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CRTC orders some incumbent disclosure to CNOC in disaggregated regime consultation 

Media | 08/13/2021 11:13 am EDT

In a dispute between a trade organization representing wholesale-based internet service providers (ISPs) and facilities-based ISPs over the amount of information the latter...

CRTC hears differing pitches to fix lagging disaggregated regime

telecom | 10/13/2020 6:04 pm EDT

In order to make its disaggregated wholesale regime work, the CRTC should reintroduce a level of aggregation to cut down on the amount wholesale-based providers would have to spend to connect, the Competitive Network Operators of Canada (CNOC) told the CRTC.  Under the...

CRTC considering changes to disaggregated wholesale regime

telecom | 06/11/2020 5:47 pm EDT

Five years after it announced a move to a new system for wholesale internet...

CRTC orders Bell to sign agreement with CloudWifi

telecom | 03/26/2020 5:22 pm EDT

The CRTC has ordered BCE Inc. to sign an agreement that would allow CloudWifi Inc. to progress its application to become a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC), finding Bell’s continued refusal to do so is “unnecessarily...

Telecoms deadlocked ahead of 5G rollout: analyst

telecom | 01/10/2020 5:32 pm EST

No major wireless provider stands out as most likely to benefit from Canada’s looming 5G network rollout, despite two players’ extensive combined wireline footline placing them on the “front foot”, RBC Capital Markets...

CloudWifi says other small ISPs need access to in-building fibre

telecom | 01/09/2020 1:49 pm EST

CloudWifi Inc. has gone to bat for other small internet service providers...

CloudWifi decision stands, but other ISPs must wait for access

telecom | 12/17/2019 1:54 pm EST

In an ongoing dispute between BCE Inc. and CloudWifi Inc. over whether Internet service providers like CloudWifi should have access to Bell’s wiring in multi-dwelling units, the CRTC Monday upheld the principle of its decision from June, but acquiesced to part of Bell’s...

Incumbent reaction to wholesale rates warning shot for fibre, conference hears

telecom | 11/06/2019 9:13 pm EST

TORONTO — The aggressive way incumbent telecom companies reacted to the...

Bell turns to Federal Court of Appeal over CloudWiFi decision

telecom | 07/23/2019 5:12 pm EDT

BCE Inc. is asking for leave to appeal the CRTC’s June decision granting CloudWifi Inc. competitor access to Bell’s service wires in multi-dwelling units (MDUs). That decision allowed internet...

Telus appealing CRTC speed cap relief

telecom | 04/18/2019 5:00 pm EDT

Telus Corp. is going to court over the CRTC’s decision last month to grant smaller internet providers a...

‘Many’ ISPs could shut down due to wholesale regime: CNOC

telecom | 01/17/2019 4:34 pm EST

Small, wholesale-based internet service providers could be forced out of...

Bell posts subscriber gains, but wireless ARPU dips

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

BCE Inc. reported its wireless average revenue per user (ARPU) dipped in its third quarter results...

Shaw proposes banning third-party door-to-door sales

telecom | 10/26/2018 12:10 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. is proposing a ban on third-party door-to-door sales to curb aggressive and...

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,...

Bandwidth pressures a concern for indigenous ISPs

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

Internet service providers (ISPs) in rural and remote communities are trying to keep up with the appetite...

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...

TekSavvy FTTP facilities construction underway

telecom | 07/24/2018 5:26 pm EDT

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. will invest up to $26 million over a year and a half to build out an open access...

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...

Bell celebrates Toronto FTTH build, eyes higher speeds

telecom | 04/05/2018 6:59 pm EDT

As BCE Inc. celebrates the completion of the majority of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) build out in Toronto on Thursday, it’s already making plans to exceed the network speeds officially unveiled...

CNOC denied ‘transitional’ access to FTTP under disaggregated regime

telecom | 02/02/2018 5:01 pm EST

In a decision on Friday, the CRTC ruled that the Canadian Network Operators Consortium’s (CNOC) application for transitional access to fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) facilities belonging to large...

