Quebecor sells its AWS-1 spectrum licence in Toronto to Rogers for $184M

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  • Techguru86

    Freedom better had put up money against Rogers, the big 3 don’t need spectrum.

    • fmradio68

      I thought Videotron could not sell the spectrum to an Incumbent?

      Were not there rules in place for set aside spectrum.

    • dirtyKIMCHI

      ISED Canada already approved the transfer.

      That rule was just for the first five years of the 10 year licence; a license which is set to expire next December (2018).

  • Scott

    This pretty much guaranties that Videotron has no interest in wireless outside of Quebec and the immediate border areas of Ontario.

    Between this move and the CRTC regulations around music services I’ve removed Videotron as a possibility as my next provider. Living in Ottawa this sucks.

    • alexb88

      Why would you even care that they sold spectrum in Toronto? You can still use Videotron everywhere in Canada at no extra charge. You’re lucky that you live in Ottawa and have Videotron as an option. The rest of Ontario is stuck with the big three or Freedom.

    • Scott

      Videotron was supposed to be a true 4th option for the rest of the country. That’s the way they billed themselves, that’s why they bought spectrum in S. Ontario to begin with. Clearly they’ve changed their mind and are content to build their base in Quebec.

    • alexb88

      Okay, again, why do you even care? You live in Ottawa, not the rest of Canada. And if you ever need to use your phone outside of Ottawa, it will work the same as if you were back on Videotron’s network thanks to their roaming agreements.

      With Shaw taking on the challenge of being the 4th national carrier, there’s hardly any room left for Videotron. It’s a very expensive and risky endeavour that they understandably don’t want to take on.

      The best way to introduce more competition is for the CRTC to open up wireless networks to MVNOs like they do in the US, especially in densely populated areas.

    • fmradio68

      They never intended to build out throughout Canada.

  • This should of gone to Freedom, this is ridiculous!

    • “should have”.

    • Yeah, Freedom could definitely have made use of that spectrum to further enhance network performance in Toronto even if it was just minor improvements. Any kind of network performance enhancement using existing AWS-1 spectrum is always welcome especially when a significant majority of current in-market devices support AWS-1 instead of AWS-3. Unfortunately, the spectrum went to a member of the Big Three which seems flawed. This transfer from Videotron and Rogers shouldn’t have been approved. Flawed decision making from the regulatory bodies (Industry Canada and probably the CRTC as well).

    • dirtyKIMCHI

      Unfortunately, the spectrum went to a member of the Big Three which seems flawed. This transfer from Vidéotron and Rogers shouldn’t have been approved. Flawed decision making from the regulatory bodies (Industry Canada and probably the CRTC as well).

      The sale of this spectrum was an option available via the joint Network Sharing Agreement between Vidéotron & Rogers, signed in 2013; it could have been purchased back in 2014 by Rogers, but for whatever reason Rogers & Vidéotron waited until now to complete it.

      ISED Canada already approved it (Source: http://www.ic . gc .ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf11304.html) , as:

      ISED notes that the Licence Transfer will not result in a significant change in spectrum concentration in the licence area & has determined that the requested Licence Transfer will not impact the ability of existing or future competitors to provide services given that the transfer will not significantly change the post-transfer concentration of commercial mobile spectrum in the affected licence area.

    • somebody else

      I know right!?

  • specialk2000

    They could also lease it to Freedom.

  • E-mann

    I wish the only real reason Videotron got regulatory approval for the sale is because they are going to sell their 700MHz C1 spectrum to Shaw (Unlikely).

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  • somebody else

    …Rogers will just SIT on it and do nothing. They already HAVE enough spectrum that they sit on and hoard. Freedom mobile desperately needs it.