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.
Rogers has announced a deal with TBayTel which the company says will extend HSPA service and enhanced mobility features such as email and web browsing across Northern Ontario.
The deals gives Rogers Wireless customers access to TBayTel’s HSPA network from just west of Sault Ste. Marie to the Manitoba border, an area of close to 300,000 square kilometres.