Archive for August, 2022

Bell Expands Its Fibre Network In Ontario And Manitoba…. And Trolls Rogers In The Process

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 31, 2022 by itnerd

Bell’s trolling skills are top shelf. But before I get to that, let me get to the part about them expanding their fibre network. According to this, 10000 homes in Owen Sound will get fibre by 2023. And according to this, 6500 homes in rural Manitoba will get fibre too. Though I didn’t see a date for completion.

Now on to the trolling part. In the Owen Sound announcement, Bell said this:

Fully funded by Bell, this broadband expansion program will provide fast and high-capacity 100% fibre connections with Internet download speeds of up to 3 Gbps and access to leading Bell services such as Fibe TV. By the end of this year, Bell will have invested approximately $14 billion in capital expenditures since 2020, including planned capital expenditures of approximately $5 billion in 2022, to accelerate the rollout of its broadband fibre, 5G and rural networks.

And in the Manitoba announcement, Bell said this:

Fully funded by Bell, this broadband network expansion will provide fast and high-capacity 100% fibre connections with Internet download speeds of up to 1.5 Gbps and access to leading Bell services such as Gigabit Fibe Internet, Whole Home Wi-Fi and Fibe TV. By the end of this year, Bell will have invested approximately $14 billion in capital expenditures since 2020, including planned capital expenditures of approximately $5 billion in 2022, to accelerate the rollout of its broadband fibre, 5G and Wireless Home Internet networks.

You’ll note the words “Fully funded by Bell”. That I believe is a direct shot at Rogers who is known to be borrowing cash to buy Shaw Communications, never mind how they will fund the $10 billion which became $20 billion in network upgrades as part of Rogers being “committed to Canadians.” If that’s the case, well played Bell.

But the core issue for Rogers is not being trolled by Bell. The core issue is that Bell continues to expand its fibre footprint, which is only going to increase the advantage that they have over Rogers as I explain here. I say that because Rogers fibre footprint is tiny next to Bell. And they won’t be closing that gap anytime soon despite announcements like this.

Good times… Unless you’re Rogers.

Uber Applies For Licence Transfer To Operate Rideshare In Victoria & Kelowna

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 31, 2022 by itnerd

Uber has applied to BC’s Passenger Transportation Board (PTB) for a licence transfer from another rideshare company to operate in additional regions in BC, including Victoria and Kelowna. 

For a licence transfer to be approved, the PTB has to consider whether Uber is fit and proper to operate, and is capable of providing the proposed service. And he PTB has found Uber to be fit and proper and capable on two separate occasions now. And our track record remains strong.

Uber has been operating in Canada for 10 years in over 140 municipalities. According to Uber, it’s time that residents in Victoria and Kelowna have the same access to this safe, reliable and affordable transportation option. 

There is likely to be more news coming regarding this so stay tuned.

Simply Easier Payments Announces 
New President

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 31, 2022 by itnerd

 Simply Easier Payments, which offers turn-key and customized payment solutions for insurance agencies, brokers, MGAs, carriers, premium finance companies, and fee-only financial advisors, announced today that Bradley Whitley-Williams will take over as president to help the company expand and continue growing.

Whitley-Williams will begin day-to-day operations of the Durham-based company in August 2022 replacing president Duke Williams, who founded the company 16 years ago and is remaining chairman of the Board of Directors.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Whitley-Williams began his career designing customer experiences for financial services firms and has used that expertise to help companies
implement technological solutions that improve customer satisfaction and boost efficiency. 

In a previous job at financial services firm TIAA, he led various operational and analytical functions across wealth management, personal financial planning, and banking. During a decade in the field, he has brought multiple new financial products to market, an experience that he will draw on as he leads Simply Easier Payments, which recently expanded from its core clientele of insurance agencies, brokers, MGAs, carriers, and premium finance companies to add investment advisors. 

Simply Easier Payments is a leading total payment solution partner for the insurance sector and financial advisors accepting mobile and online payments. It provides customers with a one-stop credit card payment processing solution designed for regulated businesses, offers a hassle-free experience without the high fees other providers charge, and is 100 percent compliant in all 50 states in the U.S. For over a decade, Simply Easier Payments has provided secure, compliant, and reliable payment solutions to thousands of businesses around the nation. Since its inception in 2006, reliability and affordability have been the cornerstone principles for delivering real, working solutions to its customers.  To learn more, visit:

Rogers Tries To Match Bell With 8 Gbps Service…. When Customers Will Actually Get It Is Anyone’s Guess

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 31, 2022 by itnerd

You might recall that Bell not too long ago announced 8 Gbps service that is due to start rolling out in September. I guess that this was enough to make Rogers freak out and push out 8 Gbps service as well:

Rogers today announced that it is the first major provider in Canada to launch a new Wi-Fi modem with Wi-Fi 6E – the world’s most powerful Wi-Fi technology. Building on the newest generation of Wi-Fi technology, Wi-Fi 6E enables multi-Gigabit Wi-Fi speeds, ultra-low lag times, and increased capacity for more connections than ever before. Select customers in areas across Ontario, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland can now take advantage of the new Wi-Fi modem for the best in-home Wi-Fi experience that will revolutionize how they game, stream and connect, now and in the future.

