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As T-Mobile, Verizon strike US$3B spectrum deal, Canada’s wireless auction set to be much cooler

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 begins – List of companies

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 competition bureau approves Telus bid for Public Mobile

Canada’s Competition Bureau said on Friday it would allow Canadian telecom company Telus Corp to buy all of struggling startup Public Mobile. Industry Minister James Moore had approved the sale last month, saying it would not hurt consumers. The Conservative government is eager to boost competition in the wireless sector.

Naguib Sawiris, Wind Mobile Founder: I Am ‘Finished With Canada’

The Egyptian billionaire investor who originally bankrolled Wind Mobile says he is “finished with Canada” after Ottawa blocked his bid to buy Allstream over unspecified “national security concerns.”

Industry Canada says 15 participants in wireless spectrum auction

Canadian telecom companies have put down deposits to take part in the federal government’s wireless spectrum auction next January, but with the lack of foreign telecom players on the list takes some heat off the Big Three carriers. Industry Canada said Monday that a total of 15 participants — including Bell Mobility, Rogers Communications and Telus (TSX:T) — placed a refundable five per cent deposit for the Jan. 14 auction by the deadline.

Three foreign telcos besides Verizon eyed entering Canada [Video]

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.