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Mobilicity calls out Bell, Rogers & Telus for hoarding spectrum

Mobile operator Mobilicity has dismissed the notion that Canada's incumbent wireless carriers require more spectrum, saying that Bell Mobility, Rogers Wireless and Telus Mobility collectively have almost five times the spectrum of AT&T in...


March 9, 2011  


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Mobile operator Mobilicity has dismissed the notion that Canada’s incumbent wireless carriers require more spectrum, saying that Bell Mobility, Rogers Wireless and Telus Mobility collectively have almost five times the spectrum of AT&T in the U.S. with only a third of AT&T’s customer base.

The wireless carrier made the statements in response to recently released submissions in Industry Canada’s consultation paper for the 700 MHz spectrum auction in which the incumbents claimed they require more spectrum and that set-asides are not required for new entrants.

“For years, Canada’s Big Three ‘tri-opoly’ has been acting like squirrels preparing for a 50-year winter,” said John Bitove, chairman of Mobilicity.

“They hoard spectrum to keep others from giving consumers an affordable choice and Canadians have been paying the price for their self-serving interests for far too long.”

Bitove added that Canada has the most expensive wireless rates in the developed world and that is “not likely to change until the Government sets a maximum cap on spectrum.”