TELUS and the Old Port of Montréal Continue to Make History

April 21, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
TELUS and the Old Port of Montréal Corporation (OPMC) just celebrated 20-years of partnership, and have announced that the Old Port of Montréal has received major upgrades with the latest next-generation wireless technology. Upgrades include a 3km long free Wi-Fi zone along the St. Lawrence River that is already active. New C-RAN (Centralized Radio Access Network) wireless fibre throughout the Old Port will be coming in the next few weeks.
TELUS will invest over $100-million in Montreal this year, and plans to continue updates in the Old Port over the next 20 years to make it one of Eastern Canada's technology hotspots.
"TELUS and its 3,500 team members in Montreal believe in a connected future and are striving to transform Montreal into one of the world’s smartest cities,” explains François Gratton, Executive Vice-President, TELUS and Partner Solutions, and President, Business Solutions East and TELUS Québec. "The Old Port of Montreal is an extraordinary heritage site and with our investment, we want to give Montrealers a unique technological legacy by building the networks of the future. Our city’s 375th anniversary is the perfect opportunity to provide access to the most cutting-edge wireless technology in the world.”
"The Old Port of Montréal is the top tourist destination in Quebec. Through this new, entirely free WiFi zone, we are very proud to offer best-in-class Internet connectivity to our seven million annual visitors,” adds Basil Cavis, Vice-President of the Old Port of Montréal Corporation. "TELUS will contribute directly to improving our visitor experience, and this new major investment clearly demonstrates the added value our partnership brings to our customers.”

About the Old Port of Montréal Corporation:  For over 25 years, the Old Port of Montréal, which is federal territory, has offered a variety of participatory, cultural and recreational activities, and, through the Montréal Science Centre, scientific activities as well. Bordering the St. Lawrence River for 2.5 kilometres, the Old Port of Montréal is Québec’s most popular recreational tourist site, with over seven million visitors every year.
About TELUS:  TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is Canada’s fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $12.8 billion of annual revenue and 12.7 million subscriber connections, including 8.6 million wireless subscribers, 1.7 million high-speed Internet subscribers, 1.4 million residential network access lines and more than one million TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communication products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment, and video. TELUS is also Canada's largest healthcare IT provider, and TELUS International delivers business process solutions around the globe.
Source: TELUS

Bell Delivers the First Quad Band LTE Network in North America

April 21, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are officially available at Bell Mobility (and just about everywhere else!), and these two smartphones are the first ever to take advantage of the new Quad Band 256 QAM technology that was just announced today. The S8 and S8+ device software will automatically update to operate on this new network in the near future.
The Quad Band LTE Advanced (LTE-A) wireless network can deliver broadband speeds up to 750 Megabits per second, and Bell has just made it available to North Americans for the first time. Quad Band technology is also known as 4-carrier aggregation, and uses multiple bands of wireless spectrum to boost top Tri Band LTE-A mobile data and combine it with 256 QAM (Quadrature amplitude modulation) technology.
 "Bell has built a strong reputation for leading innovation in Canadian broadband communications, enabled by a great team and the highest levels of investment in network infrastructure and Canadian R&D. Bell delivered North America's first Tri Band LTE-A mobile service in 2015, and we're proud to announce today that we're first to successfully implement not only Quad Band LTE-A but also the further 256 QAM enhancements that take Canadian mobile speeds to unparalleled new levels," said Stephen Howe, Bell's Chief Technology Officer. 
Paul Brannen, COO and EVP, Mobile and Enterprise Solutions for Samsung Canada said, "With the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, and our extended Galaxy ecosystem including the new Gear VR with Controller, we are excited to partner with Bell in delivering the latest mobile innovations to Canadians."

"Bell constantly seeks out the latest generation in smartphone innovation, the devices that will enable Canadians to take full advantage of the power of Bell's superior network," said Blaik Kirby, President of Bell Mobility. "That's what we see in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. With leading network connectivity, access to the latest Samsung apps and services, and outstanding multimedia capabilities including the stunning Infinity Display, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ on the Bell network take the mobile experience to the next level."

About Bell Canada:  Canada's largest communications company, Bell provides consumer, business and government customers with a comprehensive and innovative suite of broadband wireless, TV, Internet and business communication services from Bell Canada and Bell Aliant. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home and digital media. Bell is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE).
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Source:  Newswire

CRTC Decision Today Puts Vidéotron in a Pickle

April 20, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
Bad news for Vidéotron. Today, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission  (CRTC) strengthened its commitment to net neutrality and declared that all Internet Service Providers should treat data traffic equally. They have found that Vidéotron is giving an "undue preference to certain consumers and music streaming services, while subjecting other consumers and content providers to an unreasonable disadvantage. Vidéotron must ensure its Unlimited Music Service comes into compliance within 90 days."

Quick facts:

Broadband Internet access services can improve Canadians’ quality of life and empower them as citizens, creators and consumers.

Differential pricing occurs when the same or similar product or service is offered to customers at different prices. These practices can be applied to both wireline and mobile wireless data plans.

The CRTC has established a clear and transparent regulatory framework to govern these practices, which supports the ability for all creators of online content to innovate freely and allows consumers to choose what they wish to consume without interference.

This framework will be used to assess whether a differential pricing practice involves an undue or unreasonable preference or disadvantage.

The CRTC has developed an evaluation criteria to assess the degree to which the data is being treated the same regardless of the content, whether the offering is exclusive, the impact on Internet openness and innovation, and whether it involves a financial compensation. 

The CRTC’s existing decisions and frameworks, which now includes its approach to differential pricing, constitute a net neutrality code.

Vidéotron’s Unlimited Music service exempts several music streaming services from data charges under certain mobile plans (a practice also known as zero-rating).

