wireless competition

Shaw Supports Government’s Direction for 600MHz Spectrum Auction

Shaw Communications has entered its final submission to the Ministry of Industry, Science and Economic Development consultation regarding the 600MHz spectrum auction. The telecom has reiterated its strong support for the federal government’s proposed spectrum policy framework that will help truly achieve a competitive landscape in Canada. In a statement, the president of Shaw Communications […]

Head of CRTC Says Fast Action is Required to Boost Wireless Competition

Jean-Pierre Blais, the departing head of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), said his unnamed replacement may have to intervene in wireless markets to increase competition and criticized the federal government for poor governance. Canada's wireless market is dominated by three major players, Rogers, Bell, and Telus, which make it difficult for small players to compete...

SaskTel CEO Highlights Four-Player Wireless Competition Flaws

The four-carrier-per-province scheme dreamed of by the government is apparently working as it pushes down the prices of wireless services. But there is one problem: The only ones suffering as a result are the local (smaller) players such as SaskTel. The local player has posted a net annual income of $90.1 million. But this number...

What’s Vidéotron’s Next Step?

The government's long-term effort to encourage a fourth wireless player seems to have worked: the 700 MHz auction results are very promising, as Quebecor's Vidéotron has acquired seven licences in four provinces that allow the telco to reach 80% of Canada's population. Will this lead to more choice? Theoretically, yes. Will this lead to better deals?...

Rogers Warns Relaxed Foreign Investment Rules Would Hurt Canada

Verizon is back. Well, not literally, but behind the statements of Canada's No. 1 wireless carrier, Rogers. It seems like two red carriers don't have a place in the country. Or at least foreign investment won't bring any benefits for Canadian wireless subscribers; instead, it would transform the country into nothing more than a "branch...