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Wholesale mobile wireless services market subject of CRTC review

February 20, 2014  

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The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today launched a public consultation to review whether the wholesale mobile wireless services market is sufficiently competitive, both now and in the future. The CRTC will also hold a public hearing beginning on Sept. 29 in Gatineau, Que.

The CRTC is inviting comments on:

* the state of the market for wholesale mobile wireless services, including wholesale roaming and wholesale tower sharing in Canada

* the impact that the wholesale mobile wireless services market has on the retail market, and

* whether greater regulatory oversight would be appropriate if it were to find that the wholesale mobile wireless services market is not sufficiently competitive.

Following a fact-finding exercise conducted in mid-2013, the CRTC had stated its intention to further examine, among other things, the wholesale mobile wireless services market.

In December, the CRTC launched a proceeding to study whether wireless service providers are placing their Canadian competitors at an unfair competitive disadvantage through wholesale roaming arrangements.

“Through this consultation, we are reviewing whether the wholesale wireless services market is fostering a sustainable level of competition in the retail market, both today and in the future,” said CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais. “This is an important question. Sustainable competition between wireless service providers can offer many benefits to Canadians, including access to high-quality networks, innovative services and reasonable prices.”