he Mobile Giving Foundation Canada (MGFC) announced today the results of the highly successful mobile giving campaign for the recent Opération Enfant Soleil Telethon. As part of the 27th annual telethon, cell phone users raised more than $50,000 through text message donations in less than 48 hours.
Canada’s cellular players are preparing to compete for spectrum licences in the public auction that gets underway next Tuesday, but the market for spectrum north of the border is decidedly cooler.
Canada’s 700 MHz spectrum auction is a week away, here are the eleven companies deciding our wireless future.
The upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction — what some call the “beachfront property” of wireless — is happening in exactly one week, on January 14th, 2014. This sought-after spectrum can easily reach remote areas (with fewer cell sites), is cheaper for carriers to deploy, and has the ability to penetrate through thick walls into buildings, reducing dead spots.
Canada’s biggest telecom companies are facing a cap on the wireless roaming rates they charge smaller rivals for using their networks and could face fines for breaking rules that govern the industry.
Canada is being left behind in innovation in the wireless sector because lack of wholesale access to broadband networks, says the owner of a U.S. system that charges its customers an average of $21 US a month. Toronto-based firm offers U.S. cell service for $21 a month, but can’t buy bandwith here
Orange SA, France’s biggest phone company, said it may be interested in entering Canada’s wireless market, including renting spectrum from other carriers.
Starting today, the HTC One mini will be available on Rogers in Canada. The smaller offering for the One flagship line from HTC can be had for C$99.99 with a two year agreement. For this not into contracted plans, the device will be C$399.99 when you go month-to-month.
Telus confirmed that it has put down a refundable deposit to meet Tuesday’s deadline to bid on radio waves needed to operate cellphone networks. Wind Mobile has already said it will be among bidders for the Jan. 14 auction. Canaccord Genuity analyst Dvai Ghose said that since the initial deposit required is “small and refundable” — $16 million — there may be foreign carriers on the list, such as major American carrier AT&T.
The three companies are said to have been Vodafone, AT&T and Norway’s Telenor. Another source says an overseas foreign telco inquired about the upcoming spectrum auction, but was counseled not to bother. That source declined to identify the company. For much of the summer, it was believed U.S. carrier Verizon was interested in bidding for wireless spectrum in Canada in the upcoming spectrum auction.
Rogers Communications Inc. and Telus Corp., rallied after Verizon Communications Inc. decided to stay out of Canada, maintaining their lock on the country’s wireless market. Verizon said Monday it was not coming to Canada after it agreed to buy Vodafone Group Plc’s 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless, giving it full control of the most profitable U.S. mobile-phone operator for $130 billion in the biggest acquisition in more than a decade.