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Canadian 5G auction raises competition questions, again

Canada has announced the results of its latest 5G auction, raising C$8.9 billion (US$7.1 billion) from the sale of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band. But while the country’s innovation minister declared the result to be a success from the point of view of market competition, it’s pretty clear who the big winners really are.

Rogers opts out of C$2.1bn Canadian AWS-3 auction

The Canadian government has announced the results of its AWS-3 (1755-1780 MHz and 2155-2180 MHz) spectrum auction and they reveal that Rogers, which is Canada’s leading operator by subscription, decided not to buy any of this batch of bands.

Bell targets Canadian retail boost with Glentel acquisition

The parent company to Canadian telco Bell Wireless, BCE Inc, has confirmed its intentions to acquire Glentel, a wireless and mobile product distributor and retailer. The agreement will see BCE acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of the mobile retailer, in a deal worth approximately $670million.

OIF, ONF link up to test transport SDN

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF), an industry group uniting the data and optical networking sectors including carriers, component manufacturers and system vendors, has announced a collaboration with the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) which will see the organisations work together with leading telcos and research institutions to test software defined networking (SDN) in the transport layer.

Telus appoints CEO in leadership reshuffle

Canadian operator Telus has appointed chief commercial officer Joe Natale as president and CEO. Natale has been at the operator since 2003, joining as an executive vice president and has since held roles including president of Telus Business Solutions and president of Telus Consumer Solutions. He has been CCO since 2010.

Rogers and Telus spend big in 700MHz spectrum auction

Big spending Canadian operator Rogers Communications has dropped C$3.29bn (US$2.98bn) on two 12MHz blocks of paired lower 700MHz band spectrum licences in the nation’s latest spectrum auction. Rival Telus also splashed its cash, shelling out C$1.14bn on spectrum licences equating to a national average of 16.6MHz in the band. The Canadian government raised a sizeable total of C$5.27bn during the auction and the licences issued will remain valid for 20 years.

Canada’s Telus to acquire rival Public Mobile

Canadian operator Telus has agreed to acquire 100 per cent ownership of rival Public Mobile. Telus currently has 7.7 million subscribers, as of September 2013, according to WCIS+, shy of the 7.73 million subscribers that second placed operator Bell Wireless has on its network.

Canadian project aims to stir take-up of NFC services

Canada is seeing a fresh push to promote near field communication (NFC) services after a joint venture between the nation’s three largest operators signed a deal with Canadian cooperative financial group Desjardin and mobile money solutions provider Monitise.

Canada blocks Telus’ bid for Mobilicity licences

Canada’s government has blocked mobile operator Telus’ application to transfer Mobilicity’s spectrum licences to the firm. Telus agreed to acquire the smaller Canadian operator for $380m in May, pending regulatory approval. Mobilicity has over 250,000 subscribers and 150 employees, according to Telus.

Canadian MNOs withdraw from CWTA over balance of power

Smaller operators and new entrants to the market appear to be growing increasingly frustrated by the power wielded by the industry’s big players. This trend was evident this week, as three of Canada’s smaller operators announced their withdrawal from industry body the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA).

Canada’s Telus launches LTE service in 14 areas

A third player has entered the Canadian LTE market after the operator Telus turned on its LTE network across 14 metropolitan areas. The operator said that from 10 February its LTE network would be available in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area, Kitchener, Waterloo, Hamilton, Guelph, Belleville, Ottawa, Montreal, Québec City, Halifax and Yellowknife. Outside of these areas, customers would fall back to either its 21Mbps HSPA+ service or its 42Mbps DS-HSPA+ service. Telus said the network would deliver peak speeds of up to 75Mbps, but would average around 12-25Mbps.

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