Latest auction will be Canada's third of 2015, supporting more choice for consumers
May 1, 2015 – Ottawa – Industry Canada
Today, Industry Minister James Moore announced that the Government of Canada plans to auction more valuable wireless spectrum this summer. The auction, featuring unallocated spectrum licences from the recent 700 MHz and AWS-3 auctions, will be held this August. This auction will be the third spectrum auction of 2015.
Spectrum is a vital public resource and the invisible infrastructure on which wireless information travels. For new wireless companies to be able to compete and provide choice to Canadians, spectrum is essential.
Less than one year ago, nearly 90 percent of spectrum was held by Canada's largest wireless companies. As a result of the recent AWS-3 spectrum auction and the ongoing 2500 MHz auction, by summer 2015 new wireless companies are expected to hold approximately 25 percent of the total wireless spectrum available. The consultation that was launched today, along with previous auctions, is leading to more choice, lower prices and better service for consumers.
Office of the Minister of Industry