The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.Microcell Telecommunications may well be the next wireless operator to disappear from the Canadian telecom scene. It’s no secret that the company is keeping its options open, particularly if an attractive offer is put on the table by a prospective purchaser. Even Microcell’s president and CEO isn’t trying too hard to downplay the possibility. During one of the holiday season parties, André Tremblay was overheard telling some folks that the company wouldn’t exist in three years.   Analysts and wireless industry players have long considered Microcell the next target of consolidation. Canadian carriers seem to have sweetened on the network architecture that Microcell has deployed and is continuing to deploy. It is by far the most used network in the world. One possible suitor is Rogers Wireless. The incumbent cellular company announced late last year that it has opted to overlay a GSM-GPRS architecture over its existing TDMA network. Once that happens, it will share the same technology platform as Microcell. Combining Rogers and Microcell into a single corporation would exceed the spectrum cap rules, but the new entity could always dump its excess spectrum or hope for an increase in the spectrum threshold. But Rogers wouldn’t be the only company interested in acquiring Microcell’s infrastructure and subscribers. The Nova Scotia numbered company bidding in the upcoming auction, and backed by Sprint PCS, is another logical suitor. Telecom upstart veteran Mike Kedar, who’s founded several Canadian telecoms, including Call-Net and Microcell, is rumoured to be the Canadian interest behind the Sprint-backed company. If the numbered company wins spectrum in the auction – with the deep pockets and experience, it should be considered a frontrunner – it would make sense to buy an installed network and customer base of more than 700,000, rather than trying to build a business from scratch. Of course, the irony is that Kedar may end up running a company he helped found in 1992. The corporate names may keep changing in this country, but the people behind them are almost always familiar.