Bell to Acquire Canada’s Independent Telecoms Operator Distributel

Bell and Distributel together announced that Distributel intends to join the Bell group of companies to support its growth strategy in the residential and business segments for Internet services… Voir plus

Major Canadian telecommunication companies agree to an emergency outage deal

Major telecommunication companies have agreed to an emergency outage deal following Roger’s July outage, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation… Voir plus

Rogers Communications to deploy thousands of small cells for 5G: CEO

Canadian telecom operator Rogers Communications confirmed plans to deploy thousands of small cells as part of its 5G efforts, the company’s President and CEO Joe Natale said duri… Voir plus

Another cable operator signals plans to get into wireless

The parent company of Atlantic Broadband—which is North America’s eighth largest cable operator with services in 11 states along the U.S. East Coast—said it plans to engage i… Voir plus

All you need to know about 2G network shutdown

Singapore’s 2G mobile network will be gradually shut down, with a complete cessation of 2G mobile services by April 18. In other words, you won’t be able to make calls,… Voir plus

Bell, Huawei carry out 5G tests in Canada

Canadian telecom operator Bell confirmed it is currently conducting further trials of 5G mobile technology in the 28 GHz and 3.5 GHz ranges. In a release to announce the telco’s … Voir plus

Mortgage brokers, home buyers concerned about new ‘stress test’ rules

New guidelines that will soon place restrictions on uninsured borrowers looking to secure a mortgage have — as one Ottawa realtor puts it — kicked the pursuit of a home into &#… Voir plus

It’s iPhone 8 launch day, so where are all the lines?

Every year, iPhone launch day is one of the busiest times at any Apple Store. Case in point, most people associate iPhone launch day with long lines, excited customers waiting to g… Voir plus

Rogers Communications launches connected car offering

Canadian communications firm Rogers Communications has launched a connected car product in the local market. Built by Chinese vendor ZTE and powered by Mojio’s open platform for … Voir plus

Freedom Mobile now has 1,106,159 subscribers, ARPU increases to $37.05

Coming off its recent announcement of acquiring 700 MHz and 2500 MHz wireless spectrum licences from Quebecor, Shaw Communications, the parent company of Freedom Mobile, declared i… Voir plus

Canada’s major telecoms set to leap in to 5G technology

Canada’s major telecom operators are taking early steps toward the next great leap in wireless technology. Bell, Rogers and Telus are all participating in a global effort to deve… Voir plus

5G Let Me Drive a Vehicle From 60 Miles Away at Mobile World Congress

I’m not going to lie: Remotely driving a vehicle from 60-miles away is pretty cool. It’s the sort of stuff that makes you wonder what’s waiting in the not-very-di… Voir plus

5G networks are coming in 2020: here are the speeds and advantages to expect

I still remember the day when I first accessed the internet from a mobile device. It was in the early 2000’s, when I owned a Motorola T720 flip phone. Its data connection all… Voir plus

Six futuristic phone designs

Cell phone technology continues moving forward year after year, but many of the developments are incremental—a better camera, more storage space, or a faster processor. Those are… Voir plus

Videotron pleads for more bandwidth to compete with Big Three

Quebecor Inc. wants the government to help it gain access to the valuable wireless airwaves it says it needs to keep competing with the country’s largest cellphone carriers. Mano… Voir plus

Nokia, EE testing small cell equipped drones to deliver rural LTE

U.K. telecommunications operator EE and Finnish vendor Nokia have carried out a trial to provide LTE services in rural areas of Scotland, Nokia said in a blog post. Both companies … Voir plus

Canada’s cellphone rates rank among highest in 8-country study, report says

Canadians continue to pay some of the highest rates for wireless service in the G7 and Australia, according to a study commissioned by the CRTC and released Thursday. The study, wh… Voir plus

Techstars grad raises $5 million to create a ‘cell tower’ in space

Toronto-based Kepler Communications wants to launch a series of small satellites into space so connected machines can transmit information, no matter where they are in the world. T… Voir plus

Canada’s Telus profit grows with wireless bounce; shares rise

TORONTO (Reuters) – Telus Corp, one of Canada’s three biggest telecommunications companies, on Friday reported surprisingly strong wireless subscriber growth and raised… Voir plus

Bell and Nokia say 5G mobile is coming to Canada. But what does that mean?

