Wind Mobile emerges as big spectrum winner after Rogers acquires Mobilicity

Canada’s Wind Mobile will emerge as a big winner from Rogers’ C$440 million acquisition of bankrupt Mobilicity, with the company set to accrue significant spectrum holdings as a result of the deal. Government body Industry Canada announced a significant shake …

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Rogers strikes deal to acquire struggling Mobilicity

Rogers is set to acquire struggling wireless carrier Mobilicity for $465 million, in a deal that has already been approved by government body Industry Canada. The announcement comes after speculation emerged this week that both Rogers and Telus had submitted …

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Canada’s big three operators back payments app

Rogers, BCE and Telus supported a new version of Suretap, the NFC-based mobile payments app. Suretap was originally started by Rogers but then spun into a standalone entity at the end of last year. Now the app is also being …

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Canada relents on potential Mobilicity takeover

Leading operators Rogers and Telus are both interested in acquiring smaller rival Mobilicity, according to The Globe and Mail. Both recently submitted takeover proposals to the Canadian government for preliminary review, and received a positive response. Government body Industry Canada …

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Bell targets Canadian retail boost with Glentel acquisition

The parent company to Canadian telco Bell Wireless, BCE Inc, has confirmed its intentions to acquire Glentel, a wireless and mobile product distributor and retailer. The agreement will see BCE acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of the mobile retailer, in a deal worth approximately $670million.

Rogers and Telus spend big in 700MHz spectrum auction

Big spending Canadian operator Rogers Communications has dropped C$3.29bn (US$2.98bn) on two 12MHz blocks of paired lower 700MHz band spectrum licences in the nation’s latest spectrum auction. Rival Telus also splashed its cash, shelling out C$1.14bn on spectrum licences equating to a national average of 16.6MHz in the band. The Canadian government raised a sizeable total of C$5.27bn during the auction and the licences issued will remain valid for 20 years.