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Rogers launches faster 5G service on 3500MHz mid-band spectrum

Rogers has become the first mobile service provider to launch 5G service using the mid-band 3,500Mhz spectrum. The service was first deployed in Nanaimo, British Columbia, with Canada’s major cities to follow. In its press release, the company said it aims to blanket more regions according to the ISED timetable laid out in item 336 […]

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Consultation begins for mmWave to be used for 5G

The government of Canada is asking Canadians for their opinions on a policy and licensing framework for a class of high-frequency wireless signals called millimetre wave (mmWave), a foundational component in achieving the full potential of 5G cellular services. The framework is required before the sale of licenses for that wireless spectrum. Canada released mmWave […]

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Mobile service cost in Canada are getting cheaper as data use rise, says the CRTC

Canadian mobile data use climbs as prices continue to decline, said the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in a new report compiled using data collected through the CRTC-Statistics Canada Quarterly survey, the CRTC annual Facilities Survey and the CRTC annual Pricing Survey. In the report, the Commission noted that more and more Canadians are […]

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Every house in P.E.I. to be connected to high-speed internet by 2025

Every house in Canada’s island province will be hooked up with fibre optic internet, the federal government announced earlier this week. The federal and provincial governments will be jointly investing C$20 million to build high-speed internet infrastructure for the 2,000 underserved homes in Prince Edward Island. Each level of the government will contribute up to […]

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Government announces new directives to the CRTC

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) has announced a new policy directive for the Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), aiming to improve competition and enhance access. It also aims to make CRTC decisions and activities more clear, more timely, and effective. A policy directive allows ISED to issue directions to the CRTC on broad […]

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Telus to invest C$11 billion in Quebec in the next four years

Telus announced on May 24 that it will be investing $11 billion into developing Quebec’s networking infrastructure, operations, and spectrum over the next four years. This announcement came on the heels of two separate investments the company committed to on May 17 in BC and Alberta, for C$17.5 billion and C$17 billion respectively. Together, the […]

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Globalive signs wireless spectrum sharing deal with Telus

Globalive has signed a network and spectrum sharing agreement with Telus to better position itself as a buyer for Freedom Mobile, whose divestiture stands as the major hurdle in Rogers’ efforts to acquire Shaw. The agreement is subject to Globalive’s successful acquisition of Freedom Mobile. In an interview with the Canadian Press, Anthony Lacavera, chairperson […]

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Bell announces the first AWS Wavelength Zone in Canada

Bell has deployed the first AWS Wavelength Zone in Canada to accelerate 5G network performance at the edge. AWS Wavelength is part of AWS’ platform for building and deploying edge applications. The other two components, AWS Outposts and AWS Local Zones, target on-premises and large metro deployments respectively. AWS Wavelength is designed specifically for communications […]

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Rogers proposes Xplornet to purchase Freedom Mobile

Rogers has allegedly proposed Xplornet to purchase Freedom Mobile, in order to gain regulatory approval for its acquisition of Shaw Communications, reported the Globe and Mail. Two anonymous sources told the Globe that Rogers agreed to allow Xplornet to purchase Freedom Mobile in a filing to the federal government. The regulators now must decide whether […]

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Rogers to offer 8Gbps home internet this summer

It’s the higher the better when it comes to internet speeds, and Rogers just took the crown in Canada. The company announced on April 19 that it has completed in-lab and customer trials for its 8 gigabits per second (Gbps) symmetrical fibre internet. This announcement comes right on the heels of Bell’s 3Gbps fibre internet […]

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Government rejects petition to amend virtual mobile operator policy

The Canadian government has rejected a petition submitted by dotmobile (also known as Data on Tap) to revise the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) decision issued by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) early last year. The problem lies with the Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2021-130, in which the CRTC defined the framework for […]

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Hydro One uses utility poles to deploy internet service in new pilot with the Ontario government

The Ontario government has kickstarted a pilot project with Hydro One to bridge the digital divide for 1,450 residents in the municipality of Brighton. During the pilot, Hydro One will use its electric grid infrastructure such as hydro poles to accelerate the development of internet infrastructure in the region. “By leveraging existing infrastructure and removing […]

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Rogers launches its standalone 5G network, but it needs certified phones to work

Rogers officially turned on its standalone 5G network for its subscribers today, but customers looking to try it out will need a certified phone. Unlike non-standalone 5G that pairs 5G radios with the 4G core, standalone 5G provides new management technologies such as network slicing, and a cloud-native architecture that reduces operational inefficiencies. “The first […]

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Starlink raises internet service and hardware costs

Customers subscribed to SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service will soon need to pay more for internet as the company announced its first price hike due to inflation. Starlink’s hardware now costs C$759, up C$110 from the original price of $649. The monthly service charge has also been increased to C$140, an C$11 increase from the […]

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Ericsson names new chief legal officer ahead of its annual general meeting

Swedish telecommunication company Ericsson welcomed a new chief legal officer in a statement from its board of directors, ahead of its annual general meeting on March 22. First appointed on March 16, Scott Dresser today officially succeeds Xavier Dedullen as Ericsson’s chief legal officer, and will lead the review of the investigation related to the […]

