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Quebecor CEO: new mobile network on track

New Canadian mobile firm Quebecor says it is on track to switch on its new mobile network in early 2010, defying fears that the new Canadian networks could be hit by the global financial crisis.

Telus reinforces HSPA commitment

Canadian CDMA operator Telus used a CAD700 million (US$577 million) mobile and wireline broadband infrastructure announcement yesterday to reinforce its commitment to a migration to the GSM family of technologies.

Canada launches cross network mobile payments

EnStream, a mobile payments joint-venture owned by Canada’s three main operators, has launched a mobile money transfer and payments service that will work across all three mobile networks.

Canadian ops prep HSPA network

The Canadian Press reports that Bell and Telus’ efforts to jointly build a national HSPA network will reap reward in time for launch for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Telus snaps up Black’s photo chain

The Toronto Star reports that Canadian operator Telus said yesterday it intends to sell its mobile products in the 113 Black’s locations in Canada after striking a CAD28 million (US$26 million) deal to buy the photography chain from ReichmannHauer Capital Partners

Bell and Telus bring forward HSPA launch

The HSPA network buildout partnership between rival Canadian CDMA operators Bell and Telus – announced last October – is ahead of schedule, with Bell announcing yesterday that its HSPA services will be launched next month.