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.
This week the people of Britain bid farewell (or at least goodbye) to a woman who divided the nation in death as much as she did in life. Ex-Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady, was a strong proponent of free market economics – support the big guys and the devil take the hindmost.
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 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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
As it prepares to bow out of the telecoms infrastructure business, Canadian firm Nortel said that Ericsson’s $1.13bn bid for its LTE and CDMA assets has been approved.
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.
The head of Sony Ericsson’s North American operations, Najmi Jarwala, is to step down from his post at the end of March.
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 [...]
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, [...]