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For those of you who still think that the prices and services we receive here are reasonable and have something to do with anything other than collusion between the big three and the CRTC you should really read this interview:

When you started looking at Canada’s telecom market, what did you think of the domestic players?

It was a joke. First of all, the penetration rate was stuck. Penetration rates in all European countries and the U.S. are at 100%, 120%. And it was at 60% here when we started. Fact number two, the ARPU—the average revenue per user—is, with all three players, the same. It was very clear that there was an opportunity there. Of course, we didn’t estimate the difficulties—the obstacles, rather—that were put in our way: all the CRTC processes and delays. It was something we did not expect to see in a modern country that is part of the WTO and is supposed to be encouraging investment. It was a big shock. And it has cost us dearly. If it was not for the Minister of Industry, who did the right thing in the end, we would have been in deep ****.

Do you see a day when Orascom and other global telecom players have more of a presence in Canada?

I think we will get credit for that—that we had the balls and the guts to endure all these agonies. And some of them remain. We are being confronted now with unfair competitive measures. Roaming is a seamless process in all the world. This is the only country in the world where if you roam on an incumbent, your phone gets cut off when you go from one area to the other. Everything we require them to do, they don’t do. They delay. And if we are, as the strongest new entrant, incurring all these obstacles, what about the smaller ones? Mobility. And what’s that other one? They will die. I call them dead-on-arrivals. So these measures are torpedoing competition. And the trick they have now is, one of the incumbents—without naming names—uses another brand to offer the same service with two prices for its consumers. It’s the same people, and they’re only offering this low price in the areas where we operate—depriving all these other customers of the same price.
 

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While I don't like any of the big three, I wouldn't put any stock into what this joker has to say.

He's the same clown that said he'd rather be doing business in North Korea and other tinpot dictatorships. I wonder why. :rolleyes:

Funny that he rails against the big three, yet in another interview was quite candid about the fact that he saw the entire global wireless telecom industry consolidate into 5 mammoth players and that he planned on being one. :rolleyes:
 

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Yeah, I don't know enough about the industry, but his consolidation prediction did seem to sort of fly in the face of his criticisms of the big three here. I guess the difference could be that large companies in a competitive marketplace can drive good choices to consumers, whereas if there is no real competition and excessive government bureaucracy, consumers suffer.

He seems to say that he got cellphones in the hands of North Korean consumers. I'd be very curious to hear more about that.
 

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Isn't he the same guy who called Canada a "backwater" with regards to telecom?
 

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Hes also talking about how bell owns both Virgin Mobile and its regular offerings on the same network with vastly different price points.

I would agree that the system here is a joke and is an oligopoly designed to stifle competition to keep prices inflated.
 

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He's the same clown that said he'd rather be doing business in North Korea and other tinpot dictatorships. I wonder why.
Funny, I bet he knows how much easier it is to open a cell phone service in North Korea vs. Canada.

You're just confirming that complying with the rules of ANY country is easier than dealing with the CRTC.
 

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Funny, I bet he knows how much easier it is to open a cell phone service in North Korea vs. Canada.

You're just confirming that complying with the rules of ANY country is easier than dealing with the CRTC.
Oh please... nothing of the sort. His idea of a "free market" is a few million dollars to the right people, and ABSOLUTELY ZERO competition.

How many other wireless providers are operating in North Korea. Bet you it's a number between 0 and 0:rolleyes:
 
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