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Novus wants CRTC to pause access complaint

telecom | 04/08/2021 5:13 pm EDT

Novus Entertainment Inc., which is fighting for access to a multi-dwelling unit in Coquitlam, British Columbia, has asked the CRTC to pause its application against the developer while they exchange information and negotiate. The Vancouver-based internet provider filed a complaint with the CRTC earlier this year asking for help gaining access to the building as it claimed the developer’s representatives indicated they were satisfied with the services offered by Shaw Communications Inc. and Telus Corp.  “The comfort and satisfaction of the developer with its arrangements have no...

Broadband project in rural Manitoba getting $260 million

telecom | 03/26/2021 3:00 pm EDT

The federal government’s Canada Infrastructure Bank and DIF Capital Partners have signed an agreement in principle to spend $130 million each to increase rural broadband connectivity through the Southern Manitoba Fibre project.  The federal fund announced the project in a Friday release and said up to 49,000 underserved households will be connected with dedicated fibre-to-the-home in rural areas of Manitoba.  The project involves 2,550 kilometres of fibreoptic cabling, including last-mile infrastructure with underground fibre cables and networking equipment. Valley Fiber Limited will...

Comp. Bureau signs consent agreement with WESCO over pole line hardware merger

telecom | 08/07/2020 12:48 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau has reached a consent agreement with electronics distribution and services company WESCO International Inc., which will see the company divest its utility and datacom businesses...

Fibre company Beanfield acquired

telecom | 11/13/2019 3:55 pm EST

U.S.-based investment company Digital Colony has made another major purchase of Canadian telecom-owned assets this year, announcing on Wednesday the acquisition of fibre internet provider Beanfield Technologies Inc. ...

Wholesale-based ISPs at a ‘critical’ crossroads: CNOC’s Stein

telecom | 11/05/2019 3:22 pm EST

TORONTO — Smaller, wholesale-based internet service providers may be...

Videotron eliminates gigabit internet service

telecom | 10/15/2019 5:29 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron has shut down its 1 Gbps internet service, effective Oct. 11. The move...

Telecoms discussing CRTC wholesale rate appeal: Videotron chief

Media | 08/28/2019 4:23 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron is in talks with other telecom companies about potentially appealing the CRTC’s new rates for wholesale internet service, CEO Jean-François Pruneau told The Wire Report. “We’re in discussions currently with our industry counterparts. The...

Feds put $151 million toward new fibre cable for Nunavut

telecom | 08/19/2019 3:19 pm EDT

The federal government is spending $151 million to lay some 1,700...

Cloudwifi says Bell court appeal request ‘premature’

telecom | 08/09/2019 6:14 pm EDT

CloudWifi Inc. has asked the federal court of appeal to dismiss a motion...

CRTC suspends post-CloudWiFi proceeding deadlines

telecom | 07/19/2019 1:42 pm EDT

The CRTC has suspended the deadlines it set for BCE Inc. to file tariffs on access to its fibre wire inside buildings and for other carriers to file interventions in a related proceeding. In a June decision, the regulator...

Gov’t denies SWIFT request to amend CRTC broadband fund

telecom | 07/15/2019 12:15 pm EDT

The federal government has declined an application by SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc. asking for changes to the CRTC’s rural broadband fund. SWIFT -- a non-profit organization that...

IPTV coming by December, Cogeco says

Media | 07/11/2019 4:21 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. will launch its new IPTV service in its entire Canadian footprint by the end of the calendar...

ISED officials frustrated with competing MB fibre project, emails show

telecom | 07/05/2019 5:32 pm EDT

The federal government approved spending on a fibre project in Manitoba...

Iristel complains to CRTC about Bell rate increases

telecom | 01/04/2019 12:44 pm EST

Iristel Inc. says BCE Inc. has put in place “massive and unprecedented rate increases” for access to some of its infrastructure and is asking the CRTC to intervene. According to a Part 1 application filed with the CRTC in...

ISPs can resell wholesale service to other providers: CRTC

telecom | 12/11/2018 5:59 pm EST

The CRTC has sided with a small telecom that was reselling wholesale...

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

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

The federal government’s recently-tabled tax strategy allowing telecoms to deduct taxes at a higher rate more quickly on assets may benefit BCE Inc. to the tune of $100 million in 2019, according to analyst Adam Shine of National Bank. The Accelerated Investment...

Cogeco wants to put fibre cables in Ottawa River

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

Part of Cogeco Inc.’s plan to deliver gigabit internet service to its footprint is to put two fibre...