"A free and open Internet gives everyone a fair chance to innovate and for a vast array of content to be discovered by consumers. A free and open Internet also allows citizens to be informed and engage on issues of public concern without undue or inappropriate interference by those who operate those networks. Rather than offering its subscribers selected content at different data usage prices, Internet service providers should be offering more data at lower prices. That way, subscribers can choose for themselves what content they want to consume.” - Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman and CEO, CRTC

The new framework has been published and can be read in full here.

Technical Briefing on Differential Pricing Being Held Tomorrow

April 19, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
Unlimited Music is a service that comes with Videotron's Premium mobile plans, and lets customers stream music without eating up their monthly data allowance. Not everyone has been as happy with the service as Videotron's customers. Since Unlimited Music launched back in September 2015, it has been a prickly topic of debate with some of the country's wireless carriers - including Bell, Rogers, and Telus.
Rogers quickly filed a complaint with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), saying that Unlimited Music breaks regulated rules that prohibit Canadian telecoms from favouring customers when it comes to wireless data. The hearing began on on October 31, 2016 and the issue has dragged on since then. 
Tomorrow afternoon, the CRTC will hold a briefing via teleconference and WebEx, to educate the media on its decisions surrounding the Differential Pricing Practices proceedings, and on its examination of Videotron's Unlimited Music Service. The CRTC will provide information and experts will be available to answer questions from the media.
If you wish to attend the event, CRTC requests that you first sign up by contacting their Media Relations team at 819-997-9403, or by email at Further instructions will be sent after signing up.

Koodo Mobile has New Mobile Rate Plans

April 17, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
Koodo Mobile has reworked their mobility plans in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Atlantic Canada. You can view the new assortment of available affordable plans with talk, text, and data at
Whether you already have a phone, or if you want to buy the latest smartphone, plans start as low as $30 per month. If you need a new phone, you can choose one of Koodo's tab plans and pay $10 to $21 per month along with your monthly bill for 24 months, then just pay for the plan itself after the device balance is paid off.

All Koodo plans include:

  • Unlimited evening and weekend calling
  • Call Display, Voicemail, Call Waiting, Conference Calling and Unlimited Canada-wide Family Calling
  • No fixed-term contracts. Ever.
  • A coast-to-coast 4G LTE network
  • Shock-Free data

About Koodo Mobile:   Koodo Mobile is a Canadian mobile flanker brand started by Telus in 2008 and mostly oriented toward younger customers. Koodo differs from its parent Telus by not requiring a fixed term contract. Koodo currently provides postpaid and prepaid services. Being a subsidiary of Telus, Koodo has been able to offer extensive coverage and a strong presence in mobile retailers. This allowed Koodo to gain a presence nationwide. The brand name is a variation of the Ancient Greek word "κῦδος" (the ascendant to the English word "kudos"), meaning "praise, renown, glory" and more recently "acclaim for something well done". - Wikipedia
Image Credit:  Koodo

Videotron's Unlimited Music Options Continue to Grow

April 12, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
Videotron's Unlimited Music service just added Saavn to its list of supported apps. Saavn is a popular South Asian audio entertainment streaming platform that features Bollywood, Hindi and Indian regional music.

"Saavn enriches Unlimited Music's offerings, opening up a whole new world of music," said Bertrand Hébert, Vice President, Marketing of Videotron. "We are pleased to bring our customers an ever-expanding musical selection thanks to agreements such the one we have just signed with Saavn."

"We are constantly innovating for our consumers and this partnership with Videotron allows us to reach out to their wide network with our content offerings and large music library." said Gairik Bhattacharya, VP of Carrier Partnerships at Saavn. "We hope listening to Saavn will enhance and elevate the experience for users in Canada." he added.

Choose between the following Videotron mobile plans

to enjoy free Unlimited Music:

  • 3GB Premium Plan:
    $64.95 per month

  • 4GB Premium Plan:
    $74.95 per month

  • 5GB Premium Plan:
    $84.95 per month

  • 6GB Premium Plan:
    $94.95 per month

Besides Unlimited Music, all Premium Plans include:

  • Unlimited local and long-distance calling in Canada
  • Unlimited text messaging to Canada and the US and abroad, unlimited multimedia messaging (photo, video from Quebec.)
  • LTE anywhere in Canada
  • Call display and Voicemail (35 voice messages)
  • All of these supported music apps:  Apple Music, Google Play Musique, Spotify, SoundCloud, Deezer, Stingray Musique, 8tracks, Groove, Slacker2, Jazz Radio, Digitally Imported, Jango, Bandcamp, Rock Radio, RadioTunes, Analekta, Tidal, Napster and Saavn.

About Videotron:  Videotron, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in cable television, interactive multimedia development, Internet access, cable telephone and mobile telephone services. Videotron is a leader in new technologies with its illico interactive television service and its broadband network, which supports high-speed cable Internet access, analog and digital cable television, and other services. As of December 31, 2016, Videotron was serving 1,690,800 cable television customers, including 1,587,000 Digital TV subscribers. The Club illico over-the-top video service had 314,700 members. Videotron is also the Québec leader in high-speed Internet access, with 1,612,800 subscribers to its cable service as of December 31, 2016. As of the same date, Videotron had 893,900 subscriber connections to its mobile telephone service and was providing cable telephone service to 1,253,100 Québec households and organizations. For the twelfth consecutive year, Videotron ranked as Québec's most respected telecommunications company in the annual Léger survey.

About Saavn:  Founded in 2007, Saavn is South Asia's leading digital music streaming service, transforming how people around the world access and experience music on a daily basis. Saavn is currently accessed in 196 countries and offers 30 Million tracks in 13 languages. In 2016, Saavn expanded its content offering into Saavn Original Programming, a slate of original, non-music audio programs that range from comedy and storytelling to mythology and cricket.
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