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Canada Unveils Plans for ‘Unprecedented’ Release of Mobile Spectrum

Canada’s government has announced plans to release an ‘unprecedented amount of mobile spectrum’ in 2015, with Industry Canada claiming that by May 2015 the amount of spectrum available to provide mobile services to consumers will have increased by almost 60% against early 2014. As part of its plans, the state has confirmed it will launch an auction of ‘Advanced Wireless Spectrum-3’ (‘AWS-3’) frequencies (1755MHz-1780MHz, 2155MHz-2180MHz) on 3 March 2015, with it saying these will ‘enable the del...
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Bell Expands LTE in Northwest Territories Via Satellite

Bell Mobility has expanded 4G LTE services to the remote Northwest Territories communities of Gameti, Nahanni Butte, Paulatuk and Ulukhaktok via satellite links. The project formed part of regional Bell Canada unit Northwestel’s Modernisation Plan, which has delivered advanced internet and wireless services to northerners since its introduction in 2013, while in October that year Northwestel transferred its wireless portfolio to group-wide cellular division Bell Mobility. The federal government ...
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Crave Sign-Ups Get Their Four-Dollar Fix on 11 December

Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) has announced that its Bell Media division’s new subscription video content service ‘CraveTV’ (originally codenamed ‘Latte’) will launch on 11 December, boasting over 10,000 hours of TV content, and costing CAD4 (USD3.5) per month. Available online and on iOS- and Android-based mobile phones and tablets as an authenticated streaming service, customers must also subscribe to either Bell Fibe TV, Bell Aliant FibreOp TV, Bell Satellite TV, Telus Optik TV or Eastlink ca...
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Xplornet Launches 25Mbps Rural LTE Fixed-Wireless Internet

Xplornet Communications, Canada’s largest rural broadband provider, has commercially launched a 25Mbps fixed-wireless LTE-based service in the province of New Brunswick. The upgraded broadband service is available in rural areas around the communities of Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John, Miramichi, Dieppe, Sackville, Shediac, Bouctouche, Sussex, Woodstock, Grand Falls and St. Stephen, while all of Xplornet’s fixed-wireless network in New Brunswick will be upgraded by 2015. The operator’s wider g...
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The Good, the Bandwidth and the Ugly: BCE Buys Phone Retailer, Passes 1m FibreOP Premises, Hit With Civil Suit

Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) has agreed a CAD594 million (USD520 million) cash-and-stock deal to buy independent cellphone retailer Glentel, the Globe & Mail reports. The deal will give Bell ownership of Glentel’s roughly 500 own-brand retail locations in Canada, as well as kiosks at Target Canada and Costco under the names ‘Wirelesswave’, ‘Tbooth wireless’ and ‘Wireless etc’. BCE previously bought another phone retail chain, The Source, with around 750 locations, in 2009. The Source now ex...
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Wind Gets Third National Roaming Partner

Canada’s fourth largest cellular operator by subscribers Wind Mobile has added a third domestic network roaming partner, Telus, to add to its existing partners Rogers and Bell, raising its combined on-net and roaming coverage footprint to 97% of the population, reports MobileSyrup. The company indicated that its roaming (‘WIND Away’) network coverage has expanded by 14% across the country and 40% in Telus’ home province of British Columbia via the deal. Earlier this year Canada’s telecoms regula...
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Mobilicity Down But Still Not Out; Catalyst Frustrated in Attempts to Influence Cellco

Indebted Canadian cellco Mobilicity has received its eighth court-sanctioned extension to its creditor protection, from 1 December 2014 until 30 January 2015, while it continues to seek a buyer for its business, the Globe & Mail reports. In its latest court filing Mobilicity reported 154,900 active subscribers at 31 October, down by 1,400 since August, Canadian website MobileSyrup noted, as the struggling operator continues to compete via discount offers and promotions. The court document al...
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Telus Launches Two Cisco Powered Cloud Services

In a press release, Canadian full-service telco Telus announced it is introducing two new solutions to enable Canadian businesses leverage cloud-based technology ‘to improve how they communicate with their customers, employees and partners.’ TELUS Cloud Collaboration provides businesses with access to a full suite of unified communications services, and TELUS Cloud Contact Centre offers a fully featured contact centre solution hosted in the cloud. Both products are powered by the Cisco Hosted Co...
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Bell ‘Latte’ Launching for Telus Customers, ‘All TV Providers’

Canada’s Bell Media has reached its first distribution deals to deliver its new premium on-demand video streaming service to subscribers – with parent telco Bell Canada and newly merged Atlantic subsidiary Bell Aliant, alongside western Canadian incumbent telco Telus, while it says that the service, ‘codenamed Project Latte’, will be made available to ‘every TV provider in the country’ in due course. Customers will be able to access ‘thousands of hours’ of TV content including HBO’s entire off-a...
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Rogers and Shaw Launch Shomi VoD

Canadian cablecos Shaw Communications and Rogers Communications both announced this week the free beta trial launch of their joint subscription video-on-demand (VoD) service ‘Shomi’. The trial service is available for existing Rogers and Shaw customers on selected tablets and other mobile devices, online, and on set-top boxes, with other platforms to follow including Xbox 360 and Chromecast. Shomi will focus on offering ‘the most popular movies and TV shows’. Thanks to TeleGeography for the arti...
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Government Approves Wind Sale

