#CyberFLASH: Government offers more wireless airwaves to boost competition 0


TORONTO — The government is looking for new players in the wireless sector to increase competition and lower prices for consumers attached to their mobile devices.

Industry Minister James Moore announced AWS-3 spectrum licences will be up for grabs sometime in the next year to attract entrants to compete against Bell, Rogers and Telus.

Moore said Monday 30 MHz of the 50 MHz available will be set aside for new providers and strict provisions will be imposed on the transfer of AWS-3 to ensure consumers benefit from lower prices, more choice and better service.

Consultations on licensing the spectrum, considered ideal for fast service on wireless devices like smartphones and tablets, will begin this summer, the minister said.

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