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Companies battle for Canadian spectrum, bidding hits 2 billion

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Spectrum VotingCN is reporting that after two weeks of bidding, the auction for Canada’s newly available wireless spectrum has reached CA$2 billion, far surpassing previous estimates of 1.5 billion with several weeks of bidding still to come. Importantly, 40% of the available radio capacity has been reserved for new entrants, and it’s widely expected that a new national carrier will emerge from the process.

For now, Shaw Communications is leading the way, with Quebecor in second and MTS third. Telus is the top bidder amongst current carriers. Hopefully a new Canadian carrier will provide the competition needed to lower data prices to US levels. We’ll keep you informed as this story develops.

Chunk of Canadian spectrum set aside for the underdog

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TowerWe bitch and moan a fair bit around here about Canadian wireless rates, which is why we were excited by the news that 40 mhz of the upcoming spectrum auction will be reserved for parties other than Bell, Rogers, and Telus. Industry Canada stepped in to impose this and promote more competition and curb the wireless oligopoly that’s in place right now. On top of opening the doors for smaller carriers to get a piece of the pie, international companies can also take the opportunity to partner up with Canadian companies for usage of the new spectrum, which means more investment opportunities for those little carriers like Videotron, Shaw, Quebecor and MTS. Hopefully the new kids on the block will help drive down rates, but we’ll have to wait until after the auction to find out.