Small ISPs Want CRTC to Help Them Launch MVNO Services

by Istvan Fekete on August 20, 2015

Canada’s small Internet service providers are interested in launching their own wireless services using the expanding network of the incumbent players, a new filing by the Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC) reveals.

As it turns out, the CNOC filed an appeal for a recent CRTC decision on wholesale wireless access, because it wants the Big Three to be required to provide access to their wireless networks, just as small Internet service providers are required to provide access to their cable and phone lines.

Earlier in May, the regulator ruled that it wouldn’t mandate access to wireless networks to facilitate the launch of MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) services. The Big Three argued that allowing access to third-party carriers would reduce the incentive to build new network infrastructure in the country.

But there is a tiny issue: The incumbents are granted access to the infrastructure of small Internet service providers. The consortium of small ISPs, which includes players such as Teksavvy, Primus, Distributel, CIK Telecom, Fidalia Networks, and others, says it wants to mandate that the wireless connection to the consumer is shared, but that each company has to invest in its own communication backbone.

You may recall that the CRTC capped the wholesale roaming rates the Big Three can charge smaller wireless players. Wind Mobile, for example, has its own network infrastructure but only limited coverage, so if its customers travel outside that area, they have to roam on the Big Three’s network under an agreement signed between involved parties.

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

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