A new spectrum auction, with a large block set aside for operating new entrants, to deliver more choice for Canadian consumers
July 7, 2014 – Toronto – Industry Canada
Canada's wireless consumers have been clear that they want their government to make decisions that will lead to more choice, lower prices and better wireless service.
Today, the Government of Canada took another step in delivering for consumers by unveiling details of a new spectrum auction. Beginning next year, AWS-3 spectrum licences will be made available to wireless companies. AWS-3 spectrum is ideal for delivering fast, reliable service to Canadians on the latest smartphones, tablets and mobile devices.
Consistent with the Government's previous spectrum auctions, the AWS-3 spectrum auction will have rules designed specifically to put Canadian consumers first. These include:
- a large 30 MHz block of spectrum set aside for operating new entrants;
- strict provisions on the transfer of AWS-3 spectrum so that Canadian consumers benefit from increased competition in wireless services; and
- a simpler, shorter auction process that will provide operating new entrants with a visible path to high-quality spectrum.
Office of the Minister of Industry