Alberta court rules city bylaw lacks jurisdiction over telecom builds

telecom | 10/22/2018 5:00 pm EDT

Canada’s major telecoms have succeeded in getting an Alberta court to rule that a municipal access bylaw in Calgary can’t regulate the building of telecommunications networks.   Until 2014,...

CRTC to decide if mandated access to inside wire applies to fibre

telecom | 09/07/2018 3:31 pm EDT

A small internet service provider (ISP) is asking the CRTC to order BCE...

Fibre connections coming to Quebec’s far north

telecom | 08/22/2018 5:39 pm EDT

With $125.2 million in funds from the Connect to Innovate program and the Quebec government, the Kativik...

Bell targeting more rural markets with fixed wireless expansion

telecom | 08/02/2018 4:58 pm EDT

BCE Inc. will grow its presence in the fixed wireless space to 30 additional rural communities after a successful trial earlier this year, CEO George Cope said Thursday in a call with analysts. “We ran a unique wireless trial in some markets, leveraging our footprint in...

New network quality rules will mean more fibre, Canadian IXPs: experts

telecom | 07/17/2018 12:12 pm EDT

To meet the CRTC’s basic service standard, internet service providers (ISPs) must provide a service with a latency of 50 milliseconds (ms) between a customer’s modem and an internet exchange point...

SWIFT opens first project for bids

telecom | 07/13/2018 2:47 pm EDT

The SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc.(SWIFT) project launched its first request for...

Bell awarded SuperNet contract, to buy Axia in Alberta

telecom | 07/04/2018 10:32 am EDT

BCE Inc. will take over the operation of the entire SuperNet network in...

ISED funding 777-km fibre line in Northern Canada

telecom | 06/21/2018 2:34 pm EDT

Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) is putting $30 million from its Connect to Innovate program toward a 777 kilometre-long fibre cable that will improve internet connectivity for residents in Yukon, the Northwest...

Bains mum on if telecom concerns led to Aecon takeover denial

telecom | 05/24/2018 5:01 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains wouldn’t say Thursday...

Bell fibre build moves to Oshawa, Ont.

telecom | 04/24/2018 2:29 pm EDT

Oshawa, Ont. will be the next target for BCE Inc.’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network buildout, the...

No slow-down for increases in data usage: telecoms

telecom | 03/23/2018 5:18 pm EDT

Executives from Rogers Communications Inc. and Telus Corp. don’t see demand for wireless data slowing down, they told an investors conference earlier this week. “We’re still seeing significant data growth in the wireless...

Fibre backbone, last mile projects in rural B.C. getting $38M in funding

telecom | 03/14/2018 12:57 pm EDT

Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada announced an additional $38 million of funding for rural broadband in British Columbia in a release on Tuesday. The funding is on top of...

Bell, Huawei test 5G tech for fixed wireless in rural Ontario

telecom | 02/27/2018 3:50 pm EST

BCE Inc. and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. have successfully tested fixed wireless technology that uses Huawei's 5G tech in rural parts of Southwestern Ontario, according to a Tuesday press release. The trials were done in the Ontario communities of Orangeville, Feversham and Bethany using Huawei’s 5G technology in the 3.5 GHz and 28 GHz spectrum bands. That technology includes massive multiple-in multiple-out (MIMO) antenna systems with eight-branch transmit and eight-branch receive technology (8T8R). The tests involved a service the press release called "wireless to the home" that...

Bell offering steep discounts for Toronto condo dwellers: analyst

telecom | 02/26/2018 3:40 pm EST

BCE Inc. is advertising unusually low-priced promotional offers in downtown...

Bell buys regional telecom Maskatel

telecom | 01/15/2018 12:38 pm EST

BCE Inc. kicked off the new year by acquiring Quebec telecom Groupe Maskatel LP, furthering its fibre...

Hamilton eyeing fiber infrastructure along LRT

telecom | 11/24/2017 4:25 pm EST

A motion to investigate the prospect of installing fiber infrastructure simultaneously with its light rail construction, was passed by Hamilton city council on Wednesday, according to documents from the city council. The...

Government launches Smart Cities challenge in select cities

telecom | 11/24/2017 2:17 pm EST

The federal government officially kicked off its Smart Cities Challenge...

FCC grants access to U.S. market for Telesat LEO satellite service

telecom | 11/07/2017 5:46 pm EST

Telesat Holdings Inc. will be allowed to offer internet service based on its low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites in the United States market, the company said in a press release...

