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A man speaks on an iPhone as he walks past one on display in a Rogers Wireless retail store in Vancouver (DARRYL DYCK)
A man speaks on an iPhone as he walks past one on display in a Rogers Wireless retail store in Vancouver (DARRYL DYCK)

Timeline

A look at wireless milestones Add to ...

July 1, 1985 - Bell Cellular (the predecessor to Bell Mobility) and Cantel (the predecessor to Rogers Wireless) launch cellular services in the Toronto, Hamilton, Oshawa and Montreal areas

1986 - The Alberta Government Telephones Commission, which would become Telus, launches a cellphone network in Alberta for public use. (It had been offering wireless service to the province's resource industries since 1982.) Bell reaches 6,000 total wireless subscribers.

1990 - The number of Canadian cellphone users hits 500,000.

1996 - Microcell Solutions Inc. launches Fido, on the global GSM wireless standard.

1997 - Clearnet launched PCS, a digital wireless service.

1998 - Telus and B.C. Telecom announce a merger.

2000 - For a whopping $6.6-billion, the largest acquisition in Canadian telecom history, Telus acquires Clearnet, giving Telus a national wireless network.

2002 - Rogers launches service on the GSM wireless network - the international world standard network.

2004 - Rogers buys back AT&T's interest in Rogers Wireless for $1.8-billion and one week later announces a $1.6-billion deal to purchase Microcell

2007 - A monumental merger of BCE and Telus is discussed but quickly falls apart.

2008 - Rogers brings Apple Inc.'s iPhone to Canada.

2009 - Wind Mobile, after running a regulatory obstacle course, launches wireless service.

2010 - New wireless providers Public Mobile and Mobilicity launch service. Google begins offering a cellphone and the iPad comes out in Canada. The federal Conservatives announce plans to cut foreign ownership restrictions in the regulated sector.

 

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