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Telus grabs LifeWorks for CAD2.9 billion

Telus said it has acquired LifeWorks, a developer of a cloud-based employee assistance program and benefits administration platform.

TNW Wireless files to force Bell, Telus to provide wholesale roaming

TNW Wireless relies on Wi-Fi, roaming to extend its reach TNW Wireless filed an application with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to force Bell Mobility and Telus Mobility to provide wholesale roaming agreements so that TNW's users can roam onto their networks. TNW Wireless is a...

Five 5G trials shaping the future of mobile networks

Global 5G trials in Korea, Canada, Italy, Melbourne and the U.S. The deployment of 5G networks is set to be a reality by 2020, with vendors and mobile operators getting ready for the new technology with trials around the world. Some operators, mainly in Asian...

Shaw rebrands Canadian wireless from Wind to Freedom, launches LTE-A

Newly rebranded Canadian wireless carrier Freedom Mobile using 64 QAM MIMO for LTE-A, though larger rivals have 5G on the horizon. Canada’s mobile telecom market is set to gain a new LTE network option backed by the rebranding efforts of the country’s No....

Rogers CEO resigns, to be replaced by former Telus exec

Canadian telecom giant Rogers said CEO Guy Laurence is leaving his post immediately, plans to hire former Telus CEO Joseph Natale Canadian telecom giant Rogers Communications announced president and CEO Guy Laurence is stepping down immediately, which came on the heels of lackluster third-quarter financial...

Canada’s wireless competition efforts remain mixed

Canada’s attempts to reduce wireless service pricing continue to draw mixed results, with the latest news coming from a report commissioned by government regulators. The report, which was conducted by Wall Communications and is commissioned annually by Canadian regulator Industry Canada and the Canadian Radio-television...

Canada looks to bolster new entrants (again) with AWS-3 auction

The Canadian government is looking to maintain a fresh supply of spectrum for that country’s mobile industry as well as attempting to encourage new entrants, announcing this week plans to conduct an auction of licenses in the 1.7/2.1 GHz band next year. Industry Canada said...

Carrier Wrap: Worldwide carrier revenue up 1% in 2013; Quebecor set to be Canada’s No. 4

Editor’s Note: Wireless operators are a busy bunch, and as such RCR Wireless News will attempt to gather some of the important announcements that may slip through the cracks from the world’s largest carriers in a weekly wrap-up. Enjoy! --A new report from Infonetics Research...

SaskTel, Koodo Mobile dominate J.D. Power Canadian carrier survey

Canada’s regional operators, mobile virtual network operators and sub-brands scored highest in customer satisfaction according to a new survey released by J.D. Power and Associates. The survey of more than 12,000 wireless customers found that among “full-service” carriers, or those that own and operate their...

Telus to attempt Mobilicity acquisition … again

Less than a year after having its hand slapped over such a proposal, Canadian telecommunications giant Telus is again set to acquire smaller rival Mobilicity. Mobilicity, which is controlled by Data & Audio-Visual Enterprise Holdings, announced that the proposed $350 million deal was made under...

Canada’s 700 MHz spectrum auction raises $4.8B, but few new entrants

The Canadian government’s plans to introduce competition into that country’s wireless space through stringent spectrum rules met with limited success as results from its auction of 700 MHz spectrum licenses were announced. The country’s three dominate players, Rogers Communications, Telus and Bell Canada, all...

Canada set to unveil 700 MHz spectrum auction winners

Canada’s telecom regulator Industry Canada is set later today to announce the winners of that country’s 700 MHz spectrum auction. The auction is assumed to have wrapped up sometime in the past five days as Industry Canada said before the auction began that it...

Orange reportedly eyes Canadian wireless market

Squeezed by a price war in its home country, Paris-based telecom Orange is reportedly eyeing Canada. Orange Horizons, an Orange subsidiary created to look for new market opportunities, has held exploratory talks with Canada's industry, trade and telecommunication agencies, according to The Globe and Mail. Apparently Orange...

CRTC ‘code’ to ease burden on Canadian wireless customers goes into effect

Canadian wireless customers beginning this week will be able to take advantage of a new “wireless code” designed to ease the burden on subscribing to wireless services. The code, which was enacted in early June by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, states that...

Root Metrics tests Canada’s LTE networks; Bell most reliable, Rogers fastest

Root Metrics recently conducted network speeds tests and availability across three markets in Canada to find out which of that country’s three largest operators provided a superior network experience to consumers. The testing, which was similar to those conducted by Root Metrics across the...

Telus gets green light to purchase Public Mobile

Less than six months after denying Telus’ $370 million acquisition attempt of Mobilicity citing competitive concerns, Canadian regulator Industry Canada has approved Telus’ acquisition of struggling operator Public Mobile. In clarifying its position on the two deals, Industry Canada noted that the G-Block spectrum...

Carrier Wrap: Rogers apologizes for outage; U.S. Cellular launches shared data

Editor’s Note: Wireless operators are a busy bunch, and as such RCR Wireless News will attempt to gather some of the important announcements that may slip through the cracks from the world’s largest carriers in a weekly wrap-up. Enjoy! --Canadian wireless operator Rogers suffered a...

15 set to contest Canada’s 700 MHz spectrum auction

Canada’s plans to auction 700 MHz spectrum licenses will be contested by 15 entities looking to get their hands on wide-reaching spectrum set to be up for bidding beginning Jan. 14. Entrants will include established wireless giants Rogers Communications, Bell Mobility and Telus Communications, as...

Carrier Wrap: AT&T closes on 700 MHz spectrum deal; SouthernLINC set for LTE

Editor’s Note: Wireless operators are a busy bunch, and as such RCR Wireless News will attempt to gather some of the important announcements that may slip through the cracks from the world’s largest carriers in a weekly wrap-up. Enjoy! --AT&T said it has closed on...

Canadian carrier stocks soar on Verizon/Vodafone deal

Canadian carriers seem to be breathing a sigh of relief today as Verizon Communications’ recently announced plans to acquire full control of its wireless assets appear to have diverted the U.S.-based telecom giant’s ambitions from entering the Canadian wireless market. According to published reports,...

Telus Mobility cuts year from customer contracts, girds for potential competition

Canadian wireless operator Telus Mobility is cutting a year from its traditional three-year contract plans, now allowing customers to gain access to postpaid rate plans with a two-year commitment. The three-year plan has been a staple of the Canadian wireless market, used by all...

Canada provides framework for spectrum license transfers

Canada’s attempt to infuse more competition into its wireless space gained more clarity as the country’s telecommunications regulator laid out rules for the transfer of spectrum licenses. The rules follow the government’s recent re-booting of its competition initiative that saw Industry Canada refuse consolidation...

Report: Verizon makes offer for Wind Mobile, in talks with Mobility

Verizon Communications has reportedly moved closer to entering the Canadian wireless market, having offered to purchase beleaguered operator Wind Mobile and initiating talks with equally-troubled Mobility. Reuters reported that sources claimed Verizon has offered up to $800 million to purchase Wind, seeming to confirm reports...

Orascom backs away from Wind Mobile consolidation plans

Canada’s wireless market continues to show its fluid nature, as Orascom Holdings announced it was backing away from attempting to consolidate its ownership in Wind Mobile. Orascom did note that it was still interested in the move at some point, but that at this...

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