Facilities ownership key to competition, ISP conference hears

telecom | 11/06/2017 7:37 pm EST

TORONTO — Owning fibre facilities is the primary way to drive...

Connect to Innovate allocates another $4M for Northern Ontario

telecom | 10/10/2017 6:16 pm EDT

Six Northern Ontario communities will receive $4.03 million under the federal government’s Connect to Innovate fund, according to a Tuesday press release. BCE Inc. will be the main recipient of...

Bell ‘heartened’ by CRTC chair statements, CEO says

telecom | 09/27/2017 5:09 pm EDT

BCE Inc.’s top man George Cope said the company likes new CRTC head Ian Scott’s approach to balancing consumer and business interests....

N. America to be fast 5G adopter: GSMA

telecom | 09/14/2017 3:48 pm EDT

North American adoption of 5G will be as swift as 4G adoption, with about 100 million 5G connections...

Axia rolling out gigabit service in rural Alberta

telecom | 09/06/2017 11:39 am EDT

Rural Albertans will have access to gigabit internet following an upgrade by Axia NetMedia Corp., the...

Small ISPs welcome rollout of disaggregated wholesale regime

telecom | 08/29/2017 6:17 pm EDT

The CRTC kickstarted the industry’s move to a disaggregated wholesale...

Northwestel applications for fee deregulation denied

telecom | 08/25/2017 3:30 pm EDT

Two applications by Northwestel Inc. asking the CRTC to exempt two services from regulation in the area...

Canadian fibre connections grow to 10 per cent: OECD

telecom | 07/07/2017 1:54 pm EDT

The increase in Canadian fibre broadband subscriptions slowed in 2016, slipping to ninth in growth among 35 Organization for Co-operation and Economic Development (OECD) countries. According to December 2016 numbers released...

Cogeco expands 1GB service

telecom | 06/13/2017 5:46 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. has launched its 1GB Internet service in Quebec for the first time, making gigabit speeds available in Trois-Rivières. It said in a press release Tuesday that it would “continue expanding its ultra-high speed offering in successive phases in the Ontario and Québec markets where it provides services.” The Trois-Rivières launch is the first expansion of the service since Cogeco began offering 1GB speeds in Oakville and Burlington, Ont. last November, spokesman Gabriel Beauséjour said in an email....

New exchange point launched for research, education

telecom | 06/01/2017 1:28 pm EDT

Montreal will be home to what’s being touted as the country’s first global exchange point for research and education, Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network (CANARIE) announced Wednesday. In a press release,...

Cable no substitute in wholesale service gap areas: CNOC

telecom | 05/19/2017 4:46 pm EDT

The presence of cable infrastructure in locations where there is no telco option for wholesale Internet service is not a sufficient alternative, small Internet service providers (ISPS) are arguing in...

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,...

CNOC asks for CRTC action on growing wholesale wireline ‘service gaps’

telecom | 03/30/2017 8:54 pm EDT

As large Internet Service Providers (ISPs) push on with the build of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks, small providers say they are encountering an increasing number of areas where they have no...

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 release Thursday that it has further plans for expansion later this year. Hydro One Telecom’s fibre network offers high-speed data networking services to “data centre operators, tenants, cloud providers and companies who want to access the services that are provided within these data centres,” the release said. "We are investing in our network to address the growth of data traffic driven by analytics, mobile devices, big data and the Internet of Things," Hydro One Telecom president and CEO Paul Madore said.  In the release, Madore added that Hydro One is also introducing a...

Bell’s scale advantage widening after MTS deal: Barclays

Media | 03/21/2017 4:18 pm EDT

The acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. expands the scale at which BCE Inc. operates, which is “becoming one of its most important competitive advantages,”...

Are provinces filling the federal broadband strategy gap?

telecom | 03/17/2017 6:57 pm EDT

Nova Scotia may not be formulating its provincial broadband plan as a direct response to federal inaction, but that doesn’t mean the provincial government isn’t acting out of a need to...

Canadian fibre could be up for grabs if Zayo sold: analyst

telecom | 03/02/2017 9:45 pm EST

An American acquisition could create an opening in the Canadian fibre market, according to Desjardins Capital Markets. In a Thursday note, analyst Maher Yaghi highlighted the recent...

Mandating co-location would be a barrier to competition: CNOC

telecom | 01/24/2017 9:57 pm EST

An application by BCE Inc. asking the CRTC not to require the implementation of meet-me points through which smaller companies could connect to the telco’s network, if granted, would...

