Will Videotron spread its wireless network west?

There is hope in some quarters of the nation that a Quebec cable company will be the savior of wireless competition in the Dominion. You read that right: There are people who think

Share on LinkedIn Share with Google+ Comment on this article Published on: January 29th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Sidebar: How VimpelCom became Wind Mobile’s banker

An international telecommunications giant headquartered in Amsterdam and controlled by a Russian magnate pulled the plug on Canadian startup carrier Wind Mobile's hopes of buying valuable 700 MHz spectrum in the auction that

Share on LinkedIn Share with Google+ Comment on this article Published on: January 13th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Wind out of spectrum auction, wireless competition in question

On the eve of the start of the billion dollar spectrum auction Wind Mobile has withdrawn as a bidder -- to the surprise of the telecom industry -- because its major financial backer

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April 2013 in review: The real state of wireless competition in Canada becomes clear

There was a time when Canada looked like it was going to be one of the feistiest nations in the world when it came to wireless competition. After the 2008 spectrum auction new

Share on LinkedIn Share with Google+ Comment on this article Published on: December 24th, 2013 Howard Solomon

January 2013 in review: Trial of Nortel executives finally ends

January can be a slow month for tech news. Not in 2013. There was pent-up anticipation for the release – finally – of the new BlackBerry handsets that would be the saviors of

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Public Mobile swallowed by Telus in face of competition

Public Mobile, the Toronto-based startup that surprised many telecom veterans by buying what was thought to be “orphan” PCS frequencies in the 2008 spectrum auction, has been sold to Telus Corp. Industry Canada

Share on LinkedIn Share with Google+ Comment on this article Published on: October 23rd, 2013 Howard Solomon

Provisional bidders for 700 MHz spectrum finalized

The final list of organizations provisionally qualified to bid in January’s 700 MHz spectrum auction has been posted, although there is still one more chance to pull out. The list is the same

Share on LinkedIn Share with Google+ Comment on this article Published on: October 22nd, 2013 Howard Solomon

Ottawa turns down foreign bid to buy Allstream

Last year Ottawa relaxed its foreign telecommunications investment rules so outside investors could bring more money into the industry and increase competition. But in its first decision dealing with a foreign acquisition the

Share on LinkedIn Share with Google+ Comment on this article Published on: October 7th, 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

Share on LinkedIn Share with Google+ Comment on this article Published on: September 23rd, 2013 Howard Solomon