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CRTC launches comprehensive review of mobile wireless services

March 7, 2019

Review will examine choice and affordability in Canada’s mobile wireless market

On February 28, 2019, the CRTC announced a review of the state of the mobile wireless market in Canada to determine whether action is required to improve choice and affordability for Canadians. They are seeking feedback from the public on a variety of matters, including whether mobile virtual network operators should have mandated access to national wireless provider networks until they can establish themselves in the market, and whether regulatory measures are needed to facilitate the deployment of 5G network infrastructure.

At the same time, the CRTC issued its Notice of Consultation CRTC 2019-57, a notice of hearing for a public hearing on 13 January 2020 looking at competition in the retail wireless service market, the wholesale mobile service regulatory framework (roaming and mobile virtual network operator), and the future of mobile wireless services in Canada (especially in regard to reducing barriers to infrastructure deployment). They provide 16 questions for Canadians to provide their feedback on, all of which can be found here: https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2019/2019-57.htm .

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