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BCE Inc. is a large telecommunications company, which was listed as the 5th largest company in Canada in 1975. It operates as an incumbent and competitive local exchange carrier for DSL Internet and telephone services in most Canadian provinces, together with its subsidiaries Northern Tel, Telebec, Northwestel, and Bell Aliant. Among the main competitors of BCE Inc are Shaw Communications Inc., Quebecor Inc., COGECO Inc., and others companies.

The Bell Telephone Company held its first general meeting of the shareholders in 1880 in Toronto. Three persons attended the meeting, Hugh Cossart Baker, Charles Fleetford Sise, and Andrew Robertson.

In 2002, Manitoba Telephone Services and Bell Canada created Bell West Inc., offering to its business customers in British Columbia and Alberta a variety of data, long distance, and local services. The company sold its directory business the same year. The sale included Yellow Pages and White Pages directories in Quebec and Ontario, as well as Canada 411, toll-free, and electronic directories. In 2004, Bell Canada purchased forty percent interest from Manitoba Telecom Services, assuming 100 percent ownership of Bell West.

Bell Canada offers its clients a wide selection of solutions, including high-speed Internet, wireless communications, telephone services, voice over IP, and digital television. The company also features ICT services, offered to governments and businesses as well as VCIO intended for medium and small businesses. Bell Canada takes pride in operating a large local access network designed for long distance and local telephone services. Customers can take advantage of a variety of services such as voice mail, call waiting, and more. The company also offers the popular Internet destination, the Sympatico.ca portal, with premium features, broadband content, entertainment, and information. Bell Mobility is the company’s wireless division, offering wireless communication services in Canada under the Solo Mobile and Bell Mobility Brands. Having 100 percent ownership in Virgin Mobile, BCE offers to clients wireless services, which are under the Virgin brand. The wireless network includes HSPA, EVDO, and 1xRTT, providing data and voice services to Canadians. Finally, Bell TV is a major digital television provider in Canada.
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Bell Aliant is a Canadian communications company which offers services in many locations in eastern Canada, Atlantic Canada and in the rural areas of Quebec and Ontario. The company is traded on TSX under the ticker symbol BA. The main competitors of Bell Aliant are Rogers Communications Inc., MTS Allstream Inc., Shaw Communications Inc., and others.

Bell Aliant is a successor to a company, which was established through the merger of Bruncor, Island Telecom, Maritime Telephone and Telegraph Company, NewTel Enterprises, which took place in 1999. They were the major phone companies in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia. In 2006, Aliant and Bell announced a proposed merger of Aliant’s operations into the operations of Bell. In particular, the retail and wireless networks of Aliant would be managed by the Bell World and Bell Mobility operations, which are wholly owned by Bell. Bell Alliant acquired 63.5 percent interest in Telebec and Northern Tell. Both companies are wholly owned by Bell Aliant since 2007 but manage and operate their wireless networks.

Today, Bell Aliant is a major internet access provider in Canada, offering products and services to individual and business clients. Individual clients of the company can choose from phone services, fiberOP Internet, digital TV, and other services. Business clients of Bell Aliant are offered business bundles, fiberOP internet and internet, phone services, and more. Managed by Bell Mobility, the wireless service is a good option for business clients who want to choose the rate plan and phone that works best for their business. Business bundles are offered with a variety of features, including yellow pages listing, Centrex phone service, calling features such as voicemail to email, optional unlimited long distance plans, and others. Business clients who take advantage of the company’s phone services also benefit from phone lines and systems (e.g. multi-line and phone systems), long distance plans, and calling features such as call director, call return, visual call waiting, and others. Conferencing services offered by the company include online conference booking and video and telephone conferencing. The video conferencing service offers interactive audio and video as an alternative way to communicate with business partners.
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Delphi Systems - Network & IT Support - located in Lethbridge, Alberta is the premiere company for small to medium sized businesses looking for assistance with their company's network support and computer support needs. Delphi Systems Inc. offers a wide range of IT services including Network Support and Monitoring, Computer Support, Delphi Netcare, Complete Systems Audit, Helpdesk Services, Onsite Support, Relocation Services and many more.
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Research In Motion is a Canadian based telecommunications company that is one of the most recognized cellular device providers in the world. Its flagship product, the Blackberry has become a business standard and sells tens of millions of units every year.

Research In Motion is one of the pioneers of the cellular and mobile communications industry. First originated in 1990, Research In Motion worked closely with many of the other recognized powerhouses in mobile telecommunications. Motorola and Ericcsson, developing and continuing to push the boundaries of telecommunications industry. During the late 1990’s Research In Motion, based in Waterloo, Canada, branched out from what had become many of the industry accepted protocols and technology in the telecommunications industry and began designing products and technology that would soon push telecommunications in the modern digital age.

In 1999 Research In Motion launched a product that would revolutionize practically all forms of modern business, the Blackberry. The Blackberry was one of the first user-friendly and easily adaptable smartphones on the market and was quickly picked up and adapted by many of the biggest businesses in the world. Even today, the Blackberry is the standard in which many of today’s latest smartphone devices have been based on due to their immense success and adaptability.

