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

| 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 Rogers Communications Inc., according to Rogers' chief financial officer.  Speaking at the 2021 edition of the Bank of America Media, Communications & Entertainment investors' conference Monday, Rogers CFO Tony Staffieri told analyst David Barden that government relations have improved.  "Irrespective of where the election continues to move over the next few days, I think the backdrop...

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...

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 purchase all of the issued and outstanding shares of Shaw Communications Inc. and its subsidiaries Nov. 22, and is looking for interventions and comments on the matter. The commission, in a notice...

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...

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...

High spectrum costs could be driven by competition for set aside: analyst

telecom | 07/15/2021 6:32 pm EDT

Industry analysts are declining to speculate too much on what caused the...

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...

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,...

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...

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 revokes Shaw Sault Ste. Marie broadcasting licence

Media | 05/05/2021 3:50 pm EDT

The CRTC granted a request by Shaw Cablesystems Ltd. to revoke its broadcasting licence for the Sault Ste. Marie area of Ontario on Wednesday. Shaw Communications Inc. said in its application its...

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...

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...

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 Inc.—according to policy experts who testified before the House of Commons’ Industry committee Thursday as it continued its study on competitiveness in Canada.  “Competition policy reviews should go beyond assessing consolidation solely in terms of price increases to consider, for example,...

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...

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....

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...

Accessibility reporting should apply to resellers: Bell, Shaw

Media | 04/06/2021 5:57 pm EDT

BCE Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. are taking issue with TekSavvy...

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 Shaw, MPs on the House of Commons Industry Committee sought answers from the companies' executives on whether or not the two companies seek to hold on to Shaw's discounted spectrum, and how the merger...

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...

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 Shaw Communications Inc. has altered the playing field in the Canadian telecommunications, and specifically in the wireless sector.  Observers across the wireless sector, and especially those...

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...

Shaw wireline losses are part of a strategy: McAleese

telecom | 01/13/2021 5:47 pm EST

While Shaw Communications Inc. posted a substantial loss in wireline subscribers for the three months...

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...

Wireless no longer a growth market: Shaw’s McAleese

telecom | 10/30/2020 5:35 pm EDT

The lack of pricing "discipline" in the wireless market could have negative...

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...

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...

CRTC presses pause on measures to combat phone porting

telecom | 09/08/2020 6:10 pm EDT

The CRTC has asked telecoms to indefinitely refrain from starting or relaunching any measures to block unauthorized SIM swapping or porting, after Quebecor Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. reported...

Shaw Mobile’s early gains to come at expense of Rogers, Bell: analyst

telecom | 07/30/2020 2:45 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc.’s new wireless brand is likely to initially...

Shaw bundles internet and wireless in new mobile offering

telecom | 07/30/2020 6:00 am EDT

Shaw Communications Inc.’s first Shaw-branded wireless service has launched in Alberta and British Columbia, giving the company’s internet customers up to six lines of unlimited talk and text, as well as two data plan options. Those data options are By the Gig -- a...

UBF should focus on both backbone, last mile, ISPs told ISED

telecom | 07/28/2020 2:22 pm EDT

At a discussion about Ottawa’s now-delayed Universal Broadband Fund with...

Shaw’s subscriber additions dampened by COVID lockdowns

telecom | 07/10/2020 8:39 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. president Paul McAleese said that while there has...

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...

Shaw to lay off about 100 British Columbia field technicians

telecom | 05/01/2020 3:35 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. plans to permanently lay off about 100 field technicians in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, stating the COVID-19 pandemic had “only accelerated” the company’s...

‘Work together,’ CRTC tells wholesale-based ISPs, incumbents

telecom | 04/23/2020 1:21 pm EDT

The CRTC has responded to a letter from The Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC) and TekSavvy Solutions Inc. taking issue with changes to incumbent installation and repair procedures, saying it won’t require the filing of additional information in response to the...

Shaw lays off ten per cent of workforce due to COVID-19

telecom | 04/14/2020 6:04 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. will temporarily lay off about ten per cent of its...

Canadian wireless sub adds down slightly from 2018

telecom | 04/07/2020 4:39 pm EDT

Canada’s publicly-traded wireless service providers added just under 1.29 million wireless subscribers...

Telecoms close stores, offer free channels in response to COVID-19

Media | 03/16/2020 5:56 pm EDT

Telecommunication providers are closing retail stores, offering complimentary TV channels and continuing to waive overage fees on home internet plans as they respond to COVID-19. Xplornet...

COVID-19 prompts multiple ISPs to suspend data caps

telecom | 03/13/2020 5:46 pm EDT

Multiple Canadian internet providers have suspended caps on data usage as they prepare for a huge...

Shaw announces shake-up as Mehr retires

telecom | 03/05/2020 1:37 pm EST

Shaw Communications Inc.'s president Jay Mehr will retire in April after four years in the role and be...

Broad MVNO access too risky, Competition Bureau tells CRTC

telecom | 02/18/2020 5:54 pm EST

GATINEAU, Que. — The CRTC’s two-week wireless policy review kicked off...

