|Topic Review (Newest First)|
|2010-04-08 11:34 AM|
Thanks for the link robsaw. I made my previous post before I saw yours. Here's some analysis:
Service Area Population TotalMHz Total Amount Videotron Montréal 3,784,570 10 $96,600,000 Videotron Toronto 5,635,827 10 $96,400,000 Videotron Total Quebec $458,149,000 Wind(including N. Quebec) $442,099,000
|2010-04-08 01:40 AM|
|2010-04-07 07:35 PM|
Originally Posted by robsaw View Post
|2010-04-06 02:03 PM|
|Dr.Dave||My understanding is that there were several auctions in each city for portions of the AWS spectrum. Windmobile, Mobilicity and Shaw in the west bid on enough spectrum to run their business. Videotron bid to lock everyone else out.|
|2010-04-06 01:41 PM|
You can see the AWS spectrum results here:
9193-2962 Québec Inc. is Videotron
1380057 Alberta Ltd. is Shaw
6934242 Canada Ltd.is MTS
6934579 Canada Inc. is a venture partnership (M/C Ventures)
|2010-04-06 11:27 AM|
Originally Posted by outinthornhill View Post
When I get home I'll check and see if the packaging and manuals came in French; I thought they had to by Canadian law...
One thing confuses me, probably because I wasn't paying much attention during the original bidding process. If Videotron has the equivalent spectrum to Wind in Quebec (meaning they won the Quebec chunk of the same pie Wind won the rest of) then who has the Quebec equivalent of Mobilicity's spectrum? How come two carriers (Mobilicity and Wind) won spectrum and can launch on AWS in Toronto, but only Videotron in Montreal (or am I confused and Mobilicity is launching in Montreal)?
|2010-04-06 08:11 AM|
|Francois Caron||It's because of Vidéotron's ridiculously high bid that now we'll never get decent cell phone service at a decent price in "la belle province." Ever. Add the latest Quebec budget into the mix, and the idea of moving out of the province, possibly out of the country, is looking more attractive each passing day.|
|2010-04-06 07:50 AM|
|2010-04-05 05:04 PM|
|TorontoColin||Wind actually offers service in either language. I've used their French language service when I need to do something simple but don't want to wait on hold forever (there's never a line for French operators). Unfortunately my French isn't good enough for anything complicated.|
|2010-04-05 11:50 AM|
|Dr.Dave||I read somewhere that Videotron paid more for the Quebec spectrum than Wind paid for the rest of Canada. I have no idea how much Wind actually bid for Montreal and Quebec City and how that compared with similar cities across Canada.|
|2010-04-05 10:40 AM|
Have to love the "wind-speak". They spread it thicker than a farmer fertilizing the pasture in spring.
Videotron may have acquired all the spectrum reserved for new carriers in Quebec but only because the others didn't make an serious attempts to participate. Starting a new wireless company is challenging enough without having to do so in 2 languages. By limiting themselves to Ontario and west, Wind and Mobilicity save more than a lot of money. I'm in favour of bilingualism but it does drive up the cost of living in Quebec and Canada.
|2010-04-04 07:04 PM|
Videotron outbid everyone for the spectrum allocated for new entrants in Quebec so they wouldn't have any competition other than the big 3.
Update on Videotron’s 2010 AWS Launch
|2010-04-04 04:37 PM|
Windmobile in Montreal? (No)
So I inquired about 'eastward expansion' by Windmobile and here is the official reply:
As of right now we do not have plans to expand a HOME zone into Quebec, much to our dismay. The network in this area was purchased by another carrier, thus disabling us from using it to expand our network. Should this change at any time, we will do everything in our power to be able to extend the network out to our friends and fans in Quebec, so keep an eye on our blogs and websites for more details.