Industry Canada once willing to let incumbents buy startups: Rogers

The Harper government has virtually declared that incumbent carriers won't ever be able to get hold of prized AWS spectrum of wireless startups. But that wasn't always Ottawa's plan, a Rogers Communications Inc.

Published on: June 18th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Digital economy strategy promises Canada will be “among world leaders”

The federal government has finally released its long-promised national digital economy strategy, one that promises that Canada "will rank among world leaders in adopting digital technologies." Industry Minister James Moore unveiled the policy this

Published on: April 4th, 2014 Brian Jackson

Ottawa nets $5.27 billion in spectrum auction

Quebec cable company Quebecor has surprised the telecom industry by buying $233.3 million in  spectrum in Ontario, Alberta and B.C. as well as its home province, indicating that it wants to become more of

Published on: February 19th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Ottawa to take back spectrum if it isn’t used in rural areas

The federal government is taking more steps to ensure rural parts of the country won’t be left behind urban centres that are getting high-speed Internet services. Industry Minister James Moore issued a warning

Published on: November 14th, 2013 Howard Solomon

Foreign carriers take a pass on spectrum auction

The Harper government’s hope that foreign telecom carriers will see this country as an opportunity for wireless investment is evaporating. Industry Canada this morning released the list of approved bidders for January’s auction

Published on: September 23rd, 2013 Howard Solomon

Wind to be in 700 MHz spectrum auction

Although its major financial backer is looking to sell the Canadian division or lower its investment, Wind Mobile will file a five per cent deposit Tuesday to bid on what is expected to

Published on: September 16th, 2013 Howard Solomon

Bell goes to court over rules to help new wireless carriers

The country’s biggest wireless carriers are increasingly turning to the courts to stop Ottawa’s policies to boost competition in the industry. BCE Inc.’s Bell Mobility division is the latest, which is asking the

Published on: September 9th, 2013 Howard Solomon

Verizon turns back on Canada

Ottawa’s wireless strategy is on shaky ground with news that Verizon Communications is not going to bail out two of the country’s startup carriers. Verizon said Monday it has finally clinched to buy

Published on: September 3rd, 2013 Howard Solomon

Wind can’t say yet if it will be in spectrum auction

Three weeks before deposits are due for bidders in the 700 MHz spectrum auction, the head of Wind Mobile can’t say if the startup will be participating. "We're continuing to assess our alternatives,"

Published on: August 28th, 2013 Howard Solomon