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Allstream Partners Cisco To Expand IP Fibre Capacity

Canadian all-business communications provider Allstream (part of MTS Allstream) has partnered Cisco Canada to add further capacity to its 30,000-plus kilometre national IP fibre-optic network, with the aim of adapting to ‘meet any customer needs’ and offer a larger range of IP communications solutions and services to Canadian businesses. Allstream will deploy a comprehensive IP Next Generation Network (NGN) built on Cisco’s latest technology which will help the company consolidate platforms, str...
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BCE’s First-Quarter Bottom Line Jumps 8.7%; 700MHz Expansion Ongoing

Canadian telecoms group BCE, parent of Bell Canada and Bell Aliant, posted an 8.7% year-on-year improvement in net income in the first quarter of 2014, with profits reaching CAD615 million (USD561 million), up from CAD566 million in the same period of last year, attributed largely to consistent growth at the group’s wireless (Bell Mobility) division as well as the benefits of integrating the previously acquired Astral Media into its results. Total group revenues increased by 3.7% year-on-year to...
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Telus proposes Mobilicity takeover for third time

Financially stricken Canadian cellco Mobilicity has announced that larger national rival Telus has agreed terms to acquire the company for CAD350 million (USD317.56 million) in a transaction to be implemented under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). Mobilicity has been operating under CCAA since September 2013, with the completion of a takeover transaction as its key initiative. The sales process has been supervised by court-appointed monitor Ernst & Young, and the press releas...
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Shaw notches up 2% revenue increase

Canadian cableco and satellite TV operator Shaw Communications has reported a 22% year-on-year increase in net profit to CAD222 million (USD203 million) in its fiscal second quarter ended 28 February 2014, on revenues which improved by 2% to CAD1.27 billion. Profits were boosted by the sale of two French-language TV channels for CAD49 million. Shaw lost a net 21,000 cable TV subscribers in the three-month period, leaving it with 1.98 million, although it added a net 13,000 cable broadband users ...
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Cogeco reports fiscal Q2 progress

Canadian cable TV, broadband and telephony operator Cogeco Cable reported that at the end of its fiscal second quarter on 28 February 2014, 68% of its Canadian cable services customers subscribed to two or more of its services (67% in February 2013), including 32% double-play (30% in 2013) and 36% triple-play (37%). 32% (33%) of Cogeco’s Canadian customers subscribe to a single-play package. High speed internet customers reached 672,981 at the end of the period, up by 4,724 in a quarter, while t...
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Ottawa presents internet goals, roaming clampdown

Canada’s Industry Minister James Moore last Friday presented a federal plan to complete the rollout of high speed internet access to all rural and remote regions of the country by 2017 under a CAD305 million (USD278.5 million) budget, as part of a wider package of measures covering digital communications and commerce, including CAD200 million to help smaller businesses adopt digital technologies and CAD300 million for venture capital to be invested in digital startups, Reuters reports. Other mea...
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Easy as ABC, Hu and me… province’s first TD-LTE network goes live

British Columbia (BC)-based telecoms provider ABC Communications has partnered with Huawei to deploy TD-LTE fixed wireless broadband services throughout its operating area, claiming the first commercial rollout of the technology in the western Canadian province, according to a press release. Using licensed 3.5GHz spectrum, ABC’s newly expanded and upgraded wireless broadband network gives coverage of ‘up to 20km of linear service range’ and provides internet access speeds of up to 50Mbps, while ...
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Videotron expands 200Mbps cable broadband

Quebec-based cableco Videotron has expanded the reach of its premium ‘Ultimate’ 200Mbps broadband services to an additional 400,000 or so premises, it announced, adding that the 200Mbps and 120Mbps Ultimate services are now available in areas including St Jerome, St Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Outremont, Boucherville, Le Gardeur and St Hubert. Thanks to TeleGeogpraphy for the article.
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Ottawa Regional Contact Centre Association Presents Coaching for Success

A Seminar designed for Team Managers, Senior Leads, Trainers and Quality Assurance Coordinators! April 30, 2014 - Dows Lake Court, 865 Carling, Ottawa A Coaching Culture - The Art of Coaching - Record Keeping - Stress Management Building a Coaching Culture How is coaching different than supervising? Adopting a coaching philosophy will influence your management practices and reshape your organizational culture. Coaching encourages delegation and empowerment, boosts employee engagement and benefit...
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Public Mobile shutting down CDMA in May, moving to parent Telus’ network

Small cellco Public Mobile, a subsidiary of nationwide Canadian operator Telus, has announced that it will shut down its CDMA-based network covering Montreal, Toronto and surrounding areas in May this year, and migrate all users to its parent’s GSM/W-CDMA/HSPA/LTE network. In a notice for its subscribers on its website, Public warns users that in May they will need a new phone compatible with the Telus network to continue receiving services. It is offering a discount on the handset purchase for ...
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Aliant expands FTTH to three more towns

