Competition Bureau provides submission to CRTC on wireless roaming rates

January 29, 2014 — OTTAWA, ON — Competition Bureau

The Competition Bureau today provided a submission to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in response to its consultation on the mobile wireless roaming rates charged by Canada’s largest wireless companies (the incumbents) to new entrants in Canada (Telecom Notice of Consultation 2013-685).

The Bureau believes that Canada’s largest wireless companies have an incentive to use high mobile wireless roaming rates to ensure that new entrants are not, and do not become, fully effective competitors. As a result, new entrants are likely limited in their ability to bring attractive product offerings to market, resulting in reduced product choice, higher prices for consumers and/or less innovation in Canadian mobile wireless markets.

The Bureau’s submission also supports the establishment of regulatory safeguards to protect against the imposition of high roaming rates, effectively allowing new entrants to have a greater competitive impact in Canadian mobile wireless markets.

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