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Rogers extends modem migration deadline

telecom | 09/21/2021 4:20 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. has told the CRTC the pandemic has slowed work down after it was asked by the commission to elaborate on what kind of “new business complexities” have caused it to extend the date at which it will require third-party internet access customers...

Bell, Telus and PIAC want CRTC to deny Rogers’ acquisition of Shaw’s broadcasting interests

telecom | 09/14/2021 7:50 pm EDT

BCE Inc. and Telus Corp., considered to be two of Rogers Communications Inc.’s greatest competitors, have asked the CRTC to deny Rogers’ proposed acquisition of Shaw...

Election outcome won’t stop Rogers-Shaw deal: Rogers CFO

Media | 09/13/2021 6:05 pm EDT

Whatever the outcome of the vote after polls close in the Sept. 20 federal election, it won't have much of an effect on regulatory approval of the proposed acquisition of Shaw Communications Inc. by...

Singh says he’ll oppose Rogers-Shaw merger

Media | 09/10/2021 2:46 pm EDT

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is the first party leader to explicitly oppose the proposed acquisition of Shaw...

Telecom regulation more ‘benign’: analyst

telecom | 09/09/2021 6:00 pm EDT

Telecoms shares have continued to track higher thanks to a regulatory backdrop which “has turned much more benign,” according to an industry analyst. Thursday National Bank of Canada analyst Adam Shine issued a note that...

Conservatives would reject mergers impacting competition: O’Toole

telecom | 09/07/2021 5:14 pm EDT

Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole said during a press conference on...

Telecoms say no need for additional accessibility requirements; advocates disagree

telecom | 09/03/2021 5:28 pm EDT

Canada’s telecommunications companies are recommending that the CRTC refrain from mandating additional accessible plans for Canadians with disabilities  and discounts to...

Telecom unions want govt. action on jobs outsourcing

telecom | 09/03/2021 4:33 pm EDT

Two telecommunication workers’ unions, Unifor and the Canadian Union for Public Employees (CUPE), have partnered up to demand the federal government step in to minimize the outsourcing of Canadian jobs overseas in the telecom...

Rogers claims Yorkville MDU owner playing ignorant to stall CRTC proceeding

telecom | 08/31/2021 4:46 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. is calling out a Toronto developer’s so-called...

TekSavvy takes GoldTV site-blocking fight to Supreme Court

Media | 08/26/2021 6:11 pm EDT

After Canada's first-ever site-blocking court order survived an appeal from...

Tell us more about Rogers facilities in our building: MDU owner 

Media | 08/24/2021 5:28 pm EDT

In its response to a Rogers Communications Inc. request to the CRTC asking...

CRTC to hold hearing on Rogers-Shaw merger, opens consultation

Media | 08/12/2021 1:00 pm EDT

The CRTC will hold hearings on whether Rogers Communications Inc. may...

Federal Court orders content pirates to pay millions to Bell, Rogers, Videotron

Media | 08/11/2021 5:14 pm EDT

A Federal Court judge ordered three pirate TV services to pay more than $29...

Rogers files another MDU access complaint

telecom | 08/10/2021 4:49 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. is asking the CRTC to force a high-rise building owner in Toronto, ON, to give...

Eyes on Quebecor following 3500 MHz auction

telecom | 07/30/2021 6:25 pm EDT

As the dust settles on the results of the 3,500 MHz auction announced Thursday, much of the initial interest amongst analysts and industry watchers has centered not on the $7.31 billion spent by the so-called big three incumbents -- BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc, and...

BREAKING: 3500 MHz auction nets $8.9B, $7.3B from incumbents

telecom | 07/29/2021 6:04 pm EDT

Canadian telecom companies -- and wireless service hopefuls -- have spent...

Federal Court of Appeal dismisses BDUs’ appeal of distant signal tariffs

telecom | 07/23/2021 6:34 pm EDT

The Federal Court of Appeal ruled Friday partially in favour of a group...

