Bell still fastest ISP in Canada; Rogers makes huge gains, says Netflix

Bell still fastest ISP in Canada; Rogers makes huge gains, says Netflix

by Christina Peden Bell is still on top when it comes to ISP speeds, but Rogers is certainly gaining on them, at least according Netflix Canada’s monthly ISP rankings. Bell`s fiber optic service offers speeds of 3.29 Mbps. The rankings, which were released earlier this week, also show Telus in dead last amongst Canada’s major internet providers. The last numbers released by Netflix had Rogers sitting in 12th place out of 14 ISPs. At the time,...


WIND Mobile founder partners with equity firm to buyout Vimpelcom’s remaining shares

WIND Mobile founder partners with equity firm to buyout Vimpelcom’s remaining shares

by Christina Peden Wind Mobile founder Tony Lacavera has announced a new partnership with Canadian private equity firm West Face Capital and other investors to buy out VimpelCom’s majority share in the company. WIND Mobile founder Tony Lacavera VimpleCom, a Dutch-Russian owner tech conglomerate, has been trying to offload its Wind shares since acquiring Egyptian-owned Orascom, which financed Wind prior to its launch in 2009. So, what does all this...


Videotron rolls out LTE service in Quebec

Videotron rolls out LTE service in Quebec

Quebecor-owned wireless carrier Videotron announced this week the launch of LTE service for their 550,000 customers across Quebec. Videotron began offering cellular service four years ago and now sells a number of LTE-capable devices including the Samsung Galaxy S4, S5 and Note 3, LG Nexus 5, Sony Xperia ZL, Moto G LTE and HTC Desire 601. Customers who already have an LTE-capable device for Videotron’s  High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network can...


Apple unveils iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Apple unveils iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Apple CEO Tim Cook yesterday unveiled the long awaited and much speculated about iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California. The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Rumours and prototype photos had circulated on the internet for weeks leading up to the announcement, and for the most part, there weren’t any surprises. The iPhone will now be available in two sizes: the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.  Each...


CRTC kicks off hearings on the future of Canadian television

CRTC kicks off hearings on the future of Canadian television

The CRTC yesterday commenced hearings to determine the future of television in Canada. The broadcast regulator will be hearing proposals from companies and individuals; the outcome of these hearings could heavily alter the way television content is delivered to Canadians. CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais has indicated that certain rules currently protecting specific channels or broadcasters could be scrapped in favour of new regulations that would...


Samsung Galaxy Alpha to hit Canadian market September 26

Samsung Galaxy Alpha to hit Canadian market September 26

Samsung today announced that the Galaxy Alpha, the latest in its lineup of Galaxy devices, will be released in Canada via Bell and Virgin Mobile on September 26. Price-wise, it’ll set you back $149.95 on a 2-year term or $700 outright. Boasting a sleek metal exterior, the Alpha is touted as one of Samsung’s slimmest devices ever, coming in at just 7mm thick, despite its 4.7” screen size. It also comes equipped with a pretty powerful rear camera...


Vizio launches in Canada, partners with Future Shop, Best Buy

Vizio launches in Canada, partners with Future Shop, Best Buy

by Christina Peden Vizio announced today that it will be officially setting up shop in Canada in partnership with Future Shop and Best Buy. Vizio launches its product line in Toronto at a press event on September 3, 2014 Speaking at a press event today in Toronto, Lily Knowles, Vizio’s vice president of product marketing, said the company has been pondering a Canadian launch for “quite a while”. After releasing a few Vizio products to the Canadian...


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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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