which according to...

Many businesses unprepared for cyber threats: Cisco

telecom | 12/02/2014 4:50 pm EST

A large proportion of Canadian businesses are unprepared for cyber threats, Cisco Systems Inc. said Tuesday, particularly as new processes emerge with growth in mobile and cloud-based technology. Cisco said in a press release...

Karen Sheriff to lead Q9 Networks

telecom | 11/25/2014 3:27 pm EST

Q9 Network Inc., a Toronto-based provider of data centre services, said Tuesday that Bell Aliant CEO Karen Sheriff would become its president and CEO as of Jan. 5. Sheriff has been CEO of Bell Aliant since 2008. She is slated to leave the company by the end of this year, following the buyout from controlling shareholder BCE Inc., the closure of which was announced on Nov. 3. ...

Telus announces 2 new cloud products

Media | 11/17/2014 4:30 pm EST

Telus Corp. on Monday announced two new products it said can help businesses take advantage of cloud computing. One is called Cloud Collaboration, which Telus said in a press release is a suite of cloud-based communications...

Bell, Cogeco execs say enterprise market weak

telecom | 11/12/2014 9:42 pm EST

Executives from two of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies told the crowd at the Scotiabank Telecom & Cable 2015 Conference on Wednesday that the business of selling services to businesses is challenging their...

Ottawa networking centre granted $11.7M

telecom | 08/25/2014 6:35 pm EDT

Industry Canada on Monday included an Ottawa-based centre dedicated to developing cutting-edge network technology as one of five new recipients for funding over the next five years. The department sent a link by email for the...

Internet infrastructure approaching limits of capacity

telecom | 08/22/2014 7:49 pm EDT

The size of the Internet is becoming a challenge for the hardware that supports it and there could be some hiccups in service in the coming months as a result, according to experts. Jim Cowie, chief...

Software-defined networking market to boom: IDC

telecom | 08/20/2014 7:36 pm EDT

The market for software-defined networks will multiply in the coming years, according to a new forecast from International Data Corp. The research company said in a press release Wednesday that the worldwide market value for...

Shaw buys U.S. data centre company for $1.2B

telecom | 07/31/2014 5:32 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. said in a press release Thursday it will acquire 100 per cent of  Colorado-based data centre provider ViaWest Inc. for $1.2 billion.   Shaw said ViaWest, which will operate as a Shaw...

IoT spending to almost quadruple by 2018: report

telecom | 07/15/2014 6:27 pm EDT

Spending on Internet of Things (IoT) technology in Canada in 2018 will be almost four times what it was last year, according to a new report from International Data Corp. The report, commissioned by Telus Corp., said spending on...

Cogeco to provide telecom services to Laurentian Bank

telecom | 07/15/2014 6:15 pm EDT

Cogeco Cable Inc.’s data services subsidiary will manage Laurentian Bank’s “corporate telecommunications program,” the company said in a press release Tuesday. Michel Racine, vice-president of real estate...

Cisco top recipient of government funding last year: Globe

telecom | 07/04/2014 6:08 pm EDT

The Canadian arm of Cisco Systems Inc. received the most government funding in Canada of any company last year, according to a list published by the Globe and Mail. The rankings published on the Globe's website Thursday showed Cisco received $220 million in funding. That was more than four times the $49 million the second-ranked company, aerospace component maker Héroux Devtek Inc., received, according to the list. The chart gave "expansion" as the reason for Cisco's funding. The amount of Cisco's funding, $220 million, was exactly the same as that Cisco and the...

Cisco commits $150 million to Canadian innovation

Media | 06/19/2014 5:56 pm EDT

Cisco Systems Inc. on Thursday announced it would put $150 million toward innovation and technology development in Canada over the next 10 years. The U.S. technology giant said in press release it was establishing the Cisco...

Cisco says it’s building world’s biggest ‘Intercloud’

telecom | 03/24/2014 2:35 pm EDT

Cisco Systems Inc. said Monday it is teaming with a number of partners to build what it called “the world’s largest global Intercloud,” which is a network of clouds. Among the...

Data centres a natural evolution for telecoms

telecom | 03/21/2014 8:59 pm EDT

Consumers and businesses alike have been storing increasing amounts of data in the cloud in recent years, a movement that has precipitated the building of a growing number of secure, air-conditioned, server-filled...

Root plans $20M data centre for Montreal

telecom | 03/11/2014 5:52 pm EDT

Root Data Center is opening a $20-million data centre in Montreal that it claims will offer the world’s best prices for colocation server leasing and cloud services. Root CEO Jason van Gaal said in a press release Tuesday...

Rogers opens data centre in Calgary

telecom | 02/26/2014 6:35 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc. opened an 85,000 square foot data centre in Calgary Wednesday. The centre is in “close enough proximity to Calgary city limits to be used as a primary corporate data centre for that market, and far enough out to be used as a disaster recovery site,” the company said in a release Wednesday. The facility will be Rogers’ flagship data centre and is its 15th centre in Canada, Rogers said. “The new facility builds on [Rogers'] 2013 investment of $700 million in Alberta and acquisition of Pivot Data Centres...

Bell Aliant opening New Brunswick data centre

telecom | 02/11/2014 9:39 pm EST

Bell Aliant Inc. is opening a new $25-million data centre in Saint John, N.B., the company said in a press release Tuesday. The company, in which BCE Inc. has 44 per cent stake, said that over the last five years, it has invested...

Telus opens $75M data centre in B.C.

telecom | 01/31/2014 7:32 pm EST

Telus Corp. on Friday said it has opened a new Internet data centre in Kamloops, B.C., which will serve as “the foundation” for the company’s “next-generation cloud computing services for thousands of...

Savvis renamed CenturyLink Technology Solutions

Media | 01/21/2014 7:44 pm EST

CenturyLink Inc. said Tuesday it has changed the name of its data-hosting division from Savvis to CenturyLink Technology Solutions. CenturyLink, a telecommunications firm based in Monroe, La., in November announced a Savvis data...

Eastlink opens Nova Scotia data centre

telecom | 01/20/2014 7:48 pm EST

Eastlink has opened a data centre in Sambro, N.S., the company said in a release Monday. Eastlink (owned by Bragg Communications Inc.) said the Pennant Point Data Centre is currently operational and serving customers in Atlantic...

MTS building data centre

telecom | 12/18/2013 8:13 pm EST

Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. is building a $50-million data centre, the company said Wednesday. MTS said it expects the facility, which is designed for multiple businesses, to open in 2015. “Our business customers are increasingly using cloud computing to store and process ever-expanding...