Telus expands LTE network

Telus has announced that it has expanded its LTE coverage to Hinton and Jasper in Alberta, along with Moncton in New Brunswick. The company says those connecting to the new network will achieve average download speeds of between 12Mbps and 25Mbps. Telus’s LTE network now covers 65% of the population, with the operator targeting 75% coverage by the end of 2012.

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BCE’s revenues up 1.5%, wireless sales rise 7%

Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) has reported net income attributable to shareholders of CAD569 million (USD569 million) in the third quarter of 2012, down by 11% from CAD642 million a year earlier, with the decrease in profitability attributed to lower tax expenses in the year-earlier period. Revenues rose by 1.5% to CAD4.98 billion, helped by wireless and media revenues climbing by 7% and 25% respectively. Bell’s mobile division added a net 148,500 post-paid subscribers in the three months ended 30 September 2012, 17% more than in the same quarter of 2011, and double the number of net quarterly post-paid additions reported by rival Rogers Communications. Bell’s wireless ARPU jumped to CAD57.30 in 3Q12 from CAD55.01 twelve months earlier, while its proportion of post-paid users with smartphones climbed to 60% at the end of September, up from 43% year-on-year.

BCE’s CEO George Cope told analysts in an earnings call that it was premature to write off the group’s attempted CAD3.4 billion takeover of broadcasting group Astral Media, despite it being disallowed by the telecoms regulator last month, as he said the company is waiting for a response on the matter from the federal government

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Mobilicity switches on 21Mbps services

On 30 October 2012 Canadian mobile operator Mobilicity launched a commercial upgrade to 21Mbps HSPA+ data speeds on its W-CDMA/HSPA network, which has been in operation since May 2010. Customers can access the upgraded speeds by signing up for a ‘Premium Data’ 20GB add-on costing CAD20 (USD20) per month, although modem users need to first purchase a Huawei E366 ‘Premium Data Stick’ priced at CAD79.99

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Orascom to change name, take control of Canadian ops

Following on from Vimpelcom’s USD6.5 billion takeover of Orascom Telecom Holding (OTH) last year, the Egyptian company has said it is changing its name to Global Telecom Holding SAE. According to a report by Reuters, the two companies have also agreed to provide one another with technical and commercial services for a period of two years to improve the efficiency of their businesses. Orascom also said it planned to take control of Canada’s Globalive Investment Holding (the parent of cellco Wind Mobile), after Canada changed the law governing foreign ownership of local businesses. The law allows Orascom’s Canadian holding company to convert non-voting shares in Globalive Investment Holding into voting shares, taking its proportion of the voting shares to 65.08% from 32.02%. Orascom will submit the name change, the new arrangement with Vimpelcom and the Canadian shareholding changes to its own shareholders for approval next month.

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SaskTel told it can keep wireless broadband spectrum until March 2014

Canada’s federal government has told SaskTel that it will not take back the broadband spectrum the company uses for its wireless internet service until the end of March 2014. Previous reports indicated that the frequencies might be reclaimed at the end of 2012, ahead of 4G licence re-auctioning in 2013/14. The extension is believed to have been granted following an outcry from many rural residents who argued that they purchased expensive new equipment for the service.

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Wind Mobile now has 500,000 Subscribers

Fair weather trend: Wind breezes past half million

Canadian 3G mobile network operator Wind Mobile – part of the Vimpelcom group – has announced that it has reached the milestone of 500,000 subscribers this month, up from 457,000 at end-June, and having commercially launched in December 2009. Wind also stated that its W-CDMA/HSPA network now covers a population of over 13.5 million via 1,225 active network sites. It also reported that it currently has 225 own-branded retail stores in addition to more than 400 other distribution outlets.

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Wind Mobile expanding to five new markets next quarter

Canadian cellco Globalive Wireless (Wind Mobile) has announced details of its network expansion programme, revealing that it will launch in five additional markets in the next quarter, extending coverage to an additional 600,000 Canadians, and bringing total population coverage to over 13.1 million. Wind also said it now boasts over 1,140 active network sites, 225 branded retail locations and over 400 points of distribution across 16 key markets throughout Canada, whilst HSPA+ upgrades have been implemented over the past eight months, bringing 21Mbps (theoretical downlink) data coverage to 34% of Wind’s network. The company currently claims 430,000 mobile customers. It added that some network locations including Kitchener and London have been offering customers high speed (HSPA+) data service from inception, and plans to broaden coverage nationally are underway.

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