Videotron gears up for this summer’s wireless deployment

Fri, 04/23/2010 - 9:35am
Mike Robuck

Canadian cable operator Videotron is getting all of the pieces in place to launch its own wireless network sometime this summer.

Earlier this week, Videotron said it would be using Plano, Texas-based Acision to support the rollout of advanced messaging services over its wireless network. Videotron will be using Acision’s Short Message Service Center, Multimedia Message Service Center and Open Internet Proxy on its wireless network.

For competitive reasons, Videotron isn’t providing a lot of details on its wireless network, although a spokesman for the cable operator said it would initially be a 3.75G network with plans to eventually migrate to 4G.

The Acision press release said the Videotron’s wireless network would offer “top-grade telephony services for a combined fixed and mobile platform and quadruple-play technology.” Acision also said its advanced messaging solutions were “uniquely designed to help operators such as Videotron to scale easily with the introduction of new mobile data services and the subsequent adoption of next-generation wireless networks, such as 4G, WiMAX and Long Term Evolution.”

"Videotron is happy to offer a quad-play service with a full suite of communications, entertainment and information to our customers," said Daniel Proulx, senior vice president of engineering for Videotron. "Videotron customers have come to expect the best services at the best prices, and, by partnering with Acision, our new mobile offering continues an unparalleled commitment to the customer experience."

Videotron, which covers 90 percent of the households in Quebec with its network, has been an Acision IP voicemail customer since 2005.

Earlier this month, Shaw Communications revealed its plans for a 4G network launch by late 2011. Calgary-based Shaw said it plans on spending $100 million this year on the network build-out after forking out $190 million on wireless licenses two years ago.

While the Canadian government has been trying to spur more competition in the wireless section, new entrants in the market will face stiff competition from Rogers, Bell and Telus, which currently account for 90 percent of Canadian wireless market share, according to a recent story in The Toronto Sun.

In addition to Videotron, Wind Mobile has launched its service in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa, while Public Mobile and Mobilicity are slated to launch their services over the coming months.



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