September 30, 2013

This Week:

BELL, ROGERS, TELUS AND VIDEOTRON TO DEPLOY WIRELESS NETWORK IN MONTREAL SUBWAY SYSTEM

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is bringing Bell, Rogers, TELUS and Videotron together to deploy a mobile network in the Montréal metro. The cost of deployment, an estimated $50 million, will be shared equally by the four telecommunications providers. 3G, 4G and 4G LTE technologies will be deployed throughout the metro network, and coverage will be available in cars, tunnels and stations. Construction of the network will be divided into five phases and will take five to seven years to complete. The project design phase is underway and installation is expected to begin by the end of 2013 at two stations on the metro’s green line, Saint-Laurent and Place-des-Arts.

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ROGERS AND SPRINT PARTNER FOR CONNECTED CARS

Rogers and Sprint have announced an agreement enabling Sprint to bring a comprehensive in-car infotainment and telematics solution to Canadians. Through the agreement, auto manufacturers deploying Sprint Velocity in Canada will leverage Rogers’ wireless networks to connected vehicles on the road. Canadians driving vehicles that use the Sprint Velocity solution will have access to services including infotainment (news, weather, sports and more), navigation, climate control, security, emergency services and vehicle diagnostics, all available with an in-dash touch screen. Sprint Velocity also provides connectivity for mobile devices in the car including smartphones and tablets. More information about Sprint Velocity is available at: http://www.m2m.sprint.com/velocity.

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CRTC RELEASES 2013 COMMUNICATIONS MONITORING REPORT

The CRTC has issued the 2013 edition of its Communications Monitoring Report, which provides an overview of the Canadian communication system. Highlights of the wireless services sector include: the number of wireless subscribers rose by 1.8% from 27.4 million in 2011 to 27.9 million in 2012; 81% of subscribers were on a post-paid wireless plan and 52% had a mobile broadband plan; the number of Canadians that own a smartphone increased from 38% in 2011 to 51% in 2012; in 2011, wireless services accounted for 46% of all telecommunications revenues, as they improved from $19.1 billion in 2011 to $20.4 billion in 2012, an increase of 6.5%; wireless companies that began offering services to Canadians following the 2008 spectrum auction increased their market share from 4% in 2011 to 5% in 2012; advanced wireless networks, which support smartphones and other devices that connect to the Internet, were available to 99% of the Canadian population; and the percentage of Canadians that could access 4G LTE wireless networks jumped from 45% to 72% in one year. The full report is available at: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/publications/reports/PolicyMonitoring/2013/cmr.htm.

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ROGERS TO ACQUIRE PIVOT DATA CENTRES AND GRANITE NETWORKS

Rogers has announced it is acquiring Pivot Data Centres for cash consideration of $155 million, and Granite Networks for a cash consideration of $6.25 million. Pivot Data Centres, an independent colocation data centre company in Western Canada that operates three colocation facilities in Calgary and Edmonton, has capacity of more than 12,000 square meters. In the coming months, the company will open two additional colocation data centres with over 9,200 square meters. Based in Ottawa, Granite Networks provides colocation, managed services and cloud hosting services to business and government clients in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. Earlier this year, Rogers also announced the acquisition of BLACKIRON Data to expand its data centre and cloud-based business solutions.

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HUAWEI CANADA CELEBRATES OPENING OF REGINA OFFICE

Huawei has officially opened its new Regina office that will serve as the sales and support hub for Huawei in the province of Saskatchewan, and will play a key role in supporting Huawei’s relationship with SaskTel. In recognition of the office opening, Huawei Canada President Sean Yang presented SaskTel President Ron Styles with the first SaskTel Huawei Ascend Y300 smartphone that is now available at SaskTel stores across the province.

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ROGERS MEDIA LAUNCHES NEXT ISSUE CANADA

Rogers Media has announced the launch of Next Issue Canada, an all-you-can-read subscription digital magazine service. An exclusive partnership with Next Issue Media, Next Issue Canada provides Canadian consumers with exclusive and unlimited access to a catalogue of more than 100 top-tier Canadian and US titles, all via one tablet app and one monthly payment. Next Issue Canada allows customers to have unlimited access to as many magazines in the Next Issue newsstand as they want, starting at $9.99 per month for all monthly magazines, with the ability to browse and discover new titles at no extra cost. For $14.99, in addition to monthly magazines, customers will also be able to access all weekly publications. With either subscription, all digitized back issues are included. Next Issue Canada launches October 15 on iPads, Android tablets and Win8 devices, with exclusive access to Rogers wireless and cable customers for an initial two-month free trial. On December 15, all Canadians will be able to access the Next Issue Canada digital newsstand, with the first month free. The initial version of the Next Issue Canada app will be in English, with a French version to follow in 2014. Information: http://www.NextIssue.ca.

