CRTC tells Canada's largest telecommunication providers to share fibre-optic networks

Posted by Darren Anderson

CRTCThe CRTC ruled yesterday that Canada's largest telecommunication providers must open up their fibre-optic networks to wholesale retailers and provide them with the same service options that they offer their own retail customers.

Konrad von Finckenstein is the Chairman of the CRTC:

“Access to broadband Internet services is a key foundation for the digital economy. The large telephone and cable companies are bringing their fibre networks closer to Canadian homes and businesses, which allows for faster Internet connections. Requiring these companies to provide access to their networks will lead to more opportunities for competition in retail Internet services and better serve consumers.”

The CRTC made the ruling because it will provide consumers with increased choice, something that is sorely lacking in Canada's ISP market. 

As the advanced fibre-optic networks currently deployed required significant investment to get up and running, the CRTC will allow Canada's Big Three telecommunication firms and other regional providers to charge competitors an additional 10 per cent mark-up over their costs for the use of their wholesale Internet services' higher-speed options. 

This decision can be appealed, but as of now, the Big Three (Rogers, Bell and Telus) have not formally commented. 

Company:
Telus Corp.
Website:
http://www.telus.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Technology is a key enabler for TELUS and our customers, providing advantage and differentiation in the marketplace. By managing the life cycle of current technologies and the timely introduction of new technologies we deliver superior service value to our customers and long-term growth oriented investment performance to our shareholders. For investors, TELUS is succeeding in managing technology and capital... more

Company:
Bell Canada
Website:
http://www.bell.ca
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing the most comprehensive and innovative suite of communication services to residential and business customers in Canada. Operating under the Bell brand, the Company's services include Bell Home Phone local and long distance services, Bell Mobility and Solo Mobile wireless, high-speed Bell Internet, Bell TV direct-to-home satellite and VDSL television,... more

Company:
Rogers Communications
Website:
http://www.rogers.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

We are a diversified Canadian communications and media company. We are engaged in wireless voice and data communications services through Wireless, Canada's largest wireless provider and the operator of the country's only national Global System for Mobile Communications ("GSM") based network. Through Cable we are one of Canada's largest providers of cable television services as well as high-speed Internet access... more

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is an independent public organization that regulates and supervises the Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications systems. The CRTC does not regulate newspapers, magazines, cell phone rates, the quality of service and business practices of cell phone companies, or the quality and content of TV and radio programs. As an independent... more


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Darren Anderson

Darren Anderson

Darren Anderson is an analyst at Branham Group Inc., a leading industry analyst and strategic consulting firm servicing the global information technology marketplace. Each year he coordinates the Branham300, an annual ranking of the top 300 Canadian technology companies, allowing him to keep tabs on the happenings within Canada’s Information and Communication Technology industry. Beyond his... more



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