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SOURCE Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
OTTAWA-GATINEAU, Feb. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today launched a public
consultation to review whether the wholesale mobile wireless services
market is sufficiently competitive, both now and in the future. The
CRTC will also hold a public hearing beginning on September 29, 2014,
in Gatineau, Que.
Through the consultation launched today, the CRTC is inviting comments
the state of the market for wholesale mobile wireless services,
including wholesale roaming and wholesale tower sharing in Canada
the impact that the wholesale mobile wireless services market has on the
retail market, and
whether greater regulatory oversight would be appropriate if it were to
find that the wholesale mobile wireless services market is not
Comments may be submitted until May 1, 2014. Canadians can participate
in this consultation, including the public hearing, by:
filling out the online form
writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0N2, or
sending a fax to 819-994-0218
Following a fact-finding exercise conducted in mid-2013, the CRTC had
stated its intention to further examine, among other things, the
wholesale mobile wireless services market.
In December 2013, the CRTC launched a proceeding to study whether wireless service providers are placing their Canadian
competitors at an unfair competitive disadvantage through wholesale
The CRTC is launching a public consultation to review whether the
wholesale mobile wireless services market is sufficiently competitive,
both today and in the future.
The CRTC is examining the wholesale services and arrangements between
wireless service providers. While these may have an impact on the
prices paid by Canadians for wireless services, the CRTC does not
regulate the retail rates charged by wireless companies.
The CRTC will hold a public hearing beginning on September 29, 2014, in
With nearly 28 million subscribers, the mobile wireless services market
is the largest and fastest growing sector in the Canadian
"Through this consultation, we are reviewing whether the wholesale
wireless services market is fostering a sustainable level of
competition in the retail market, both today and in the future. This is
an important question. Sustainable competition between wireless service
providers can offer many benefits to Canadians, including access to
high-quality networks, innovative services and reasonable prices."
CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais
Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2014-xxx
Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2013-685
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