The Canadian government yesterday approved the previously announced sale of Globalive Wireless (Wind Mobile) to an investor group that includes the company’s chairman, after deciding that the transaction will bolster competition in the cellular market, the Wall Street Journal reports. Federal approval came with conditions including a pledge by Wind Mobile’s new ownership to significantly invest in new spectrum and expansion of network infrastructure across Canada. It was announced in September t...
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BCE Completes Bell Aliant Delisting, Integration

Canada’s largest telecoms group BCE has announced the successful completion of its privatisation of Atlantic Canadian subsidiary Bell Aliant and its integration into BCE’s nationwide Bell Canada operations. Bell Aliant’s common shares were delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) on 31 October 2014 and Bell Aliant preferred shares were delisted from the TSX on 3 November 2014. In July BCE announced it would delist Bell Aliant by acquiring the interests of public minority shareholders for a...
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Rogers buys Source Cable for USD142m

Source Cable, the last remaining independent cable TV network operator in Hamilton, Ontario, has been sold to national giant Rogers Communications for CAD160 million (USD142 million) in a deal expected to close this quarter, reports The Hamilton Spectator. Source Cable provides TV, internet and telephony to around 26,000 homes with 43,000 revenue-generating units (RGUs), while Rogers stated that the purchase means the cable giant will have about 60,000 customers in Hamilton. The paper notes that...
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Rogers’ Revenue Inches Up 1%, Although Cable Declines 1%

Canadian quadruple-play operator Rogers Communications’ consolidated revenue increased 1% in the third quarter of 2014 to CAD3.252 billion (USD2.896 billion), reflecting revenue growth of 2% year-on-year in mobile operations and 3% in Business Solutions, while revenue in the group’s Media division was steady, and was partially offset by a decline of 1% in cable operations (TV, broadband and fixed telephony). Mobile revenue was boosted by higher equipment sales and moderate growth in service reve...
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Cogeco Would Consider MVNO Launch If regulator Helps

Cogeco Would Consider MVNO Launch If regulator Helps
Canadian triple-play cableco Cogeco says it will consider launching a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service if the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) implements stricter regulation regarding wholesale access to the infrastructure of national mobile network operators Rogers, Telus and Bell. As reported by Reuters, Cogeco’s CEO Louis Audet said that he hoped for new regulations to encourage MVNOs, in a statement to the press ahead of CRTC hearings on wholes...
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BCE Concludes Initial Phase Of Aliant Share Offer; 100% Buyout Expected By End-October

Telecoms group Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) and its subsidiary Bell Aliant yesterday announced in a press release the initial results of BCE’s offer to purchase all Bell Aliant’s outstanding publicly held common shares and to exchange all outstanding Bell Aliant preferred shares. BCE revealed in July that it would buy out all minority shareholders in Bell Aliant for a total consideration of approximately CAD3.95 billion (USD3.68 billion); sellers will receive cash and BCE common equity. 81.2% a...
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Vimpelcom Exits Wind Mobile: Sells Out To Consortium Of Canadian Owners/Investment Funds

Russian-backed telecoms group Vimpelcom and its Egyptian-based subsidiary Global Telecom Holding (GTH) jointly announced today that they have agreed to sell all of their debt and equity interest in the Globalive group of companies in Canada, including Globalive Wireless Management Corp (Wind Canada), the operator of the Wind Mobile cellular network. Canada’s Globalive Capital (formerly AAL Holdings), the controlling shareholder of Wind Canada, and a group of investment funds are acquiring the en...
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Videotron’s LTE Network Goes Live

Quebec-based quadruple-play cableco and mobile operator Videotron has launched commercial services over its new 4G LTE network, four years to the day since launching its original 3G cellular network. In its press release Videotron announced that its LTE mobile broadband service reaches nearly 90% of Quebec’s population and supports speeds of up to 150Mbps, with data packages aimed at consumers and businesses. The Quebecor subsidiary has rolled out its LTE 2100MHz network in an infrastructure bui...
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Shaw Closes USD1.2bn ViaWest Purchase

Canadian cableco Shaw Communications has completed the purchase of US-based data centre provider ViaWest for USD830 million plus USD370 million debt from private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners and other shareholders, following the agreement announced at the end of July. ViaWest, based in Denver, Colorado, operates 27 data centres in eight markets in the western US, with around 1,300 mainly mid-sized company clients, and will continue to operate as a standalone entity. ‘The ViaWest acquisi...
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Shomi The Money? Rogers, Shaw Form Stream Team

Rival Canadian cablecos Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications have announced they are jointly launching an online streaming TV and film content subscription service, named ‘shomi’, which will arrive in a beta version in November, exclusively for Rogers and Shaw customers at first for CAD8.99 (USD8.24) per month. shomi content will initially include more than 14,000 episodes, including 340 TV shows and 1,200 movies, the operators announced, while the price is slightly above the current mo...
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