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OIF, ONF link up to test transport SDN

The OIF and ONF are working on SDN in the transport layer

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF), an industry group uniting the data and optical networking sectors including carriers, component manufacturers and system vendors, has announced a collaboration with the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) which will see the organisations work together with leading telcos and research institutions to test software defined networking (SDN) in the transport layer.

Telus appoints CEO in leadership reshuffle

Joe Natale has been appointed president and CEO at Telus

Canadian operator Telus has appointed chief commercial officer Joe Natale as president and CEO. Natale has been at the operator since 2003, joining as an executive vice president and has since held roles including president of Telus Business Solutions and president of Telus Consumer Solutions. He has been CCO since 2010.

Rogers and Telus spend big in 700MHz spectrum auction

Rogers Communications has spent C$3.29bn (US$2.98bn) on two 12MHz blocks of paired lower 700MHz band spectrum licences in the 700MHz band

Big spending Canadian operator Rogers Communications has dropped C$3.29bn (US$2.98bn) on two 12MHz blocks of paired lower 700MHz band spectrum licences in the nation’s latest spectrum auction. Rival Telus also splashed its cash, shelling out C$1.14bn on spectrum licences equating to a national average of 16.6MHz in the band. The Canadian government raised a sizeable total of C$5.27bn during the auction and the licences issued will remain valid for 20 years.

Telus employees swap swipe cards for smartphones

Telus’ employees will soon be able to access secure buildings on their premises, log in to secure company networks, and share sensitive data securely using their smartphones

Canadian operator Telus’ employees will soon be able to access buildings on their premises, log in to secure company networks, and share sensitive data using their smartphones.

Senior technology architect at Telus: “Operators should look towards policy management solutions to ensure subscribers get a consistent QoE”

Ricky Gill, Senior Technology Architect, Telus

Ricky Gill, senior technology architect at Telus is speaking in the “Handling the Mobile Data Explosion” track on Day Two of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA.

Canada’s Telus to acquire rival Public Mobile

Telus has agreed to acquire 100 per cent ownership of rival Public Mobile

Canadian operator Telus has agreed to acquire 100 per cent ownership of rival Public Mobile. Telus currently has 7.7 million subscribers, as of September 2013, according to WCIS+, shy of the 7.73 million subscribers that second placed operator Bell Wireless has on its network.

Canadian project aims to stir take-up of NFC services

Canadian Bank Desjardin has teamed up with the nation's three largest operators and Monitise to launch an NFC offering

Canada is seeing a fresh push to promote near field communication (NFC) services after a joint venture between the nation’s three largest operators signed a deal with Canadian cooperative financial group Desjardin and mobile money solutions provider Monitise.

Telus abandons Mobilicity acquisition

Telus has abandoned its efforts to acquire smaller Canadian operator Mobilicity

Canadian operator Mobilicity has announced that its proposed acquisition by Telus has been officially abandoned.

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

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.

Canadian MNOs withdraw from CWTA over balance of power

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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 Telus launches LTE service in 14 areas

Telus has launched its LTE service in Canada, the third operator to do so in the territory

A third player has entered the Canadian LTE market after the operator Telus turned on its LTE network across 14 metropolitan areas. The operator said that from 10 February its LTE network would be available in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area, Kitchener, Waterloo, Hamilton, Guelph, Belleville, Ottawa, Montreal, Québec City, Halifax and Yellowknife. Outside of these areas, customers would fall back to either its 21Mbps HSPA+ service or its 42Mbps DS-HSPA+ service. Telus said the network would deliver peak speeds of up to 75Mbps, but would average around 12-25Mbps.

Rogers Canada announces LTE network on Ericsson kit for this year

Canadian operator Rogers will launch its LTE network this year

Following successful trials in Ottawa and Montreal in 2010, Rogers Communications, one of Canada’s biggest service providers, has announced that it will launch its LTE network this year. The roll out will kick off initially in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa before extending into a further 25 markets in 2012. Ericsson has inked the deal to supply the radio sites, using its multi-standard radio base station RBS 6000 technology; it will also upgrade and expand Rogers’ existing packet core network into an Evolved Packet Core in support of the new LTE infrastructure.

Telus Canada announces LTE plans for 2012

Canadian operator Telus has announced its LTE plans for 2011/2012

Canadian operator Telus has announced plans to deploy an LTE network early in 2012. According to the company, the rollout will follow extensive field testing this year and the completion of an RFP process that is currently underway. Construction is slated to begin in major urban markets in the second half of 2011.

Telus snubs Bell

Less than a week after Canadian operator Telus suggested it had its eye on compatriot communications company Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE), it has said it will not submit an offer. Reports on Tuesday quote a spokesperson for Telus saying the “inadequacies of BCE’s bid process did not make it possible for Telus to submit an [...]

Telus courting Bell Canada

Canadian operator Telus has revealed that it is in early discussions over the potential acquisition of compatriot communications firm Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE). Bell had previously announced its intention to review all strategic alternatives with a view to further enhance shareholder value. The review is expected to be completed by the third quarter. The two [...]

Telus pulls out of porn market

Canada’s second placed mobile operator, Telus Mobility, has been forced to put the lid on its adult content services after firm condemnation from the Catholic church. Archbishop Raymond Roussin of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, called for Catholics to hang up their Telus subscriptions earlier this week, in protest and “general frustration with the lack of [...]

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