Vodafone, AT&T and Telenor have expressed interest to participate in the upcoming 700Mhz spectrum auction

Ian Hardy

September 12, 2013 1:19 pm

The “Fair for Canada” PR campaign just might be coming back.

According to a report in BNN, three other telecom players have reportedly expressed interest in bidding in the upcoming 700Mhz spectrum auction. While Verizon was heavily speculated to become a permanent fixture on Canadian soil, the large wireless carrier outwardly declared their intentions are not to enter and that the story was “way overblown.”

However, BNN’s ‘a source close to the situation’ reveals that Vodafone, AT&T and Norway’s Telenor have all ‘looked at bidding for wireless spectrum in Canada.’ No other details on how serious each of these carriers are, or how far down the path they are to participating.

The 700Mhz spectrum auction is happening in January 2014, but those who are planning to bid have until September 17th to put down their deposit.

  • Sukdis Knaatz

    So it begins. Again.

    “There’s nothing to be afraid of. Bring the competition on.” – Bell Canada, September 11, 2013.

    • IJustGotaTan

      I would much prefer Vodafone over Verizon to come to Canada. In Europe they are who I use and they offer outstanding service for a fair price. Lets see how long it takes for the big 3 to start crying again.

    • Sam

      Didn’t Rogers just hire ex-Vodafone employee as their new CEO, not saying there is some sort of back door dealing there…but I really wouldn’t put it past Rogers

    • IJustGotaTan

      Perhaps Vodafone will pull a Microsoft (Nokia)

    • Sam

      That would never happen…even if for some reason it did almost certain the government of Canada wouldn’t let go through either.

    • JTon

      Not just any employee. They hired Vodafone UK’s CEO

    • Me Ted

      I tend to agree. Verizon’s latest attempt to quash net neutrality in the US has left a very bad taste in my mouth. Here’s hoping for Vodafone or Telenor.

    • Vineet Sharma

      I totally agree with you, not only in Europe even in India, Vodafone is a big hit, they developed their network in no time and now competeing with Home companies which are in businees for last 25 years. I want Vodafone to be here in Canada.

    • Chintan Patel

      Vodafone actually didnt build any network in India. They just bought Hutch which already was the second largest carrier in the country. Kinda like Vodafone buys out telus and rebrands it to Vodafone.

    • Vineet Sharma

      Well as far as I know Hutchison enetred India with different tie ups-Essar, Max and later Vodafone. Vodafone has the stake in the company for so long, its just in 2007 they bought the entire stake and re-branded cell service to Vodafone.
      They could also do that here in Canada, Wind and Mobilicity is up for sale, they can buy their whatever buid network and expand.

    • Chintan Patel

      Wrong. Vodafone had a stake in Airtel before buying out Hutchison Whampoa’s 67% stake in Hutch in 2007 after which they sold back their stake in Airtel to Sunil Mittal. Vodafone never had any stake in Hutch before this deal. Just google Vodafone in India and you will see this. Anyways, thats enough of this now.

    • N00bicals

      Vodafone offer good customer service? Every time I called them I was put on hold for 45 minutes! O2 is the best of the big carriers but next time I will go with GiffGaff. You can get everything you want for a tenner.

    • kroms

      ? Um

      ” Verizon Poised to Announce $130 Billion Vodafone Accord
      By Scott Moritz, Matthew Campbell & Amy Thomson –
      Sep 2, 2013 5:12 AM ET
      Verizon Communications Inc. is poised to announce an agreement as soon as today to acquire Vodafone Group Plc (VOD)’s
      45 percent stake in their wireless venture for $130 billion, capping
      its decade-long pursuit of full control of the biggest U.S. mobile-phone
      company. “

    • Lucas

      doesn’t vodafone own wind though?

    • ghurley

      Telenor owns 35.7% of Vimpelcom, which owns Wind.

    • JTon

      I wouldn’t hold your breath. After the Verizon fiasco hit the front page, why wouldn’t other Telcos have a peak? This all seems link-baity to me, look at the language in the BBN article..