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CRTC AND COMPETITION BUREAU SIGN LETTER OF AGREEMENT FOR CLOSER COOPERATION

The CRTC and the Competition Bureau have signed a Letter of Agreement calling for closer cooperation between the two agencies. The agreement, among other things, calls for the sharing of best practices through joint training exercises of employees and knowledge transfer sessions, and provides for the creation of an employee exchange program. The agencies have committed to semi-annual meetings between senior management to discuss further avenues for cooperation and collaboration. The Letter of Agreement is available at: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/about/la130925.htm.

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SAMSUNG BRINGING 5 NEW ITEMS TO CANADA THIS FALL

Samsung Canada has announced that the recently launched Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear, Galaxy SIII mini and Galaxy S4 mini, as well as the Samsung KNOX security feature, will be available through major Canadian mobile providers and retailers starting October 4. The company also announced the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) will be available in November.

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SONY XPERIA Z1 TO LAND IN CANADA MID-OCTOBER

Sony Mobile has announced the Xperia Z1, a premium waterproof smartphone introduced earlier this month, will arrive with multiple carriers including Bell, Rogers and TELUS in mid-October. The Xperia will be available in black, white and purple colour variants.

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SASKTEL LAUNCHES LTE-TDD FIXED WIRELESS SERVICE

SaskTel has announced the launch of SaskTel High Speed Fusion Internet Service, a new fixed wireless LTE-TDD service, for its Wireless Broadband Internet (WBBI) customers receiving WBBI service from the towers located in Climax, Hodgeville, Milestone, Avonlea, Blewett, Caron, Hirsch, Mankota, Maryfield, Orkney, Pangman and Central Butte, where SaskTel High Throughput Satellite (HTS) service is not available. A deployment schedule will be announced in November, and WBBI customers receiving service from these 12 towers will be required to migrate to a new service. SaskTel has requested an extension from Industry Canada for the WBBI spectrum to March 31, 2015 for the remaining 43 WBBI towers across the province to allow customers more time to convert to a new Internet service.

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TELUS & THE GLOBE AND MAIL NAME WINNER OF “THE CHALLENGE” CONTEST

TELUS and The Globe and Mail have announced that Livestock Water Recycling is this year’s winner of the organizations’ annual “The Challenge” contest. Livestock Water Recycling will receive a $100,000 small business grant to contribute to a more sustainable agriculture industry by researching new manure treatment technologies. The company was chosen from more than 1,000 Canadian businesses that entered the contest. The Challenge invited Canadian small businesses to present their biggest business obstacles for a chance to win the grant from TELUS. Entries were accepted between March 18 and May 27, 2013. Four shortlisted semi-finalists were invited to present their business goals, challenges and proposed solutions to a panel of nine judges in June that included entrepreneurs, Globe and Mail business writers and TELUS business experts. Information: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/sb-growth/the-challenge/.

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VIDEOTRON ADDS SUPER CHANNEL TO ILLCO TV SERVICES

Videotron has announced that Super Channel will soon be added to the illico TV channel line-up. A wide selection of content will also be offered on illico.tv, illico.tv for tablets (Android and iPad) and illico mobile. Super Channel carries programming including hit movies, top TV series and exclusive Showtime boxing events. The company also announced the illico.tv app for tablets has passed the 200,000-downloads mark on the iPad alone in less than 10 months after the app’s launch.

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TELUS LAUNCHES “GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE” SPEAKING TOUR IN QUEBEC

TELUS has launched its Give Where You Live program in Quebec. The program, developed in partnership with Free The Children, educates, encourages and empowers young people to become ambassadors of positive change and visionary leaders of tomorrow. Including speaking tours, workshops and a curriculum that introduce youth to philanthropy, the program will make the rounds of schools across Quebec, at no cost to the schools. Inspirational speakers from Free The Children will share their stories and philanthropic experiences in an effort to further inspire and empower young people. Each school which participates in the Give Where You Live program will be encouraged to identify causes in their community that individual students, classes or entire schools can support. Once students have developed an action plan, they will have the opportunity to apply for a $1,000 charitable grant from TELUS to bring their initiative to life. The Give Where You Live speaking tour and associated curriculum first launched in 40 BC secondary schools earlier this year, with the expectation that 150,000 youth across Canada will be involved in this philanthropic initiative by 2016.

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MOBILE GIVING IN ACTION: MADD CANADA

MADD Canada (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) is a national, charitable organization that is committed to stopping impaired driving and supporting the victims of this violent crime. With volunteer-driven groups in more than 100 communities across Canada, MADD Canada aims to offer support services to victims, heighten awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and save lives and prevent injuries on our roads. Canadians can support the work of the organization by texting “MADD” to 45678 to donate $5. For more information about Canada’s mobile channel for charitable giving, visit the Mobile Giving Foundation Canada at: http://www.mobilegiving.ca.

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