Merger Mania Reaches Canada
May 15, 2004, 2:29 PM by (staff)
Canadian carrier Telus made an unsolicited bid this week for smaller competitor Microcell, which offers service under the Fido brand. The $1.1 billion (CAD) deal would likely push Telus past Bell Mobility to become Canada's largest wireless carrier. If the deal is completed, Telus is expected to eventually shut down Fido's GSM network and migrate customers to its own CDMA network.
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Technologies and Roaming Agreements
Microcell is a GSM provider.
Last I checked Telus had roaming agreements with Verizon, and Fido had theirs with -Mobile.
How will this ever work? It's like Sprint trying to acquire T-Mobile.
Basically, my view is that Fido has too few customers to sustain a GSM network wit...
800 mHz Vs. 1900 mHz; The debate continues....
Taking us into the next century with 'Increased subscriber capacity' listed as the main benefit. 1900 MHz A higher frequency therefore a larger bandwidth, allowing the carriers too have more subscribers on a tower and on the network a one time.
The carrier I'm with has recently switched back to 800 MHz after trying to work out the problems with 1900mHz. I clearly remember when 1900mHz was launched. Building penetration was far inferior to the 800 system. I though that maybe it was a quirk that had to be worked out.
Later that summer I travelled to Calgary,Alberta, Canada where 'Telus' had been using the 1900mHz system exclusivily for awhile. The ...
Telus buying Fido!
If Telus went ahead to 3G and to dual mode WCDMA/GSM 900/1800 handsets - I'd be a very happy ...
Not alot of money involved.
You're right, that's not a whole lot, but the Canadian market is naturally much smaller - fewer customers to go around - and Fido is one of ...
Canada needs to drop the foreign ownership cap
Canadan needs to join the rest of the world regarding telecom ownership. By having that stupid regulation Canadian consumers only end up losing due to less competition.
Oh, I dunno, I'd like to see a...