Industry Canada Releases Final list of Qualified Bidders for the 700 MHz Wireless Auction

by Istvan Fekete on November 11, 2013

The forthcoming wireless spectrum auction will be the next battlefield on which the players will decide the future of the Canadian mobile landscape. The 700 MHz band can easily reach remote areas with less investment, which means it’s much cheaper for carriers to deploy and has the great ability to penetrate through thick walls.

You may recall that industry watchers were closely monitoring Ottawa and the list of bidders it published on September 23. Unfortunately, as rumoured, the list didn’t reveal any foreign telcos. Most of the anticipated players were present on the list: Rogers, Bell, Telus, SaskTel, Globalive, MTS, and Wind Mobile, but there were some interesting names as well, such as Feenix Wireless, Vecima Networks, and the Catalyst Capital Group.

Back then, there were fifteen players, but as Ottawa started reviewing the submitted applications, Birch Hill quickly withdrew its application, so 14 remained. But this wasn’t meant to be the final list.?

Industry Canada has released the final list of qualified bidders and, surprisingly, another two players have fallen out of the game. The two companies are Vecima Networks and 1770129 Alberta Inc.

Here is the final list of players who will participate in the 700 MHz auction that kicks off January 14, 2014:

  • Bell Mobility Inc.
  • Bragg Communications Incorporated
  • Globalive Wireless Management Corp.
  • MTS Inc.
  • Feenix Wireless Inc.
  • Novus Wireless Inc.
  • Rogers Communications Partnership
  • Saskatchewan Telecommunications
  • TELUS Communications Company
  • The Catalyst Capital Group Inc.
  • TBayTel
  • Vidéotron

As the next step, Industry Canada will mail out the packages for qualified bidders, which will be followed by an information session. The bidders will receive access to a winner and price determination tool on November 21, which will be followed by mock auctions starting November 27, 2013.

The auction will start on January 14 and will use a format known as a combinatorial clock auction. This method has recently been used internationally to auction spectrum in such countries as Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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