TekSavvy offering near 1 GB speeds

telecom | 01/29/2018 2:25 pm EST

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. has become the “first independent Canadian telecom service provider” to offer near-gigabit speeds, it said in a press release Monday. It’s offering download speeds of up to 940 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 50 Mbps starting at $139.95 per...

Distributel teams up with Eeyou network on northern Quebec service

telecom | 01/17/2018 4:01 pm EST

A Cree-owned non-profit will partner with Distributel Communications Ltd....

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...

Disaggregated regime to spark new wholesale models, agreements: CNOC

telecom | 11/07/2017 6:12 pm EST

TORONTO — The CRTC’s new disaggregated wholesale regime will bring with...

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...

Bell needs to do more with ad tech, CEO says

Media | 11/02/2017 3:43 pm EDT

BCE Inc. CEO George Cope said the company needs to do a better job of finding opportunities in emerging advertising technology, as the company seeks additional revenue growth...

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....

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...

High interim tariffs, logistics still mire disaggregated system

telecom | 08/31/2017 5:13 pm EDT

The CRTC's goal of fuelling wireline competition by jumpstarting 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 wireline regime Tuesday, setting interim rates and giving wholesale fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) access to smaller providers in Ontario and Quebec, a decision that those companies say will allow them to...

Bell subs feel impact of ‘aggressive’ cable competition in Q2

telecom | 08/03/2017 2:22 pm EDT

BCE Inc. is hoping the second half of the year results in a boost for its...

Cogeco expands U.S. biz with MetroCast buy

telecom | 07/10/2017 1:08 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. is again expanding its U.S. footprint, with the announcement Monday that it would purchase...

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...

Eastlink expanding gigabit Internet service

telecom | 06/19/2017 5:13 pm EDT

Bragg Communications Inc.’s Eastlink is making 1 GB Internet speeds more widely available and will target the consumer market. "For years, we have been providing Gigabit speeds and higher to our larger business customers...

Telus injecting $8.9B in B.C., Alta. through 2020

telecom | 06/09/2017 4:47 pm EDT

Telus Corp. is building new fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure across British Columbia and Alberta through 2020. The company announced in a press release Monday that Alberta will receive a capital injection of $4.2 billion, $900 million of which will be spent this year. Last month, the company also announced a $4.7-billion capital injection in B.C. with the same purpose, which includes $1.2 billion that will be spent this year. “This investment will extend the gigabit-enabled Telus PureFibre network directly to thousands more homes and businesses in rural and urban communities,...

Quebecor has tools to combat Bell fibre push: Pruneau

telecom | 05/25/2017 5:32 pm EDT

Jean-Francois Pruneau, Quebecor Inc.’s senior vice-president and chief financial officer, told an investor’s conference Thursday that his company’s quad-play strategy in Quebec will limit the impact of BCE Inc.’s...

Former Videotron customers returning from Bell: Brouillette

Media | 05/12/2017 9:53 am EDT

Manon Brouillette, president of Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron, downplayed the effect that BCE Inc.’s recent move to deploy fibre-to-the-home...

Cable sufficient alternative in wholesale service area gaps: incumbents

telecom | 05/05/2017 5:59 pm EDT

There is little evidence to suggest there is a lack of competition in so-called wholesale wireline service area gaps, given that cable facilities already exist in those areas, incumbents argued in...

Telus investing $80 million in Quebec fibre network

Media | 04/24/2017 8:50 pm EDT

Telus Corp. announced Monday a new investment of $80 million in its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in Quebec. It said in a French-language press release that the investment would affect almost 20 communities in...

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...

Bell accelerates FTTH deployment with $854M plan for Montreal

telecom | 03/27/2017 8:45 pm EDT

MONTREAL — BCE Inc. will invest $854 million to bring fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) to all of Montreal’s homes and businesses within five years, the company said Monday....

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...

OpenMedia platform to help Canadians advocate for community-owned Internet service

telecom | 01/23/2017 7:00 pm EST

OpenMedia has built a platform to make it easier for Canadians to connect with elected representatives in order to encourage more community-controlled broadband projects that are independent of big telecom providers. In a blog post on its website Monday, the advocacy group said by helping directly connect Canadians to their government representatives, it hopes to bring “cheaper, faster” local government-supported Internet infrastructure in more communities across Canada. The...

