Rogers rolling out Canada’s first 5G network

In a move that Rogers President and CEO Joe Natale called “the biggest technological evolution since the launch of wireless in Canada,” Rogers has announced that it is starting to roll out Canada’s first 5G network in downtown Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal to be ready for the release of 5G devices this year. The network is planned to expand to more than 20 additional markets by the end of 2020. The Rogers 5G network has initially begun using 2.5 GHz spectrum in the downtown areas of these four major cities, but will expand to use 600 MHz 5G spectrum

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New wireless service option coming to Eastern Quebec and Northern Ontario

Have you heard of Iristel? It is a Markham, Ontario based company that provides VoIP and other business data and voice services across Canada. Lately, Iristel has been getting in the wireless game as well, having recently acquired the Quebec-based company i-MobileCa and its licensed spectrum. Iristel is already the parent-company of northern carrier Ice Wireless, but the acquisition means that Iristel will begin to offer “3G and 4G LTE wireless services under its own brand beginning June 2018,” according to  MobileSyrup. Iristel’s spectrum licenses mean it can provide services in Kirkland Lake, Ontario and Eastern Quebec in the Lower

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Canadian Wireless Spectrum Auction will not favour Big Three Telecoms

Canada’s federal government lent a helpful hand to smaller telecoms in anticipation of next year’s wireless spectrum auction, to be held March, 2019. According to the Financial Post, it decided that 43 percent of the 70 MHz of available spectrum for “potential new entrants and regional competitors.” The decision was recommended by the Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) department, which cited the need to “increase competition and affordability” in Canada’s telecom industry. “Competition is a key driver of innovative and affordable telecommunications services,” ISED Minister Navdeep Bains said in a statement. “This is an important step toward more choices,

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U.S Government considers building its own 5G network

The federal government’s security team is reportedly looking to build a “super-fast” 5G wireless network, according to a senior administration official. The network, among other things, would be an option to help counter foreign entities from spying on U.S. phone calls, reported Reuters. The decision is apparently six to eight months away from being made executively. The government hopes it would address the threat of China to U.S cybersecurity, an issue that has been making news lately after AT&T was forced to give up its plan to sell Huawei devices to customers. The option of a federally-run 5G network is

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Xfinity Mobile plans now available across the U.S. are worth considering

Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile plans were soft-launched a few months back in limited markets, but now they are available nationwide. According to BGR, they might just be worth considering. These Comcast plans run using Verizon’s network, so you won’t have to worry about coverage dropping or otherwise poor connection. On top of this, users get unlimited data for only $45 per month, which is in stark contrast to Verizon’s $80 per month plan. The other plans include a soft cap of 20GB per month for $25, or the per-GB option which charges $12 per GB. The catch is that you’re only

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Managing your personal network

Keeping expenses down while maintaining the speeds and data you need can be a delicate balance. Here are some tips for managing your own personal network to ensure you’re getting what you need without breaking the bank. 1: Assess what you’re paying for! You need to make sure you understand exactly what you are paying each month and what you’re getting for those payments. Are you paying full price? Are you paying for services you don’t need? Are you paying for services you don’t even realize you have access to? Are you signed up for a minimum-term contract with penalties

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Parents — Meet Comcast XFinity xFi

This week, Comcast released a new digital dashboard called Xfinity xFi, which enables its customers to monitor and control the WiFi usage of specific devices or users in their home. According to GeekWire, XFinity xFi also allows customers to see which devices are connected to their network, monitor data usage, set parental controls, change WiFi passwords, troubleshoot issues, and more. The individual profiles XFinity xFi allows are quite interesting. Say you’re a parent making a profile for a younger child: You can assign specific devices to their profile, and pause the connectivity for all those devices when needed. This saves

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Huawei Working on Operating System

It’s either Apple or Android, right? Well maybe not for much longer. Huawei, the world’s third largest manufacturer of smartphones, is reportedly working on its own operating system in case its relationship with Google fractures. The project is under way in Scandinavia, where a number of former Nokia employees are contributing to the development. Huawei has recently begun focusing on software as a way of becoming more of a globalized electronics brand, and not just a dominant force in East Asia. This is worthy goal for the company since it hardly has any market share in North America. As for

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Connected Cars are Gaining Speed

There are more people in the United States who own a cell phone than a car – think of those texting-addicted teens who are thankfully too young to drive. But cars are quickly gaining speed in cellular world. In the first quarter of 2016, connected cars accounted for one-third of all new cellular devices. According to mobile industry consultants at Chetan Sharma, more cars were added to networks than phones in Q1. Since connected cars are still relatively new to the market, the possibilities are exciting. Already, AT&T has 8 million cars on its network, and according to Chetan Sharma’s

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Canadians Following the Cord-Cutting Trend

The last few years have seen a lot of people engage in cord-cutting behavior, retiring their landline phones to rely only on their mobile devices. Canada is no exception to this trend. New data from Bell, Rogers, Telus, Shaw, and MTS shows that carriers have lost a combined 540,000 landline subscribers in 2015 and 2016. This number only accounts for the major carriers. Convergence Consulting Group estimated, when taking into account smaller regional carriers, about 636,000 Canadians ditched their landlines in 2015. By the end of 2016, it’s expected that 37 percent of Canadians will be wireless-only households. This actually

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