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T-Mobile exec praises Canadian spectrum auction

telecom | 03/06/2014 7:00 pm EST

T-Mobile US Inc.’s vice-president of federal regulatory affairs is holding up Canada’s auction of 700 MHz spectrum as an example of how limiting bidding by bigger wireless players can still result in successful financial results for government.   In a Feb. 28 blog, Kathleen Ham praised a rule in the Canadian spectrum auction — results of which were announced Feb. 19 — that limited companies controlling 10 per cent or more of the wireless market to one of four prime blocks of spectrum in each region of the country. She noted that the auction earned Canada’s government the most ever from a wireless spectrum auction, $5.27 billion, or as Ham quoted it, $4.7 billion US. “Industry Canada’s low-band spectrum-aggregation limits and pro-competitive...