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...

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...

‘Too early’ to tell what impact 5G could have on FTTH rollout: Bell CFO

Media | 11/30/2016 12:43 am EST

Glen LeBlanc, BCE Inc.’s executive vice-president and chief financial officer, told an investor’s conference hosted by RBC Tuesday that the company is on track to have its...

CRTC chair OK with being ‘disruptive showman’

Media | 11/16/2016 11:21 pm EST

OTTAWA — With more than six months left in his term as CRTC chairman, Jean-Pierre Blais isn’t ready to start using the word “legacy” in relation to his term as head of the Canadian regulator, but in a...

More competitive markets could be at FTTH disadvantage, conference hears

telecom | 11/08/2016 11:54 pm EST

TORONTO — Trying to build fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) in very competitive markets makes little economic sense for Internet service providers (ISPs), meaning markets with more competition could actually be slower to get the newer technology, a conference heard Tuesday. The panel of four experts — speaking on the second day of the ISP Summit at the Hilton hotel in Toronto — was discussing the challenges and opportunities presented by building the “last...

U.S. operations boost Q4 for Cogeco

Media | 11/03/2016 7:43 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. saw a 3.2-per-cent increase in revenue to hit $572 million for the final quarter of fiscal 2016, the company reported Wednesday. In a press release, Cogeco said the growth was driven by its communications...

Canadians’ data usage increased 40% last year, CRTC says

telecom | 10/26/2016 8:39 pm EDT

Data usage by Canadians on both wireline and wireless networks rose significantly last year, hitting 104 GB per month for residential Internet and almost 1 GB for wireless subscribers, the CRTC said...

Telcos unlikely to fully deploy FTTH: Desjardins

telecom | 10/25/2016 10:08 pm EDT

High fibre costs and advancements in technology are among the reasons Canadian telcos are unlikely to expand their fibre-to-the-home [FTTH] footprint beyond 60 per cent coverage, according to Desjardins Capital Markets.  In...

Rogers gigabit Internet rollout mostly completed

telecom | 10/04/2016 8:55 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. said Tuesday its gigabit Internet service is now available in St. John’s, N.L. The move follows a similar expansion in New Brunswick this summer. Rogers added in a press...

Court says Cogeco can’t claim ‘best Internet’

telecom | 10/04/2016 8:45 pm EDT

An Ontario Superior Court judge has granted an injunction requested by BCE Inc. forbidding Cogeco Inc. from claiming that it has the “best Internet experience in your neighbourhood.” In a Sept. 26...

Shaw best-positioned carrier, regardless of Liberal policy: Barclays

telecom | 09/26/2016 6:47 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. is “the one player in the industry who is very well positioned” regardless of the direction the Liberal government takes on wireless policy,...

FTTH decision should improve competition: Desjardins

telecom | 09/21/2016 5:57 pm EDT

Desjardins Capital Markets analyst Maher Yaghi said that the CRTC’s plan for wholesale access to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks should theoretically “create an environment in which ISPs have better control over...

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...

G.fast tech to give Canadian telcos’ Internet speeds a boost

telecom | 08/25/2016 5:52 pm EDT

A new technology that allows telecoms to get speeds of hundreds of gigabits through existing copper loops is making headway in Canada, where companies are testing it out and deployment is likely to begin later this year. Large and small Internet service providers (ISPs) say they’re looking at g.fast technology, which gives telcos a leg up in the competition with cablecos by allowing them to offer faster speeds without installing new fibre-to-the-home (FFTH) infrastructure. Canadian companies are likely to begin deploying it by the end of this year and into 2017, according to analyst...

Eastlink expanding rural N.S. broadband access

telecom | 08/25/2016 2:51 pm EDT

Bragg Communications Inc.’s Eastlink is investing $6.5 million to expand high-speed Internet services to rural Nova Scotia, the company announced Thursday. “We appreciate that when it comes to Internet in rural Nova...

FTTH rollout crucial for affordability in long-term: report

telecom | 08/16/2016 5:13 pm EDT

The deployment of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks will be an important step for improving affordability of communications services in the long-term, according to a...

