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Not even Wind Mobile’s backer, VimpelCom, sees Canada as a key telecoms market for growth.
Not even Wind Mobile’s backer, VimpelCom, sees Canada as a key telecoms market for growth.
(Deborah Baic/The Globe and Mail)

Streetwise

Spectrum auction rules don’t make sense

If the federal government wants a fourth wireless carrier in every market, the rules for the coming spectrum auction are a funny way of showing it.

Competing against the industry’s giants – BCE Inc., Telus Corp. and Rogers Communications Inc. – in the key markets of Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia requires enough money, willpower, subscribers and spectrum. None of the smaller wireless companies that registered for the January sale of wireless licences has all of those things.