Bell Canada doubled the amount of net broadband customer additions, adding 15,690 subscribers during the fourth quarter, up from the 7,269 customers it added in the fourth quarter of 2012. At the end of 2013, Bell had a total 2.18 million broadband customers, a 2.7 percent increase over 2012.
Bell Canada said that 22,421 user names and passwords and five credit card numbers of its small business customers were illegally posted on the Internet over the weekend.
Allstream has become an even bigger competitive threat to Bell Canada and Telus in Canada's business service market by connecting more than 3,000 buildings to its 30,000 km fiber and IP-based network.
Bell Canada has spent $157 million to extend its growing Fibe TV service to Ottawa, bringing its coverage to 3.8 million households. Ottawa follows Montréal, Toronto, Québec City and multiple other locations in Ontario and Québec to be able to get the IPTV service.
Bell Canada has marshaled its wireless and wireline telecommunications capabilities to create a new application that expands TV viewing for subscribers with access to Android, iOS and BlackBerry devices via Wi-Fi or mobile connections.
Telus has become the latest service provider to make its IPTV service portable with the introduction of its wireless digital Optik TV box.
Pay phone use continues to decline as more consumers turn to cell phones for voice service, but the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunication Commission has denied a proposal by Bell Canada, Bell Aliant and Télébec to raise local payphone rates to between $1 and $2 for calls charged to a credit card or a prepaid calling card.
Bell Media, a subsidiary of Bell Canada, has completed its $3.4 billion acquisition of Astral Media, a deal that immediately advances its standing in the country's media and television markets.
Bell Canada Enterprises, the parent company of Bell Canada, has received the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's approval of its $2.9 billion acquisition of broadcaster Astral Media with a number of conditions. With this final approval in place, they will complete the deal on July 5.
Bell Canada Enterprises has extended the deadline to complete its $3.4 billion acquisition of Astral Media to July 31 as it awaits final regulatory approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.