Yesterday we learned from CBC that the United States House Intelligence Committee is warning their own government, with a “blunt warning” for Canada to steer very clear of Chinese-based Huawei. Following a year-long investigation, Mike Rogers, chair of the U.S. House of Intelligence Committee stated, “"There are bugs, back doors going on in Huawei gear. We've had lots of reports of that happening in just the few places they are in, in the United States. And, I will bet my bottom dollar, as we say in the United States, that that activity is happening in Canada as well.”O...
This blog is in response to a letter that appeared in the StarPhoenix on September 28, 2012 titled "Poor Service."SaskTel has spent decades building a telecommunications network in Saskatchewan that is second to none, but restrictions set out by CRTC do not allow our Crown to choose the rates that customer are charged for telephone service – urban or rural. Although SaskTel believes that every customer in Saskatchewan should have the same access to reliable and affordable service, we do not always have the ability to set those parameters. This is a similar situation with the decisi...
It seems as though the residential and business customers in rural Saskatchewan who require access to High Speed Internet services have been given a second chance by Industry Canada. Following two years of consultation with business, government, and residents, Industry Canada made the decision to change the way that spectrum, or radio frequency, is allocated between network providers across the country. This means that SaskTel would no longer be able to provide Wireless Broadband Internet (WBBI) service to rural customers across the province. Access to, and ownership of, the Canadian wir...
Earlier this week the Stephen Harper government announced that they would be increasing competition in our national wireless sector including opening the doors to foreign investment, particularly affecting small telecommunications firms.Rita Trichur and Ian Marlow explained in the Globe and Mail, “The last burst of wireless competition, which began in the late 1990’s, ended with the new entrants succumbing to financial problems or selling out to the giants they had been fighting for years.” Basically, increased competition in the wireless market has seen the ‘Big Three&...
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