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Canada says wireless spectrum auction to go ahead as planned

Canada will go ahead with a planned auction of wireless spectrum despite Verizon Communications Inc’s lack of interest in entering the Canadian market, a government official said on Tuesday. Firms wishing to take part in the January 2014 auction have to register their interest by September 17. The government wants a strong fourth player in every part of the Canadian telecommunications market and at one stage it appeared Verizon might be a candidate.

Update: Verizon not entering Canada’s wireless market after all

The head of Verizon Communications Inc. says the U.S. company is not planning to enter the Canadian wireless telecom market. Talk of a possible Verizon entry into Canada set off a heated war of words involving the existing three major players in the Canadian wireless market — Rogers Communications Inc., BCE Inc. and Telus Corp. — against the federal government.