ISED blocks Telus from acquiring Xplore Mobile spectrum

21 Sep 2022

Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada (ISED) has stopped major national operator Telus from acquiring mobile broadband spectrum in Manitoba from the defunct Xplore Mobile, which shut down at the end of last month. Explaining its decision to block the frequency transaction application, ISED stated: ‘The proposed transfer raised substantial concerns that the resulting concentration of spectrum would impede the ability of future mobile competitors to provide wireless services and effectively compete in Manitoba.’