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Spectrum auction withdrawal a ‘headwind’ to surging Wind, experts say

telecom | 01/14/2014 10:26 pm EST

Wind Mobile’s chief executive says the company is surging in the absence of stable new entrant competitors, though experts warn it will face a “headwind” soon without access to 700 MHz spectrum. “I was very happy to see the growth of Wind in Q4 without smaller competitors Mobilicity and Public [Mobile Inc.] out in the market,” Wind CEO Anthony Lacavera said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “We certainly have emerged as the fourth carrier,” he added....

Proposed roaming caps won’t hurt incumbents: experts

telecom | 12/18/2013 9:02 pm EST

The government’s move to limit wholesale domestic roaming rates will have little impact on major wireless providers’ bottom lines, experts say, while not all agree on how much the move will help new entrants. “The direct impact is fairly low, but it does, obviously, from a competitive standpoint, have an impact because now [incumbents] have to share their networks for less money,” Troy Crandall, telecom analyst with MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier, said in a phone interview. The federal government said in a release Wednesday that it will introduce an amendment to...

Bring-your-own-device market encouraged by incumbent discounts

telecom | 02/13/2013 3:57 pm EST

GATINEAU, Que.—Competition for wireless customers in the “bring your own device” market is intensifying as Telus Corp. and BCE Inc. offer discounted plans for customers with their own devices and Rogers Communications Inc. is looking at doing the same, company officials told CRTC commissioners at a hearing...