Rogers reports spike in wireless subscribers and rise in profit for Q2

Media | 07/21/2021 6:52 pm EDT

The return of the Toronto Blue Jays has caused Rogers Communications...

Rogers claims Saint John developer ignoring CRTC proceeding

telecom | 07/21/2021 6:11 pm EDT

In its ongoing effort to gain access to multiple apartment buildings in Saint John, N.B., Rogers Communications Inc. said in a reply filed with the CRTC Tuesday that a representative of IronGate Developments has not officially responded to its application.  The...

Q2 telecom earnings could be sign of recovery: Analysis

telecom | 07/13/2021 6:46 pm EDT

The telecom sector is on track to rebound following a bleak 2019 and 2020, according to an analysis of the industry halfway through the 2021 financial year.  “Halfway through the year, we see...

Quebec judge ups claims cap in Rogers termination fee class action

telecom | 07/09/2021 5:05 pm EDT

Quebec’s Superior Court has granted an increase in the number of total...

Bell, Rogers announce rural connectivity investments 

telecom | 07/07/2021 4:48 pm EDT

Work to upgrade the wireless networks of communities in British Columbia and homes and businesses in rural Ontario is coming along according to two of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies....

Shaw reports rise in profits for third quarter

telecom | 07/02/2021 12:53 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. reported a large spike in profit for its third quarter of the year on...

Rogers backs Telus in Wireless Review decision challenge

telecom | 06/08/2021 5:50 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. has voiced its support for Telus Corp.'s Federal...

Rogers renews request to CRTC for building access in N.B.

Media | 05/31/2021 2:40 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. is repeating its request that the CRTC help it...

GoldTV blocking order survives TekSavvy appeal

Media | 05/26/2021 6:41 pm EDT

The Federal Court of Appeal has allowed Canada's first-ever site-blocking court order to stand,...

Interventions filed in favour of Bell penalty for delays to support structure access

telecom | 05/19/2021 6:04 pm EDT

BCE Inc. rival Rogers Communications Inc. and a number of other groups are...

62k sign petition against Rogers-Shaw merger

telecom | 05/18/2021 5:33 pm EDT

A coalition of four separate advocacy groups Tuesday delivered a 62,000 signature-strong petition to the Competition Bureau, asking the regulator to block Rogers Communications Inc.'s proposed acquisition of Shaw Communications Inc. According to a release from the groups OpenMedia, ACORN Canada, Leadnow, and North99, the petitions "argue that this buyout will make connectivity in Canada even more expensive by cutting down the already-limited number of options available to people in the telecom market." “The sheer number of signatures delivered today makes one thing clear: Canadians are...

Quebec Appeal Court upholds decision finding Quebec site blocking law unconstitutional 

telecom | 05/14/2021 5:10 pm EDT

Quebec’s Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal from the province’s attorney general over its desire to have telecoms block access to illegal gambling sites.  In July...

CNOC says Rogers failing to comply with CRTC request 

telecom | 05/11/2021 5:12 pm EDT

In an escalation of an ongoing fight over upgrades to a new modem, the Competitive Network Operators of Canada (CNOC) has accused Rogers Communications Inc. of failing to comply with a CRTC directive...

Rogers seeks Saint John MDU access in CRTC complaint

telecom | 05/10/2021 6:41 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc.  filed a Part 1 application with the CRTC asking the regulator to help it get access to a number of apartment complexes in Saint John, N.B., in another dispute involving a multi-dwelling unit (MDU). ...

Telecoms emphasize concerns, support for CRTC’s botnet blocking proposal

telecom | 05/06/2021 7:19 pm EDT

Canada’s big-three telecoms are doubling down on their assertions that...

CRTC denies Iristel request for caller location ID manipulation to be outlawed

telecom | 05/06/2021 4:57 pm EDT

The CRTC has denied an order requested by Iristel Inc. after it found that Rogers Communications Inc. “did not grant itself an undue preference with respect to the...

