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Telus Q4 revenues: wireline up, wireless down

Canada's Telus Corporation announced its results for the fourth quarter of 2020, with consolidated revenues increasing by 5.2% year-on-year to CAD4.06 billion (USD3.20 billion). Wireless segment turnover decreased by 1.9% y-o-y in October-December 2020 on lower network (service) revenue and lower equipment/other revenue, but wireline division sales...
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Xplornet deploys 70 new towers in January

Canadian rural-focused broadband operator Xplornet has announced its latest batch of network tower deployments, noting that between its last tower update (in late December – reporting twelve new towers) and early February, it built and switched on 70 additional towers across rural areas. The new towers are located across nine Canadian provinces fro...
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Telus announces 5G and LTE expansion to smaller communities

Canada's Telus announced the expansion of its 5G network to several smaller communities, including Chilliwack in British Columbia, plus Fairview, Greenview, Smoky River and Wabasca in Alberta, enabling businesses and residents to access what the operator claims is 'the fastest 5G network in Canada'. Telus' 5G coverage map currently shows a presence...
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Bell FY20 sales decline 3.8%; announces CAD1.2bn two-year investment in fibre, 5G, fixed-wireless

Bell Canada reported a 3.8% drop in annual revenues in 2020 to CAD22.883 billion (USD17.861 billion) with declines of 3.6% in service revenue and 5.5% in product revenue. The group posted a 2.8% y-o-y fall in Q4 revenues to CAD6.102 billion, as COVID-19 continued to impact consumer and commercial activity, including wireless product sales and roami...
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Rogers Q4 turnover drops 7% on wireless service revenue

Canadian cableco and mobile operator Rogers Communications reported that its total revenue decreased by 7% year-on-year to CAD3.680 billion (USD2.869 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2020, largely driven by an 8% decrease in wireless service revenue – mainly a result of lower roaming revenue due to global travel restrictions during COVID-19, and l...
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Distributel buys fellow Canadian telco Primus

Canadian telco Distributel Communications has acquired fellow independent operator Primus Telecommunications (Canada), which it announced will create a stronger brand offering residential, business and wholesale telecommunications services nationwide. Primus, founded in 1997, had been owned by US-based Birch Communications since 2016, whilst Distri...
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Cogeco announces full launch of EPICO IPTV service

Canadian cableco Cogeco Connexion has announced the full commercial launch of its 'EPICO' IPTV service based on a technology platform integrated with Google's Android TV ecosystem, available now for 'the majority' of its customers across its Quebec/Ontario network footprint. Cogeco says the new service allows users to take advantage of the latest t...
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Cogeco Connexion quarterly sales improve by 2.2%

Canadian cableco Cogeco Connexion reported that its revenues in the three months to end-November 2020 – its first fiscal quarter – climbed 2.2% year-on-year to CAD328.0 million (USD258.9 million), citing sustained demand for residential high speed internet since the beginning of the pandemic due to customers spending more time at home for work, edu...
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Xplornet buys Metro Loop

Canadian rural fixed-wireless/fibre broadband specialist Xplornet Communications has announced the acquisition of Ocdotus, a fibre-based service provider in southern Ontario operating under the name Metro Loop. Headquartered in Hamilton, Ontario, Metro Loop provides fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) services in Hamilton and Haldimand County. Xplornet is...
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Rogers begins 5G standalone core network deployment

Rogers Communication has announced that it is starting to roll out Canada's first 5G standalone (SA) core network, in partnership with Ericsson, initially to serve Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, aiming to support future devices and chipsets as they become available. 5G SA – built on Ericsson's dual-mode 5G Core – will enable ultra-low lat...
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Videotron launches 5G in Montreal in partnership with Samsung

Videotron announced the launch of its first commercial 5G mobile network section in Montreal on December 15th 2020, with rollout to continue gradually across the city and Quebec's other urban centres, in collaboration with the operator's 5G network technology partner Samsung. A press release declared: 'This is an important first step in the deploym...
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Kemp Acquires Flowmon for Predictive Network Performance Monitoring and Network Detection & Response

Flowmon Networks, a global network intelligence company, today announced it has been acquired by Kemp, the leader in powering always-on application experience [AX]. The acquisition brings together application delivery and security services with deep network visibility and automated security incident response. Joining these capabilities together arm...
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SaskTel launches CAD50m rural FTTP project

Canadian regional operator SaskTel has launched the Rural Fibre Initiative, a multi-phase investment of over CAD50 million (USD39 million) to expand its 'infiNET' fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) services to an additional 30,000 households and businesses in more than 20 rural Saskatchewan communities over the next four years. infiNET currently offers s...
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Canada adds CAD750m to Universal Broadband Fund

Canada's federal government has increased the funding available through the Universal Broadband Fund to CAD1.75 billion (USD1.35 billion), an increase of CAD750 million from the original CAD1 billion allocated to the Fund in its 2019 budget, stating that the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of access to high speed internet. Via the F...
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Bell expands Wireless Home Internet to Atlantic Canada

Bell Canada has announced the expansion of its Wireless Home Internet (WHI) fixed-wireless broadband service to Atlantic Canada, aiming to cover 70,000 households in hundreds of rural communities in the four Atlantic provinces by the end of 2020, rising to nearly 200,000 residences over two years. Around 68,000 premises will be in New Brunswick, 86...
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Cogeco continues Ontario high speed broadband expansion with federal support

Canadian cableco Cogeco Connexion disclosed that it is expanding high speed internet to over 8,000 homes and businesses in the Ontarian communities of Arnprior, Chalk River, Deep River, Mountain View, Beachburg, Cobden and Glasgow Station, with a project investment of CAD10 million (USD7.6 million) including CAD 2 million contributed by the governm...
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Rogers doubles 5G cities/towns to 130; launches Dynamic Spectrum Sharing

Canada's Rogers Communications has doubled the number of settlements covered by its 5G mobile network to 130, ranging from small towns to major metropolitan areas, claiming the expansion makes its 5G coverage 'ten times' wider than its rivals' current footprints. Rogers noted that the regional enlargement of its Ericsson-powered non-standalone (NSA...
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Little Britain gets Rogered

Major Canadian cableco and mobile operator Rogers Communications has completed the takeover of small independent internet provider Ruralwave, based in Little Britain, eastern Ontario. Ruralwave serves the townships of Brock, Ramara, Scugog, the City of Kawartha Lakes and the Municipality of Clarington, with 2,400 customers using fibre/HFC and fixed...
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CRTC grants big telcos, cablecos stay on wholesale internet order

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has approved requests by Bell Canada, Rogers, Shaw, Cogeco, Videotron and Eastlink to stay the implementation of Telecom Order 2019-288 regarding final rates for aggregated wholesale high speed access (HSA) services until the Commission completes its review of that order. Earlie...
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Rogers’ 5G reaches over 60 cities and towns

Rogers Communications has expanded its commercial 5G mobile network to five additional areas in Ontario – Ajax, Burlington, Grimsby, Oakville and Whitby – bringing its total coverage to more than 60 Canadian cities and towns including 25 in Ontario. Rogers, which launched its initial 5G services in January 2020 in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vanc...
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