The Canadian telecom industry is on the brink of a period of rapid change. With the expansion of the wireless spectrum to new competitors and the imminent introduction of 4G wireless technology, the shape of the industry will undoubtedly look much different in the next two to three years.
Industry minister Tony Clement, Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty and industry heavyweights will meet in Stratford ON June 8 for what organizers hope will become a catalyst for spurring both government and industry to embark on a digital media strategy for Canada.
Canada’s telecommunications industry – considered a global leader just 10 years ago – is now in a state of crisis following years of neglect by successive governments, the absence of a national digital strategy and a “cozy uncompetitive environment”, University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist told the Senate Committee on Transport and Communications last week. More spectrum and more foreign investment are needed to reverse this downward spiral, he warned.