Facebook’s Unmanned Solar Powered Aircraft Aquila Takes Its First Test Flight

Facebook’s Unmanned Solar Powered Aircraft Aquila Takes Its First Test Flight

Last week, Facebook’s Connectivity Lab announced the completion of the first full test flight of Aquila, the company’s unmanned solar powered airplane. Aquila has been developed in the hopes of using it to bring internet access to the 1.6 billion people living in remote areas in the world, where implementing existing network technologies is extremely challenging and costly. The air craft, which can fly for up to three months at a time, has the...


Verizon Buys Yahoo for $4.83 Billion in Cash

Verizon Buys Yahoo for $4.83 Billion in Cash

According to recent media reports, Verizon Communications has bought Yahoo for $4.83 billion in cash. The deal does not include the Chinese e-commerce company, Alibabacom, but will give Verizon access to Yahoo’s advertising technology tools and other assets such as search, mail and messenger. Marissa Mayer, chief executive of Yahoo, said: “Yahoo is a company that has changed the world, and will continue to do so through this combination...


MTS is Offering Manitobans Direct Access to Netflix

MTS is Offering Manitobans Direct Access to Netflix

Earlier this month, Manitoba’s full-service telecommunications provider announced that customers are now able to access Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, directly on MTS Ultimate TV. MTS is the only television provider in Manitoba to offer the streaming service on set-top boxes. “This is just the latest step in our ongoing transformation to become a customer-focused company that is the first choice for Manitobans,” said Heather...


Rogers and Fido Customers Now Have Wireless Service Downtown on Vancouver’s SkyTrain

Rogers and Fido Customers Now Have Wireless Service Downtown on Vancouver’s SkyTrain

Today, Rogers announced it has turned on wireless service in the SkyTrain Dunsmuir Tunnel, helping keep people connected across Metro Vancouver. In partnership with TransLink, Rogers and Fido wireless customers can now surf the Internet, make and receive calls, send and receive emails and text messages, stream video and music, and more on their mobile devices while travelling along the Dunsmuir Tunnel. This service covers the Stadium–Chinatown,...


Telus is Launching 4K TV in Western Canada

Telus is Launching 4K TV in Western Canada

British Columbians and Albertans can now experience ultra-high-definition television with the launch of 4K on Optik TV. With four times the resolution of HD, 4K delivers a lifelike viewing experience. TELUS is the first, and currently the only carrier in Western Canada, to offer 4K programming. “TELUS is committed to offering our customers the most cutting-edge entertainment experience, and being the first to offer 4K TV in B.C. and Alberta is an...


Atlantic Canada’s Bell Aliant FibreOP is transforming into Fibe

Atlantic Canada’s Bell Aliant FibreOP is transforming into Fibe

This week, Bell Aliant announced that FibreOP will transform into Fibe, the Bell TV and Internet platform, changing Atlantic Canada’s TV and Internet service. “The Bell Aliant team has delivered the best TV and the fastest Internet services to Atlantic Canadians, and now we’re ready to take our broadband innovation leadership even further with Fibe,” said Dan McKeen, Bell’s Senior VP and Vice Chair, Atlantic. “Aligning...


Primus Expands VoIP Service Across Quebec and Ontario

Primus Expands VoIP Service Across Quebec and Ontario

This week, Primus announced that it has further expanded its VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) footprint across Canada. It now offers national coverage to another 200,000 residences and businesses within small and mid-sized communities in Ontario and Quebec including Thunder Bay, Orangeville, Haliburton, and Valleyfield. An industry leader, Primus was the first telecommunications company in Canada to introduce VoIP services. Since its launch in...


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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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