Incumbents, small telecoms pan Competition Bureau MVNO proposal

telecom | 01/14/2020 5:54 pm EST

Telecom providers both big and small have unanimously rejected a...

Big Three pricing has been ‘erratic’: Shaw’s McAleese

telecom | 01/13/2020 5:58 pm EST

After taking credit over the summer for the reduction in wireless pricing...

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 analyst Drew McReynolds says. In an annual overview of the telecom sector, McReynolds said Telus Corp. and BCE Inc.’s intention to continue their network sharing agreement to 5G, as well as their extensive fibre-to-the-home networks, placed them at a relative advantage, but each major provider had their strengths and weaknesses as they jostle to benefit from the 5G...

Telecoms find silver lining in unprecedented number of CCTS complaints

telecom | 11/28/2019 6:00 am EST

Despite improvements in customer service that have lowered customer...

TekSavvy files appeal against site-blocking order

telecom | 11/25/2019 4:19 pm EST

Internet service provider TekSavvy Solutions Inc. has appealed a Federal Court order requiring ISPs to...

Cell data tracking company continues lobby push, despite tough reception

telecom | 11/05/2019 11:44 am EST

A company that says its privacy-focused software app can tell employers...

In an unstable week for wireless, steady Q4 for Shaw

telecom | 10/25/2019 6:02 pm EDT

In a conference call with analysts Friday, Shaw Communications Inc. executives declared that the company...

Telecoms say oral hearing on wholesale rate not necessary

telecom | 09/26/2019 3:21 pm EDT

After an urgent plea by BCE Inc. requesting the Federal Court hold an oral hearing on the deadline of a CRTC order to implement new wholesale internet rates that it is protesting, Bell and other telecoms are saying such a process is not necessary to grant a stay of the decision. Bell said in a letter to the court late Wednesday afternoon that it only asked for an oral hearing due to the fast-approaching CRTC deadline to file significantly lower wholesale rates on the same day. “In our view, an oral hearing is not necessary to determine whether Bell is entitled to the relief sought,”...

Japanese comics publisher wants info on alleged infringer from ISPs

Media | 08/20/2019 5:17 pm EDT

Shueisha Inc., a Japanese publisher of comic books, has filed an...

Fido gets in on no-overage plans by capping data

telecom | 08/12/2019 2:10 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. said its flanker brand Fido would begin offering what the company is calling...

CRTC commissioning report about market impact of online BDUs

Media | 08/09/2019 6:40 pm EDT

The CRTC wants to know more about the potential for the Canadian...

Telecom prices down, household spending up: CRTC

telecom | 08/09/2019 3:30 pm EDT

Prices for communications services are on a downward trend, according to new data from the CRTC, but spending on those goods are also on the rise.  Those services are made up of mobile wireless (with unlimited voice and SMS...

Some consumers uncertain about wholesale competitor quality: Comp Bureau

telecom | 08/07/2019 11:00 am EDT

Despite being “impressed” by the competitive presence of...

Telecoms must hand over more detailed info to Comp Bureau

telecom | 08/06/2019 7:23 pm EDT

The CRTC has directed telecom companies to disclose an additional set of...

Freedom plans could drive big three back to subsidies: analysts

telecom | 07/26/2019 5:33 pm EDT

The launch of new plans from Shaw Communications Inc.’s Freedom will...

Freedom answers to ‘unlimited’, offers $0 phones on select plans

telecom | 07/25/2019 6:41 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc.’s Freedom is responding to the wireless...

Emergency services affected by service outage, Rogers confirms

telecom | 07/08/2019 5:18 pm EDT

The wireless service outage that began on  Sunday and affected the country's four major carriers impacted 911 emergency services for nearly eight hours, Rogers Communications Inc. confirmed.  That means that between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunday, some cellphones on...

CRTC asks wireless providers to justify post-data cap throttling

telecom | 07/04/2019 4:52 pm EDT

The CRTC has asked several telecoms to explain how their throttling of wireless speeds once customers exceed their data allotments doesn’t violate the commission’s regulatory policy on internet...

Bigger, cheaper data plans thanks to us: Shaw

telecom | 06/27/2019 5:41 pm EDT

The price of data is coming down and the size of data packages is going up, all thanks to market pressure...

Corus asked BTLR to immediately change foreign ownership rules

Media | 05/30/2019 4:19 pm EDT

Corus Entertainment Inc., the only major Canadian broadcaster refusing to...

Freedom open to network-sharing with Rogers, president says

telecom | 05/24/2019 6:09 pm EDT

As Shaw Communications Inc. continues to expand its Freedom Mobile brand, a...

CRTC sticks with OMNI for multi-ethnic must-carry spot

telecom | 05/23/2019 6:12 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc.'s OMNI will continue to benefit from the sole licence to operate its multi-ethnic channel on basic TV packages as a result of a CRTC decision on Thursday.  Rogers beat out seven other applicants for the licence, including BCE Inc. and Ethnic...

CRTC denies PIAC clarity on phone unlocking

telecom | 05/23/2019 6:00 pm EDT

The CRTC has denied a request by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) to state that CRTC policy...