      “At least three foreign telcos aside from Verizon have looked at bidding for wireless spectrum in Canada, a source close to the situation tells BNN.”

      Have looked at… wow

    • kroms

      EXACTLY. LOL

    • Canucks

      Here we go again. The sheep crowd follows.

  • kevin c

    Oh please, let it happen.
    If only to see (Bell CEO) George Cope choke on his own “There’s nothing to be afraid of. Bring the competition on” comment!

    • Canucks

      If only the US companies are not fooling around again just to drive up their own stocks. That’s a big IF.

  • Mitchell Leitman

    Wouldn’t it be interesting if Guy Laurence ends up being a Trojan horse for Vodafone to enter the Canadian market and then ends up gobbling Rogers, if the Feds ever permit it?

    • Stephen_81

      With Bells lobbying to change foreign ownership I very much expect that is what Bell and their Board want to happen to them. Big paydays by being added to a conglomerate and since as apparent by this board and so many other message boards Canadians hate Canadian companies so Bell and probably Rogers are going to milk that.

      I really hope to see Vodaphone make a bid. They do things differently than the big 6 players in North America

    • Mitchell Leitman

      I’d expect to see them being required to split up, so that the media divisions of Rogers, Bell or Videotron would stay Canadian.

    • Stephen_81

      Under a different federal government I could see that being a requirement but this current one thinks Canada doesn’t need to be Canadian

  • Sam Wiggans

    I would love to have AT&T in here, moreso than Verizon. I prefer them more as a company.

    • Marcus

      Yeah, I’d prefer Vodaphone, their plans in the UK are crazy good compared to anything in Canada or the States.

    • Sam Wiggans

      That’s true but I don’t know how their business would translate coming into Canada.

    • Mitchell Leitman

      I’ve never done a comparison of plans with Wind in Canada and Wind in other countries. Curious.

    • Sam Wiggans

      Really, I don’t know what is going to happen, but I am excited to see what does.

    • Alex

      But in the UK they’re actually regarded as fairly expensive compared to the competition there.

    • purewatashi21

      Despite their “crazy good” prices, their customer service is horrendous. Look at the many reviews posted over the internet by previous and present Vodafone customers and you will hear things just as worse as you would with Robellus.

    • Me Ted

      Well assuming that lousy customer service and a decent network are the constants, I’ll obviously take the company with the lower rates.

    • It’s Me

      I’d prefer TMobile or Deutsche Telekom

  • J-Ro

    This again? I think this, like the Verizon story, is a media attention grabber. At least wait till April 1st before letting out all these “rumors” of international players coming to Canada.

    • RoboBonobo

      Auction will be over before April 1st.
      Besides, they’re not even saying “Such-and-such company is coming to Canada”. This is just saying that they /*expressed an interest*/ in joining the Canadian market and there’s nothing wrong with saying that, if it’s true.
      They’d still have to make a firm decision to participate, and then they’d still have to win one of the blocks of spectrum.

    • J-Ro

      The truth would come out next Wednesday. I just feel it’s another hoax.

  • MXH070

    Here comes the crying again from the 3 stooges. Vodafone just got a multi billion dollar payday from big red guess they might want to spend a little. Hope all three end up in the Canadian market

  • Liberal Phone Person

    At&t can stay away. Vodafone or Telenor can come. :)

  • Amparipaa

    IT GEBINS!!!!!

  • HelloCDN

    I’m expecting “Fair for Canada 2″ with the slogan “We thought we were safe. We were so wrong.”

    • Liberal Phone Person

      Fair for Canada 2. This time its personal.

  • Super_Deluxe

    lol AT&T is no different from Rogers, Bell and Telus. In fact they’ll probably join in on their colussion if they come here at the least.

  • St. Misery

    Foreign competitors need only to look to Wind as reason not to come to Canada. Big 3 made damn sure they didn’t stand a chance, and they’ll do the same to anyone else.

    • jonnny

      Wind and Mobi has no money and were starting from scratch. These companies are big and can hold their own. Also, Wind and Mobi have paved the way to make it much easier for another new entrant with a big pocketbook.

