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Next spectrum auction seen as less substantial than previous sales

telecom | 04/13/2015 5:03 pm EDT

Canada's third wireless spectrum auction in a little more than a year is set to start Tuesday, and it is generally predicted to bring in far less money than the other two, though at least one analyst feels there is demand for the additional bandwidth an auction like this brings to the market. The 11 approved bidders in the 2500 MHz auction are mobile carriers Rogers Communications Inc., BCE Inc., Telus Corp., Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., Wind Mobile, TBayTel Inc., Eastlink and Quebecor...

Super WiFi ‘exciting new area’ for wireless: spectrum expert

Media | 02/10/2015 7:47 pm EST

Industry Canada’s announcement last week that it is opening up TV white space for the use of "super WiFi" technology could improve broadband availability in rural areas and has the potential be used for Internet of Things connectivity, experts say. Industry Canada said it would put in place measures for the use of television white space, or spectrum designated for over-the-air television signals that is not fully used. A press release said this would bring "super WiFi" service to Canada. Uses of super WiFi include mobile services or home Internet, either for...

Rogers becomes first Canadian carrier to aggregate LTE spectrum

telecom | 10/24/2014 9:04 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. said Friday it has become the first Canadian wireless carrier to combine spectrum bands for enhanced LTE service, a move it said will improve the mobile-video experience of...

Experts disagree on stringency of AWS-3 build-out rules

telecom | 08/14/2014 10:56 pm EDT

While some observers are saying the deployment requirements for the upcoming AWS-3 spectrum auction are the strictest the industry’s ever seen, others say they’re pretty much in line...

WiFi could help wireless industry, consultant says

telecom | 05/30/2014 5:29 pm EDT

WiFi is not necessarily a friend of mobile carriers, though it could be, according to a Denmark-based industry consultant who’s hosting an international summit on WiFi in mid-June. Wireless service providers are...

How scarce is wireless spectrum, really?

telecom | 12/17/2013 7:17 pm EST

The auction for 700 MHz spectrum — for years the focus of much anticipation within telecommunications circles — is almost upon us. In an age when wireless waves are a key part of the infrastructure that allows people...

Rogers would use Shaw spectrum to quickly expand LTE services, Rogers, experts say

telecom | 01/24/2013 10:08 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc. could quickly expand the capacity of its fourth-generation LTE network in lucrative Western Canadian markets to offer faster data speeds for a larger number of subscribers if it is allowed to acquire Shaw Communications Inc.’s AWS spectrum, industry experts say. Rogers, Canada’s largest incumbent wireless carrier, said last week that it had entered a deal that would give it an option to purchase spectrum Shaw acquired in a 2008 auction once an Industry...