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Telus Loses Attempt to Overturn Radio Spectrum Cap

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Canada's Telus has lost an attempt to force a judicial review of the government's decision to impose a limit on how much radio spectrum it can bid for in this months auction.

The Federal Court dismissed the request and also ordered the mobile network to pay the government's costs in the matter.

The spectrum auction is scheduled to start on the 14th January, and as part of the government's attempts to increase competition in the market, the big three mobile networks have a cap on how much of the 700Mhz spectrum they will be able to buy.

Justice Cecily Strickland ruled that the Industry Minister had "the authority to impose conditions on spectrum licences for the 700 MHz band, including spectrum caps applicable to large wireless service providers such as Telus,"

Telus said that it would not appeal the ruling.

The company is however still seeking a review of the spectrum transfer rules which are blocking its attempts to buy a smaller mobile network rival.

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