The Globe and Mail reports in its Monday, June 3, edition that as the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission mulls new ways to promote competition in the wireless market, Cogeco Communications is pitching a "middle-ground" model to help it crack into the industry.
The Globe's Christine Dobby writes that Cogeco wants to sell cellular service to its television and Internet customers in Ontario and Quebec, but needs regulatory support to do it.
The CRTC has said its preliminary view is that Canada's large national carriers -- Rogers Communications, BCE and Telus -- should be forced to sell network access to smaller companies without their own networks.
Those companies, known as mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), are wireless resellers.
Cogeco is urging the CRTC to endorse a "hybrid MVNO" model that would only allow companies with existing telecom infrastructure to access the national wireless networks and resell the service to their own customers.
Shaw Communications says any form of support for MVNOs would hurt it and other regional players, such as Quebecor's Videotron and Eastlink in Atlantic Canada, companies that already offer an alternative to the Big Three.
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