Canada corrals 43% of 600MHz spectrum for smaller operators, new entrants

29 Mar 2018

Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development yesterday (28 March 2018) published a framework for the auction of 600MHz mobile spectrum licences, setting aside 43% of the frequencies on offer for regional competitors (i.e. existing cellcos other than the nationwide ‘big three’ Bell, Rogers and Telus) and potential new market entrants. The auction – scheduled to take place in March 2019 – is designed to support competition in the marketplace, leading to improved quality, coverage and prices of mobile services. 600MHz frequencies carry signals over long distances (making them suitable for rural wireless coverage) and penetrate buildings (helping to improve urban wireless service quality).