Two rural Ontario areas receive $2.53M to improve connectivity

telecom | 01/23/2017 10:19 pm EST

The federal and Ontario governments are making available $2.53 million in funding to improve Internet service in two areas of the province, the federal government announced in a press release Monday....

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...

Bell asks CRTC to reconsider aspects of disaggregated regime

telecom | 12/08/2016 9:28 pm EST

BCE Inc. is asking the CRTC to hold off on requiring the company to build new infrastructure as part of the regulator’s new disaggregated wholesale wireline regime, something small Internet...

Rogers ordered to keep serving new TekSavvy customers on FTTP

telecom | 11/09/2016 9:15 pm EST

The CRTC has told Rogers Communications Inc. it has to keep providing wholesale service for new customers of TekSavvy Solutions Inc. in a building with fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP)...

Google halting fibre rollout amid changes

telecom | 10/26/2016 4:47 pm EDT

Alphabet Inc. announced it will pause its fibre rollout to potential cities amid changes that have claimed its broadband division’s CEO.  Craig Barratt, CEO of Google Access, announced on the company’s fibre blog Tuesday that Google is undergoing changes to “refine our approaches” and will be pausing the rollout to additional cities. He said work will continue where they’ve already launched fibre or where it’s still under construction.  At least eight cities in the United States were slated as potential fibre cities, according to...

FTTH access plan ‘consistent’ but ‘disappointing’: indie ISPs

telecom | 09/20/2016 9:52 pm EDT

The CRTC has missed an opportunity to foster innovation among telecom competitors as it moves forward in the implementation of mandated wholesale access by smaller Internet service providers (ISPs) to...

Bell, MTS announce post-merger plans for Churchill, Man.

telecom | 08/29/2016 7:26 pm EDT

Gigabit-speed Internet will be introduced to Northern Manitoba under a BCE Inc.-owned Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., the companies announced Monday. The improvement in Churchill,...

Ontario fibre project gets federal-provincial boost

telecom | 07/26/2016 8:29 pm EDT

The federal and Ontario governments are investing up to $180 million into a new fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network designed to connect about 300 southwestern Ontario communities to high-speed Internet, officials announced Tuesday,...

Axia looks south for fibre expansion

telecom | 06/21/2016 5:36 pm EDT

Axia NetMedia Corp. said it is looking to see if there is enough interest in the United States to extend its fibre network south. The Calgary-based company said in a Monday press release that it’s gathering...

Arctic Fibre sold to American partner

telecom | 05/20/2016 3:16 pm EDT

Arctic Fibre Inc., a Canadian company deploying fibre-optic cable in the North, has been purchased by its Alaskan affiliate. Quintillion Subsea Holdings LLC, which provides wholesale capacity to the telecommunications industry, announced the acquisition of Arctic Fibre’s assets in a Wednesday press release, “as part of a plan to build a submarine fibre optic cable from Asia to Europe with the first phase in Alaska.” According to Arctic Fibre’s website, the company was established in 2009 “to explore deploying a fibre optic...

Cogeco Connexion expanding FTTH network in Quebec

telecom | 05/10/2016 3:54 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. said Friday it is investing about $250,000 to expand its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to residents in Quebec’s Orford Township. The expansion will serve “several homes in the...

SaskTel upgrades networks in northeast

telecom | 04/25/2016 9:41 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. said in a press release Monday it plans to complete, by the end of June, a three-year, $30-million project to rebuild the backhaul network in the northeastern part of the...

Basic service should include wholesale rates: TekSavvy

Media | 04/11/2016 10:12 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — On the first day of the CRTC’s hearing on what basic telecom services should be available to all Canadians, small ISP TekSavvy Solutions Inc. asked the CRTC to...

Videotron buys Fibrenoire

Media | 01/07/2016 6:45 pm EST

Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron announced Thursday it has acquired Fibrenoire, a company that provides fibre-optic connectivity services to businesses, for $125 million. It said in a press release that acquiring the company would help “meet the growing demand from business customers for...

Bell’s claim FTTH investment at risk is ‘fear-mongering’: CNOC

telecom | 01/05/2016 9:48 pm EST

Small Internet service providers (ISPs) are asking the government to reject an appeal, filed by BCE Inc., of a CRTC decision that mandated access by smaller competitors to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH)...

Toronto telecom provider seeks condo access

telecom | 01/04/2016 9:07 pm EST

Beanfield Technologies Inc., an independent provider of fibre-based Internet, TV and phone services in Toronto, is asking the CRTC to help it gain access to one of the few condominium buildings it isn't already connected to in...

