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Xplornet buys Ontario’s Silo Wireless

Deal includes rural wireless, fibre services

Canada’s biggest rural broadband company has expanded its space in the southwestern Ontario market by buying internet and fibre-to-home provider Silo Wireless. New Brunswick-based Xplornet Communications, whose client list already includes over a million rural customers in all provinces, announced it has closed its deal to buy Silo for an undisclosed sum. The deal gives

Crystal City’s skyline was in flames Aug. 20 when fire took a grain elevator and spread to a local hardware store. Locals who came to combat the flames say efforts were hindered by lack of cellphone coverage.

Communications breakdown

In the wake of last week’s fire, Crystal City residents have joined the rural Manitobans 
taking cellphone companies to task for what they say is subpar coverage

Crystal City residents say that poor cell coverage compounded the crisis caused by a fire last week. That’s when fire erupted from the top of the local grain elevator, spewing ash and embers into the air, razing the elevator to the ground and setting a hardware store ablaze. “I heard of one firefighter who was


Xplornet to buy NetSet

A rural broadband provider serving over 500 Manitoba municipalities and communities is set to be absorbed into one of Canada’s biggest rural operators. Xplornet Communications announced Monday it has signed a deal to buy the internet access business of Brandon-based NetSet Communications. Financial terms of the deal for the privately-held Manitoba company weren’t disclosed, except

Wireless providers ordered to set up alert system

Canada’s wireless providers have until April 2018 to set up wireless public alerting systems on LTE networks. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on Thursday issued a directive to that effect to all wireless service providers. The alert system would allow emergency management officials to warn Canadians via mobile devices of “dangers to life

Xplornet buying YourLink

One of Canada’s biggest providers of rural broadband is set to expand its space in the Saskatchewan market by buying rural high-speed wireless provider YourLink. New Brunswick-based Xplornet Communications on Monday announced an all-cash $28.75 million deal with Victoria-based Vecima Networks for the “remaining assets” of Vecima’s YourLink business. YourLink, based in Saskatoon, is a



Two newly tagged cattle walk under an archway equipped with ultra-high-frequency RFID readers that record their data during field testing with SAIT RADLab industry partner CL Ranches.

Ultra-high-frequency RFID takes tag reading to the next level

Forget reading one tag at a time, this technology can track every member of a herd going down an alley at once

Cattle producers could save themselves a fair bit of time and money — if they’re willing to make the shift from standard low-frequency RFID tags to a new ultra-high-frequency alternative. “The typical button tag has been around for a long time and works very well, but it’s in a low-frequency spectrum and the read range

Pilot project exports soybeans

CentrePort Canada Inc. has launched a pilot project to export 250 tonnes of soybeans from Manitoba to China by container. The soybeans pilot project will utilize new Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to ensure the security and quality of the shipment, according to a release. The system involves an RFID tag being placed on the


RFID May Go The Way Of Bar Codes If New Technology Catches On

What does the cattle industry have to learn from Walmart? When it comes to ear tags, the answer is “more than you might think,” said David Moss, chief operating officer of Livestock Identification Services Ltd. Moss is a passionate supporter of replacing the radio frequency identification (RFID) cattle ear tags with passive (non-battery-equipped) Ultra-High Frequency

Extension Requested For Old Cattle Tags

“Kick me when I’m down.” – ROBERT SHWALUK Some Manitoba cattle producers want a national agency to extend a rapidly approaching deadline for eliminating bar code tags used to trace cattle back to their original herds. Producers at a Manitoba Cattle Producers Association district meeting voted to ask the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency to allow