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Globealive wants to buy Freedom Mobile for $3.75 billion

Globealive Capital, a Canadian private equity firm, has allegedly expressed interest in scooping up Freedom Mobile, the cellphone service provider subsidiary of Shaw Communications, for C$3.75 billion in an all-cash deal, reported the Globe and Mail. Globealive’s founder Anthony Lacavera also founded Wind Mobile, which was rebranded to Freedom Mobile in 2016. An unnamed source […]

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Federal government and British Columbia to invest $830 million in rural area network development

The Canadian federal government and British Columbia’s provincial government have announced a partnership to jointly invest up to C$830 million to bring high-speed internet to the remaining rural households in the province. This new investment, established through a memorandum of understanding (MOU), will provide internet access to 115,000 underserved households in B.C. Each level of […]

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Rogers will not get Shaw’s wireless licenses, says Innovation Minister

In a statement on Thursday, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne said he will “simply not permit” the currently proposed Rogers-Shaw merger, pointing specifically to the transfer of wireless licenses. “The wholesale transfer of Shaw’s wireless licenses to Rogers is fundamentally incompatible with our government’s policies for spectrum and mobile service competition,” the […]

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Starlink internet is experiencing worldwide service interruptions

Starlink satellite internet is seeing an outage spike this morning. According to Downdetector, Starlink users have submitted more than 1,300 error reports starting at 9 a.m. EST. Many users are reporting seeing an error message that informs them that their area is experiencing intermittent service. The outage appears to affect customers worldwide. Confirmed affected regions […]

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Scam call volume more than doubled in 2021, says T-Mobile

Scam call volume in the U.S. jumped by 116 per cent over 2020, reaching a record high, according to the 2021 Scam and Robocall Report by T-Mobile. The numbers are staggering. At its lowest point in January, T-Mobile saw 1.1 billion scam call attempts. November had the highest number of attempts with 2.4 billion scam calls […]

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SaskTel launches Lüm Mobile

Crown-owned telco SaskTel has launched Lüm Mobile, a fully digital mobile brand that’s more affordable than one with a full-service model. With its launch, SaskTel now has a flanker brand with more affordable mobile plans similar to Bell’s Virgin Mobile and Rogers‘ Fido. Lüm’s self-serve business model lets customers modify their service through a mobile […]

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Samsung to open new regional office in Saskatchewan

Samsung plans to open a new regional office in Regina, Saskatchewan to support SaskTel’s 5G network rollout. The office, located in downtown Regina, looks to establish a local contact point between the two companies. Samsung expects to have full tenancy of the new office by the end of Q1, 2022. The location will offer career […]

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VMware and Mitacs collaborate on sustainable 6G development

Cloud solutions provider VMware announced a partnership with Mitacs, a non-profit organization that connects industries with Canadian academia, to chart a path towards sustainable 6G in Canada. The collaboration between the two will build a new research and innovation lab in Montreal, in partnership with IEEE Future Networks Initiative. There, VMware will partner with Canadian […]

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High spectrum cost a barrier to affordable mobile plans, say experts

At the Canadian Telecom Summit 2021, experts from across the telecom industry underpinned poor regulatory decisions for the sky-high spectrum prices that could trickle down to consumers. Earlier this year, the scarcity of 5G mid-band spectrum fueled an intense, all-out bidding war between carriers. When the dust settled, Bell, Rogers, and Telus, along with 20 […]

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Canada’s 5G improving in speeds and coverage, finds new PC Mag report

The coverage of Canada’s 5G network has improved dramatically, according to a report by PCMag. The report, titled Fastest Mobile Networks in Canada 2021, found that users can now access 5G on at least one carrier in every major city, compared to in only about half a dozen locations a year ago. Now, only rural […]

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Federal court rejects Bell and Telus request to block Videotron’s 5G spectrum purchase in western Canada

The Federal Court has denied Bell and Telus’s request to block Quebecor’s Videotron from purchasing set-aside mid-band 5G licenses in the recent 3,500MHz spectrum auction. According to Federal Court documents obtained by IT World Canada, the court has denied Telus’ motion because the arguments raised were untenable and do not raise a serious issue. It […]

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Google Pixel 6 series the first to be certified on Rogers standalone 5G

Rogers customers just got one more reason to purchase a Pixel 6 or a Pixel 6 Pro: the new Google flagship phones have become the first to be certified on Rogers’ standalone 5G network. Rogers says that eligible customers with a Google Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro on its 5G plan will automatically experience […]

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Canadian 5G networks excel in gaming, Opensignal report finds

Canada’s biggest telecom operators ranked high in 5G gaming performance, an Opensignal report that measured 5G network performance of 106 network operators found. The Big Three Canadian carriers–Bell, Rogers and Telus–all placed within the top-30 in Opensignal’s 5G Global Mobile Network Experience Awards 2021. Opensignal’s gaming performance category measures latency, jitter and packet loss during […]

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