Manitoba Telecom Services scraps wireless bidding consortium

23 May 2008

The consortium assembled by Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS) to bid in the upcoming auction of 2GHz wireless frequencies has fallen apart, reports The Globe & Mail. Ahead of next Tuesday’s spectrum auction, the regional full-service telco said talks with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Blackstone Capital Partners had ended, adding that it may still bid alone, although it did not confirm that it will. There are 27 qualified bidders for 105MHz of frequencies in the 2GHz band up for grabs on 27 May. Nationwide cellular operators Rogers, Bell and Telus are competing for frequencies to expand and improve existing services, but the new allocations include 40MHz bandwidth specifically reserved for newcomers on the national stage.

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