CRTC denies TekSavvy relief in Toronto wholesale issue

Media | 12/15/2015 9:02 pm EST

The CRTC has denied TekSavvy Solutions Inc.'s request for interim relief in a situation where Rogers Communications Inc. is slated to replace some legacy cable in a Toronto neighbourhood with...

Relevance trumps affordability in reasons to forgo Internet: Ipsos

telecom | 12/11/2015 8:54 pm EST

Newly released survey results show that almost 10 per cent of Canadians still do not have Internet access at home, and more people cite its relevance to their personal lives than affordability as a...

B.C. community temporarily without Internet service

telecom | 12/02/2015 7:03 pm EST

Onewayout.net Society, the only Internet service provider in Stewart, B.C., has shut down its services as it awaits the provision of new connections, courtesy of Telus Corp. and another small British Columbia-based ISP. In a notice posted on the company’s website, Onewayout said: “Onewayout.net has made the decision to discontinue internet service on or before November 30, 2015. It is not our intention to stand in the way of progress. We wish to thank all our customers for your patronage over the last twenty plus years.” The notice indicated that fibre infrastructure is now...

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...

SaskTel expands fibre-to-the-home

telecom | 11/27/2015 4:45 pm EST

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. announced Friday it will be deploying its InfiNet fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in residential areas of two cities in Saskatchewan by next year. SaskTel said in a press release...

FTTH to cover 90% of Bell footprint in 10 years: Cope

Media | 11/12/2015 8:10 pm EST

BCE Inc. will cover about 90 per cent of its wireline footprint with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) in a little less or a little more than a decade, though the issue of whether smaller Internet service providers will get mandated access...

Huawei, Telus to create 5G lab in Vancouver

Media | 11/06/2015 2:42 pm EST

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. said Friday that it has partnered with Telus Corp. to create a lab to help develop 5G technology. It said in a press release that the project, called the 5G Living Lab, will design, test and deploy...

Primus to lobby against Bell’s FTTH access appeal

telecom | 10/28/2015 4:37 pm EDT

Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc. was set to make its case against BCE Inc.’s appeal of the CRTC’s wholesale wireline decision to officials with Industry Canada on Thursday. Michael Nowlan, CEO of the independent phone and Internet service provider, said in a phone interview that “the entire competitive industry has to be looking into saying, ‘we have to respond,’ so we do need to get our points of view across within Ottawa.” “Having a pathway to access to this fibre-to-the-home is absolutely integral to the future viability of the competitive...

Eastlink to launch gigabit Internet

telecom | 10/14/2015 3:08 pm EDT

Eastlink said Wednesday that it will begin offering Internet service with gigabit speeds to its residential customers in Halifax next month. The move follows similar launches by companies including Rogers Communications Inc., BCE...

NDP promises review of IoT privacy issues

Media | 10/13/2015 8:56 pm EDT

In full election platforms released last week, the NDP is promising to implement changes to Canadian privacy law and look into Internet of Things (IoT) privacy, the Conservatives are pledging funding for rural broadband and...

Bell Aliant launches Gigabit Internet in Atlantic

telecom | 09/29/2015 3:35 pm EDT

BCE Inc.’s Bell Aliant announced Tuesday it has enhanced its FibreOP Internet service for Atlantic Canada by increasing download speeds up to 1 Gbps. Bell Aliant said in a press release that the service, called Gigabit...

Axia to build fibre Internet in rural Alberta

telecom | 09/28/2015 2:16 pm EDT

Axia NetMedia Corp. announced last week it is building fibre-optic Internet connections in additional rural communities in Alberta, which will be operational next year. It said in a press release Thursday that construction is...

U.S. city launches 10-gigabit service

telecom | 09/04/2015 7:10 pm EDT

Fibrant, a telecom company owned and operated by the City of Salisbury in North Carolina, and Calix Inc., a telecom equipment provider, announced this week that Salisbury, N.C., has become first city in the United States to get...

Harper promises $200M for fibre-based rural Internet

telecom | 08/27/2015 1:35 pm EDT

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Wednesday that, if re-elected, he will put another $200 million into fibre-based infrastructure for rural and remote locations currently lacking high-speed Internet. “Quite simply, there...

White House announces program to bring broadband to poor

telecom | 07/15/2015 5:05 pm EDT

The office of U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a program to bring broadband Internet to 275,000 low-income households across the country, in partnership with local governments and...

