Canada Outlines Plans for 2.5Ghz Spectrum Auction

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Canada's telecoms regulator Industry Canada has outlined more details of its planned auction of radio spectrum in the 2.5Ghz bands.

The auction will take place in April 2015 and will maintain the radio spectrum caps that have been opposed by the big three mobile networks.

It will also introduce spectrum caps to ensure that four or more providers have the opportunity to access 2500 MHz spectrum.

There will also be strict provisions on transfers of the 2500 MHz spectrum to other companies. Similar rules have hampered the purchase of the struggling smaller mobile networks by their larger rivals in recent months.

Industry Minister James Moore said that "The rules for this auction, like those for the upcoming 700 MHz auction, were designed to support more choice in our wireless market while putting the interests of consumers first."

Applications for the new spectrum auction are due by November 27, 2014.

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