Some Internet tier upgrades due to bandwidth, not speed: Cope

telecom | 08/04/2016 10:08 pm EDT

Some subscribers are climbing Internet service tiers not necessarily for increased speed, but to obtain unlimited bandwidth, George Cope, BCE Inc.’s president and chief executive officer,...

7.4% of Canadian Internet connections are FTTP or similar: OECD

telecom | 08/03/2016 5:53 pm EDT

Canada is still at the bottom of the Organization for Co-operation and Economic Development (OECD) countries with fibre connections, but among those making the greatest strides to close the gap....

SaskTel connects Estevan to FTTH

telecom | 07/28/2016 7:04 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. announced Thursday its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service is now available in some residential areas of the southeastern city of Estevan. The new connections will give residents the ability to sign up for SaskTel’s InfiNet service, the company said in a press release, which offers download speeds of up to 260 Mbps. Estevan’s connection is part of a $670-million fibre deployment program SaskTel has ongoing throughout the province....

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,...

Telus boosting Montreal FTTP network

telecom | 07/12/2016 7:25 pm EDT

Telus Corp. said it is investing $111 million in infrastructure in the greater Montreal area to expand its fibre-to-the-premise network to more than 4,000 kilometres of fibre optic cable by the end of the year. “Our...

SaskTel flipping switch on FTTH in Weyburn

telecom | 07/04/2016 6:53 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. said Monday is ready to start connecting customers to its InfiNet fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in Weyburn. Some residential areas of the city, located south of...

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...

Videotron’s Brouillette asks Liberals to keep 4th player policy for 600 MHz

telecom | 06/08/2016 6:20 pm EDT

TORONTO — The Liberal government should continue the previous Conservative government’s push for more competition in the wireless market in the upcoming 600 MHz auction, Manon Brouillette,...

Cogeco Connexion brings FTTH to Laurentides

telecom | 06/08/2016 12:13 am EDT

Cogeco Inc. announced it is making a $1.4-million investment in the Laurentides region of Quebec to expand its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network. In a Monday press release, Cogeco Connexion said the expansion would...

5G key to future wireless profitability, Ericsson’s CTO says

telecom | 06/06/2016 6:03 pm EDT

TORONTO — With customers’ usage of data increasing exponentially, and carriers limited in how much they can charge for that data, telecoms will have to turn to 5G networks, Ericsson...

VMedia sets sights on incumbents as it expands outside Ont.

telecom | 06/01/2016 10:11 pm EDT

Ontario Internet service and television provider VMedia Inc. will expand to Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba and Alberta in the next two weeks — a move the company says will see its services...

Small ISPs laud government denial of Bell’s FTTH appeal

telecom | 05/11/2016 1:23 pm EDT

Independent Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and advocacy groups said Wednesday they’re encouraged by the federal government’s rejection of BCE Inc.’s appeal of the CRTC decision mandating wholesale access to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks, which could be the first glimpse into the new Liberal government’s telecom policy. The denial of the appeal to cabinet petition is a “very positive signal for consumers to let them know that this new government is serious about both maintaining telecom competition, but also about respecting the CRTC’s role and...

Small telecoms lobby for access to federal broadband funding

telecom | 05/10/2016 6:13 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Representatives from smaller telecommunications companies descended on Parliament Hill Tuesday, pushing for lawmakers to consult with them in the design of the new federal rural...

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...

Telus to invest $4.5 billion in Alberta

telecom | 04/04/2016 8:49 pm EDT

Telus Corp. announced Monday it will invest $4.5 billion towards new communications infrastructure across Alberta over the next three years. This year it will invest more than $900 million in order to extend its...

Telus to invest $2 billion in Quebec

telecom | 03/21/2016 8:00 pm EDT

Telus Corp. announced Monday in a press release it is investing $2 billion towards new infrastructure in Quebec over the next five years. This year, Telus will invest $340 million in extending its fibre-to-the-home...

