Articles By Tom Li

SK Hynix acquires Intel NAND flash memory division for $9 billion

South Korean semiconductor company SK Hynix is acquiring Intel’s NAND flash memory division for US$9 billion. The acquisition, announced on Oct. 20, will see SK Hynix absorb Intel’s NAND SSD-associated IP and employees,

Published on: October 20th, 2020 Tom Li

SpaceX granted basic telecom license in Canada

The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunication Commission (CRTC) is granting Space Exploration Technologies Corp., also known as SpaceX, a Basic International Telecommunications Service license (BITS). In an Oct. 15 letter to Bret Johnsen, chief

Published on: October 19th, 2020 Tom Li

Rogers now offers 5G service in 130 Canadian regions

Rogers has expanded its service to 130 regions in Canada, including more rural areas in Alberta, Ontario, and British Columbia. “Digital infrastructure is crucial to fuelling productivity and innovation and driving our economy

Published on: October 14th, 2020 Tom Li

Canadians get free access to 5G with the ‘Big Three’ telcos

None of the Big Three Canadian telcos will charge extra for 5G access. Rogers, the last telco to insist on charging a premium for its 5G access, recanted the plan this week. Rogers

Published on: October 9th, 2020 Tom Li

Top 5 retail trends to expect this holiday season

Online shopping has dominated the retail industry during the pandemic. From tools to food, even the most loyal window shoppers have opted to buy through their computers or phones. In a web call

Published on: October 8th, 2020 Tom Li

CRTC mobile sales practice review reveals accessibility pains

The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission has found that while most Canadians are happy with their sales interactions with Canadian telcos, accessibility is a key issue that needs addressing. The project gathered the

Published on: October 7th, 2020 Tom Li

Nova Scotia and PEI will adopt COVID Alert, says Health Canada

Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are the latest provinces signalling their decision to adopt Canada’s COVID Alert exposure notification app, according to Canada’s COVID 19 alert task force. In an Oct. 2

Published on: October 2nd, 2020 Tom Li

How did the CRTC block its own wholesale internet prices?

Like a car in bad traffic, the CRTC’s wholesale internet rate has once again been halted, this time by the CRTC itself, the entity that issued it in the first place. The new

Published on: October 1st, 2020 Tom Li

Microsoft Ignite 2020: Teams to get new well-being features to reduce stress

Microsoft’s key tool in connecting a distributed workforce is its Teams communication platform. At Microsoft Ignite, the company announced a slew of new features in Teams to reduce work-from-home stress and improve collaboration

Published on: September 24th, 2020 Tom Li

The Arm deal: How Nvidia will remain vendor-neutral and address its partners

Nvidia's acquisition of Arm still faces regulatory and licensing challenges, and in a webcast on Sept. 14, Jensen Huang, Nvidia CEO, addressed issues surrounding competition as well as licensing to China once the

Published on: September 22nd, 2020 Tom Li

Canadian government and Shaw pull new fibre optic line in rural B.C.

A joint program between Shaw Communications and the Canadian government will pull 40 km of fibre optic cable between Whistler and Mount Currie to bring high-speed internet access to rural parts of British

Published on: September 18th, 2020 Tom Li

Bell increasing internet speeds for 80,000 rural homes by the end of 2020

Bell recently announced that it will bring the 50Mbps download/10Mbps upload speeds--the ideal baseline internet access speed set by the CRTC--to 80,000 more homes by the end of 2020. The speed increase will

Published on: September 16th, 2020 Tom Li

Why the Federal Court dismissed the incumbents’ CRTC internet rates appeal

The Federal Court yesterday dismissed an appeal submitted by the incumbent internet service providers last year. The appeal was filed against the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's (CRTC) new wholesale internet rates that

Published on: September 14th, 2020 Tom Li

Hashtag Trending – Harmony OS 2.0; Federal Court dismisses internet appeal; techy face masks

Huawei says its phones will run Harmony OS in 2021, Federal Court dismisses case from big ISPs, and technology companies are innovating face mask. It’s all the tech news that’s popular right now.

Published on: September 11th, 2020 Tom Li

Hashtag Trending – Facebook engineer quits; Apple’s ongoing feud with Epic Games; Canada gets Spot!

Facebook engineer quits saying Facebook profits off of hate, Apple’s battle with Epic Games continues, and a new robot is coming to Canada. It’s all the tech news that’s popular right now. Welcome

Published on: September 10th, 2020 Tom Li