Canada

Canada blocks Telus’ bid for Mobilicity licences

Canada’s government has blocked mobile operator Telus’ application to transfer Mobilicity’s spectrum licences to the firm. Telus agreed to acquire the smaller Canadian operator for $380m in May, pending regulatory approval. Mobilicity has over 250,000 subscribers and 150 employees, according to Telus.

Canada introduces telecoms code

Canada’s telecoms regulator the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has issued a wireless code for operators in a bid to make it easier for subscribers to understand their contracts and their basic rights.

Canadian MNOs withdraw from CWTA over balance of power

Smaller operators and new entrants to the market appear to be growing increasingly frustrated by the power wielded by the industry’s big players. This trend was evident this week, as three of Canada’s smaller operators announced their withdrawal from industry body the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA).

Canada’s Competition Bureau wants to stop handset blocking

Canada’s Competition Bureau has put forward a submission to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) calling for the practice of operators locking handsets to be abolished and discouraging the application of switching costs when mobile customers look to change provider.

Rogers acquires spectrum in asset exchange with Shaw

Canada’s largest mobile operator Rogers Wireless has entered into an agreement to exchange assets with one of the country’s largest broadcast firms, Shaw Communications. Shaw Communications will transfer spectrum licenses for advanced wireless service to the operator in five of the country’s provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario.

Rogers taps Wyless for Canadian M2M

Canadian carrier Rogers Wireless said Thursday that it has signed up M2M services provider Wyless to deliver a ‘one stop shop’ catering to various vertical markets.

Rogers lights up Canadian LTE network

Canadian operator Rogers has flipped the switch on its LTE network, bringing the next generation mobile network to the capital Ottawa. The network will be extended to Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal by autumn, and it plans to increase the roll-out to an additional 21 markets during 2012.

Rogers to launch LTE in Ottawa this summer

Canadian mobile operator Rogers, has announced that it will bring LTE services to capital city Ottawa this summer. The service will be limited to laptop/PC access, with Sierra Wireless providing the USB dongle, which the operator has dubbed the ‘Rocket Stick’.

Rogers trials LTE with Ericsson in Canada

Canada’s Rogers Wireless and Ericsson have begun LTE technical trials using AWS spectrum at Ericsson’s Ottawa Research and Development Facility. The technical trial will examine interoperability with Roger’s HSPA+ network.

Orascom reshuffles top brass

Egyptian carrier Orascom Telecom announced a shake up of its leadership team, promoting chief operating officer Khaled Bichara to the position of group chief executive officer.

Ericsson wins Nortel LTE, CDMA auction

Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson emerged as the highest bidder for Nortel’s LTE and CDMA assets in a 12 hour auction which took place on Friday.

Sony Ericsson loses US chief

The head of Sony Ericsson’s North American operations, Najmi Jarwala, is to step down from his post at the end of March.

C$35bn Bell Canada takeover falls through

The proposed C$35bn (Eur21.25bn) takeover of Canadian telecoms firm BCE, which operates under the Bell Canada brand, collapsed Thursday after failing a solvency test. Potential buyers, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and a group of US private equity firms, terminated the deal when accountant KPMG warned that the Canadian firm’s huge debt load would leave […]

Telco founder Ted Rogers dies

Founder and ex-CEO of Canadian carrier Rogers Wireless, Edward Samuel “Ted” Rogers, died earlier this week aged 75. Rogers, who suffered from congestive heart failure, saw his health weaken over the past few years. Last month he was admitted to hospital for treatment, forcing him to relinquish his responsibilities. Alan Horn, chairman of the board, […]

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