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Fair and open auction for 700 MHz spectrum critical: Rogers

Rogers Communications Inc. this week pressed for a fair and open auction of 700 MHz band spectrum. The remarks were made by Rob Bruce, President, Communications for Rogers, at the 2011 Canadian Telecom Summit in Toronto.


June 1, 2011  


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Rogers Communications Inc. this week pressed for a fair and open auction of 700 MHz band spectrum. The remarks were made by Rob Bruce, President, Communications for Rogers, at the 2011 Canadian Telecom Summit in Toronto.

“Those who have suggested that companies like Rogers shouldn’t have fair and equal access to this spectrum are misguided,” Bruce said. “Restrictions on the 700 MHz band auction would be unfair to our nine million wireless customers who have every right to access a truly national, robust LTE network in both urban and rural markets.”

He said that an equal and fair auction, one that includes established players and newcomers under the same rules, is critical to Rogers’ deployment of its next generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. 700 MHz spectrum delivers better in-building penetration and, importantly for Canadians who live in a country with low population density, better coverage in rural and remote areas.

Bruce called on the new Conservative Government and new Minister of Industry, Christian Paradis, to adopt three key principles as a framework for Canada’s digital strategy:

1. Adopt a regulatory regime that rewards and incents those that have invested, and are investing, to make our nation stronger in both urban and rural markets;

2. Make more spectrum available, more quickly; and

3. Create a level playing field for all participants, by adopting public policy that applies equally to all participants regardless of size.

“If you look to other sectors with limited or precious resources, our government has a long track record of creating a level playing field for these sectors,” he said. “Why would it take a different approach to the valuable and limited 700 MHz spectrum auction?”