IPTV in Canada: An update

In 2005, cable companies began offering cable telephony , also known as VoIP or digital phone service, to its customers for the first time. Since that time, the big four cable companies – Cogeco, Rogers, Shaw, and Videotron have taken more than 386 million landline phone customers away from the big Canadian telephone companies.

To offset losses in telecommunications, Bell Canada, Bell Aliant, MTS, Sasktel, Tbaytel, and Telus have decided to take on the cable companies by offering cable customers IPTV or Internet Protocol television, a technology that enables telephone companies (Telcos) to deliver television programming through phones lines.

Bell will end bandwidth throttling next March

In a letter sent dated December 19, 2011, Bell Aliant and Bell Canada have informed the CRTC that they’ll stop the practice of Internet Traffic Management Practice (ITMP), commonly known as bandwidth throttling, on March 1st, 2012.

For the past several years, Bell has been slowing down peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing application traffic between 4:30 p.m. and 2 a.m. because these programs were clogging the networks and negatively affecting time sensitive applications.

BCE reports Q3 2011 results

Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, today reported financial results for the third quarter of 2011.

BCE, which includes Bell Canada, Bell Aliant, Bell Media, Virgin Mobile, and the Source, reported a 8.7% increase in operating revenues to $4.9 billion and a 41.4% increase in net earnings to $642 million, when compared to the same quarter in 2010.

Fibre to the Home: The future of Internet Connectivity

An overview of what Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) is and its penetration in Canada in 2011.

Bell Aliant bumps pricing by $5 per month

>Claiming that it needs to keep up with rising TV programming and Internet usage costs, Bell Aliant has announced it will increase the price of its Whole Home bundle by $5 per month effective November 1st.

Bell Aliant bringing Fibre to 27,000 homes in Nova Scotia

Bell Aliant said today it will spend $13 million in order to bring a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to 27,000 homes and businesses to the New Glasgow and Annapolis Valley areas of Nova Scotia.

FTTH connectivity is notable because it allows telecommunications providers to offer numerous services such as high definition television along with very fast internet speeds

Fiber to the home services now available to 1 in 5 North American Homes

As of April 2011, fiber to the home services were available to almost one in five homes (18 percent) of North American homes according to a recent report done by market research firm RVA LLC.

FTTH connectivity is notable because it allows telecommunications providers to offer numerous services such as high definition television along with very fast internet speeds.

Bell Aliant announces FibreOP 2.0

Bell Aliant today announced the launch of FibreOP 2.0 in New Brunswick.

Features of the upgraded service include faster internet service and the introduction of Microsoft Mediaroom on its television set top boxes, the same software used by Bell, MTS and Telus.

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