FEDS STALL 5G WIRE­LESS AUC­TION

Calgary Herald - - FP CALGARY -

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment an­nounced Fri­day a six-month de­lay on plans to auc­tion wire­less spec­trum that can be used for 5G cel­lu­lar net­works, blam­ing the pan­demic for push­ing the auc­tion from De­cem­ber to June 15, 2021. “Canada’s telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vice providers are do­ing their part in this dif­fi­cult time, pro­vid­ing es­sen­tial ser­vices to keep Cana­di­ans con­nected ... A num­ber of providers have raised con­cerns, and the Gov­ern­ment is im­ple­ment­ing mea­sures to ad­dress them,” In­no­va­tion, Sci­ence and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Navdeep Bains, pic­tured, said in the news re­lease. Canada’s large tele­com net­works run by BCE Inc., Rogers Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Inc., and Telus Corp. have al­ready started build­ing pre­lim­i­nary 5G net­works, with Rogers al­ready an­nounc­ing it has ac­ti­vated its net­work in four cities — Toronto, Mon­treal, Van­cou­ver and Ot­tawa. James Mcleod, Fi­nan­cial Post

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