What is the CRTC doing to lower the cost of cellular services in Canada?
To increase competition in the market, the CRTC has ordered Bell, Rogers, Telus and SaskTel to sell wholesale access to their wireless networks to regional competitors. These competitors must have a licence to use the radio frequencies that will carry their wireless services. These frequencies are known as spectrum.
The CRTC’s decision also means these regional operators can then resell this access to other “virtual” providers, also known as mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). An MVNO is a wireless service provider that does not operate its own network.
This decision is designed to give Canadians more choice and more affordable options when buying a wireless service plan for their cell phones and other devices.
The CRTC requires seamless roaming between cell phone networks. This is to reduce dropped calls and interrupted data use, such as while travelling.
For more details, see competition in the wireless services market
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