Telecom & Cable

BCE is an expensive stock: Greg Newman

Canadian telecom giant BCE (BCE Stock Quote, Chart, News TSX:BCE) is now a victim of its own success, according to Greg Newman of Scotia Wealth Management, who thinks investors looking for stock appreciation in the telco field should be looking at other names. For a normally slow-developing dividen ...

Minister’s new mandate

Prime Minister Trudeau published the mandate letters for each of the members of the new Cabinet. Of particular interest to the telecommunications community is the mandate letter for Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. The letter includes a telecom specific sectio ...

Hashtag Trending- Ericsson pays big fines; Google unjust firings?; Microsoft shelves Wunderlist

Two familiar companies are under investigation yet again. In Today’s Hashtag Trending, we talk about Ericsson paying $1 billion in corruption case, Google under investigation for allegedly unjust firings, and Microsoft scrapping its Wunderlist app. Thank you for tuning in, it’s Tuesday, December ...

Majority isn’t always right

I came across an interesting article in The Guardian from a few years ago that is perhaps somewhat relevant to the very public discussion about Canada’s telecommunications industry. Three years ago, Julian Baggini wrote “Think democracy means the people are always right? Wrong”. In the articl ...

Is Rakuten worth signing up for?

Cash back websites like Rakuten, Swagbucks and Great Canadian Rebates are nothing new—some have existed for at least 20 years. Still, their claims of giving online shoppers cold, hard cash for making purchases at Amazon, Indigo and hundreds of other stores might give some savvy buyers pause. Are ...

Evidence-based policy making

Over the years, I have tried to draw attention to the need for better, and deeper statistical analysis to help guide policy making in Canadian telecom. I’m not just talking about public opinion polling, especially internet-based surveys that are open to ‘gaming’. We need ongoing econometric a ...

Hashtag Trending – Overconsumption protest; Canadians mad at telecoms; developer recreating the wheel

With Black Friday behind us, Hashtag Trending is the perfect podcast to listen to while you unbox all of your impulse purchases. In today’s episode, we talk about climate activists protesting against overconsumption, Canadians unhappy with telecom services, and a developer recreating the wheel. Th ...

Federal court extends CRTC wholesale pricing suspension

The Federal court has extended the suspension of CRTC’s proposed retroactive internet wholesale pricing until it can confirm a hearing status. According to the order, the Federal Court agreed that the respondent (CRTC) has not made compelling arguments against the issue and that the CRTC order co ...

Stay away from Chinese 5G network gear, US consul warns Canada

BRAMPTON, Ont. – The United States has again warned Canada against allowing wireless network carriers here to buy 5G equipment from Chinese manufacturers. The message was delivered Tuesday by Greg Stanford, who heads the U.S. Consulate in Toronto, at a conference here on cybersecurity and cross-b ...

Buy Cogeco Communications for broadband exposure, this portfolio manager says

Cable and internet provider Cogeco Communications (Cogeco Communications Stock Quote, Chart, News TSX:CCA) has been a stellar performer this year, but is it too late to get in on the action now that the stock has almost doubled? Being wary of a too hot name might be the prudent approach most of the ...