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Wireless cablecos ask CRTC for licence exemption in wake of intense competition

News | 09/04/2003 4:00 am EDT

Canada’s three wireless cable operators are seeking major regulatory concessions for their TV services in their licence renewals as they struggle with the technology and larger, more successful competitors. Noting that it lost $38 million during its first licence term and saw its subscriber base in Manitoba fall from a peak of about 10,000 in 1999 to 5,251 in 2003, Craig Wireless International Inc., which operates under the Skycable name in the province, asks the CRTC to exempt multipoint distribution system (MDS) distributors from licensing.

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