Global MVNO Otono Partners ThreeUK to Extend Short-Term, No-Contract 4G LTE Data Plans in the UK

MVNO, Otono Partners, ThreeUK Vancouver-based global MVNO, Otono Networks announces its partnership with ThreeUK to offer 4G LTE data plans throughout the United Kingdom for users of select iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular models through its AlwaysOnline Wireless (AOW). According to Otono, AOW already offers global 4G LTE data plans ranging from as little as one…

Analyst: Redknee Solutions “Likely” Acquisition Target

Redknee Solutions The Canadian monetization and customer service specialist has attracted major investments from both a financial sponsor and an activist firm, which believes suitors would step forward during a sales process. Canadian monetization and customer service specialist Redknee Solutions Inc. got a temporary reprieve on debt covenant violations but faces other pressures now that…

Cathay Pacific and ZIP SIM Give Free Travel SIM Cards to Canadians Flying to the U.S.

Cathay Pacific, ZIP SIM Cathay Pacific Airways, one of the largest airlines in Asia, today announced a partnership with travel SIM card provider, ZIP SIM, to give away free talk, text, and data to Canadian travellers heading for the United States. Select Cathay Pacific passengers travelling from Vancouver to New York will be offered a…

Otono Networks and G&D Announce Partnership to Offer eSIM Advanced Enablement Services to Mobile Carriers at 2016 Competitive Carriers Association Annual Convention

Otono Networks, G&D, eSIM Otono Networks and Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) will team up at the Competitive Carriers Association’s 2016 Annual Convention to announce a partnership to offer advanced eSIM enablement and management services in the global market for device connectivity. With the first eSIM-enabled wearables coming to the North American market, there is both…

Elephant Talk partners with Expeto to expand enterprise, IoT mobility solutions

Elephant Talk, Expeto, cloud, platform, IoT Elephant Talk Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETAK) a provider of mobile networking software and services, has signed a partnership with Expeto, advancing Elephant Talk´s mobility cloud platform capabilities into the enterprise and IoT markets, the company said. Elephant Talk and Expeto have agreed to collaborate to bring cloud-based mobility services…

Introducing Wholesale Connectivity Convention (WCC) 2016

Wholesale Connectivity Convention We are pleased to announce our partnership and support of Knect365 expanding the scope of this year’s MVNOs North America event and rebranded it to Wholesale Connectivity Convention bringing not only MVNOs but also tier I-IV carriers together. The rapid growth of global connectivity services and solutions is irrevocably changing the way…

Lawsuit against Enflick seeks identities of harassers

Enflick CHICAGO — A couple’s lawsuit against Enflick Inc., d/b/a Textnow, John Does 1-19, seeks information from a phone company as it accuses unknown parties of defamation, invasion of privacy, and violation of telephone harassment statutes. Mickie Tadros and Philip Tadros filed a complaint on June 29 in Cook County Circuit Court against the defendants,…

Wireless startup Sugar Mobile can maintain access to Rogers roaming

Sugar Mobile, Rogers, Roaming Canada’s telecom regulator has officially given discount wireless startup Sugar Mobile a reprieve, ruling that the newcomer can keep relying on roaming services from Rogers Communications Inc. – at least for the time being. Sugar Mobile launched a $19-a-month offer in January and uses a combination of WiFi access and cellular…

Sandvine and TextNow bring Waterloo innovation to the US mobile market

Sandvine, TextNow Sandvine, (TSX:SVC) a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators, and TextNow, the company making mobile phone service more affordable through its unique cloud based technology, today announced Sandvine’s Network Policy Control platform will help power TextNow Wireless’ service in the United States. TextNow Wireless uses a hybrid…

Bell Canada Acquires Manitoba Telecom for $3.11 billion

Manitoba Telecom BCE, Monday announced that it will acquire Manitoba’s largest phone, Internet and wireless company, Manitoba Telecom Services(MTS) in a transaction valued at approximately CAN$3.9 billion(USD$3.11 billion). The combined company’s Manitoba operations will be known as Bell MTS in recognition of the powerful brand presence the MTS team has built across the province. Bell…

Rogers Communications Reports First Quarter 2016 Results

Rogers Communications Rogers 3.0 plan delivers solid financial and operating metrics for the first quarter 2016 Continued operating revenue growth of 2% driven by growth of 5% in Wireless Wireless postpaid net additions of 14,000, an improvement of 40,000 year on year Improved Wireless postpaid churn for the second quarter in a row; a 7…

