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Wind Mobile Wants More Spectrum, But Can It Afford it?

New Wind Mobile Chief Executive Officer Alek Krstajic aims to talk less and do more, at least this is what he suggested during his speech at the Canadian Telecom Summit. Krstajic took the leading role at the emerging carrier as part of a major overhaul that ushered in a new chairman and two new directors. [...]

Apple Transitions into Streaming Music, Re-launches Beats Music Service

While Apple’s iTunes music platform may have launched the company into the stratosphere of online music, recently digital music sales have been on the decline as customers look towards other, more budget friendly, streaming options. It’s companies like Spotify that today are increasingly capturing the hearts and minds of the music loving public, and if [...]

Vonage Adjusts Focus and Targets Untouched SMB Market with Cloud Services

There is still plenty of the small to medium business (SMB) market that remains untouched, says Alan Masarek, CEO of Vonage, speaking to investors during the Cowen and Company Technology, Media & Telecom Conference. Actually, cloud-based services are a good fit for SMBs because of their low cost: They don’t require the management and maintenance [...]

Have We Reached the Pinnacle of Mobile Advancement? Google’s Android M Fails to Impress

Last week Google unveiled Android M, the latest iteration of its popular mobile operating system, and it seems the search engine giant has once again taken a page out of Apple’s playbook, not by copying some feature or service, but by taking a distinctly evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, approach to this latest upgrade. While Android [...]

Three-Year Contracts to End on June 3, 2015

In just a couple of days, the “dark age” of three-year Canadian wireless contracts will reach an end. Starting this Wednesday, every three-year contract which has run for 24 months or more can be cancelled without penalty, according to the new Wireless Code that came into force on December 2, 2013. What this means to regular [...]

FCC Introduces Internet Subsidy for Low-Income Families

Like basic telephone services before it, the Federal Communications Commission believes that Internet access should be available to everyone, regardless of income or social standing. To that end, the Commission announced late last week...Show More Summary

The Car is the “Ultimate Mobile Device,” Apple SVP Admits

The still unsubstantiated rumours about Apple’s possible entrance in the automotive industry were given significant fuel this past week, as Apple Senior Vice President of Operations Jeff Williams spoke publicly about the interest a mobile company like Apple could have in creating a connected car. “The car is the ultimate mobile device, isn’t it?” Williams [...]

Telcos Consider Implementing (Pointless) Ad-Blocking across Mobile Networks

In a move akin to plugging a hole in a dam that has sprung a thousand leaks, there has been a growing discussion of late in the telecom industry regarding the possibility of telcos deploying ad-blocking capabilities across their respective networks, charging the likes of Google—whose entire revenue stream is linked to advertising—to unblock their [...]

Wi-Fi Cellular Data to Account for the Majority of IP Traffic in 2019, Says Cisco

Annual Internet Protocol (IP) traffic is going to more than triple by 2019, according to the annual Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) forecast. According to Cisco’s forecast, more than 14% of the total monthly IP traffic is going to come from cellular connections, up from 4% recorded in 2014. By 2019, the company says 53% [...]

“Smart” Credit Cards Offer Comfortable Bridge towards Mobile Payment

The world simply isn’t ready for the mobile payment revolution, at least that’s what several financially oriented tech start-ups are clearly banking on. Instead of pursuing digital payment options like Google Wallet or Apply Pay, several technology companies are taking a more familiar route to push the evolution of financial transactions forward, transforming the classic [...]

CRTC to Measure Canada’s Consumer Broadband Speeds

Canada has initiated a project to gauge the broadband speed customers experience at home. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is inviting Canadians to take an active part in a project that will measure the speed of their home broadband services. Since this isn’t something CRTC would do on its own, it is collaborating [...]

Smartphones are Not Equipped to Control our Lives

With the growing interconnectedness of our digital existence the smartphone has become for many the thing we simply can’t live without. It’s a communications hub, an information centre, and the remote control of our lives; able to manage and operate everything from heating our homes to storing our financial information. In fact, with its ever-expanding [...]

AT&T to Acquire More 700 MHz Spectrum from East Kentucky Network

AT&T’s hunger for spectrum is undamped. Although the spectrum auction has just ended and the carrier gained some premium licences in targeted areas, it has recently announced plans to acquire three lower 700 MHz C-block licences. According to two filings with the FCC, AT&T is ready to shell out a yet undisclosed amount to East Kentucky [...]

Dish Network Poised to Make a Big Splash in the Wireless Market

For several years now Dish Network, the nation’s second largest satellite television provider, has been hoarding wireless spectrum resources, confounding and frustrating the wireless industry not only by stealing said spectrum away from established wireless companies, but by offering little to no concrete indication of what it plans to do with its stockpile as well. But [...]

BlackBerry to Lay Off Undisclosed Number of Employees from Device Business

BlackBerry has announced another wave of layoffs targeting employees in its device business, including those focused on development of software and applications, reports the Wall Street Journal. The announcement comes after the company had reportedly been on a hiring spree after the most definitive evidence that the company’s turnaround was on track was reported last [...]

Huawei Poised to Dominate IoT

One of the most vilified Chinese companies in North America is quickly becoming a dominant player in the growing Internet of Things, as the world’s largest telecom hardware provider, Huawei, is leveraging its global market power to establish itself as the default choice for providing a unified IoT ecosystem, but in a surprising twist, not [...]

Next-Gen Antenna will Revolutionize the Wireless World

As the Internet of Things stands poised to dominate our lives in the coming years, researchers at the University of Manchester have found a way to radically redefine a key component in making our connected everything future a reality: the radio antenna. While you undoubtedly think of metal wires in regards to the radio antenna, [...]

When Everything is Smart, Nothing is Smart: The Negative Impact of IoT Dependence

It appears the sky is the limit when it comes to development of the Internet of Things, as there truly are no bounds to what people can think of that needs to become ‘smart,’ or network connected. Whether it’s smart dinnerware–including a fork that lets you monitor your eating and food intake habits, or a [...]

Nine-in-Ten Americans have Concerns Over Who Controls the Data About Them

A federal appeals court recently ruled against the National Security Agency’s surveillance program, saying that it illegally collects Americans’ phone records. The judge handing down the ruling said that “such expansive development of...Show More Summary

AT&T No Longer Fears Net Neutrality’s Impact on Investment

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson does not believe the Federal Communications Commission’s redefinition of broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act is the right path for the industry; he’s certainly not alone. In fact, because of the pending changes to how broadband service is classified, in November of last year Stephenson delivered an ominous message: [...]

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