Government to set rules for wireless spectrum

Officials from the Canadian telecommunications sector are descending on Toronto this afternoon in expectation the government will release a decision that could throw the $12-billion wireless communications market open to new challengers.Industry Minister Jim Prentice will make an announcement after financial markets close at 4 p.m. ET, although his office was mum on the details.

But spokespeople from several telecom players said they expect the announcement would set the rules for the long-awaited wireless spectrum auction.

At issue is whether an addition of spectrum would include set-aside frequencies that would allow new players to enter Canada’s wireless market and compete with its three controlling major players – Bell, Telus and Rogers. (link)

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