Xplornet Lauds Industry Canada Decision on 3.5 GHz Spectrum
WOODSTOCK, NB, Nov. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - Xplornet Communications Inc.,
Canada's largest rural broadband service provider, praised Industry
Canada's decision to deny applications for extensions of 3.5 GHz
spectrum licences where licence conditions have not been met. "This
Minster is listening to the needs of rural Canadians by ensuring that
Industry Canada applies the rules fairly to all telecom services in
Canada," said Xplornet President Allison Lenehan today. "Hundreds of
thousands of rural Canadians access the Internet through fixed wireless
networks that operate on spectrum. Today's announcement is a clear
signal that spectrum designated for broadband use should be used for
that purpose so that rural Canadians can experience the full benefits
of broadband technology," said Lenehan.
The 3.5 GHz spectrum was designated for fixed wireless access use, like
the delivery of broadband over wireless networks to homes and
business. However, Industry Canada bundled rural spectrum with urban,
making it impossible for smaller rural providers to buy. "It's
critical that spectrum be made available to meet the ever-growing
demand for quality, high-bandwidth Internet service in rural Canada.
Rural Canadians can and should enjoy the same quality of Internet
access as urban Canadians and we applaud the Minister for recognizing
the rapid development of fixed wireless technology to meet the needs of
rural Canadians. Spectrum is a vital component of providing quality
Internet services in rural Canada and more of it is needed to meet
growing needs of consumers," said Lenehan today.
Xplornet still looks forward to the next step in making spectrum
available to rural Canada - namely, ensuring that 3.5 GHz spectrum is
made available to rural broadband providers in a way that unbundles
rural and urban areas, thereby allowing smaller providers to buy the
rural areas where they provide service. Xplornet and Industry Canada
have heard from regions and communities all across Canada that want
companies like Xplornet to be able to access and use spectrum to
deliver high-speed, high-quality broadband to rural Canadians using the
best technology for those rural areas, namely fixed wireless. Xplornet
believes today's announcement is a good first step from Industry Canada
in that direction.
About Xplornet Communications Inc.
Xplornet Communications Inc. is Canada's largest rural broadband service
provider. We believe everyone should have access to the transformative
benefits of broadband, so we make our service available everywhere in
Canada, including the hard to reach places. We overcome the challenges
of Canada's vast geography through our deployment of Canada's first
national 4G network, which leverages our hybrid technology network of
fixed-wireless towers on the ground and next-generation satellites in
space. Our customers live in towns, villages, just outside of major
urban centres and in the farthest reaches of the country. Through our
coast-to-coast network of local dealers and professional installers we
connect our customers to all that the Internet has to offer. Xplornet is high-speed Internet - for all of Canada.
SOURCE: Xplornet Communications Inc.
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