The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Industry Canada’s decision to take back portions of the 2500 MHz spectrum band to auction for mobile services isn’t likely to be well-received by the Canadian wireless industry (see lead brief item on page 3 for more information).  Current licensees won’t be at all happy to relinquish their rights to one-third of their spectrum holdings in this band if they want to implement mobile services, just to have that bandwidth auctioned off to potential competitors.  Inukshuk Internet Inc., which holds 96 MHz of spectrum, has been eyeing technology developments for 802.16e or the mobile version of WiMAX as a potential migration path for its 2500 MHz services. So this development is certainly a disappointment for the company.  Look Communications Inc., which holds 100 MHz of bandwidth, has been testing mobile TV services using digital video broadcast-handheld (DVB-H) technology on its so-called "wireless cable" spectrum. This is similar to what is being proposed by Qualcomm and Crown Castle in the United States.  It stands to reason that the cableco will be equally dissatisfied with the department’s ruling.  The decision, while controversial, is a move in favour of competition. Despite arguments that the industry is highly competitive, there is a feeling within government that the country’s national wireless operators aren’t doing enough to spur wireless growth. While not a panacea, this ruling should help.  But the flipside to the decision is that the carriers that control the bulk of this spectrum – Bell Canada and Rogers Communications own Inukshuk – could also decide not to implement mobile services in the 2500 MHz band and therefore will not have to return any of it to the department.