Industry Canada

Industry Canada

June 24, 2015 14:29 ET

Statement by Industry Minister James Moore

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 24, 2015) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, today made the following statement:

"Today our government approved a series of spectrum licence transfers between Rogers, Shaw, Mobilicity and WIND. These transfers will result in at least four wireless firms in every region of the country being able to offer the latest technology, world-class service and more choice to all Canadians and their families.

"Wireless spectrum is a vital public resource, and our government has released more of it than all other previous governments combined. Our objective in doing so has been to promote more competition in Canada's wireless sector. In 2006, 98 percent of available spectrum was held by Canada's largest wireless firms. Today, thanks to our policies and recent spectrum auctions, new wireless companies now hold approximately 25 percent of the total wireless spectrum available-creating the conditions for more competition in our wireless sector than ever before.

"The approval of these spectrum licence transfers is a win for Canadian consumers. A new wireless competitor has secured valuable spectrum it needs, and high-quality spectrum that went unused for almost a decade will now be deployed for the betterment of all Canadians.

"Our government has one goal: to take deliberate, concrete steps to create more choice, lower prices and better wireless service for Canadians and their families. Today's approval of these licence transfers delivers on this objective."

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Backgrounder

AWS Spectrum Licences Transfer

What is the deal?

Industry Canada approved a request to transfer 18 spectrum licences from Shaw Communications to Rogers Communications. Rogers will keep two of these licences, which were acquired by Shaw in the 2008 AWS spectrum auction, and provide the other 16 licences to WIND Mobile.

A transfer of Mobilicity's 10 spectrum licences-acquired in 2008-to Rogers, which will provide all of those 10 licences to WIND in exchange for a portion of WIND's current spectrum, was also approved.

Why have we approved this deal?

Recent spectrum assignments in the 700 MHz, AWS-3, AWS-4 and 2500 MHz bands have provided all current and potential wireless service providers with multiple opportunities to access additional spectrum licences in the affected licence areas to meet their spectrum needs. These assignments have had a notable effect on the landscape of spectrum holdings in these areas.

These transfers, which were evaluated under Industry Canada's Spectrum Licence Transfer Framework, will not result in an excessive concentration of spectrum in one company's hands, nor will they adversely affect future competition.

Industry Canada notes that the requested licence transfers involve some spectrum that is currently not being used to provide services and will provide an opportunity to Rogers and WIND to put such spectrum to use for the benefit of Canadians.

In addition, Mobilicity's customers will benefit from continued service.

What are the benefits to WIND?

As a new competitor, WIND Mobile will benefit greatly from this deal. In most of its key areas of service, WIND will now have enough spectrum to deploy the next generation of wireless services, known as long-term evolution or LTE.

This transaction will support competition by increasing WIND Mobile's spectrum holdings in key markets in British Columbia, Alberta and Eastern Ontario. Access to sufficient spectrum is a key element in enabling wireless carriers to deploy the latest LTE data service. In addition, the transaction also provides Mobilicity with funding to make restitution to creditors. It also involves some spectrum that is currently not being used to provide service, and the transfers will provide an opportunity to put this spectrum to use for the benefit of Canadians.

