24 applicants for Canada's 3500MHz auction; Shaw/Freedom not bidding

8 Apr 2021

Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada (ISED) has published the list of applicants for the auction of 3500MHz band 5G wireless spectrum set for June 2021, following the 6 April deadline for submitting pre-auction financial deposits. ISED will publish a final list of qualified bidders on 22 April, ahead of the auction scheduled to launch on 15 June. There are 24 applicants, notably excluding cableco Shaw Communications and its cellular division Freedom Mobile. Shaw’s proposed merger with Rogers Communications is currently under government and regulatory scrutiny, with speculation that Rogers/Shaw would have to relinquish Freedom’s spectrum, or possibly divest the mobile unit entirely, under merger approval conditions.

The full list of applicants:

Rogers Communications

Bell Canada (Bell Mobility)

Telus (TELUS Communications)

Videotron

SaskTel (Saskatchewan Telecommunications)

Eastlink (Bragg Communications)

Xplornet Communications

Iristel

Cogeco Connexion

TerreStar Solutions

TekSavvy Solutions

TBayTel

CityWest Cable and Telephone Corp

ECOTEL

Sogetel

Nexicom

508896 Alberta Ltd. O/A NETAGO

1085459 Ontario Ltd. O/A Kingston Online Services

Comcentric Networking

Lemalu Holdings

Valley Fiber

Multiboard Communications

Star Solutions International

Thomas Communications.