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Internet service providers acquire more spectrum, supporting better Internet services in rural regions

May 12, 2015 – Ottawa – Industry Canada

Canada's latest spectrum auction has put more valuable spectrum—a public resource on which wireless information travels—in the hands of wireless companies in all regions of the country to deliver world-class services to Canadians.

Industry Minister James Moore today announced the list of provisional licence winners in the 2500 MHz auction. Nine companies acquired spectrum in the auction, which raised a total of $755.37 million.

Spectrum in the 2500 MHz band is ideal for providing broadband services in rural areas, and it can also deliver fast, reliable service on the latest smartphones and tablets.

With the conclusion of the 2500 MHz auction, the amount of spectrum available to provide mobile services to consumers has grown by almost 60 percent since early 2014. This is the largest amount of spectrum ever released in such a short time in Canada, allowing Canadians and their families to benefit from the latest technologies and world-class services.

The amount of commercial mobile spectrum in the hands of new competitors is now at approximately 25 percent of the total available—a massive increase from 2006, boosting competition in Canada's wireless sector.

Quick facts

  • A total of 318 licences in 61 areas across Canada were offered in the 2500 MHz auction.
  • According to Cisco's Visual Networking Index, consumer wireless data traffic in Canada grew by 60 percent in 2014 alone. By 2019, it will have grown by 680 percent since 2014.
  • All spectrum licences contain strict "use it or lose it" deployment requirements to help ensure that this valuable public resource is put to use to benefit Canadians.


"The 2500 MHz auction was a success because it was designed to put the interests of Canadian consumers first. We have kept our commitment to Canadians to put more spectrum in the hands of wireless companies, and now Canadians—especially those in rural areas—will benefit from more choice, lower prices and better service."

– James Moore, Minister of Industry

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