Telecom Trends Weekly

By Mark Goldberg

Helping understand changes in competitive telecommunications markets

Helping understand changes in competitive telecommunications markets

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Telecom Trends Weekly - Issue #74

September is the first month of the school year. As we approach month's end, it's appropriate to include a look at the development of a curriculum for training the next generation of tower technicians.This edition of Telecom Trends Weekly is being sent on the…


Telecom Trends Weekly - Issue #73

Last week's posts were somewhat more academic than usual, perhaps inspired by the start of a new school year. But don't worry, there's no exam at the end of the term.


Telecom Trends Weekly - Issue #72

Last week's posts weren't connected in any way. The first post was a look at an unusual display of unity in a jointly signed letter from telecommunications policy professionals who are usually at loggerheads. The second post looked at some interesting immigra…


Telecom Trends Weekly - Issue #71

Schools are back in session. For the most part, university programs are actually taking place in-person, in some cases for the first time in more than 2 years. In last week's blog post, I wrote a piece talking about what I did during my "summer vacation". It'…


Telecom Trends Weekly - Issue #70

Last week saw continued impact of the consequences of the general public finally catching word of a story that my readers have been following for more than a year: a venomous online presence of a consultant engaged by the Department of Canadian Heritage to le…


Telecom Trends Weekly - Issue #69

Revisiting a couple issues this week: after much prodding, it appears that the government will finally review its funding of a purveyor of hate; and, taking another look at concentration in Canada's wireless market. You might be surprised.


Telecom Trends Weekly - Issue #68

A common theme in last week's posts was conferences. In the first article, I highlight the Call for Speakers for STAC2023, the gathering of the Structure, Tower and Antenna Council, the people who construct Canada's telecommunications infrastructure.In the ot…


Telecom Trends Weekly - Issue #67

Last week's issue missed one of the blog posts from the previous week (The all-star break), so I am picking it up here.


Telecom Trends Weekly - Issue #66

Can government broadband subsidies be more effective? That was a subject explored last week. I also looked back at what attracted the greatest interest over the past 7 months.Are there topics you would like to see covered in a future blog post? Just reply to …


Telecom Trends Weekly - Issue #65

Just when I was thinking things would slow down for the summer, I ended up writing 3 posts last week, partly inspired by activities south of the border in the US. I hope you find these articles to be interesting.Subscriptions to this newsletter have been stea…


Telecom Trends Weekly - Issue #64

Not surprisingly, my posts last week focused on the impact of the July 8 Rogers network outage.Some perspective: during the week of June 27 - July 3, Cisco's Thousand Eyes recorded 283 network outages worldwide, with 148 in the US. During the following week, …


Telecom Trends Weekly - Issue #63

Last week featured posts on completely unrelated subjects. The first post, released after the holiday weekend dealt with the CRTC granting itself a $9M, 25% fee increase with virtually no disclosure of why; the second looks at more evidence of the cost of low…


Telecom Trends Weekly - Issue #62

As we emerge from the holiday weekend, I have already published more than 70 articles, equivalent to my full year production in 2019, at the mid-point of the year. I may slow the pace of new blog posts at some point this summer, but not next week (I already h…


Telecom Trends Weekly - Issue #61

Barring the unforeseen, this week's issue will be the last for a couple weeks, thanks to the upcoming holiday weekend. Last week saw a discussion of the latest twist in the Rogers - Shaw transaction, spinning off Freedom Mobile to Quebecor (Videotron). Will t…


Telecom Trends Weekly - Issue #60

Unrelated issues in last week's blog posts, with a discussion of the new Policy Direction to the CRTC and a post discussing disturbing failures in public safety communications.


Telecom Trends Weekly - Issue #59

Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the CRTC's landmark decision that opened up Canada's communications marketplace to full competition. That was the subject of one of last week's blog posts. The week started off with a look at the latest communications …


Telecom Trends Weekly - Issue #58

There were a variety of topics covered last week. I noticed that I have written more than 80 blog posts in the first 5 months of this year, a pace that is not likely to be maintained as we head into the summer. I'd appreciate your feedback on what issues you …


Telecom Trends Weekly - Issue #57

Last week's posts looked at broader government policy issues, such spectrum and broadband connectivity, and we got a first look at a new Policy Direction for the CRTC.In one of the posts, I suggest that the CRTC's objective for universal access to broadband m…


Telecom Trends Weekly - Issue #56

My blog posts last week touched on disinformation and misinformation. It can be a real challenge to sort out fact from fiction in the complex world of telecommunications policy.The week started with a quick look at an interesting appeal filed by Rogers on a s…


Telecom Trends Weekly - Issue #55

While the Rogers - Shaw merger deal grabbed a lot of the headlines, I still covered other topics last week. Well, one of the posts covered another topic.