Ready for internet speeds that are six times faster than what you currently have? That’s what Bell says will soon be coming to Canada. Along with partner Nokia, Bell said it has … Voir plus

Samsung Gets Ready to Shrink 5G Antennas & Chipsets

Samsung says that it will soon introduce miniaturized antennas and chipsets aimed at catching the first wave of 5G. 5G is the next-generation wireless technology intended to delive… Voir plus

Keep up the pressure on the telcos, Canada

Sysadmin Blog Bell Canada has lost their second appeal of the July 2015 decision by the CRTC requiring the opening of fibre networks by Canada’s major telcos for wholesale co… Voir plus

Canada’s major telecoms set to leap in to 5G technology

Canada’s major telecom operators are taking early steps toward the next great leap in wireless technology. Bell, Rogers and Telus are all participating in a global effort to deve… Voir plus

Mobile data and bandwidth demand to skyrocket by 2021, requiring 5G network: telecom execs

TORONTO — Whether it’s a person streaming video on their smartphone or a health care organization sharing genomic data with a university, C-suite telecom executives predict dem… Voir plus

Carriers using small cell tech to connect Canadians

The next big thing in connectivity is elusively, almost comically, small. As cities get denser, and its citizens’ wireless needs more explicit, carriers are looking to new techno… Voir plus

Canada’s Telus is finished expanding its macro sites

HONG KONG: Canada’s Telus is a strong proponent of hetnets and has turned its focus to expanding capacity with micro cells, aiming to simplify deployments by taking a plug-and-pl… Voir plus

Small Cells Help Operators Get Enterprising

London and Barcelona, 23 February, 2016: Small Cell Forum today revealed the results of independent research which point to a sharp uptake in Enterprise small cell deployments and … Voir plus

What is 5G? Everything you need to know about the next-gen mobile network

It wasn’t too long ago that the idea of phone-based internet outperforming home broadband was a ludicrous one. But now, in 2016, those with access to 4G find it is often better t… Voir plus

Bell Claims Your Network Should be Like a Pepperoni Pizza

Wireless carriers claims are a lot like accountants – you know the old saying – “figures don’t lie, but liars figure.” The numbers released for carriers can be manipulate… Voir plus

Rogers Communications Starts Internet of Things in Canada

Rogers Communications Inc. (RCI – Analyst Report), the largest integrated telecom operator in Canada, has become the first wireless operator in the nation to offer “Interne… Voir plus

Gaitherburg city council seeks public input on “Small” cell phone towers

Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman and the City Council will hold a work session to discuss small cell tower installations in April. The meeting will give residents an opportunity to co… Voir plus

Shaw enters wireless market with closing of Wind Mobile deal

Shaw Communications Inc. is officially a player in Canada’s wireless market, after announcing it has closed its $1.6-billion acquisition of Wind Mobile Corp. on Tuesday. The Calg… Voir plus

Cell Tower News: Vandals and storms wreak havoc

Cell towers, as large outdoor structures, can be the subject of brutal force by both man and nature. First, a Telus tower near Oliver, British Columbia, was completely downed due t… Voir plus

American Tower reports strong growth, SBA minimal

In the excitement leading up to and during the recent NATE UNITE 2016 event, it seems the tower industry’s financial update escaped us until now. American Tower reports strong gr… Voir plus

Sugar Mobile could shake up cellphone oligopoly in Canada

Sugar Mobile, an upstart provider offering wireless plans for as little as $19 a month, appears to have found a backdoor into the Canadian cellphone market, which has long been lar… Voir plus

Verizon’s McAdam: 5G speeds will be up to 1 Gbps and will be live at Verizon HQ in January

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said that the carrier expects to be able to offer 5G wireless speeds up to 1 Gbps, and that he expects the carrier to begin a commercial test of the techn… Voir plus

No Cell Signal? This Can Help When You Wander Off-Grid

I feel awfully naked whenever I head into an area with no cell service. Across surprisingly large swaths of American countryside, you’re basically a cave man, with no way to let … Voir plus

MetroPCS adds service in Mexico and Canada

Continuing to take cues from its parent company T-Mobile US, prepaid brand MetroPCS expanded its international efforts to Canada, offering unlimited talk, text and data north of th… Voir plus

Shaw’s $1.2B Wind Mobile deal will boost converged play

Canada’s Shaw Communications agreed to acquire local operator Wind Mobile in a transaction worth CAD1.6 billion ($1.2 billion) that will add mobile services to the cable operator… Voir plus

Crown Castle spends more on small cells than on new towers

Outdoor small cell deployments have been more complicated and expensive than network operators expected, but they remain the most viable option for carriers faced with intense data… Voir plus

Report: small cell and femtocell market to reach $5.98B by 2019

A new study from WinterGreen Research predicts the small cell and femtocell markets combined will reach $5.98 billion by 2019. That would constitute tremendous growth from the $420… Voir plus

