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Canada’s wireless telecom Industry calls for open spectrum auction

The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) today called on the federal government to ensure that t...


June 12, 2007  


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The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) today called on the federal government to ensure that the 2008 Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum auction is open and free of artificial measures.

To continue stimulating innovation and investment, the federal government must create a level playing field for all companies seeking to acquire AWS spectrum,” said Peter Barnes, president and CEO of the CWTA.

“Canadians deserve an open, innovative and competitive wireless industry. They deserve an industry that is really competitive and really Canadian.”

Ottawa has announced that it will auction off AWS spectrum in 2008.

According to the CWTA, over the past 22 years, wireless companies have invested more than $20 billion to build one of the most innovative wireless industries in the world.

Wireless infrastructure now connects more than 98% of Canada’s population.