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Comp. laws are too focused on price: Lawson Hunter

Media | 05/16/2022 7:21 pm EDT

Canada's competition laws have become too sensitive to price, particularly in mergers, and should instead focus more on the role of innovation and change, according to a Canadian competition and regulatory lawyer. Lawson Hunter, a former senior civil servant involved in...

“A very strong opening” to Shaw-Rogers Competition Tribunal proceeding: former Competition Bureau advisor

Media | 05/12/2022 5:49 pm EDT

The recent move by Canada's competition watchdog to block the pending acquisition of Shaw Communications Inc by Rogers Communications Inc. shows that the bureau is "aiming...

Telus and IBG row in behind NPF-PIAC petition against Rogers-Shaw CRTC approval

Media | 05/10/2022 4:53 pm EDT

A joint petition to cabinet from the National Pensioners Federation and the...

Singh calls for halt of Rogers-Shaw merger, PIAC appeals to cabinet

Media | 04/27/2022 4:38 pm EDT

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh called once again for the government to disallow...

Telecom consultant says Rogers-Shaw merger, inflation, enough to spark forbearance reassessment 

Media | 04/21/2022 12:20 pm EDT

A Toronto-based telecom and broadcasting consultant is arguing to the CRTC that Rogers Communications Inc.’s pending...

Shaw revenues dip in second quarter results

telecom | 04/13/2022 12:39 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. announced a fall in revenues and earnings for the second quarter of 2022, the company reported Wednesday. The results were announced through a news release rather than a conference call. Revenues for the three months that ended Feb. 28 were $1.35...

Little support for CRTC forbearance policy review following Part 1 application

telecom | 04/12/2022 3:53 pm EDT

The Forum for Research and Policy in Communications (FRPC) is the only...

CCSA decries Shaw’s plan to cut satellite service

telecom | 04/12/2022 3:19 pm EDT

The Canadian Communication Systems Alliance (CCSA) is calling on the CRTC to reverse a planned service...

CRTC sides with regional wireless carriers in roaming decision

telecom | 04/06/2022 6:24 pm EDT

The CRTC mostly accepted the arguments of small wireless carriers against...

CRTC approves, with changes, Shaw’s 1500 wholesale service

telecom | 04/05/2022 4:47 pm EDT

Tuesday the CRTC approved an application by Shaw Communications Inc. to...

UPDATED: CRTC approves Rogers-Shaw broadcasting acquisition

Media | 03/24/2022 4:33 pm EDT

The CRTC has approved Rogers Communications Inc.'s acquisition of Shaw...

Quebecor cautions regulators on Globalive bid for Freedom

telecom | 03/16/2022 4:55 pm EDT

Asked if the odds of Quebecor Inc. purchasing Shaw Communications Inc.'s...

Rogers still expects Shaw deal to close in Q2

Media | 03/08/2022 5:44 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc. CEO Tony Staffieri has said that last week's announcement from Innovation...

UPDATED: Champagne to deny ‘wholesale’ transfer of spectrum from Shaw to Rogers

telecom | 03/03/2022 5:10 pm EST

Updated on March 3 at 5:46 p.m. Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne has indicated that his department will not allow the "wholesale transfer" of spectrum owned...

Rogers “not putting a dime” in middle tier news market: Conservative MP

Media | 03/02/2022 7:16 pm EST

Community-owned television outlets “are not producing local news that...

Competition Bureau recommends overhaul of competition law

Media | 02/08/2022 5:47 pm EST

In reviewing mergers and acquisitions Canada's Competition Act should do...

Cogeco more interested in MVNO than Freedom

Media | 01/14/2022 5:04 pm EST

The addition of Shaw Communications Inc.'s Freedom Mobile brand, should Shaw be forced to sell it off by...

Shaw reports $33M increase in profit for Q1 2022

Media | 01/12/2022 4:41 pm EST

Shaw Communications Inc. saw a 20.2 per cent increase in its net earnings this quarter, jumping from $163...

Revenues dropped in 2020, EBITDA margins increased in 2020: CRTC CMR report

telecom | 12/15/2021 6:00 pm EST

Overall, telecommunications companies pulled in some $53.4 billion in 2020, a 1.4 per cent decrease in overall revenues compared to 2019, according to the most recent edition...

CRTC denies French-language organization request to intervene late in Rogers-Shaw merger

Media | 12/15/2021 4:53 pm EST

The CRTC denied a Quebec organization representing...

Interveners not swayed by Rogers-Shaw arguments at CRTC merger hearing

Media | 12/14/2021 6:04 pm EST

Numerous interveners of the CRTC's Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw...

CRTC approves wholesale high-speed access tier for Shaw

telecom | 12/10/2021 3:40 pm EST

Shaw Communications Inc. was given approval by the CRTC Friday for a new...