    • artlukm2

      It’s true Wind was hamstrung by foreign investment laws initially, but that has now changed and there is no limit on investment in companies below 10% market revenue share. The other issue with Wind is their current owner lacks any north american market synergies, whereas at&t, verizon, or t-mobile could leverage so much of their u.s. marketing, tech support, tier 1 network infrastructure, etc.

    • kroms

      Uh , The Big 3 are like fruit flies compared to any of the US or International Carriers.

  • beyond

    How much is the deposit? Can we bid?

    • kevin c

      it’s 5% of the participant’s opening bid. So if they want to start bidding at $100 million, they need to deposit $5 million.

    • beyond

      so we can totally do it then!

    • LoadErRor

      Cell phone co-op company? It’s not as crazy as it sounds….

  • ABCONMan

    I’m sure if they miss the deposit date, Harper and Moore will extend it.

  • Dave

    Coooooooollllllllll

  • Ken

    I’m so excited about these news items about the spectrum I have finally have decided to to add my 2 cents to the auction. My action here could be a game changer. LOL

    • ns.dev

      Congratulations!

      Your bid of $0.02 ($0.05 cash) has won 0 auctions! Please play again.

  • Sweet

    Don’t forget, AT&T used to be in Canada as a partner with Rogers several years ago. Expect AT&T to be just like the Big 3 if they get into Canada and once they build up their network.

  • Sweet

    I can just see Telenor’s ad if they come to Canada: “The vikings have landed….again.”

    • OldEnough to know better

      With Hagar the Horrible as CEO?

    • Sweet

      Ha ! I forgot about him. Good one.

    • gommer strike

      Haggar?!

    • gommer strike

      Just don’t land in front of a Ultralisk. And make sure you have 2.5 for every Collosus

  • vn33

    Where’s that Bell CEO guy ??

  • Dexter

    I welcome any and all competition that will improve service for Canadians and lower prices.

  • Matt Welke

    Guess they called Bell’s bluff!

  • wildspin

    Rogers, the future Vodafone Canada. :-)

  • N00bicals

    My experience with Telenor was good but I hear they were the most expensive service in Denmark. I got a simcard which cost $18 and each local minute was $0.50, and the card only had a $13 allotment. Data was $0.18/MB.

  • tyresmoke

    Sounds like a party

  • wildspin

    Telenor owns 43% of Vimpelcom, who in turns owns part of Wind Mobile. So all 3 parties are connected to the Canadian market in one way or another already.

  • kroms

    Verizon just Aquired or bought Vodafone , so this is strange !!! Maybe that is why BELL is now saying BRING foreign investors in ?

    Maybe Bell and Telus both got HAD by Rogers ? Either way AT&T , Norway’s Telenor or Vodafone, they are ALL 10 + times the Size of ROBELUS so no matter :)

    • Migzy

      Verizon bought out Vodafone’s shares in Verizon as Vodafone owned a large chunk of Verizon’s shares.

    • Salinger

      Vodafone is about 4 times a large as Verizon. Verizon couldn’t have bought out Vodafone even if they wanted. All they did was buy back the partial investment Vodafone had in Verizon.

  • Mischa Price

    I think people would be fine with Vodafone just becuase its not american

  • Thomas C. Riddell

    As long more choice then the big 3 Prices I hope will drop

  • Nosorry

    Finally!Glad to hear!

  • sicsicpuppy

    My body is ready

  • thedosbox

    LOL – 70 posts and no conspiracy theories about BNN being owned by Bell? I guess those nuts only come out to play when they don’t like the story.

    • OldEnough to know better

      Whenever BNN has a wireless story, I often comment that Rogers/Bell/Telus are running scared, but BNN never posts my comments.
      Matter-of-fact, I don’t think BNN posts any comments that are not incumbent-friendly . .

  • skullan

    *boom* *bang* *boom* *bang*

    Hear that? The percussionists of the Drums of Fear are warming up again.