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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 2015-06-24, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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Rogers’ $465M takeover of Mobilicity approved by court

Rogers’ $465M takeover of Mobilicity approved by court

I would have preferred to see Mobilicity go to a smaller, regional company, such as Videotron, Wind or MTS. We need more competition, not less.

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Some reports had the Moblicity AWS spectrum going to Wind...

But this from the above article:

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Under the plan, Rogers would complete a previously announced acquisition of Shaw's AWS-1 spectrum and acquire ownership of Mobilicity.
So what IS going to happen to the Moblicity AWS allotment...

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Wind doesn't even have enough capital to participate in spectrum auctions, let alone buy up competitors.

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Still, it would have been nice if a regional player could have used this to go national. For example, Eastlink is on the east coast and I don't see any overlap with Mobilicity. Same with Videotron and MTS.

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The smaller players are likely waiting for the 600MHz spectrum auction. As far as spectrum goes, 600MHz for wireless carriers is as good as it gets. So it won't go cheap...they'll need ever dollar they can spare to get in on the available licenses, even if the government sets aside spectrum for new players.

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Part of the sale agreement with Mobilicity is that some of that spectrum will be transferred to Wind. How much is unclear.

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This story from the Glob & Mail has gone through a number of revisions during the day but a bit more detail is to be had.

There is an interesting graphic with a before / after display of carrier channel allotments by geographical area from Ontario westward to B.C.

It appears from both the graphic and info in the article that Wind now has a "corridor" from Ontario out to B.C. now. Very interesting.

Now for Wind to do the same eastward to the maritimes.

Rogers-Mobilicity deal shakes up spectrum landscape, rewards Wind - The Globe and Mail

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This is a good deal for Wind. not the best but not the worst. Better than being bought out by Videotron or Eastlink. Their plans may be cheaper the ROC but still expensive.

There are some markets in Southern Ontario where Wind will have the same amount of spectrum as before, markets where Wind swaps their spectrum with Rogers. Other Markets, Wind get Mobi and Shaw spectrum in Southern Ontario.

Another thing. Wind will pay Rogers 25 million for an option on 50% of Mobi Cell sites and this also is huge, considering it is difficult to get aproval for new sites to build a tower.
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Another interesting thing on that Globe and Mail graph is Saskatoon where Telus and Rogers seem to have offsetting spectrum. Does it make sense that Rogers and Telus should come to some sort of agreement to swap those out or does the fact that Saskatoon is a distinct market mean that having non-contiguous blocks is not an issue. Rogers gets a lot of spectrum in key markets. Wind becomes competitive and all that unused Shaw spectrum gets put to use. Moblicity by all accounts would have had to shut down had a deal not been allowed.

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Rogers Communications said that it received all requisite governmental, creditor and court approvals and has completed the acquisitions of both Mobilicity and Shaw's AWS wireless spectrum as announced last Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 2015-07-04, 09:37 AM
 
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All these approvals were a done deal even before the ink dried on Rogers proposal. Government wanted a deal that would be beneficial to all parties and this seemed like it had a bit of everything for everyone concerned.
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