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Guspaz
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reply to sbrook

Re: But it may not mean more competition

said by sbrook:

Three ... foreign ownership and control restrictions prohibit them at this time unless they go in with a Canadian partner in the same manner that Wind did.

This is not the case after the previous changes to the foreign ownership restrictions. The fact that Verizon would have to invest huge sums of money to compete with the incumbents and would never pay off their investment is why they wouldn't do it. Verizon Wireless is only a little bit larger than the company that owns WIND, and WIND hasn't made any significant headway against incumbent marketshare for the amount of investment they made. If Wind/Orascom/Vimpelcom had invested ten times as much, sure, they could have, but they'd never have made it back.
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koreyb
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There is reason's WIND never made as much headway... MOSTLY due to the fact when Wind and alike launched, the CRTC said they must be allowed to enter tower share agreements with the BIG 3. Well we all know how that played out... So Wind ended up having to build it's own towers from scratch. I think we need to really get the CRTC and the government to start looking at FORCING structural separation. There is no reason each company needs their own towers, making the sky line look like a sea of red blinking lights (or white flashing lights). The US is moving to this, where all companies will be on 1 tower, and this only came about when ATT and alike sold off their towers, to a 3rd party. IT works out cheaper for everyone and actually allows faster growth and better service.

Wind having to start from scratch, ended up blowing way more capital into towers and has been unable to expand as fast as I think they thought.

As for opening up the market, I think it would be a excellent idea. It's doubtful BELL and ROGERS will disappear, but allowing outside companies to come in and launch service without all the BS red tape and allow the market decide what works and what doesn't is the best approach. In the US, an open market actually works. outside of AT&T and Verizon, the other companies down there actually offer great service for great prices.. Canada and China are the only 2 countries who restrict cell phone companies as we do, and we are also the 2 countries who lack competition. This is little to do with geographic areas, and pay rates... It's all to do with this flag waving that does nothing to give choice to consumers. IF given a real choice, and allowed to grow unlimited, we can have much more lower cost national options.. We just need to stop the flag waving and focus on allowing the market to decide what Canadians want..

You have to build the network before you can expect people to drop their ROGERS/Bell-Telus network. People only want the service to work... And the reason most are not running to WIND is because they don't have their network in all places...

Just a reminder... before all you "HOW DARE YOU ALLOW NO-CANADIAN OWN OUR SPECTRUM" people start screaming.

Spectrum is not owned.. it's leased.. It can be taken away, controlled and limited by the Canadian government even if under Lease to any company. It's not giving anything away for free use.

DanteX

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sort of a dumb question but where does the spectrum come from what creates it? and how can the Government control it?

koreyb
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Spectrum is available radio frequencies, which are public property. The Canadian government via industry Canada manages it, and licences it to companies who want to lease it for use. They control it to avoid miss use, people harming others by running over top of one another, and ensure these are kept as public property. I'm trying to keep this as simple as possible as it's very complicated.

DanteX

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How can the Government monitor who is using the spectrum?

koreyb
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Industry Canada is required to come out and approve every site be it TRANSMITTER, Cell Site etc. They also, if a complaint it received, have monitoring equipment they can use to find the source of the issue or persons. They have found many people trying to setup pirate radio stations simply by using their signal location equipment for example.

They also have to ensure no interference is effecting public safety radios like police, fire, EMS, airports etc. This is why everything is licensed.

They also require each company to file regular engineering reports for licence renewals etc.

Your WiFi is licensed as well.. you just don't know it. They approved a set frequency for the company who makes the wifi product, and they have to pass quality tests to be put on the market.

DanteX

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Makes sense now , thank you