One of the biggest accomplishments and contributions Research In Motion Research In Motion has given to the telecommunications industry has been their acceptance and welcoming of third party software. Before Research In Motion and the Blackberry, many third party mobile software companies faced steep roadblocks in the development of their software and faced even tougher resistance into acceptance into the mobile software industry. Blackberry’s “open arms: policy with independent software developers has allowed even the smallest software companies to compete and display their products in the same venues as the long standing mobile software companies. This has led to the development of some of the most important mobile applications used by the public today.
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Rogers Communications is a large Canadian communications company, specializing in the areas of mass media assets, home phones and internet, and wireless communications. The company is listed on NYSE under the symbol RCI and on TSX under RCI.A. Among its main competitors are Canadian Broadcast Corporation, Bell Media Inc., Astral Media Inc, and others.

Headquartered in Toronto, it was established by Edward S. Rogers Sr. in 1925. In 1979, Rogers Cable TV Limited undertook a reverse-takeover, acquiring Canadian Cablesystems Limited. The company doubled its cable subscribers by purchasing Premier Communications Limited in 1980 and became the largest Canadian television company.

The company offers a large selection of products and services, including mobile internet, phones and devices, add-ons and applications, and more. Rogers Communications features individual, senior, and family plans, giving family members the opportunity to share voice and data and enjoy nation-wide calling between plan members. The company also offers mobile internet and iPad data plans with a variety of beneficial features. Mobile internet plans are featured with antivirus protection and free email addresses, while plans for iPad include flex rate, on-device, and Data Share plans. Clients who buy home phones enjoy a variety of calling features, including call waiting, call display, three way calling, voicemail, long distance lock, and many others. Call display blocking prevents clients’ numbers and names from being displayed while call transfer transfers incoming calls to alternative phone numbers. Rogers Communications offers different long distance plans for unlimited calling in North America, low per minute rates to many countries around the globe, unlimited calling and per minute rates for Asia, low rates within Canada, and more.

The cable internet offered by Rogers Communications is featured with superior speeds for a powerful online experience. The company also provides USB modems, which are ideal for students and families on the go and mobile professionals, offering web access where and when needed. The company also offers Wi-Fi hotspots, which are a good choice for busy study groups, work teams, and families. These offer one-touch internet access for music players, laptops, and other devices.
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Shaw Communications is the largest telecommunications company in Canada, offering television, Internet, and telephone services, and broadcasting. The company offers services mainly in Alberta and British Columbia, and has smaller systems in Hamilton, Ontario, Northwestern Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. The company is listed on NYSE under the symbol SJR and on TSX under SJR.B. Its main competitors are Rogers Cable Communications Inc., BCE Inc., and Quebecor Inc.

Established in 1966 as Capital Cable Television, the company went public on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 1983 and was renamed Shaw Cablesystems Ltd the same year. During the 80s and 90s, the company undertook a number of acquisitions, including Access Communications, Classicomn, Trillium Cable, Fundy Cable, and others. Two swaps followed in 1994 and 2001 as a result of which the assets of the company are mostly found in areas of northern Ontario and western Canada.

Shaw Communications has expanded its television services, adding Super Channel 1and 2 HD, Encore Avenue HD, Speed HD, and other channels. The company offers broadband internet, featured with superior downloading, streaming, gaming, networking, and multiple device usage. Internet extras include world-class security software, video mail, the option to create online presence and video galleries, and more. Apart from a variety of home phone plans to choose from, clients of the company benefit from affordable long distance rates which get them talking to family and friends around the globe. Calling features include busy redial, simultaneous ring, 711 message relay service, anonymous and selective call blocking, and many others.

In addition, Shaw Communications offers a variety of products and services to businesses, including data services, voice services, internet services, and TV and broadcast video services. The company operates a fiber-optic network, which is among the largest on the continent. Thus, its data services make it possible to get clients’ data where is has to go. Internet services for business users are tailored to meet the needs of different businesses, from point of sale terminals to small, mid-sized, and larger companies. The business Wi-Fi modem offered by the company connects multiple users or provides an internet hotspot.
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Telus Corp. is a Canadian telecommunications company offering a variety of services and products, including satellite television, video, entertainment, voice, internet access, and more. The company is listed on NYSE under the symbol TU and on TSX under T.

In 1990, Telus Corp was established as a holding company by the government of Alberta. The company acquired Edmonton Telephones Corporation in 1995 and became the owner of all telephone services in Alberta. BCTel and Telus announced a proposed merger in 1998, which took place the following year. As a result of the merger of the two entities, Telus Corp became the 2nd largest telecommunications company in Canada.

Telus Corp offers Optik TV with over five hundred digital channels, specialty shows, live and on demand events, and more. Optik internet is another service that provides clients with advanced TV and Internet experience. Clients can download, stream, and surf from any place in their home thanks to the built-in Wi-Fi. Customers who use TELUS Internet can choose the speed they require and connect any of the family’s devices at home. The company also offers telephone services, featured with unlimited local calling and calling features such as voice mail, call waiting, call display, and call forwarding. Clients can opt for other calling features as well, including visual call waiting and caller reveal, which prompts unknown or private callers to enter their phone number or unblock it. Pay-per-use calling features include 3 way calling, allowing clients to include third parties in a call, and call return, which monitors a busy line and identifies the last phone number calling the client’s line.

Telus Corp also offers packages or bundles, combining internet, home phone, and long distance calls. Finally, clients can opt for voice and data plans, including call waiting, conference calling, voice mail, as well as unlimited nationwide family calling. Extras include free local calling on the client’s birthday and unlimited local calling for one month.

The main competitors of Telus Corp are NS Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., based in Winnipeg, Bell Aliant Inc., based in Halifax, and MB BCE Inc.
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