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Jul 31, 2014

Hacking attack in Canada bears signs of Chinese army unit-expert

OTTAWA/TORONTO, July 31 (Reuters) – The recent hacking
attempt on a sensitive Canadian government computer network is
similar to attacks mounted by an elite unit of the Chinese army
based in Shanghai, according to a cybersecurity expert.

Canada said on Tuesday “a highly sophisticated Chinese
state-sponsored actor” had broken into the National Research
Council, a leading research body that works with major companies
such as aircraft and train maker Bombardier Inc.
Beijing on Thursday accused Canada of making irresponsible
accusations that lacked credible evidence.

Jul 31, 2014

Rogers Communications rapped for unfair roaming deals

TORONTO, July 31 (Reuters) – Canada’s largest wireless
company, Rogers Communications Inc, used exclusivity
clauses and high rates in the roaming agreements it signed with
new wireless entrants to unfairly discriminate against them, the
country’s telecom regulator said on Thursday.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC) said it would prohibit such provisions, and
that a new law has already forced rates to come down.

Jul 31, 2014

Canada’s Shaw Communications to buy data center company ViaWest

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian media and cable company Shaw Communications Inc said it would buy data center services provider ViaWest Inc from Oak Hill Capital Partners and others in a deal valued at $1.2 billion on an enterprise basis.

Shaw said the acquisition would help accelerate the development of its Canadian data center platform.

Jul 31, 2014

Canada’s Quebecor loss narrows; wireless arm weak

TORONTO, July 31 (Reuters) – Regional Canadian telecom and
media conglomerate Quebecor Inc posted a much smaller
second-quarter net loss on flat revenue on Thursday, as
cost-cutting in its media unit offset weakness in its wireless
and cable arm.

Quebecor Media, in which the company holds a 75 percent
stake, took a C$190 million charge due to a transition to
digital and challenging market conditions in the newspaper

Jul 30, 2014
Jul 29, 2014
Jul 25, 2014

Dell, BlackBerry downplay threat from Apple-IBM alliance

TORONTO, July 25 (Reuters) – IBM Corp’s recent move
to partner with Apple Inc to sell iPhones and iPads
loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both
companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now.

Top executives at Dell and BlackBerry Ltd scoffed at
the threat posed by the alliance this week, arguing the tie-up
is unlikely to derail the efforts of their own companies to
re-invent themselves.

Jul 24, 2014
Jul 24, 2014

Rogers Communications profit falls as wireless growth slows

TORONTO, July 24 (Reuters) – Rogers Communications Inc
posted a 24 percent decline in second-quarter net
income on Thursday, as it added fewer-than-expected wireless
phone customers.

The Toronto-based company said net income dropped to C$405
million ($377.76 million), or 79 Canadian cents a share, from
C$532 million, or C$1.03 a share, a year ago. Revenue was
stagnant at C$3.21 billion, despite several data center and
cable network acquisitions in the last year.

Jul 23, 2014

Canada’s BCE to take Bell Aliant private in $3.7 billion deal

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s largest telecom company, BCE Inc, said on Wednesday it will pay C$3.95 billion ($3.68 billion) to take regional telecom Bell Aliant BA.TO private, buying the 56 percent stake it does not already own to cut expenses and bolster its offerings in Atlantic Canada.

Toronto-based BCE said the deal will result in C$100 million in annual cost savings, partly due to the elimination of duplicate public company costs.

    • About Alastair

      "Canada tech, media and telecoms reporter based in Toronto, with emphasis on Research In Motion and including coverage of Rogers, Bell Canada, Telus, the new mobile entrants and the tech companies filling in the gaps. Previously spent two years in Cairo bureau chasing Orascom Telecom's Naguib Sawiris. Prior to that, spent a year learning the ropes in London."
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