Greater affordability, competition and reliability in the Canadian telecommunications sector have never been more important for Canadians. To support these goals, the Government of Canada is committed to making more spectrum available.
Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced that more Canadians will benefit from higher-quality telecom services as a result of the auction of residual spectrum licences that concluded on January 17. In total, 27 licences were awarded to 6 Canadian companies, many covering rural and remote areas. This includes 13 licences awarded to small and regional providers across the country.
In addition to encouraging competition, the results of this auction will improve Canada’s high-quality networks in areas covered by these licences.