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Government makes 5.27B$ from wireless auction

technologyEdward KiledjianComment

Now that the Canadian wireless auction for the 700 MHZ band is over, we can list the winners and losers. 

The first big winner is the Canadian government making a cool 5.27B$.

The biggest surprise was Videotron by winning licenses in Ontario, Alberta and BC. Which clearly means they have expansion plans like I wrote about here (link).

The biggest spender was Rogers with 3.3B$ next was Telus spending 1.1B$. Rogers spent more than Telus and Bell combined because it bought the largest number of paired blocks. Paired blocks are the preferred choice because they simplify deployment and improve interoperability between carriers. 

700MHZ auction results (link)