• Big Three Exec: MVNOs an "Existential Threat"



    Canada's Big Three carriers are about to set their lobbyists loose on the newly-elected minority government in Ottawa. Their mission? To dissuade politicians from keeping campaign promises relating to the high cost of wireless service in this country.

    Operators are facing potential price cuts of up to 25%, but an even greater threat looms—here's what an anonymous telco exec told Reuters:

    “We’re fighting a five-front battle here and we will use whatever tools are at our disposal to convince the powers that be ... that this is wrong-headed,” an executive at one of the major firms said, adding the prospect of MVNOs was a greater existential threat than price cuts.
    Last time I checked Bell, Rogers and Telus were still making money from broadband Internet, despite government-mandated wholesale rates that make the existence of TekSavvy and the like possible. But what do I know? I'm just a lowly peasant paying out $75/month just to get a decent per-gigabyte rate for wireless data.

    Source: Reuters

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    Andrew Currie has been blogging about mobile phones since 2001, smartphones (depending on how you define them) since 2002 and smartwatches since 2014.
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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Big Three Exec: MVNOs an "Existential Threat" started by acurrie View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. Ipse's Avatar
      Ipse -
      If "Trubeau" wants to stay true to the campaign promises (what a silly idea) CRTC should start setting the stage for MVNOs. It's the only way (proven) to reduce the bills to the international levels.
      Let's see, but I am not holding my breath...no one can do that for a decade 😂
    1. turbogeek's Avatar
      turbogeek -
      Just as ISP 'MVNOs' alone haven't had enough of an effect to bring internet prices down to reasonable levels here, I doubt MVNOs with no other intervention in wireless would be sufficient either. The bigs just have too much market power and unending shameless greed.
    1. rogue17's Avatar
      rogue17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by acurrie View Post
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      Canada's Big Three carriers are about to set their lobbyists loose on the newly-elected minority government in Ottawa. Their mission? To dissuade politicians from keeping campaign promises relating to the high cost of wireless service in this country.

      Operators are facing potential price cuts of up to 25%, but an even greater threat looms—here's what an anonymous telco exec told Reuters:



      Last time I checked Bell, Rogers and Telus were still making money from broadband Internet, despite government-mandated wholesale rates that make the existence of TekSavvy and the like possible. But what do I know? I'm just a lowly peasant paying out $75/month just to get a decent per-gigabyte rate for wireless data.

      Source: Reuters
      Besides this:
      Last time I checked Bell, Rogers and Telus were still making money from broadband Internet

      There is the argument that the market can't sustain more the than the 3-4 operators in each province but with Broadband there are many TPIAs. Teksavvy,Ebox, Start, Carrytel, Vmedia just to name a few that are operating in Both Ontario and Quebec. However, There are more.
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