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Bell revenues climb 3% in 4Q18

​ Bell Canada Enterprises ( BCE ) reported that its operating revenue was up 3.0% in Q4 2018 to CAD6.215 billion (USD4.680 billion), driven by a 1.5% increase in service revenue to CAD5.231 billion that reflected year-on-year growth for all Bell operating segments. Product revenue increased 11.3% to CAD984 million, the result of a higher sales mix ...
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Shaw completes fibre network enhancements with Fujitsu

Canadian cableco Shaw Communications has completed a fibre-optic transport network upgrade involving deployment of the Fujitsu 1FINITY platform and Virtuora Network Control software, enabling significant capacity expansion and software-defined network control capability, network planning and design, network management, as well as service fulfillmen...
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Rogers’ revenues rise 6% in 4Q18

Canadian quad-play operator Rogers Communications posted a 6% year-on-year increase in total revenue for the three months ending 31 December 2018 to CAD3.94 billion (USD2.95 billion), up from CAD3.73 billion in the same period of 2017. Underlying mobile revenue climbed 8% – driven chiefly by mobile data demand monetisation – and fixed broadband int...
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Big Three Commit to Lower-Cost Mobile Data

Canada's 'big three' nationwide mobile operators Rogers, Telus and Bell have committed to offer a broad range of lower-cost data-only packages within the next 90 days, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced yesterday. The national providers must introduce the monthly plans ranging from 250MB (CAD15 [USD11.2...
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SSI Micro improves LTE services via Rogers spectrum tie-up

SSi Micro, a Canadian far-northern wireless broadband operator which trades under the SSi Mobile and QINIQ brands, has teamed up with national cellular giant Rogers Communications to deliver enhanced services to customers in northern Canada, including in Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon. SSi has received a spectrum sub-licence from Rogers t...
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Cogeco expands gigabit broadband in Quebec

Canadian triple-play cableco Cogeco Connexion has announced the availability of gigabit internet services over HFC DOCSIS 3.1 technology for residents and businesses in a number of new locations in Quebec province. Cogeco's new 1Gbps and 360Mbps (download) packages are now being offered with optimised in-premises Wi-Fi equipment in Quebecois market...
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Rogers’ Q3 revenue up 3%, largely on wireless growth

​ Canadian quad-play operator Rogers Communications' total revenue grew 3% year-on-year to CAD3.769 billion (USD2.875 billion) in the third quarter of 2018, driven largely by 5% growth in mobile services turnover, whilst cable revenue inched up by 1%. EBITDA jumped 8% to CAD1.620 billion and net income improved by 17% to CAD594 million in July-Sept...
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Cogeco gains more 2500MHz spectrum via purchase from Kian

Cogeco Communications has acquired ten spectrum licences in the 2500MHz paired band from Kian Telecom, for CAD8 million (USD6 million). The licences cover a population of over 1.5 million in non-metropolitan areas of Ontario. The transfer was approved by Innovation, Science & Economic Development (ISED) Canada on 21 June. Luc Noiseux, CTO at Co...
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Rogers’ IPTV service available for Ontario customers

Cableco Rogers has begun providing its Ignite TV IPTV service to customers in Ontario, following trials with company employees, MobileSyrup reported. Although so far a low-key launch with no major advertising campaign, Rogers' website shows details of the new service, based on Comcast's X1 technology. Features include: Instant On Demand (accessing ...
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Canada corrals 43% of 600MHz spectrum for smaller operators, new entrants

Canada's Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development yesterday (28 March 2018) published a framework for the auction of 600MHz mobile spectrum licences, setting aside 43% of the frequencies on offer for regional competitors (i.e. existing cellcos other than the nationwide 'big three' Bell, Rogers and Telus) and potential new market ent...
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Eastlink mobile expands further into New Brunswick

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Privately-held Canadian cableco and mobile operator Eastlink has expanded its commercial LTE network coverage to Saint John in the Atlantic province of New Brunswick, aiming to challenge national operators Bell, Rogers and Telus with its offer to buy out mobile users' existing contracts. Other key features of Eastlink's 4G mobile offerings include ...
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Bell Canada and Huawei trial WTTH

Bell Canada has announced successful TD- LTE 'wireless-to-the-home' ( WTTH ) trials in the 3.5GHz and 28GHz spectrum bands utilising Huawei's 5G-oriented Massive MIMO and 8T8R technology. The trials were conducted in the small Ontario communities of Orangeville, Feversham and Bethany to test and refine the capabilities of WTTH services for rural ar...
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Bell, Telus both display growth in 2017

Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) has posted a 4.6% rise in annual revenues to CAD22.719 billion (USD18.060 billion) for 2017, whilst the group's twelve-month EBITDA climbed 4.4% to CAD9.178 billion. CAPEX in FY 2017 was 7.0% lower than in 2016, at CAD4.034 billion, whilst BCE's annual net profit attributable to shareholders reached CAD2.786 billion, d...
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Cogeco meeting need for speed with DOCSIS 3.1 rollout commitment

Canadian cableco Cogeco has confirmed in a press release that it will continue its DOCSIS 3.1 network enhancement program over the next three years, enabling the progressive roll out of its gigabit broadband services in Ontario and Quebec. Cogeco stated: 'This program complements the expansion and upgrade projects carried out in recent mo...
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Bell Q3 service revenue climbs 5.9%; LTE coverage reaches 99%

Bell Canada Enterprises ( BCE ) reports that its total revenue grew 5.0% year-on-year in Q3 2017 to CAD5.678 billion (USD4.425 billion), whilst underlying service revenue climbed 5.9%. Adjusted EBITDA was up 5.9% in three months ended 30 September 2017, yielding an improved EBITDA margin of 41.7%, on continued strong wireless growth, improved wirel...
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Feds ditch 80,000 PSTN lines for Telus VoIP; replace Rogers with Bell in CAD432m mobile deal

Telus Communications has won a CAD176 million (USD140.6 million) seven-year contract with the Canadian federal government's Shared Services Canada to provide VoIP telephony, instant messaging and desktop videoconferencing. The deal is in conjunction with a federal decision to axe 80,000 traditional landlines in favour of VoIP; Shared Services Canad...
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Telus claims Canada-first LAA test on live commercial network

Telus has completed tests of Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) on indoor and outdoor live LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) networks in Canada, claiming a national first. The tests delivered download speeds of 970Mbps indoors and 966Mbps outdoors using 80MHz of aggregated spectrum, and Telus noted that LAA is one of the key LTE-Advanced Pro technologies that will ...
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Spectracom Product Software Notification

Telnet Networks is pleased to notify you of the availability of a new version of software for Spectracom's SecureSync and NetClock 9400 series synchronization systems.  Download the V5.7.1 release below featuring: ​ The Talen-X BroadShield feature requiring license SS-OPT-BSH. This optional functionality offers spoofing and jamming protection ...
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Northwestel building Nunavut backbone satellite network with government funding

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) announced yesterday that CAD50 million (USD41 million) of government funding has been allocated to a project to deploy a backbone satellite network supporting higher-speed internet for all 25 communities across Nunavut, the far northern region governed by indigenous peoples. The funding – p...
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CRTC interim wholesale broadband access rates take effect in Ontario, Quebec

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has imposed interim rates for 'disaggregated' wholesale high speed access services in Ontario and Quebec, applicable to the two provinces' largest copper/fibre access network operator Bell Canada, as well as the three largest cablecos in Ontario/Quebec – Rogers, Videotron and Co...
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