Data on Tap asks Trudeau gov. to review MVNO decision

telecom | 05/04/2021 6:14 pm EDT

Data on Tap Inc., one of the country's hopeful mobile virtual network operators, has filed a petition to the governor in council, asking the government of Justin Trudeau to review the April decision of the CRTC to only mandate...

CRTC requires Rogers to pause hardware migration for TPIA customers

telecom | 04/27/2021 5:22 pm EDT

The CRTC has asked Rogers Communications Inc. to stop requiring its third-party internet access customers to use a particular kind of modem until the regulator makes a decision on a complaint about...

Delay 3500 MHz auction: CNOC to ISED

telecom | 04/19/2021 6:10 pm EDT

The Competitive Network Operators of Canada (CNOC) have requested a 90-day delay to the 3,500 MHz spectrum auction, currently scheduled to take place in June.  In a Monday letter addressed to Innovation Minister...

Rogers, Fido customers facing wireless outage

telecom | 04/19/2021 6:06 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. is in the midst of a wireless outage, with reports of service dropping early...

Incumbents “should be comforted”, Rogers could move first on mandated access: analysts

telecom | 04/16/2021 5:11 pm EDT

Industry analysts are calling Thursday's decision to mandate access to incumbent wireless networks for a limited number of regional wireless competitors a "moderate net...

CRTC seeks to penalize Bell for support structure access delays

telecom | 04/16/2021 3:43 pm EDT

The CRTC has floated the idea of penalizing BCE Inc. after Quebecor Inc....

Time to look beyond consumer price increases in M&As, say experts

telecom | 04/15/2021 9:30 pm EDT

The competition bureau is “flying blind” when it comes to understanding the cumulative effects of mergers—such as the proposed Rogers Communications Inc. acquisition of Shaw Communications...

Shaw reports boost in profit, slight rise in revenue for Q2

telecom | 04/15/2021 5:24 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. reported an increase of 1.8 per cent in revenue...

UPDATED – CRTC rejects broad MVNO model, will mandate limited access for regional players

telecom | 04/15/2021 4:01 pm EDT

Incumbent telecom companies will be required to sell access to their mobile networks to some regional service providers, but only those that have some level of spectrum and...

Feds considering site-blocking proposal

Media | 04/14/2021 6:20 pm EDT

The federal government has launched a consultation document to solicit feedback on whether or not it...

Large telecoms not in favour of sharing data for NG911

telecom | 04/08/2021 5:22 pm EDT

Several large telecom companies have argued that the CRTC shouldn’t...

CRTC rejects incumbent request to expand Internet Code

telecom | 04/08/2021 5:05 pm EDT

The CRTC has rejected a request from a number of large facilities-based...

Efficiencies defense is a ‘serious’ exercise of discretion: competition comish

telecom | 04/07/2021 7:28 pm EDT

Allowing a merger to proceed on the basis of the...

Without an MVNO mandate, Shaw must divest its spectrum: CNOC

telecom | 04/06/2021 6:07 pm EDT

Without a regime for mandated access for mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), the regulatory authorities in charge of reviewing the proposed merger between Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. should force the companies to spin off the Freedom Mobile...

Quebecor would buy Freedom, but only with spectrum: PKP

telecom | 03/31/2021 6:21 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc. has indicated that, should the Competition Bureau force...

While Rogers and Shaw are merging, we’ll be building: Bell CEO

telecom | 03/30/2021 5:24 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc.'s proposed acquisition of Shaw Communications Inc. doesn't change anything for one of their biggest competitors, according to BCE Inc. CEO Mirko Bibic.  Speaking Tuesday...

Rogers, Shaw execs mum on spectrum at Industry committee  

telecom | 03/29/2021 7:40 pm EDT

On the opening day Monday of hearings into Roger's proposed acquisition of...

Bell not sweating over Rogers-Shaw deal: CFO

telecom | 03/24/2021 5:41 pm EDT

Despite the uncertainty surrounding the potential impacts of Rogers Communications Inc. acquiring Shaw...

Smaller broadcasters, telecoms fret over CRTC’s accessibility reporting proposals

Media | 03/23/2021 6:19 pm EDT

Organizations representing smaller Canadian broadcasters and telecoms have...

