Verizon's Battle to Invade Canada

Verizon is looking to make their way (back) into Canada, and Canadian mobile phone companies are none too happy about it. In an attempt to keep the telecom giant out of the Great White North, they’re painting Verizon as a bogeyman of sorts in hopes of stirring up public outcry.

It’s not just Verizon’s arrival in Canada that the big three – Rogers, Bell, and Telus – are protesting, but also Verizon’s method of doing so. The company is looking to purchase Canadian upstart Wind Mobile for $700 million. The problem the big three have with that is that, in an effort to boost competition, Wind Mobile has been given an advantage in the periodic spectrum auctions. By buying the company, Verizon would then get an advantage designed for upstarts.

As far as consumers are concerned, a Verizon presence in Canada could mean lower rates, better service, and even the elimination of roaming charges when traveling anywhere between Canada and the States. On the flipside, there’s speculation that competition from Verizon could lead to job losses among the big three and slower expansion to rural areas of the country.

The deadline for bidding in the spectrum auction is September 17, so we’ll know more about the situation in the coming months. Nobody knows for sure what would happen if Verizon makes a move for Canada, but Telus has warned of a “bloodbath,” so things should get interesting.

via CBC

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