Can Videotron stay in spectrum game?

Industry watchers were quick to jump on one side or the other when Industry Canada announced it would reserve spectrum for a new entrant or entrants into the market when it auctions of a block of radio frequency in the advanced wireless spectrum auction next summer.

On the one side, incumbents Bell, Telus and Rogers called it a travesty that denies Canadians full value for a publicly owned resource, and an interference in the free market. Others called it a victory for Canadians, pointing to a dire need for competition to make the existing wireless carriers offer reasonable rates for voice and data services.

That confidence that there will be vibrant competition looks a little shakier. One of the requirements for competition in the space is a number of healthy companies investing in it, and one of the prime candidates for new spectrum is looking a little sickly.

Videotron — whose president, Pierre Karl P

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Dave Webb is a freelance editor and writer. A veteran journalist of more than 20 years' experience (15 of them in technology), he has held senior editorial positions with a number of technology publications. He was honoured with an Andersen Consulting Award for Excellence in Business Journalism in 2000, and several Canadian Online Publishing Awards as part of the ComputerWorld Canada team.

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