Cable & Telecom

ANALYSIS: Spectrum physics is not a simple sound-bite

AMID THE SWIRLING STORM surrounding the impending 700 MHz spectrum auction, a certain fact is often cited – followed closely by often obtuse, naïve assumptions which have served to warp the spectrum debate. The fact we’re talking about is how Rogers, Bell and Telus own 85% of the existing spectrum licensed for wireless services in Canada. It’s a big number. It’s the correct number. When you put it in a pie chart (as the Industry Canada web site has), it looks daunting and very important. However, those who use that number to say the big three now have “enough” spectrum,...