Shaw says patience, not regulation, required to see organic MVNO market

telecom | 05/17/2019 4:55 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc.’s Freedom, the country’s major fourth wireless player, says it is most susceptible to harm if the CRTC decides to mandate MVNO access to incumbent facilities, and that...

Keep satellite OTA replacement program in place, CRTC hears

Media | 05/17/2019 11:47 am EDT

Users of a program that provides free access to conventional TV stations in areas where they’re not available over-the-air are asking the CRTC not to allow Shaw Communications Inc. to shut down the...

Shaw selling Corus shares worth $548M

Media | 05/15/2019 1:34 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. is getting rid of $548 million in shares in Corus Entertainment Inc. The...

$10 fees on customer service tasks don’t violate Wireless Code: Bell, Telus

telecom | 05/03/2019 5:27 pm EDT

BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc., Telus Corp., and Shaw Communications Inc. have responded to the CRTC’s questions about $10 fees they charge for some customer service tasks. Telecom...

Federal Court won’t hear Calgary bylaw case

telecom | 05/01/2019 4:14 pm EDT

The Federal Court of Appeal has rejected an application by the City of Calgary asking the court to review a CRTC decision the city said didn’t address whether a new bylaw could govern telecom access to infrastructure. The...

Telecoms say Calgary has no grounds to appeal bylaw case

telecom | 04/23/2019 11:48 am EDT

The country’s largest telecoms are telling the Federal Court that the City of Calgary shouldn’t be allowed to appeal a CRTC decision on whether the city’s new bylaw binds the carriers on...

Complaints to CCTS increase again, TV issues up 500%

Media | 04/02/2019 6:00 am EDT

Complaints about TV service to the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS)...

Expect industry pushback on new CRTC directive, MVNOs: experts

telecom | 03/26/2019 1:27 pm EDT

The Liberal government should expect some amount of industry opposition against the wording of the government’s new, consumer-focused CRTC policy direction and the regulator’s new pro-MVNO stance, according to some industry-watchers and insiders. The big three and a...

Rural broadband, new tax rules among industry pre-budget asks

Media | 03/15/2019 5:55 pm EDT

As the Liberal government unveils its last budget before the upcoming...

ACORN asks review panel for low-income $10 internet

telecom | 03/13/2019 2:44 pm EDT

All Canadians whose earnings fall below the government’s low-income measure should have access to internet service for $10, an advocacy group is telling the panel reviewing the broadcasting and telecom acts. ACORN Canada also...

Telecoms added over 1.4 million new wireless subs in 2018

telecom | 03/13/2019 12:20 pm EDT

Canada’s publicly traded telecom companies added more than one million...

Calgary asking to appeal CRTC decision in bylaw case

telecom | 03/05/2019 7:24 pm EST

The CRTC misunderstood the scope of the issues when it denied an application by Calgary to formally...

Radio interference, 5G delays raised in new spectrum tier consult

telecom | 02/26/2019 6:10 pm EST

BCE Inc., Shaw Communications Inc., and Quebecor Inc. are warning against a proposed new smaller spectrum licensing tier, while smaller players and other interested groups...

Shaw calls for removal of 5% BDU content contribution

Media | 01/22/2019 6:17 pm EST

Shaw Communications Inc. is asking the government to drop the five per cent revenue contribution TV service providers make to Canadian content, but says if CanCon needs a subsidy then it should be a direct one from government...

Freedom says data strategy attracting higher-value customers

telecom | 01/14/2019 6:30 pm EST

Shaw Communications Inc. says its wireless business has reaped the fruits...

Don’t lift 100 Mbps wholesale speed cap: big telecoms

telecom | 01/08/2019 5:59 pm EST

Canada’s large internet service providers say granting the Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC) request to lift the CRTC’s speed cap of 100 Mbps for wholesale internet would eliminate the...

CRTC tells wireless providers to offer message relay services

Media | 12/14/2018 3:27 pm EST

Wireless operators will have to begin offering message relay services (MRS) by June 2019, the CRTC said Friday. Message relay serves customers with a hearing or speech disability by allowing them...

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...

Cogeco won’t be among bidders for 600 MHz spectrum

telecom | 12/06/2018 6:29 pm EST

Cogeco Inc. isn’t among the list of participants in the 600 MHz auction, released by Innovation Canada...

Wireless subs ‘on-track’ after Black Friday, but no winner: Barclays

telecom | 12/03/2018 2:19 pm EST

There doesn't appear to be a clear winner among Canadian telecoms after the intense sales period around Black Friday, according to Barclays Capital analyst Phillip Huang. “Deals for this year's...

Corus wants to shutter 44 TV rebroadcasting transmitters

Media | 11/13/2018 6:17 pm EST

Corus Entertainment Inc. is asking the CRTC for permission to shut down 44...

Telus posts wireline gains at expense of Shaw

telecom | 11/08/2018 5:51 pm EST

Telus Corp. ended its third quarter with 187,000 new customers, reporting growth that beat expectations in wireline and was likely gained at the expense of its Western rival Shaw Communications Inc. For the quarter ending Sept. 30, the company saw net gains of 145,000 new...