AWS-1 Spectrum Holdings Before the Proposed Transfers
Region Service Area A
Tier 3
20 MHz
B
Tier 2
20 MHz
C
Tier 2
10 MHz
D
Tier 3
10 MHz
E
Tier 3
10 MHz
F
Tier 3
20 MHz
Eastern Ontario Ottawa / Outaouais Rogers Videotron Mobilicity WIND Bell Telus
Pembroke Rogers WIND Bell Telus
Cornwall Rogers WIND Telus Bell
Brockville Rogers WIND Telus Bell
Kingston Rogers WIND Telus Bell
Belleville Rogers WIND Telus Bell
Cobourg Rogers WIND Telus Bell
Peterborough Rogers WIND Telus Bell
Southern Ontario Huntsville Rogers WIND Mobilicity Rich Telus Bell
Toronto Rogers Videotron Telus Bell
Barrie Rogers Eastlink Telus Bell
Guelph / Kitchener Rogers Mobilicity Telus Bell
Listowel / Goderich / Stratford Rogers Eastlink Telus Bell
Niagara-St. Catharines Rogers Mobilicity Telus Bell
London / Woodstock / St. Thomas Rogers Eastlink Bell Telus
Chatham Rogers Celluworld Bell Telus
Windsor / Leamington Rogers Mobilicity Bell Telus
Strathroy Rogers Eastlink Telus Bell
Northern Ontario North Bay Rogers Eastlink WIND Eastlink Telus Bell
Sault Ste. Marie Rogers Shaw Telus Bell
Sudbury Rogers Eastlink Telus Bell
Kirkland Lake Rogers Eastlink Telus Bell
Thunder Bay Rogers Shaw Telus Bell
Manitoba Winnipeg Rogers MTS Shaw WIND Shaw Telus
Brandon Rogers WIND Shaw Telus
Saskatchewan Regina Rogers SaskTel SaskTel Shaw WIND Telus
Moose Jaw Rogers Shaw WIND Telus
Saskatoon Telus Shaw WIND Rogers
Alberta Edmonton Rogers Shaw WIND Mobilicity Bell Telus
Medicine Hat / Brooks Rogers Shaw Bell Telus
Lethbridge Rogers Shaw Bell Telus
Calgary Rogers Mobilicity Bell Telus
Red Deer Rogers Mobilicity Bell Telus
Grande Prairie Rogers Eastlink Eastlink Telus
British Columbia Kootenays Rogers Shaw WIND Shaw Bell Telus
Okanagan / Columbia Rogers Shaw Bell Telus
Vancouver Rogers Mobilicity Bell Telus
Victoria Rogers Mobilicity Bell Telus
Nanaimo Rogers Shaw Bell Telus
Courtenay Rogers Shaw Bell Telus
Thompson / Cariboo Rogers Shaw Bell Telus
Prince George Rogers Shaw Bell Telus
Dawson Creek Rogers Rich Bell Telus
AWS-1 Spectrum Holdings After the Proposed Transfers
Region Service Area A
Tier 3
20 MHz
B
Tier 2
20 MHz
C
Tier 2
10 MHz
D
Tier 3
10 MHz
E
Tier 3
10 MHz
F
Tier 3
20 MHz
Eastern Ontario Ottawa / Outaouais Rogers Videotron WIND WIND Bell Telus
Pembroke Rogers WIND Bell Telus
Cornwall Rogers WIND Telus Bell
Brockville Rogers WIND Telus Bell
Kingston Rogers WIND Telus Bell
Belleville Rogers WIND Telus Bell
Cobourg Rogers WIND Telus Bell
Peterborough Rogers WIND Telus Bell
Southern Ontario Huntsville Rogers
Rogers
WIND WIND Rich Telus Bell
Toronto Rogers Videotron Telus Bell
Barrie Rogers Eastlink Telus Bell
Guelph / Kitchener Rogers WIND Telus Bell
Listowel / Goderich/ Stratford Rogers Eastlink Telus Bell
Niagara-St. Catharines Rogers WIND Telus Bell
London / Woodstock / St. Thomas Rogers Eastlink Bell Telus
Chatham Rogers Celluworld Bell Telus
Windsor / Leamington Rogers WIND Bell Telus
Strathroy Rogers Eastlink Telus Bell
Northern Ontario North Bay Rogers Eastlink WIND Eastlink Telus Bell
Sault Ste. Marie Rogers WIND Telus Bell
Sudbury Rogers Eastlink Telus Bell
Kirkland Lake Rogers Eastlink Telus Bell
Thunder Bay Rogers WIND Telus Bell
Manitoba Winnipeg Rogers MTS WIND WIND WIND Telus
Brandon Rogers WIND WIND Telus
Saskatchewan Regina Rogers SaskTel SaskTel WIND WIND Telus
Moose Jaw Rogers WIND WIND Telus
Saskatoon Telus WIND WIND Rogers
Alberta Edmonton Rogers Rogers WIND WIND Bell Telus
Medicine Hat / Brooks Rogers WIND Bell Telus
Lethbridge Rogers WIND Bell Telus
Calgary Rogers WIND Bell Telus
Red Deer Rogers WIND Bell Telus
Grande Prairie Rogers Eastlink Eastlink Telus
British Columbia Kootenays Rogers Rogers WIND WIND Bell Telus
Okanagan/Columbia Rogers WIND Bell Telus
Vancouver Rogers WIND Bell Telus
Victoria Rogers WIND Bell Telus
Nanaimo Rogers WIND Bell Telus
Courtenay Rogers WIND Bell Telus
Thompson / Cariboo Rogers WIND Bell Telus
Prince George Rogers WIND Bell Telus
Dawson Creek Rogers Rich Bell Telus

Contact Information

  • Jake Enwright
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Industry
    343-291-2500

    Media Relations
    Industry Canada
    343-291-1777
    media-relations@ic.gc.ca