Statement by Minister Moore on Canada's Spectrum Transfer Framework
OTTAWA, ONTARIO, Oct 23, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) --
The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, issued the
"Today, Industry Canada approved the proposed G-block spectrum
licence transfer from Public Mobile to TELUS Communications Inc.
"G-block spectrum licences were acquired in the 2008 spectrum auction
but were not part of the 2008 Advanced Wireless Services (AWS)
set-aside. G-block spectrum is not used for the latest data plans and
smart phones in Canada and is of a significantly lesser value than
other types of spectrum. This transaction does not materially change
the spectrum concentration of incumbents in this country and
therefore will not diminish competition in our wireless sector.
"Canadians have been clear that they want more choice, better service
and lower prices in our wireless sector. Our government will continue
to enforce the moratorium on the transfer of set-aside AWS spectrum
to incumbents. We will not approve any spectrum transfer request that
decreases competition in our wireless sector to the detriment of
"This means Canadians will continue to benefit from quality spectrum
being deployed across the country, resulting in dependable high-speed
wireless services with the latest technologies at the best prices. As
we stated in the Speech from the Throne, we will continue to keep
consumer interests at the core of our government's decisions."
More information on G-block spectrum and Canada's spectrum licence
transfer framework, released in June 2013, is available on the
Industry Canada website.
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Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable James Moore
Minister of Industry
SOURCE: Industry Canada
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