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Canada to Consult on Plans for Radio Spectrum Auction

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The Canadian government has outlined, in brief, its plans to auction off additional radio spectrum next year.

The government said that more than half of the 50Mhz of spectrum being auctioned -- a total of 30 MHz is being set aside for new entrants to the market, and that there would be restrictions on transferring spectrum from the buyers to other networks after the auction.

It was those restrictions which have repeatedly stopped the big three networks from buying the smaller struggling mobile networks that were set up following the last auction. While they prevent companies buying spectrum simply to sell it later, they also stopped rescue efforts to save the smaller struggling networks.

A streamlined licensing process will allow wireless providers to have the results of AWS-3 auction before the 2500 MHz auction, scheduled on April 14, 2015.

Industry Minister James Moore said in a statement that "The rules for this auction, consistent with the ones for the 700 MHz and 2500 MHz auctions, will encourage more competition in the wireless market while ensuring the interests of consumers first."

The government said that consultations on the licensing of this spectrum will begin this summer.

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