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Ottawa is singlemindedly focused on a fourth carrier that it says will benefit consumers.
Ottawa is singlemindedly focused on a fourth carrier that it says will benefit consumers.
(Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail)

A big step in Ottawa’s plan to get a fourth wireless carrier

The federal government’s latest strategy to foment competition in wireless at first brings to mind Albert Einstein’s famous definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

The government on Monday announced it would set aside valuable spectrum for mobile phones that could only be purchased by a company that wants to compete with the big three in the wireless business: BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc. and Telus Corp. That had echoes of the government’s 2008 spectrum auction, which set aside spectrum for new entrants. That spectrum was eventually purchased by Mobilicity and Wind Mobile, which are now struggling to make a go of it.