CRTC Ruling: Big ISPs Must Share Fibre Networks with Competitors

CRTC Ruling: Big ISPs Must Share Fibre Networks with Competitors

The CRTC has put forth yet another ruling in favour of the little guys. Starting next year, the country’s largest internet service providers (ISPs) must share their high speed fibre networks with their smaller competitors. The ruling comes more than 6 months after the CRTC held public hearings where they heard from industry players, consumer advocates, municipal groups and academics regarding the high speed fibre networks that crisscross the country...


Distributel Announces Major Expansion of High Speed Internet Service in Quebec

Distributel Announces Major Expansion of High Speed Internet Service in Quebec

Distributel has announced an extensive expansion to its high speed internet network in La Belle Province. The service will now be available in an additional 29 cities across Quebec, including Rimouski, Tros-Rivieres, Drummondville and Shawinigan. “Distributel has aggressive plans to expand our cable footprint throughout Canada, and we’re starting in Quebec,” says Matt Stein, CEO of Distributel. “For more than 25 years, Quebecers...


Crave TV Available to All Canadians Starting January 1st

Crave TV Available to All Canadians Starting January 1st

Bell announced yesterday that begining January 1st, 2016, its CraveTV streaming service will be available to all Canadians across the country. Currently, CraveTV is only available to subscribers of cable TV service with providers such as Bell, Eastlink, SaskTel and Telus. Launched as a competitor to Rogers-Shaw streaming collaboration Shomi (itself positioned as a Netflix competitor), CraveTV does have some advantages over its opponents. For example,...


Apple Begins Selling Canada’s Ecobee Smart Thermostat in Stores

Apple Begins Selling Canada’s Ecobee Smart Thermostat in Stores

As of yesterday, Apple has begun selling the Ecobee3 smart thermostat in its stores across North America. Image courtesy of Ecobee The Ecobee3 is Toronto-based company Ecobee’s flagship product and is one of the first Apple Homekit-compatible devices to be sold in Apple stores. The Ecobee is a WiFi-enabled smart thermostat that its makers say detects when you’re inside your home, adjusting the temperature accordingly and in turn, saving you money....


Telus Raises Device Unlocking Fee Starting July 7th

Telus Raises Device Unlocking Fee Starting July 7th

Come July 7th, expect pay quite a bit more if you want Telus to unlock your device. Mobile Syrup obtained the following statement from a Telus spokesperson confirming the news: “TELUS will be increasing its device unlock fee to $50 effective July 7. We apologize for the inconvenience but made the change because the cost to provide this service is higher than we originally anticipated.” Currently, the fee to unlock a device with the company is...


Samsung Gear VR for Galaxy S6 to be Released July 17 in Canada

Samsung Gear VR for Galaxy S6 to be Released July 17 in Canada

Samsung today announced the Canadian release date for the Gear VR Innovator Edition, a virtual reality headset that works in conjunction with its Galaxy S6 smartphone. “We are thrilled to bring our innovative Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6 to Canadian consumers,” said Paul Brannen, Executive Vice President Mobile Solutions, Samsung Electronics Canada. “The availability of Gear VR confirms Samsung is committed to this new platform....


Bell Launches Gigabit Fibe Internet in Toronto

Bell Launches Gigabit Fibe Internet in Toronto

Bell today announced the launch of what it’s calling “North America’s fastest internet” in Toronto. The new Gigabit Fibe service will be rolled out to 1.1 million Toronto homes and businesses, with 50,000 gaining access this summer. Bell CEO George Cope announces Bell Gigabit Fibe internet in Toronto on June 25, 2015 [Image courtesy: Bell Canada]The company also indicated that it would be launching the service in other cities across...


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Fido rolling out LTE network this summer

Fido rolling out LTE network this summer

During the course of this summer, Fido customers will start being able to access LTE throughout Canada. This will begin in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, St.John’s, and their surrounding areas.. By the end of 2012 it should also include Moncton, Trois-Rivières, Sherbrooke, Québec City, Kingston, Ajax, Pickering, Oshawa, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Niagara, Windsor, Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, London, Barrie, Sudbury, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Kelowna, Abbotsford and Victoria. It looks like at launch Fido will be offering an LTE Hotspot device, with LTE compatible smartphones launching later in the year. “We are thrilled to offer the benefits of LTE network technology to Fido customers this year,” said Steven Sarfin, senior director of marketing, Fido Solutions. “Our focus at Fido has always been on providing the best value to our customers. With data plans starting from $10/month, affordable LTE service is a perfect complement to the exclusive FidoADVANTAGE programs like FidoTRADE™,...


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