Cogeco Still Seeks U.S. Cable Deals

MVNO Canadian operator eyes wireless MVNO opportunities in Canada About eight months after closing a $200 million deal to buy the Connecticut cable assets of MetroCast Communications, Atlantic Broadband parent Cogeco Cable said it will continue to look for opportunistic deals in the U.S., as well as wireless partnerships in its native Canada. Cogeco bought…

61% of Canadians say they have terrible wireless plans: survey

MVNO In a new survey that will surprise no one, a majority of Canadians say their wireless plans suck. According to the Angus Reid Institute, only 8% of us think we’re getting a good deal on our cell phone plans; around 61% believe their plans are too expensive, while another 19% believe what they pay…

Canadian Mayoral Delegation Joins TextNow In San Francisco To Launch New Office And Celebrate Recent Company Growth

TextNow TextNow announces $20M in revenue, a 75 percent year-over-year growth Executive team expands, appoints former Scopely exec Chas Castell VP of Revenue Operations and former KIXEYE exec Mark Braatz VP of Growth & GM First U.S. office opens in San Francisco’s SoMa district TextNow, the company making mobile phone service more affordable through its…

Ontario Court Throws Out $200 Million Lawsuit Against Bell

Bell Canada Even though a recent study showed that consumer complaints were on the decline – although Bell was the worst with customer complaints – a class action suit was filed against Bell by Celia Sankar in 2012. However, it ended up being supported by a million Bell, Virgin Mobile and Solo prepaid customers, all…

Birch Completes Purchase of Primus Telecommunications Assets in Canada

Birch Communications Company expands customer base and service footprint with the purchase of select assets of Canada’s largest independent, full-service telecommunications and cloud service provider. Birch Communications, Inc. (“Birch”), a leading nationwide provider of communications, network and cloud services to small, mid-sized, enterprise and wholesale businesses, announced today it has completed the Canada component of…

Sugar Mobile’s days may be numbered

Sugar Mobile The ongoing saga involving wireless carrier giants Rogers and Bell and upstart Sugar Mobile has been going back and forth since the latter came on to the scene last year. Back in February, Sugar filed a complaint with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission against Rogers, hoping to force Rogers to continue to…

Birch to Purchase Assets of Primus Telecommunications in Canada, U.S. and P.R.

Birch Communications Birch Communications, Inc. (“Birch”), a leading nationwide provider of communications, network and cloud services to small, mid-sized, enterprise and wholesale businesses, announced today its recent agreement to purchase select assets and customers of Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc. (“Primus”), one of Canada’s largest independent, full-service, telecommunications service providers. The closing is expected in the…

TextNow Wants to Fix Canada’s Broken Wireless Industry – But the Big Three Won’t Let Them

TextNow TextNow is a Canadian company, but its low-cost cellphone plans are only available in the United States. That’s not because TextNow doesn’t want to offer them here, but because it can’t. “We have a team of almost 80 people here in Waterloo, Ontario,” says Derek Ting, TextNow’s CEO. “One of the biggest conversations, that…

Can a successful regional mobile provider go national? Not in Canada.

Rogers Sugar Mobile The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) could learn a lot from the oft-cited maxim, “Sharing is caring.” Before you ask: No, this isn’t “Care Bear Economics,” we’re talking about here. We’re talking about practical solutions to fix our dysfunctional telecom market, where Canadians pay some of the highest cell phone bills…

Why is Rogers trying to kill a brand new $19 per month cell provider?

Rogers Wireless They’re at it again: telecom giants Rogers and Bell are trying to crush an innovative, affordable mobile provider. We’re taking this to the CRTC, and we need you to stand with us. In January, an innovative new startup called Sugar Mobile launched and began offering wireless plans from just $19 a month –…

Shaw completes Wind Mobile acquisition

Wind Mobile Canadian cableco Shaw Communications closed its previously-announced acquisition of cellco Wind Mobile on 1 March 2016, via the purchase of holding company Mid-Bowline Group for an enterprise value of approximately CAD1.6 billion (USD1.2 billion). Wind is Canada’s largest ‘non-incumbent’ wireless services provider, i.e. the fourth-largest player behind nationwide mobile operators Rogers, Telus and…

CRTC to deny a request to authorize the “mobile virtual network operator,” the wireless industry’s access to

MVNO Canada’s telecommunications industry regulator has banned challenge decisions that wireless carriers do not have to share access to their networks with companies that do not own a cell radio waves of their own. Canadian Network Operators Consortium (Cnoc), the industry representative group of independent Internet service providers, asked the Canadian Radio – television and…