Telecom & Cable

Connecting Canadians

There have been many stories about the latest Federal budget [pdf, 6.7MB] that sets out funding to achieve the CRTC’s objective to have broadband access available to all Canadians by the year 2030. I have said before that the CRTC’s December 2016 release of Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2016-4 ...

Buy and hold BCE in 2019, this investor says

Investors should be pleased with Canadian telecom company BCE (BCE Stock Quote, Chart TSX:BCE), which has been on the move since the start of the year. But for those of us wanting to get in on the action, waiting for a pullback is probably a good idea, says Bruce Campbell of Campbell, Lee & Ross. [ ...

Fighting the ‘algorithm wars’

Artificial intelligence (AI), quant funds, high-frequency trading, big data — these terms get thrown around a lot these days and can create confusion and uncertainty. (Case in point: Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that AI is more dangerous than nuclear weapons, with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg cal ...

Telus is no longer a cheap stock, Greg Newman says

Investors have for years been counting on Canada’s telecom companies to deliver solid defensive performance featuring a healthy dividend. And while that’s certainly true of Telus (Telus Stock Quote, Chart TSX:T), Scotia Wealth’s Greg Newman says that investors should be aware of some issues t ...

Quebecor is a solid performer, Echelon Wealth says

Quebecor (Quebecor Stock Quote, Chart TSX:QBR.B) continues to show strong execution in its latest quarterly numbers, according to Echelon Wealth Partners analyst Rob Goff, who in an update to clients on Friday raised his target from $34.00 to $36.00. Telecom and media company Quebecor released its ...

Party Like it's 1999

Anyone recognize these two phones? A good old indestructible Nokia candy bar was the first phone for many of us. I had a few Nokia cellphones over the years and they always worked great, back in the day. And, we all remember the Nokia ring tone, which was the most played tune in the world as late a ...

Supporting junk science

I was disappointed to read an opinion piece in the weekend Globe and Mail entitled “When it comes to 5G health risks, what we don’t know might hurt us“. The article plays to the anti-vaccination crowd, presenting data out of context and confusing issues to hype “the worry that the radiation ...

CRTC timetables

Yesterday’s Notice of Consultation from the CRTC for the “Review of mobile wireless services” calls for an oral hearing beginning January 13, 2020. That is 319 days from now! I was trying to think of when a telecommunications proceeding has had that lengthy a run up period. The Wireless Code ...

Dealing with illegal content

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about a proposal to create a “Moderation Standards Council” to address how social media platforms deal with and moderate what is termed as “harmful content.” I expressed concern about the proposal to create “an institution for content moderation.” One bold pa ...

AI and health | Just be patient

Next week, I will be attending a seminar entitled “AI and Health | Just be Patient”, looking at a number of challenges associated with applying artificial intelligence to healthcare. One of the sessions that caught my eye is called “Give an AI some data and you feed it for a day; teach the A ...