Concerned about Rogers-Shaw deal: Cogeco’s Jetté

telecom | 03/23/2021 6:08 pm EDT

After surviving a hostile takeover bid by Rogers Communications Inc. in...

Citizen advocacy group seeks new telecom watchdog

telecom | 03/23/2021 6:00 pm EDT

Following the $26.2 billion deal between Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. announced last week, citizen advocacy group Democracy Watch says a consumer-run telecom watchdog group should be created to protect...

Local news funding needed in C-10: Bell

Media | 03/22/2021 6:07 pm EDT

As the House of Commons Heritage committee hearings on the government's proposed update to the...

Rogers, feds announce eastern Ontario wireless expansion project

telecom | 03/19/2021 4:13 pm EDT

The Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN), the Province of Ontario, the federal government, and Rogers Communications Inc. Friday announced a $300 million project with the goal of connecting 99 per cent of homes, businesses and major roads in the eastern Ontario region with wireless service.  Of the total funding for the project, Rogers has committed $150 million, with the provincial and federal government each committing $71 million, and the remaining $10 million from the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus and Eastern Ontario Mayors’ Caucus.  EORN, which is spearheading the Cell...

Claims administrator to launch Facebook campaign in Rogers class action

telecom | 03/18/2021 5:05 pm EDT

The Quebec Superior Court has granted the group handling claims related to a $26 million class-action lawsuit against Rogers Communications Inc. permission to target thousands more people who may be...

New urgency for MVNO hopefuls following Rogers-Shaw deal

telecom | 03/18/2021 12:09 pm EDT

Monday’s announcement of a deal for Rogers Communications Inc. to acquire...

Focus on competition at ‘day of action’ following Rogers-Shaw deal

Media | 03/16/2021 6:10 pm EDT

As news of Roger’s Communications Inc.’s deal to acquire Shaw Communications Inc. sparks discussions on what it may mean for the wireless market in Canada, advocates say competition and other...

Regulatory approval of Rogers-Shaw deal will hinge on wireless: Execs, analysts

Media | 03/15/2021 8:30 am EDT

From the perspective of Rogers Communications Inc. CEO Joe Natale,...

PIAC reiterates demands for CRTC to impose paper billing rules 

telecom | 02/16/2021 5:06 pm EST

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and National Pensioners Federation are repeating their request for the CRTC to require Canadian telecommunications companies to issue paper bills to customers.  In their joint final reply to a consultation on paper billing, PIAC...

CRTC should release data on fraud calls: PIAC

telecom | 02/09/2021 5:58 pm EST

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) has asked the CRTC to publicly disclose the information it...

Rogers revenues, profit fall due to roaming and overage drops

Media | 01/28/2021 3:08 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc. announced a seven-per-cent fall in revenues and...

Rogers, Shaw get cableco support in demand for relocation payments

telecom | 12/04/2020 3:36 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. have the support of...

Rogers cuts jobs in TV, radio

Media | 11/23/2020 5:31 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc. has cut an unspecified number of jobs from its sports and media divisions, citing the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement emailed to The Wire Report, a Rogers Sports & Media...

ISED: flanker brands prices falling, but not yet at 25% drop target

telecom | 10/29/2020 7:04 pm EDT

The federal government released its second quarterly check-in on wireless prices across Canada Thursday morning, as a follow up to the Liberal government’s plan to lower wireless prices 25 per cent...

Don’t force release of disaggregated configurations, incumbents tell CRTC

telecom | 10/26/2020 6:22 pm EDT

Incumbent telecoms are asking the CRTC to deny a request from the Competitive Network Operators of Canada to require the large telecoms to release more detailed information about the structures of...

Rogers Q3 buoyed by wireless adds, sports advertising

Media | 10/22/2020 5:50 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. showed a rebound in its third-quarter earnings report Thursday, with media and...

Broadcasters shouldn’t use COVID to change CanCon obligations: WGC

Media | 10/21/2020 6:28 pm EDT

Whether or not there is a pandemic, large broadcasters want to do away with...

