Government Opts for More Competition in the Wireless Sector

In recent months 90% of tech / internet / copyright / mobile related news in Canada has been sucking giant monkey balls so it’s a nice surprise to see good news for once :

the auction for Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum, to be held on May 27, 2008, will be conducted. Of the 105 megahertz (MHz) of spectrum to be made available, 40 MHz will be set aside exclusively for new entrants to bid on. The other 65 MHz will be available to all bidders.(emphasis mine)

“We are looking for greater competition in the market and further innovation in the industry. At the end of the day, our goals are lower prices, better service and more choice for consumers and business,”

Good thing since:

Recent studies comparing international pricing of wireless services show Canadian consumers and businesses pay more for many of these services than people in other countries. These services are key to strengthening the competitiveness of Canadian business.