Canada Outlines Plans for Radio Spectrum Transfers
Published on: 1st Jul 2013
By: Ian Mansfield
Canada's Minister of Industry Christian Paradis has announced the release of the spectrum licence transfer framework that will affect how mobile networks are able to trade radio spectrum in the future.
"The Harper Government is committed to promoting at least four wireless providers in every region of the country to support greater competition in the market," said Minister Paradis. "We are working to provide Canadian families with access to the latest technology at better prices."
As announced on June 4, 2013, all spectrum transfer requests will be reviewed, and those that would result in undue spectrum concentration -- and therefore diminish competition -- will not be permitted. Decisions on transfer requests will be made on a case-by-case basis and will be issued publicly to increase transparency.
A licensee will be required to seek a review within 15 days of entering into any agreement that could lead to a prospective transfer. Industry Canada will review a prospective transfer as though the future licence transfer that could arise from the agreement has been made.
It was the unexpected decision by the government to block the radio spectrum transfer from Mobicity to Telus that killed off the deal to secure Mobicity's finances.