Increased offer for Cogeco rejected by Audet family

Media | 10/19/2020 5:00 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. and Altice USA Inc. upped their offer in a joint takeover bid of Cogeco Inc. from $10.3 billion to $11 billion over weekend, a bid that was rejected by the controlling shareholder of the company, the Audet family.  The offer, in which Rogers would take over Cogeco's Canadian operations while Altice takes over assets south of the border, would see Rogers increase its own offer by $300 million, from $4.9 billion up to $5.2 billion. "As we did on September 2nd, 2020, following the announcement of their first unsolicited proposal, members of the Audet family...

Rogers, Shaw want CRTC to force B.C. to pay for infrastructure relocation

telecom | 10/06/2020 12:02 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. have asked the CRTC...

Broadcasters sign up to BIPOC hiring directory

telecom | 10/05/2020 6:41 pm EDT

Canada’s largest broadcasters have committed to making the use of a Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) hiring database a prerequisite to giving original productions the green light.  The broadcasters are...

Rogers still too vague about its use of ITMPs: TekSavvy

telecom | 10/02/2020 4:02 pm EDT

In an ongoing dispute between Rogers Communications Inc. and some of its third party internet access (TPIA) wholesale customers over COVID-19-related internet traffic management practices (ITMPs),...

TekSavvy will count bills from Bell, Rogers against debts until it receives retroactive payments

telecom | 09/25/2020 5:10 pm EDT

Beginning with its next invoice, TekSavvy Solutions Inc. will not be paying its wholesale fees to BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc. as invoiced, instead "setting off...

VMedia, Bell resolve IPTV carriage fight

telecom | 09/24/2020 3:52 pm EDT

VMedia Inc. co-founder George Burger says his company has been able to launch apps for its new IPTV service on several new devices after a dispute with BCE Inc. was resolved. VMedia last month lodged a Part 1 application alleging Bell acted in “bad faith” by delaying its approval for Bell’s TV programming to be distributed over redacted IPTV apps until it had received further information about VMedia’s business relationships for wholesale content distribution with independent internet service providers (ISPs). In the Part 1 complaint, VMedia said that part of the business was...

Iristel not satisfied by Rogers denial in caller ID spoofing request

telecom | 09/17/2020 3:19 pm EDT

Iristel Inc. is sticking to its guns in its claim that the CRTC should look into the problem of caller ID manipulation, and in a reply to a response from Rogers Communications Inc. rejected Rogers’...

War of words between Cogeco and Rogers heats up

telecom | 09/16/2020 6:53 pm EDT

In a Wednesday afternoon press release, the board of directors for Cogeco Inc. accused the CEOs of both...

Cogeco wireless plans ‘probably part of the equation’ for Rogers: Ouimet

telecom | 09/15/2020 5:09 pm EDT

As Cogeco Inc.’s CFO speculated Tuesday that a bid for his company’s...

STIR/SHAKEN implementation date delayed 9 months

telecom | 09/15/2020 4:27 pm EDT

The CRTC has extended its deadline for telecom providers to implement an anti-call-spoofing protocol known as STIR/SHAKEN by nine months, until June 30, 2021.  Telecoms had initially been required to launch the protocol by the...

Federal Court dismisses incumbents’ wholesale rates appeal

telecom | 09/10/2020 10:55 am EDT

The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed Thursday the large telecom...

Refusal to sell Cogeco is ‘definitive,’ Audet says

Media | 09/08/2020 1:34 pm EDT

Louis Audet, former CEO of Cogeco Inc. and current executive chairman of...

Rogers says it would keep Cogeco headquarters in Quebec

telecom | 09/04/2020 4:46 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. says if its proposed acquisition of Cogeco Inc.’s Canadian division went through, it wouldn’t move the headquarters, management team or operations of Cogeco’s media...

