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Xplornet launches rural fixed-wireless 5G standalone network with Ericsson

Canadian rural-focused broadband provider Xplornet Communications has announced the launch of its fixed-wireless 5G standalone network, powered by the Ericsson Radio System. The rollout of 'Canada's first rural 5G standalone network with fixed-wireless broadband services' is starting in New Brunswick and expanding across that province during the ne...
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Eastlink expanding New Brunswick mobile network

Canadian cable and cellular operator Eastlink has announced plans to invest CAD26 million (USD20 million) to expand its mobile network in New Brunswick, aiming to 'bringing more choice and competition to mobile customers' in the northern part of the province. Taking place 'over the next couple of years the project will expand existing coverage from...
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SaskTel launches Rural Broadband Partnership with rural ISPs

Canada's SaskTel announced the launch of its Rural Broadband Partnership Programme, an initiative to partner with smaller internet providers to bring advanced broadband connectivity to underserved farms, acreages, Indigenous communities and other hard to serve rural areas in Saskatchewan. Don Morgan, Minister Responsible for SaskTel, stated: 'Maxim...
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Canada proceeds with CAD1.4bn Telesat investment; OneWeb agrees satellite deal with Northwestel

Canada's federal government has entered into an agreement-in-principle with Telesat to invest CAD1.44 billion (USD1.15 billion) into Telesat's advanced low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation, Telesat Lightspeed, through a CAD790 million repayable loan and a CAD650 million preferred share equity investment for which the government would recei...
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Ontario broadband projects get CAD1.2bn govt funding; Telesat launching CAD109m Ontario partnership

Canada's federal government and the provincial government of Ontario have committed joint investment of over CAD1.24 billion (USD990 million) to expand high speed internet in all corners of the province by 2025, covering nearly 280,000 rural households, including: CAD148 million for northwestern Ontario (connecting 11,200 households); CAD362 millio...
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6.4% sales growth for Bell in Q2

Bell Canada's quarterly net income increased by 149.7% year-on-year to CAD734 million (USD584 million) in Q2 2021, on consolidated revenue growth of 6.4% to CAD5.698 billion. Adjusted EBITDA rose 6.2% y-o-y in April-June to CAD2.476 billion. The operator highlighted 115,916 total wireless mobile phone and mobile connected device, retail internet an...
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Telus Q2 revenues climb 10%

Canadian full-service operator Telus reported that its consolidated operating revenues for the second quarter of 2021 increased by 10% year-on-year to CAD4.1 billion (USD3.3 billion). EBITDA rose by 6.8% to CAD1.45 billion while adjusted EBITDA increased by 9.5% to CAD1.50 billion, and quarterly net income expanded by 9.2% to CAD344 million. CAPEX ...
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Videotron plans expansion to new provinces following 3.5GHz 5G investment

Quebec-based cable and mobile network operator Videotron – which spent CAD830.0 million (USD665 million) in Canada's 3.5GHz 5G spectrum auction – stated in a press release that: 'The strategic investment positions Quebec's flagship carrier to realise its ambition of boosting healthy competition in telecom beyond the borders of Quebec.' Videotron, c...
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Canadian 3.5GHz 5G auction raises CAD8.9bn

Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada (ISED) has announced the results of the country's 3500MHz 5G frequency licence auction, raising CAD8.912 billion (USD7.146 billion) after 103 rounds of bidding. A total of 3,431 regional spectrum licences were assigned, including 1,495 licences won via auction and 1,936 'transitioned' licences –...
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Rogers’ quarterly revenues improve 14% year-on-year

Canadian mobile market leader Rogers Communications' total revenue increased by 14% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2021 to CAD3.582 billion (USD2.834 billion). Wireless revenue increased by 7% to CAD2.064 billion, with underlying mobile service revenue rising 2%, mainly as a result of a larger post-paid subscriber base, helped by higher roam...
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Bell 5G reaches Atlantic Canada – claims first launch in Newfoundland & Labrador

Bell Canada has expanded its commercial 5G mobile network to the Atlantic Canada provinces, announcing launches in Halifax Regional Municipality (Nova Scotia), Fredericton (New Brunswick) and St. John's, Flatrock, Paradise, Portugal Cove and Wabana (all in Newfoundland & Labrador, claiming the first 5G service in the province). 5G from Bell is ...
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Telus launches ‘PureFibre X’ 2.5Gbps internet speeds

Telus has claimed the launch of Canada's fastest consumer internet service, with upload and download speeds of 2.5Gbps. The 'PureFibre X' service is initially available in parts of Calgary, with plans to expand coverage to other locations across Alberta province and British Columbia in the coming months. In its press release, Telus also highlighted...
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Eastlink to begin 5G deployment this summer

Canadian cableco and mobile operator Eastlink has disclosed plans to begin 5G network deployment before the end of this summer, initially in the company's largest market of Halifax, Nova Scotia. TeleGeography notes that Eastlink – privately owned by the Bragg family – is participating in Canada's 3500MHz 5G licence auction, which is ongoing after b...
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Bell MTS expands Wireless Home Internet to rural Manitoban communities

Bell MTS – part of Bell Canada – has launched its Wireless Home Internet (WHI) service in Manitoba, bringing enhanced broadband access to eligible homes in twelve communities, with approximately 40,000 rural and remote premises planned for coverage by the end of 2021, as part of Bell's broader plan to eventually offer WHI to a million rural househo...
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Rogers claims 50% 5G population coverage; network reaches Nova Scotia

Rogers Communications has expanded its 5G mobile network to parts of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with further expansion to neighbouring communities expected soon. Rogers highlights that it remains the sole 5G network operator in the Atlantic Canada provinces, where its 5G services are also available in twelve communities across New Brunswick. Rogers also...
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Bell, Telus 5G reaches Ottawa; Rogers claims 5G first in Saint John

The 5G mobile networks of Bell Canada and Telus are now live in the country's capital city Ottawa, reports iphoneincanada.ca. A Bell spokesperson confirmed to the blog site that its 5G network officially went live in Ottawa on the morning of 3 June, while Bell and Telus utilise extensive bilateral network sharing including 5G. Bell Canada has also ...
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TekSavvy cancels mobile ambitions, scales back investments after CRTC wholesale reversal

Canadian ISP TekSavvy has withdrawn from the country's 3.5GHz 5G mobile licence auction taking place later this month, due to the recent decision by the Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to scrap the wholesale fixed internet access rate reductions proposed in 2019 and revert to higher rates set in 2016. As a resul...
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Bell reaches 35% 5G coverage, aims for 70% by year-end

Bell Canada announced that its 5G mobile network is now available to approximately 35% of the national population and is 'on track' to reach 'up to 70%' by the end of the year – significantly higher than a previously issued coverage target of around 50%. This week Bell and its vendor partners led by Ericsson and Nokia completed 5G expansion to 23 n...
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Mr Champagne uncorks 6GHz band to triple Canada's Wi-Fi spectrum

Francois-Philippe Champagne, Canada's Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, has announced the decision to open the 6GHz band, providing an additional 1,200MHz to triple the licence-exempt spectrum available for Wi-Fi with the aims of boosting competition, rural connectivity and the effective deployment of Wi-Fi and 5G technologies. Heraldin...
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Xplornet buys TowerCo’s tower assets in Manitoba

Rural-focused Canadian broadband provider Xplornet Communications has closed the acquisition of TowerCo's tower assets in Manitoba. Xplornet said the acquisition of more than 160 wireless communications towers located across rural Manitoba will support its infrastructure investment plans to accelerate the deployment of 5G-ready broadband networks a...
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