At last, Shaw Communications has jumped with both feet into mobile acquiring Wind based on a "compelling strategic rationale" to provide a full suite of services to its subscribers. In our view, and for as many years as we can recall, the marriage of cable (or fibre) broadband and mobile is key to achieve networks [...]
On September 17, 2015, the Federal Institute of Telecommunications in Mexico (IFT) published the rules for the upcoming AWS auction, set to start in January 2016. The AWS auction is taking place against a backdrop of related activity: First, in an effort to increase retail competition, there will be a public tender process later in 2015 [...]
Spectrum auctions for AWS-3 mid-band spectrum were completed in the first quarter of 2015 in the United States as well as in Canada. The US AWS-3 auction generated record proceeds for the US treasury, to the tune of US$44.6 billion in net bids (up from US$41.3 billion following the FCC’s August 17, 2015 order to deny [...]
In deciding to establish a set-aside of licenses, thus creating an opportunity for market entry with the 2008 AWS-1 auction, Industry Canada noted that it could "guarantee neither new entry nor success of eventual entrants". This understatement of fact proved out in the aftermath of the 2008 auction and a full seven years later, a major chapter [...]
The next great battle for low band spectrum in Europe is focused on the second digital dividend award in the 700 MHz band. The battle for this coveted spectrum in Germany, however, was not much of a battle and did not play out until after Round 154 of the 181 round SMRA multi-band auction that [...]
Is Mobilicity having a change of heart on MVNOs? And maybe suggests a new policy tool for Industry Canada?
Based on news reports since last Friday, it appears that new efforts are being pursued by various parties to solve the impasse in which Mobilicity has been mired since it entered creditor protection in September 2013. We were intrigued by reports that John Bitove and his holding company Obelysk, with employees of Mobilicity, have been [...]
In Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2015-177, the Commission punted forward to 2016 its decision of what the tariffs should be for wholesale roaming to be charged by the 3 largest incumbent mobile carriers in Canada. However, interim tariff pages are due to be filed this Thursday June 4, 2015. Unfortunately for new entrants, the interim tariff is [...]
As noted in an earlier post, on May 5, 2015 the CRTC established a new regulatory framework for wholesale mobile wireless services (Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2015-177). The headline elements focused on rates for wholesale roaming service. At the same time the CRTC cracked open the door for development of Full MVNOs in Canada. There were two [...]
While the contribution of John Nash to society in general cannot be over-stated, to those of us working in spectrum auctions we know we live in a complex multi-player game with a convex solution. So a very sad day; tragic, to be taken by the New Jersey Turnpike. RIP John Nash.
Industry Canada has been on a tear recently, auctioning mobile spectrum licenses at a pace never seen before. Three major auction processes have been completed in the space of only 15 months - 700 MHz in February 2014, AWS-3 in March 2015 and 2500 MHz Broadband Radio Service (BRS) in May 2015. The 2500 MHz auction (results [...]