Now of course there’s a catch. And here it is:

Building on its commitment to deliver the fastest Internet speeds of any major provider in Canada, Rogers premium Ignite Internet with 8 Gbps symmetrical speeds is now available for pre-order. 

Note the words “pre-order”. Rogers in their press release doesn’t say when it will actually be available. Contrast that with Bell who said that their 8 Gbps service will be available in September in Toronto, and elsewhere soon after that. And based on Bell’s previous history, if they say it, they deliver it. Thus this appears to be another “fiber to the press release” type of deal from Rogers where they announce something, but don’t actually put a stake into the ground as to when it will actually be delivered. Thus while this sounds interesting, until it actually rolls out it’s kind of meaningless. But I guess they need a distraction from their July outage related issues. Or their Shaw takeover related issues.

Trend Micro Warns of 75% Surge in Ransomware Attacks on Linux as Systems Adoptions Soared

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 31, 2022 by itnerd

Trend Micro today predicted that ransomware groups will increasingly target Linux servers and embedded systems over the coming years. It recorded a double-digit year-on-year (YoY) increase in attacks on these systems in 1H 2022.

To read a full copy of the Trend Micro 2022 Midyear Roundup Report, please visit:   

According to Trend Micro data:

  • 63 billion threats blocked by Trend Micro in 1H 2022
  • 52% more threats in the first half of the year than the same period in 2021
  • Government, manufacturing and healthcare are the top three sectors targeted with malware

Detection of attacks from ransomware-as-a-service surged in the first half of 2022. Major players like LockBit and Conti were detected with a 500% YoY increase and nearly doubled the number of detections in six months, respectively. The ransomware-as-a-service model has generated significant profits for ransomware developers and their affiliates.

New ransomware groups are emerging all the time. The most notable one in the first half of 2022 is Black Basta. The group hit 50 organizations in just two months. Many persist with the “big game-hunting” of large enterprises, although SMBs are an increasingly popular target.

One of the primary attack vectors for ransomware is vulnerability exploitation. Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative published advisories on 944 vulnerabilities in the period, a 23% YoY increase. The number of critical bug advisories published soared by 400% YoY.

APT groups continue to evolve their methods by employing expansive infrastructure and combining multiple malware tools. The ten-fold increase in the number of detections is another proof point that threat actors are increasingly integrating Emotet as part of their elaborate cybercrime operations.

The concern is that threat actors are able to weaponize these flaws faster than vendors can release patch updates and/or customers can patch them.

Unpatched vulnerabilities add to a growing digital attack surface many organizations are struggling to manage securely as the hybrid workplace expands their IT environment. Over two-fifths (43%) of global organizations believe it is “spiraling out of control.”

Cloud visibility is particularly important given the continued threat of third parties exploiting misconfigured environments and using novel techniques like cloud-based crypto mining and cloud tunneling. The latter is frequently abused by threat actors to route malware traffic or host phishing websites.

Guest Post: Cybersecurity unicorns projected to reach an all-time high in 2022, data suggests

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 31, 2022 by itnerd

Global markets, including the technology sector, encountered significant declines in the first half of 2022 due to various macroeconomic challenges. Yet, the cybersecurity software industry continues to produce unicorns at an unprecedented rate. The upsurge of cyberattacks on a global scale creates new addressable markets and opportunities for cybersecurity companies to tackle.

Atlas VPN predicts that if the upward trend’s growth momentum is sustained for the rest of 2022, the total number of new unicorns is well-positioned to reach an all-time high, dwarfing 2021’s 36 unicorns. 

The data for the research was extracted from the Progress Partners Market Report for 2022 Q2.

In H1 2022, the cybersecurity industry produced 19 companies valued at $1 billion or more. Yet, the figures reveal that the digital defense market began to flourish in early 2021. 

The number of cybersecurity unicorns grew from 6 in 2020 to 36 in 2021, representing a 500% increase YoY.

Global shifts towards remote work and online education were the main driving forces behind the market’s growth.

$1B+ Cybersecurity Exits 

Besides valuations, $1B+ cybersecurity exits also reached an all-time high of 18 in 2021, representing a 2x growth over 2020. 

In H1 2022, we have already witnessed eight $1B+ exits, and if the trend continues, the total for the year will be on par with 2021.

To read the full article, head over to:

MATRIXX Software Selected By TELUS To Enable The Next Generation Of 5G Services 

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 31, 2022 by itnerd

MATRIXX Software, a global leader in 5G monetization solutions, announced today that world-leading communications technology company, TELUS, has selected the MATRIXX Digital Commerce Platform as its 5G monetization solution. This agreement will give TELUS the agility it needs to easily and seamlessly launch and develop new solutions covering mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), fixed and cloud services for its 17 million customer connections in Canada, through a single cloud native platform. As the Converged Charging System (CCS) of the TELUS 5G network, MATRIXX will enable new and emerging 5G monetization use cases and opportunities with improved scalability, agility and flexibility, while redefining TELUS’ customer experience with next-generation products and services.