Atlantic Canada-based telco Bell Aliant has announced an investment of CAD4.8 million (USD4.32 million) to expand its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to three additional towns in Newfoundland & Labrador, where its ‘FibreOP’ triple-play services will soon be available to more than 8,000 homes and businesses in Harbour Grace, Deer Lake and Stephenville. Aliant’s FTTH network passed 806,000 premises in around 70 communities across the Atlantic Canadian provinces and Ontario at end-December 201...
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Bell, Rogers blocked from gaining additional 2300MHz spectrum

Canada’s Industry Minister James Moore has issued a decision to block a proposed transaction which would have seen nationwide mobile operators Bell Canada (including Bell Mobility) and Rogers Communications gain additional spectrum in the 2300MHz band from NextWave via the pair’s Inukshuk joint venture. The request was made last October to transfer 83 Wireless Communications Services (WCS) spectrum licences including 30MHz bandwidth in areas across the country from NextWave to Inukshuk. Moore ru...
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Eastlink to complete 100% broadband coverage of Nova Scotia this year

Cableco and mobile provider Eastlink has until the end of this year to provide broadband internet services to 100% of residential and business premises in Nova Scotia, the provincial government’s rural development minister Michel Samson said on Thursday. As reported by Metronews.ca, Eastlink’s contract with the government to implement the rural rollout expires this December, and while around 99% of the Atlantic Canadian province’s inhabitants already have high speed access, there remain approxim...
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CRTC launches wholesale mobile sector review

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has launched a public consultation to review whether the wholesale mobile wireless services market is sufficiently competitive, and the prospects for competition in the future. The CRTC is inviting comments on: the state of the market for wholesale mobile wireless services, including wholesale roaming and wholesale tower sharing in Canada; the impact that the wholesale mobile wireless services market has on the retail market;...
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Eight 700MHz licence winners spend CAD5.3bn

Canada’s Minister of Industry James Moore yesterday (19 February 2014) announced the conclusion of the country’s 700MHz 4G mobile broadband spectrum licence auction. 97 regional licences were awarded to eight companies in the auction which finished on 13 February, meeting the government’s aim to license at least four wireless players in every Canadian region. Total revenue generated from the 700MHz auction was CAD5.27 billion (USD4.80 billion), the highest return ever for a wireless auction in C...
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Telus overtakes Bell as second largest mobile operator by users

Canadian quadruple-play telco Telus has posted a 3.6% year-on-year increase in EBITDA to CAD951 million (USD865 million) in the fourth quarter of 2013, on consolidated quarterly revenues which climbed 3.4% to CAD2.948 billion in Q4. Notable in Telus’ end-of-year results was the fact that it narrowly surpassed Bell Mobility as Canada’s second largest mobile operator by users, with its total wireless subscribers standing at 7.807 million at 31 December 2013, compared to 7.670 million a year earlie...
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Canada budgets further CAD305m for rural broadband

Canada’s federal government has promised an additional CAD305 million (USD277.5 million) over five years to expand and upgrade broadband internet services in rural and Northern communities, reports IT World Canada. Finance minister James Flaherty’s new budget sets a goal of giving 280,000 more rural households access to download speeds of at least 5Mbps, as per a five-year target established in 2011 by the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Ottawa spent CAD225 mi...
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Rogers’ revenue down by 1% in Q4

Canadian cable and mobile group Rogers Communications has posted consolidated operating revenue down by 1% year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2013 to CAD3.243 billion (USD2.933 billion), reflecting a 2% decline in wireless network revenue as well as lower equipment sales, partly offset by growth in cable operations (2%), Business Solutions (11%) and Media (4%). The decline in wireless turnover was mainly attributed to the introduction of lower priced roaming plans and pricing changes associat...
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Bell Canada’s revenues climb 5.2%, 2.6% in Q4, full-year

Bell Canada’s quarterly revenues increased by 5.2% year-on-year to CAD4.813 billion (USD4.347 billion) across its mobile, fixed and media operations in Q4 2013, driven by steady mobile growth, strong TV and internet expansion which offset declines in traditional wireline voice services, and the contribution of major broadcasting acquisition Astral to Bell Media results after it became consolidated on 5 July 2013. Bell Canada’s EBITDA was CAD1.693 billion in the three months to 31 December 2013, ...
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Rogers’ new M2M platform supports smartphone shopping applications

Canada’s Rogers Communications has launched a machine-to-machine (M2M) platform called ‘Mobile Shopper’ which supports in-store shopping applications on users’ smartphones, such as mobile-only special offers/promotions, mobile payments and other applications. Mobile Shopper is being piloted in selected Ontario shopping centres ahead of a planned wider rollout. Thanks to TeleGeography for the article.
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