Canada's Wireless Telecom Industry Calls For An Open Spectrum Auction



    Government Must Ensure A 'Level Playing Field' For All Wireless Carriers

    OTTAWA, June 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications
Association (CWTA) today called on the Government of Canada to ensure that the
2008 Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum auction is open and free of
artificial measures.
    "To continue stimulating innovation and investment, the federal
government must create a level playing field for all companies seeking to
acquire AWS spectrum," said Peter Barnes, President and Chief Executive
Officer of the CWTA. "Canadians deserve an open, innovative and competitive
wireless industry. They deserve an industry that is really competitive and
really Canadian."
    Ottawa has announced that it will auction off AWS spectrum in 2008.
Canada's wireless industry needs spectrum to continue delivering the
competitive mobile communications, information and entertainment that
Canadians enjoy and rely on.
    Over the past 22 years, wireless companies have invested more than $20
billion to build one of the most innovative wireless industries in the world.
Wireless infrastructure now connects more than 98% of Canada's population. The
AWS spectrum will give Canadians increased access to high speed internet
services such as TV shows and movies on demand over new wireless devices. It
will also integrate wireless networks and the internet, providing Canadians
with access to entertainment and information - anywhere at anytime.
    "Canada has one of the most innovative wireless industries in the world,"
said Mr. Barnes. "Strong investments have allowed Canada to pioneer mobile
technologies such as the BlackBerry(R)."
    The overwhelming majority of CWTA members are concerned that companies
unwilling to persevere in the early days of Canada's wireless industry are now
lobbying for taxpayer subsidies and demanding that the federal government give
them spectrum and force the industry to share their networks at a regulated
discount.
    "Government shouldn't subsidize well-financed companies," said
Mr. Barnes. "Measures such as setting aside spectrum for some auction
participants hurts real competition. That's not free enterprise."
    Mr. Barnes added that subsidizing large corporations through spectrum
set-asides, or other special considerations, could cost Canadian taxpayers
hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenues from the auction.
    The CWTA has established a new Web site that contains detailed
information about Canada's wireless industry and the 2008 AWS spectrum
auction. It is also running a series of newspaper advertisements. Please
visit: www.wirelesscompetition.ca.

    About CWTA

    CWTA is the authority on wireless issues, developments and trends in
Canada. It represents cellular, PCS, messaging, mobile radio, fixed wireless
and mobile satellite carriers as well as companies that develop and produce
products and services for the industry. (www.cwta.ca)

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For further information:

For further information: or an interview with a representative of the
CWTA: Marc Choma, Director of Communications, (613) 233-4888 ext. 207,
mchoma@cwta.ca

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