Singh calls for price caps on wireless and internet bills, opposes Shaw takeover

telecom | 12/07/2021 5:01 pm EST

OTTAWA – NDP leader Jagmeet Singh reiterated his party’s call for lower...

Rogers keeps mum on post-ouster Natale consultation fee

Media | 11/30/2021 6:08 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc.  has declined to adjust its calculation of the...

Safeguards can’t justify Rogers-Shaw merger: Bell to CRTC

Media | 11/25/2021 6:35 pm EST

No amount of proposed remedies will undo the damage of Rogers...

At CRTC, Cogeco cites Rogers opposition to Bell-Astral merger

Media | 11/25/2021 10:05 am EST

On the third day of CRTC hearings into the proposed takeover of Shaw...

Rogers-Shaw merger will result in content exclusivity, “force” consumer to switch services: Telus

Media | 11/23/2021 6:10 pm EST

Telus Corp. executives told the CTRC that if the commission approves its acquisition of Shaw Communications Inc.'s broadcasting assets,   Rogers Communications Inc. will...

Rogers needs Shaw to sell CanCon alongside OTT services 

Media | 11/22/2021 8:35 pm EST

Top brass from Shaw Communications Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc....

Rogers-Shaw CRTC hearing now has ‘extra element of intrigue’: analyst

Media | 11/17/2021 11:49 am EST

The Tuesday night announcement of the departure of Rogers Communications...

CRTC denies request for delay in Roger-Shaw hearing

Media | 11/15/2021 9:56 am EST

The CRTC has denied a request by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the National Pensioners...

Telus still wants CRTC to delay Rogers-Shaw hearing despite court decision on board control

Media | 11/11/2021 4:24 pm EST

One of Canada’s telecom incumbents is urging the CRTC to delay Rogers Communications Inc.’s (RCI) hearing on its merger with Shaw Communications Inc., arguing that...

CRTC should proceed with Rogers-Shaw hearing: Rogers, analyst

telecom | 11/08/2021 1:40 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc. says there is no reason to delay the CRTC on its...

Please don’t delay merger hearing: Rogers to CRTC

Media | 11/03/2021 5:59 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc.'s regulatory team can present the company's...

Shaw closes out fiscal year with increase in revenue, wireless subs. 

Media | 10/29/2021 5:26 pm EDT

Shaw's overall revenue increased 2.1 per cent in the fourth quarter, up to...

CRTC rejects Rogers request for interveners at Shaw merger hearing

telecom | 10/14/2021 1:58 pm EDT

The CRTC denied Rogers Communications Inc.’s request for several...

CRTC to allow CPAC to participate in Rogers-Shaw hearing 

Media | 10/13/2021 6:28 pm EDT

The CRTC has granted Cable Public Affairs Channel Inc. -- more widely known...

Rogers CFO leaving the company

Media | 09/30/2021 10:27 am EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. announced Wednesday evening that CFO Tony Staffieri has left his post after...

Shaw-Rogers deal would decrease competition, even with Freedom divestiture to Quebecor: analyst 

telecom | 09/28/2021 6:19 pm EDT

Even if the Competition Bureau forces Shaw Communications Inc. to spin off its wireless Freedom Mobile brand as part of the bureau's approval of the deal with Rogers...

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 cell phone and internet affordability Tuesday that his party would stand against mergers that could...

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...

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 Wednesday.  The company, which has scrapped its calls with analysts since the announcement of its proposed merger with Rogers Communications Inc, reported a major jump of 92.4...

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...

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 access to incumbent mobile networks for a limited number of regional operators.  In a Tuesday release, Data On Tap (which operates under the name dotmobile) CEO Algis Akstinas said that the CRTC's decision "misinterprets Canada’s wireless policy." "Industry analysts, telecom experts, competitive regional providers and even the dominant carriers all recognise...

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...

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 Rogers Communications Inc. to spin-off Shaw Communications Inc.'s wireless assets as part of its regulatory approval of the Rogers-Shaw merger, Quebecor would be open to purchasing it, provided it came...

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 September, Cogeco Inc. president and CEO Philippe Jetté said Tuesday that Rogers' acquisition of Shaw Communications Inc. presents a great deal of "uncertainty." Speaking at this year's online...

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...

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 issues with a process created by members of the Canadian Wireless Technology Association’s wireless number portability (WNP) council.  In a letter dated Aug. 24, the CRTC said Shaw and Quebecor’s Videotron had reported that the “enhanced process” to prevent illegitimate phone porting had led to between 40 and 50 per cent of attempted mobile number ports resulting in failure for some...

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...

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 municipal bylaw granting the city rights-of-way, the Alberta Court of Appeal has decided.  In 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...

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 Competition Bureau proposal to allow strictly-regulated mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) access to the Big Three’s networks for five years, but for vastly different reasons. The bureau endorsed a...