Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Canada’s wireless industry finally nudges towards competition


With the recent decision by the federal government to earmark 40 MHz of spectrum to a fourth telco, Canada might finally see something approaching competition in the mobile space. It’s about time, as Canada has terrible wireless rates and is always behind the curve when it comes to new phone technology (cough*iPhone*cough). The Globe and Mail explains how the Big Three (Telus, Bell and Rogers) are smarting from this victory for the consumer. Oh, and check out the post at Techvibes, too.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

One Response to “ Canada’s wireless industry finally nudges towards competition ”

Cam says:

MTS is a huge player in other areas like VoIP (they lease to companies like Primus TalkBroadband and Vonage in Canada) so I’m sure they’ll be able to scramble the resources to create some competition. It would be cool to see them doing what Fido did with the “City Fido” plan before Rogers defensively bought them out… maybe this time the CRTC and Industry Canada will keep the big three from pushing around the little guy. It’s in the best interests of the country; if we don’t develop our mobile networks we’ll fall far behind other markets. (which would be pretty ironic considering that Canada’s Nortel is one of the companies that built the backend for the wireless industry in the US…)

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