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India Defends Net Neutrality against Facebook’s Free Basics

It was never hard to see through Facebook’s ploy, an involved plot to establish the social network as the onramp for the unconnected billions to finally drive on the information superhighway. In fact, more than that, by offering its Free Basics service, Facebook has been attempting to establish itself not only as the online […]

How Popular Opinion will win the Zero-Rating Controversy

It wasn’t that long ago that most municipalities across North America were resisting the arrival of revolutionary ride-sharing service Uber, with many arguing that it violated public transportation laws, disrupted the taxi industry, and was generally unsafe (all of which I still believe are true). But despite the fact that Uber ran afoul of all […]

Cyber Attacks Up, but Only 37% Canadian Companies Ready: Study

More than half of Canadian respondents to a cybersecurity study have experienced an incident involving the loss or exposure of sensitive information within the past year, Toronto-based Scalar Decisions has found. The research, conducted by the Ponemon Institute, was commissioned by Scalar and involved a survey of 654 IT and IT security practitioners in Canada […]

Does Verizon’s new Zero-Rated Video Service run afoul of Net Neutrality?

Verizon has decided to wade into the unsettled waters of Net Neutrality vs. Zero-Rating Video Services by announcing that all videos streamed through its Go90 mobile video content service will not count against one’s data cap. However, if customers stream videos from other sources, it will still chew up their monthly quota. The move comes […]

Bell and IBM Team Up to Bring Hybrid Cloud Services to Canadian Businesses

Bell Canada and IBM have announced a new partnership to expand the cloud computing services available through Bell Business Cloud. Businesses across Canada will have access to the IBM Cloud through a secure, high-speed connection provided by Bell, which, according to the carrier’s projection, will simplify the way customers adopt and build out their hybrid […]

France Cracks Down on Facebook’s Data Collection

Facebook has been put on notice by France’s data collection authority that things are about to change, and that the social network will no longer be able to mine user data the way it has always done. That means that whatever house of cards Facebook has built in regards to data collection, advertising, and ultimately […]

Verizon Is Interested in Acquiring Yahoo’s Assets, CEO Confirms

Speaking on CNBC’s Mad Money, Verizon CEO Lowel McAdam confirmed the carrier’s interest in acquiring at least some of Yahoo’s Internet assets, as it plans to move further into digital media. “We said on this show a month ago in December we would look at it. I think their board is being very responsible in […]

Dissension Brews in the Android World over Ad-Blockers

It seems there is some dissent in the Android world over the presence of ad blocking software, as Samsung’s decision last week to open up its mobile web browser to ad-blockers was met this week with Google’s decision to begin removing select ad-blockers from the Google Play store altogether. There’s an interesting dynamic at play […]

BlackBerry to Lay Off 200 Employees in Canada and the US

BlackBerry will lay off 200 employees from its Waterloo headquarters and a manufacturing facility based in Florida, US. The cuts are part of the company’s turnaround plan plotted by CEO John Chen. The layoff is smaller than initially reported by Canadiantech blog MobileSyrup, whose sources had talked about the possibility of a major, 1000 job […]

Sprint Hopes Less Customer Service Staff is the Right Way Forward

When Sprint announced earlier this month that it was taking a unique approach to cost-cutting, transforming its network infrastructure by pursuing most cost-effective tower locations and deploying cheaper, more efficient small cell technologies,...Show More Summary

Cisco Creates Comprehensive IoT Portfolio with Jasper Acquisition

Legacy technology companies like Cisco now stand at a crossroads; abandon the old way of doing things and find different roads to growth through new technologies like cloud computing, and/or the Internet of Things, or watch their once dominant core business quickly become antiquated and obsolete. To that end, Cisco is leveraging its familiarity with […]

Canadian Telecom Sector to See “Limited Growth” in 2016, Says Study

After examining the short- and medium-term economic and profitability outlook for Canada’s Telecommunications Industry, a new report from the Conference Board of Canada authored by Kristelle Audet claims the telecom sector will see “limited growth” this year. Show More Summary

Cisco Predicts Exponential Increase in Mobile Data Traffic by 2020

Global mobile data traffic will experience an exponential increase over the next four years, a report from Cisco claims, and by 2020 more people will have access to mobile phones (with some measure of online access) than to electricity, cars or even running water. According to the report, by 2020 there will be approximately 5.5 billion […]

Deutsche Telekom and Nokia Achieve 10G Speeds in Lab Tests

Deutsche Telekom and Nokia have announced the successful accomplishment of a laboratory trial demonstrating how XG-FAST, a new fixed ultra-broadband access technology, can be used by service providers to meet the growing demand for high-quality Internet services delivered over their existing copper networks. Show More Summary

Crowd-Sourced Study Ranks T-Mobile Top among US Wireless Carriers

There’s no question that efforts to parse the debate about America’s best wireless carrier are clouded by a great deal of noise, as each company touts itself as the fastest, most comprehensive, most reliable, and the most powerful. But somewhere amongst the claims, the hype, the marketing, sits the truth about who holds top spot, and […]

Sugar Mobile Launches Wireless Plans for as Low as $19/Mo

Sugar Mobile may be the only option for Canadian customers looking for affordable wireless plans. The carrier offers plans for as little as $19 per month in a market which has recently seen its major players raise their monthly bills by $5. Analysts say that if Sugar Mobile is successful in convincing Canadians to join […]

T-Mobile’s “Binge On” Violates Net Neutrality, Stanford Study Finds

T-Mobile’s Binge On program is “likely illegal” according to the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order of 2015, Stanford Professor Barbara van Schewick, a “Net Neutrality expert”, argued in a 51-page document (PDF) submitted to the FCC this week. Show More Summary

Sprint Confirms Network Upgrades and Cost-Saving Strategy

As paradoxical as it may seem, there were rumours earlier this month that Sprint was not only planning to expand its network by adding new cellular infrastructure across the country, but to actually do it as part of a cost-savings plan, rumours that Sprint has now made official. The key part of Sprint’s ongoing network improvement […]

Bell Deploys Nokia’s XRS to Support Terabit-Speed Metro Network

Canada’s third-largest telecom operator has announced that it has deployed Nokia’s most powerful IP core network router, the 7950 XRS (Extensible Routing System), to support spiking demand for digital content across its wireline and wireless networks. The deal was won by Alcatel-Lucent, now a subsidiary of Nokia, following the acquisition of the company. The 7950 […]

Digital Evolution of Telecom Requires Upgrade to Legacy Billing Systems

For years telecom operators have looked at their legacy systems, their out-of-date infrastructure, and their painfully antiquated processes and thought that with just a little polish and some minor tweaks, that such relics of a bygone era could be stretched just a little further. In fact, telcos have long been content to refine the way they’ve […]

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