Telus expanding FTTH network in northern B.C.

telecom | 03/11/2016 4:30 pm EST

UPDATED — Telus Corp. is expanding its fibre-to-the-home rollout to the northeastern B.C. communities of Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Charlie Lake, the company announced in a pair of press releases. Telus will spend $10 million to connect more than 90 per cent of the homes and businesses in Dawson Creek by the end of the year, Telus said in a press release Thursday. It will also spend $18 million to connect 90 per cent of Fort St. John and Charlie Lake, it said in a press release Friday. Construction in the three communities will begin in the spring, it said. When completed,...

With no network infrastructure, towns opting to build their own

telecom | 03/02/2016 9:19 pm EST

Among the arguments from BCE Inc. and those supporting its appeal to federal cabinet of the CRTC decision mandating wholesale access to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks is that the ruling will slow...

CRTC won’t change course despite appeals, criticism: Blais

Media | 02/17/2016 11:05 pm EST

CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said Wednesday the CRTC will stick to the course of action it has set despite disapproval by those who feel the CRTC’s direction “upsets their entitlements...

Toronto council stands with CRTC on FTTH decision

telecom | 02/05/2016 7:08 pm EST

Toronto city council is backing the CRTC's decision to mandate wholesale access to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks, breaking with Toronto mayor John Tory who has already registered his support of BCE Inc.'s appeal of the...

Cogeco expands FTTH network in Quebec

telecom | 02/01/2016 9:37 pm EST

Cogeco Inc. announced Monday it is investing $250,000 to roll out its fibre-to-the-home service to residential and business clients in Saint-Jérôme-de-Matane, Que., which is about 400 kilometres north...

Dependence on landline-phone services put Primus in creditor protection: CEO

telecom | 01/21/2016 4:02 pm EST

Too much reliance on landline-phone-service revenue, combined with a heavy debt load, has resulted in Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc. being placed in creditor protection and awaiting court...

Gigabit Internet in 3% of Canadian homes by end of 2016: Deloitte

Media | 01/12/2016 10:09 pm EST

The availability and adoption of gigabit Internet in Canada is expected to grow this year, with almost three per cent of Canadians subscribing to the service by the end of 2016, according to Deloitte...

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 the city's Liberty Village neighbourhood. The company filed an application with the CRTC just days before Christmas, asking that it order the condominium management group for the building to provide it with "timely access on commercially reasonable terms." The building in question occupies 65, 75 and 85 East Liberty St. in central Toronto....

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...

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...

PIAC asks CRTC to deny Bell’s review-and-vary request

telecom | 11/24/2015 9:31 pm EST

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) is telling the CRTC to reject an application by BCE Inc. that asks the commission to amend its wholesale wireline decision. In October, Bell asked the CRTC...

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 to such networks will affect the build-out in an unspecified fashion, Bell CEO George Cope said Thursday. "I don't know if it will be eight years, I don't know if it will be 12 years, but we will have glass to 90 per cent of the homes, that being fibre to 90 per cent of the homes," he said during the Scotiabank Telecom & Cable Conference held...

Liberals’ infrastructure plans could extend to telecom: lawyer

Media | 11/12/2015 1:44 am EST

TORONTO — The newly elected Liberal government has indicated infrastructure will be a priority, and that could include telecom infrastructure, said lawyer Chris Tacit during a panel...

Bell becomes largest TV provider for Canadians

Media | 11/04/2015 9:38 pm EST

BCE Inc. announced Wednesday that the popularity of its Fibe TV service has made its the largest TV provider in Canada for the first time with more than 2.7 million customers across the country. Bell said in a press release that...

Are stars aligning for Shaw sale to Rogers?

Media | 11/02/2015 9:35 pm EST

The idea of a merger between Canada's two biggest cable providers — Shaw Communications Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc. — is on the radar again, with at least two market analysts saying the conditions are right...

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...

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...

Rogers dives into 4K video, gigabit Internet

Media | 10/02/2015 8:28 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. on Monday announced it is moving forward with two different kinds of technology — 4K video and gigabit-speed Internet — though one commentator says the success of either of these initiatives...

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 underway in "several rural communities in southern Alberta," naming Nanton and Nobleford as examples. It said it is "looking to identify the next forward-thinking communities to invest in." Axia said it differentiates itself from major service providers by focusing its fibre infrastructure in rural areas rather than major cities. "You cannot...