CRTC kicks off hearings on high-speed internet cost, access

CRTC kicks off hearings on high-speed internet cost, access

The CRTC today kicked off hearings that could determine the future of internet service in Canada. The purpose of the hearings is to determine how much access small internet service providers should have to high-speed service across the country. A few years ago, the regulatory body introduced rules that forced the large telcos to share access to their networks with smaller ISPs such as TekSavvy and Primus. The CRTC also set the rates that smaller ISPs...


Mobile devices have nearly doubled the time Canadians spend online

Mobile devices have nearly doubled the time Canadians spend online

A new report has revealed just how much time Canadians are spending online. Hint: it`s a lot. According to measurement firm comScore, there were almost 28 million Canadians accessing the internet with a computer as of August. They spent an average of 39 hours a month on the web when using a desktop or laptop. But the big numbers come into play when we look at internet use on mobile devices like tablets and smartphones: with these accounted for, the...


Canadians will no longer need to give 30-days notice to cancel TV, internet or phone service

Canadians will no longer need to give 30-days notice to cancel TV, internet or phone service

Looks like another strike for the Big Three telcos. The CRTC today announced that Canadians will no longer have to give their provider advance notice if they would like to cancel their television subscription service. This is the first, of presumably many, decisions to come out of the CRTC’s “Let’s Talk TV” public hearings that took place in Ottawa earlier this fall. Many individuals as well as consumer groups had expressed their wish to see...


SVOD service Shomi launches today across Canada

SVOD service Shomi launches today across Canada

Rogers and Shaw are today launching their much-talked-about joint venture subscription video streaming service, Shomi. Currently, Shomi is only available in a beta trial to Rogers and Shaw internet or cable customers. It will be widely released to the Canadian general public at a later date. Eligible Shaw and Rogers customers can also sign up and get a 30-day free trial, which is a great way to check out whether Shomi will live up to the hype the...


Bell launches “Project Latte” video streaming service

Bell launches “Project Latte” video streaming service

The online streaming scene in Canada just got a little more crowded as Bell announced the launch of its new streaming service, currently code-named “Project Latte.” The announcement comes as Rogers and Shaw are next week set to launch their own joint streaming venture known as Shomi. The unlikely collaborators are positioning Shomi as a direct competitor to Netflix. At $8.99 per month, it even matches Netflix’s monthly cost. Now Bell has thrown...


Rogers, Shaw lose over 200,000 cable customers in past year

Rogers, Shaw lose over 200,000 cable customers in past year

More and more Canadians are moving away from traditional cable TV subscriptions, according to a new report. Rogers and Shaw both released their quarterly earnings reports last week, and the news is pretty grim: between the two of them, they’ve shed almost 200,000 cable subscribers in the past year. Rogers lost some 111,000 TV customers, equal to about 5 per cent of their TV subscription base. Shaw isn’t doing much better. They lost 82,000 cable...


Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to be released October 24

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to be released October 24

Samsung today confirmed that its much-anticipated Galaxy Note 4 smartphone will hit Canadian shelves on October 24th. With its 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen, the Note 4 is definitely a handful.  It also comes equipped with a built in stylus that Samsung has dubbed “S Pen”, which will allow you to handwrite emails and texts, capture and edit meeting notes and add handwritten messages to your photos. A feature called Multi Window will allow...


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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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