TORONTO, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Canada blocked a joint venture
of two of the country’s biggest wireless carriers from grabbing
more airwaves on Thursday, sending the latest pointed message
that their dominant positions would be challenged in the fight
to win over consumers.
The government said it had declined a request to transfer 83
wireless spectrum licenses from NextWave to Inukshuk, which is
owned by Rogers Communications and BCE Inc’s
Bell Canada unit.
OTTAWA/TORONTO, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Canadian
telecommunications companies paid a record C$5.27 billion ($4.78
billion) in an auction to secure airwave licenses, the federal
government said on Wednesday, as a new national challenger
emerged from Quebec.
The stronger-than-expected result was a windfall for
taxpayers and a welcome outcome for the ruling Conservative
party, which has made pro-consumer wireless policies a key plank
of a 2015 re-election strategy.