Tenants Gently Evicted From Vacant AT&T Tower

An osprey nest resting upon an old AT&T cell tower in Helena, MT, created an interesting problem for crews that were planning to dismantle the tower. The two Ospreys, which is… Voir plus

New York prepares for surge in small cell deployments

New York City is preparing to solicit bids for new city streetlight poles that can accommodate more small cells, hoping to capture carrier spending before mobile operators lose pat… Voir plus

Nearly Half of U.S. Homes Use Cellphones Only, Shun Landlines

Nearly half of U.S. households only use cellphones, according to new federal statistics that show more and more people are cutting the cord on landlines. Now, only about 8 percent … Voir plus

4G LTE, LTE-A Network Deployment Gain Strong Momentum

Long-Term Evolution (LTE), the most sought after next-generation (4G) super-fast wireless communications technology, is gaining rapid momentum worldwide. 4G wireless networks prima… Voir plus

Small Cells Growth Surges as Carriers Densify Network

Data from Austin, TX-based ABI Research finds consumers pushed the whopping growth – 43 percent on a compound annual average – by demanding more capacity over coverage area. Sm… Voir plus

Canada’s Telus is finished expanding its macro sites

Canada’s Telus is a strong proponent of hetnets and has turned its focus to expanding capacity with micro cells, aiming to simplify deployments by taking a plug-and-play approach… Voir plus

PEG Bandwidth: Content owners, cable operators are driving demand for 100G in Tier 2 and 3 markets

PEG Bandwidth has found that demand for its fiber-based higher speed services, including its 100G service, to wholesale and business customers in Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets is being… Voir plus

T-Mobile US unveils mini 4G LTE tower

In the latest of its Un-carrier amped marketing events, T-Mobile US today announced the 4G LTE CellSpot, which the company describes as a “first-ever 4G LTE mini-tower” designe… Voir plus

Tech revolution will require a new network: Bell Labs

Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs launched a book called “The Future X Network” which says the world is on the brink of a new technological revolution – the so-called automation a… Voir plus

Outdoor DAS solutions evolve to better support mobile operators

Outdoor distributed antenna system solutions enable operators to offer coverage and support capacity requirements in places that the macro network cannot reach. Outdoor DAS solutio… Voir plus

The Benefits of the Tower World

The tower industry offers a lot of potential because the business model is great, and even though the industry isn’t risk-free, it’s pretty darn close in our opinion. The Benef… Voir plus

5G vision grows clearer as 2020 deadline gets closer

The 5G buzz is escalating as U.S. operators like Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) are announcing 5G trials and vendors like Nokia Networks (NYSE:NOK) are promising commercial 5G-ready h… Voir plus

AT&T’s Cricket: ‘Few’ CDMA customers remain ahead of network shutdown, including in California

AT&T Mobility’s Cricket Wireless prepaid brand has “few” remaining customers on its legacy CDMA network, which is being officially shut down tomorrow. Cricke… Voir plus

Verizon to trial ‘5G’ next year

US operator Verizon announced plans to hold 5G field trials in 2016 in a bid to “accelerate the expected rate of innovation” of the technology. Verizon to trial ‘5G’ next y… Voir plus

FCC aligns 600 MHz plans with Canada

The Federal Communications Commission continues to craft its 600 MHz spectrum plans, with the latest move coming in connection with Canada’s government regulators over harmonizin… Voir plus

Canadian wireless prices rising at 3X inflation: Report

Feel like your wireless bill is growing faster than your pay cheque? Well, you’re right. And a new report sheds light on just how fast our smartphone bills are skyrocketing. Cana… Voir plus

Rogers wireless drops border cities roaming perk

Rogers wireless subscribers in Windsor will no longer get away with free roaming services when travelling to Detroit, the company said Thursday. Customers long avoided roaming fees… Voir plus

AT&T’s Cricket Offers Calls, Texts to Mexico and Canada

As of Sunday, Cricket Wireless customers will be able to talk and text freely to and from Mexico and, starting later in the month, Canada, the carrier said in a Friday morning pres… Voir plus

Qualcomm powers wireless charging of some phones

Qualcomm said this week that it has engineered a way to enable wireless charging of electronic devices with metal exteriors – claiming to be the first company to offer this techn… Voir plus

Macro Cells Remain Core of Network

Senior Telecom / Media High Yield Analyst Davis Hebert at Wells Fargo shared some takeaways from the company’s 4th annual telecom symposium, “The Wireless Supply Chain—Soup t… Voir plus