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ISED launches new spectrum consultations, decides to forego consultations on residual spectrum auctions

telecom | 08/04/2021 6:37 pm EDT

The federal government Wednesday launched a trio of consultation documents on spectrum policy that it says is aimed at freeing up the valuable resource for use by rural Canadians.  The three consultation documents concern the creation of a new regime for licensing unused spectrum, "reintroducing and increasing" deployment requirements for cellular service, and updates to the licensing framework for satellites.  For the deployment requirements, the Department of Innovation, Science, and...

Cogeco getting millions more in high-speed funding

telecom | 06/08/2021 5:53 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. is getting more than $40 million in funding for high-speed internet projects in Quebec.  As part of the federal-provincial fund Canada-Quebec Operation High Speed, Cogeco will connect more than 6,000 households in the Monteregie and Montmagny regions by...

ISED approves Freedom spectrum licence subordination in British Columbia

telecom | 05/21/2021 4:42 pm EDT

The department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) has approved the subordination of two spectrum licences held by Freedom Mobile.  In its decision released Thursday,...

ISED triples spectrum available for Wi-Fi

telecom | 05/19/2021 5:59 pm EDT

The federal government is making more spectrum available to increase competition, rural connectivity and the effective deployment of Wi-Fi and 5G technologies. On Wednesday, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry...

Feds launch new cyber security program

telecom | 05/06/2021 5:15 pm EDT

The federal government is looking to enter a multi-year funding agreement with experts who will form its new Cyber Security Innovation Network. The four-year, $80 million investment to support three or more Canadian centres of...

Majority of Canadian mobile wireless prices second-highest internationally: ISED report

telecom | 05/04/2021 8:10 pm EDT

The average Canadian mobile wireless prices rank the second highest internationally in four of seven service “baskets,” and remains in the middle-high range for the remaining three, according to the latest pricing report issued by Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada (ISED). On Tuesday, ISED released the 2020 edition of its annual telecommunications price comparison study, prepared by Wall Communications Inc. Its purpose is to provide a comparative price analysis between...

Cogeco, Xplornet get $81.36 million in connectivity funding

Media | 05/04/2021 5:41 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. and Xplornet Inc. are getting a combined $81.36 million to connect more than 18,000 households to high-speed internet in the Outaouais region of Quebec.  The funding announcement from...

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

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

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

ISED rejects request to delay 3500 MHz auction following MVNO decision

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

Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne has rejected a call by the...

ISED proposes new official language rules for antenna consultations

telecom | 03/18/2021 4:10 pm EDT

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is proposing new official languages requirements for consultations regarding the installation or modification of antenna systems across Canada. ...