Fibre Internet customers more satisfied, says market study

Media | 06/24/2015 7:22 pm EDT

The proportion of Canadians connected to the Internet by fibre is rising and these people are more satisfied with their Internet service than others, according to market research data released...

Telus to expand fibre network in Edmonton

telecom | 06/22/2015 1:59 pm EDT

Telus Corp. said Friday it will be expanding its fibre-optic network in Edmonton to connect directly to more than 90 per cent of homes and businesses in the city over the next six years. The company said in a press release that it will invest $1 billion to expand the network to create better social and economic opportunities. Darren Entwistle, executive chairman of Telus, said in the release that the expansion will connect homes, hospitals, clinics, doctors, pharmacists, businesses, schools, libraries and municipal governments to the network. “Indeed, with less than 10 per cent of...

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,...

CRTC should not mandate access to FTTH: report

telecom | 05/06/2015 5:28 pm EDT

The CRTC should not give small Internet service providers the right to buy wholesale space on fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks, a new report from the Montreal Economic Institute says. A report released Thursday, written by...

Chinese fibre optics company sets up shop in Vancouver

telecom | 05/01/2015 6:26 pm EDT

A subsidiary of a Chinese fibre-optics company said Friday it has established Vancouver as its North American headquarters. F-Pacific, a division of China Fiber Optic Network System Group Ltd., had...

SaskTel brings fibre to Swift Current

telecom | 04/21/2015 4:07 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. said Tuesday that it has officially launched its fibre-to-the-home Internet service in Swift Current, Sask. SaskTel said in a press release that some customers have already been...

Small Toronto ISP to provide fibre link for Pan Am athletes

telecom | 04/20/2015 8:10 pm EDT

Athletes from across two continents competing in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto this summer will be able to connect with family and friends back home via high-speed fibre Internet connections provided by Beanfield Technologies Inc. The company, the official communications services supplier for the games, has a fibre network in downtown Toronto that links commercial and residential buildings all along the waterfront to the Internet at speeds of 100 Mbps and more. In June 2011, Beanfield won the contract for connecting the Waterfront Toronto development, including condominiums and...

Rogers condo connection could be cut off without Bell access

telecom | 04/16/2015 4:05 pm EDT

The CRTC said Thursday that unless a developer provides BCE Inc. "timely access" to a Toronto condominium building about to accept new occupants, the other service providers that have been...

New business gigabit-Internet service launched in Vancouver

telecom | 04/16/2015 3:05 pm EDT

Urban Communications Inc. said Thursday it has launched its gigabit Internet connections for business customers in Vancouver. The company, which also offers 1 Gbps residential service, said in a...

Telus to invest $4 billion in B.C. through 2018

telecom | 04/15/2015 2:21 pm EDT

Telus Corp. said Wednesday it will spend $4 billion on infrastructure and facilities in its home province of British Columbia over the next four years, including $1 billion this year. The company said in a press release that the...

SaskTel plans $313M in capital spending this year

telecom | 04/10/2015 6:14 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. said Thursday it plans to make about $313 million in capital expenditures in its home province this year, including $177 million on what it calls its "core Saskatchewan...

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...

Small ISPs take the lead on gigabit Internet in Canada

telecom | 03/23/2015 9:04 pm EDT

Small Internet service providers are taking the lead on providing gigabit Internet service in Canada, in contrast to the United States where Internet giant Google Inc. is pioneering efforts to bring...

ISP claims first residential gigabit service in Canada

telecom | 03/19/2015 3:53 pm EDT

Urban Communications Inc. said Thursday it has launched the first gigabit Internet service for Canadian residential users. The company said in a news release the service will cost $49 a month for...

Telus announces $100M for fibre connections in B.C.

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

Telus Corp. is spending $100 million to provide access to a fibre optic network to 90 per cent of the homes and businesses in the British Columbia communities of Kelowna and West Kelowna, it said Tuesday. It said in a press...

Bell launches restart feature for Fibe TV customers

Media | 02/02/2015 3:45 pm EST

BCE Inc. announced Monday that the latest upgrade to the software for its Fibe TV service adds the ability to rewind and restart programs already in progress. The new Restart feature, which functions even if a user has not previously chosen to record a show, works on “thousands of shows,” the company said in a news release. Bell claims this is the first time such a service has been available in Canada. The update also includes a redesigned menu and channel guide, the company said, and will be automatically delivered to customers’ set-top boxes starting Monday.  ...