Rogers denies Iristel’s caller ID manipulation complaint

telecom | 09/03/2020 5:43 pm EDT

Iristel Inc.'s complaint to the CRTC that it thought Rogers Communications Inc. might have been involved in a scheme where some Canadian customers have had their caller ID tweaked to make it seem like...

Audet family declines Altice USA, Rogers offer to buy Cogeco

telecom | 09/02/2020 9:54 am EDT

The controlling shareholder of Cogeco Inc. — the Audet family — has said no to an acquisition bid from a U.S. company that would have seen Rogers Communications Inc. take over Cogeco’s Canadian assets for $4.9 billion. The deal is part of an offer, announced...

Rogers expands early 5G rollout

telecom | 09/01/2020 6:04 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. Tuesday announced a flurry of expansions to its 5G network, extending coverage to new cities and towns in British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Quebec.  In January, Rogers announced it was...

Iristel calls for caller ID manipulation to be outlawed

telecom | 08/04/2020 6:20 pm EDT

Iristel Inc. has asked the CRTC to issue an order explicitly prohibiting...

ISED says wireless prices goals still mostly unmet

telecom | 07/28/2020 6:00 pm EDT

Following on the Liberal election campaign promise to lower wireless prices by 25 per cent, the federal government released on Tuesday the first of its quarterly check-ins on wireless prices across the country.  The data --...

Rogers profits down 53% in ‘most volatile’ quarter

Media | 07/22/2020 6:04 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. posted a 17 per cent fall in revenue and a 53...

CRTC denies Bell’s toll-free trunk R&V

telecom | 07/15/2020 3:01 pm EDT

The CRTC has denied BCE Inc.’s application for a decision requiring it to install trunk connections to carry toll-free traffic between its network and that of Rogers Communications Inc. to be rescinded. In its review and vary application, Bell argued the regulator erred by failing to apply the 2006 free market-emphasizing policy direction in its Dec. 2 decision, and by providing only 150 days from the date of the decision for Bell to implement the new one-way toll trunks. That 150 day deadline has since been extended by the CRTC by a further 90 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to...

CRTC dismisses complaint against Rogers over N.B. community channel

Media | 07/13/2020 5:28 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. did not confer an undue preference on itself when it distributed its channels across New Brunswick while broadcasting a community TV station only in St. Andrews, the CRTC...

CRTC denies applications for new radio stations in Vancouver, Grande Prairie

Media | 07/06/2020 4:24 pm EDT

The CRTC has said no to two applications for new radio stations -- one in...

Experts say 5G will eventually deliver, but a speed boost for now

telecom | 06/29/2020 2:53 pm EDT

Experts are unanimous in saying Canada’s 5G networks will eventually...

Rogers, University of Calgary create Internet of Things partnership 

Media | 06/18/2020 5:04 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. has signed a five year agreement with the University of Calgary to further Internet of Things research, the company announced in a Thursday media release. Steven Liang,...

Telus calls for small cell attachment ruling to be postponed

telecom | 06/17/2020 5:45 pm EDT

The CRTC should not rule on a Quebecor Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc. application for the regulator to compel BCE Inc. to allow small cell technologies to be attached to Bell’s poles at rates...

TekSavvy argues Rogers unfairly applying ITMP

telecom | 06/10/2020 4:12 pm EDT

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. has asked the CRTC to force Rogers Communications Inc. to stop applying an...

Questions remain about Huawei gear as Bell, Telus pick Ericsson, Nokia 

telecom | 06/02/2020 6:03 pm EDT

On Tuesday, BCE Inc. and Telus Corp. announced new partnerships with...

Rogers protests Bell’s toll-free trunk time extension

telecom | 05/29/2020 3:57 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. is protesting the CRTC's decision to extend a deadline it had previously set for BCE Inc. to install trunk connections to carry toll-free traffic between their networks. ...

Telecoms not obligated to give rights-of-way to Calgary: Alberta court

telecom | 05/25/2020 5:46 pm EDT

Telecom companies operating in Calgary will not have to abide by a municipal bylaw granting the city rights-of-way, the Alberta Court of Appeal has decided.  In a...