The MATRIXX platform will enable TELUS to continue to advance its adoption of cloud-based solutions across its products and services. With its world-leading networks, TELUS will capitalize on MATRIXX’s simplicity and highly configurable solution to operate independently at the speed required to lead in Canada’s fast-moving telecom and digital market.

MATRIXX Software delivers a modern converged charging and commerce solution proven at scale. Its cloud native Digital Commerce Platform provides network-grade, mission critical software that unlocks new network monetization opportunities. With its no-code configuration capabilities, MATRIXX empowers service providers with the agility necessary to easily develop, deploy and monetize new products and services. MATRIXX is the platform of choice powering many of the world’s leading communications companies, IoT players and emerging network infrastructure providers. MATRIXX makes it possible to harness commercial innovation and on-demand customer experience to better compete and drive new revenue and growth opportunities across markets and verticals.

For more information, please visit them on the web at

PIAC Calls On CRTC To Release Confidential Details From Rogers Outage Filings

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 30, 2022 by itnerd

You know, if Rogers really wanted to regain to the trust of Canadians, they’d just be a whole lot more transparent about what happened in relation to the outage and what they plan to do about it. But as you know, they haven’t been transparent. Instead they’ve redacted a whole lot of their responses to the CRTC.

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) wants to change that. They have called on the CRTC to release confidential information Rogers filed on the July 8th service outage. You can see the filing here. But here’s why they want this information to be made public:

PIAC submits that if Rogers’ customers are to, at least in part, foot the bill for these significant remedial projects, then customers should know what they’re paying for and when to expect results. More detailed explanations of the investment initiatives will also allow the public to comment on whether the claimed investments are effective and proportionate solutions, and to raise questions on whether the stated plans reflect investments that were already planned or necessary prior to the outage. PIAC submits that due to the likelihood that these additional investment costs will be passed down to customers in the form of higher service prices, the public interest in disclosure outweighs any resulting specific direct harms to Rogers. Without more detailed disclosures, Rogers is asking consumers to simply “trust” that the proposed solutions will effectively fix the problem. However, the outage has significantly eroded public trust in Rogers. Keeping important details about the outage from public scrutiny only serves to further erode that trust. Disslosure of the information on the public record is part of the remedy for this loss of trust. Consumers then can see the exact measures Rogers proposes to fix their systems (at least at a high technical level) and can use their own judgment to consider if Rogers’ plans seem to be such a solution and by extension, whether to trust their public statements of network reliability in the future.

PIAC is 100% correct here. Rogers has only given vague promises as part of their attempt to be “committed to Canadians”. Something that has generated a huge amount of blowback because there’s nothing in there that would allow Canadians to hold them accountable for what they promise that they are going to do. The fact that a third party has to go this route to get information that Rogers should be providing by default into public view really illustrates that Rogers has a lot to hide and they aren’t serious about earning back the trust of Canadians.

I don’t expect Rogers to allow this information to see the light of day. And I expect that this will likely end up in court. Which even if Rogers wins, they lose in the court of public opinion because the public will simply think that they have a lot to hide. Which is why I would suggest to Rogers that they just release this information and let the chips fall where they may.

The Truth Social App Hasn’t Been Available To Android Users…. Now We Know Why

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 30, 2022 by itnerd

Truth Social which is Donald Trump’s social media platform, which as of late has a number of challenges facing it, has only been available on iOS since they launched. People, including. yours truly have wondered why it’s not available to Android uses. This report answers that question:

“On August 19, we notified Truth Social of several violations of standard policies in their current app submission and reiterated that having effective systems for moderating user-generated content is a condition of our terms of service for any app to go live on Google Play,” Google said in a statement to media.


A source told Axios that the violations Google referred to “relate to content such as physical threats and incitements to violence.”

Google did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

I have to admit that I am puzzled by this as Apple approved this app and has been known to take apps off the App Store for similar reasons. Like this incident for example. Thus I have to ask, why is Apple allowing Truth Social on the App Store, but Google isn’t allowing it on the Play Store?

Inquiring minds want to know the answer to that question. Hyper Local Search Engine Breaks Cover

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 30, 2022 by itnerd is an independent online search engine that is based in Montreal and encourages consumers to shop local. The platform is claimed to be poised to become a leading search engine that puts the emphasis on finding product from local stores.

100% independent, Locoshop is focused purely on showcasing physical stores and their products. Unlike other search engines, does not feature reviews, which can often be falsely representative, and instead features listings of products, with a direct link to the local physical store. The platform is free to use for shoppers and stores can join for free or pay a nominal fee which includes promotional support.