Quick Note: Verizon May Become Canada's Fourth Major Carrier
June 18, 2013 2:15 PM
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Canada has been searching for a fourth to compete with its top tier carriers for greater consumer choice and competitive prices
Verizon Communications Inc. may make its way into Canada as a major carrier.
There's an open opportunity for a company to move into Canada as the fourth major wireless carrier, since there are only three right now. Canada has been searching for a fourth to compete with its top tier carriers for greater consumer choice and competitive prices.
Canada's three largest carriers are Rogers Communications, Telus Corp and BCE Inc's Bell. Other smaller companies have come along in an attempt to be the fourth, such as Public Mobile, Wind and Mobilicity. However, none of them have been as profitable as the top three.
There's a chance that Verizon could acquire one of the smaller companies like Wind or Mobilicity to make its move into Canada.
In February of this year, Verizon announced
pricey prepaid plans
in the U.S. It offered either $60 USD/month for unlimited 3G talk and text plus 500 MB of data, or $70 USD/month for unlimited 3G talk and text plus 2 GB of data.
It announced it
Share Everything plans
last year, where owners of basic feature phones pay a base "Monthly Line Access" rate of $30/month per device while smartphone users pay $40/month per device. Adding USB wireless modems, notebooks, or netbooks cost $20/month per device and adding a tablet costs $10/month per device. As far as data goes, it starts from $50/month for 1GB of shared data up to $100/month for 10GB of shared data.
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6/18/2013 4:52:26 PM
I predict they'll buy Mobilicity (because they're broke). This is probably good to possibly neutral news for us Canadians. Competition tends to be good for consumers.
Although it's not made clear in this article Canada effectively only has 2 large wireless networks because Bell and Telus share one network between the two. Rogers has their own and the smaller carriers Wind and Mobility have smaller, individual networks. Every other carrier in Canada is a virtual carrier on one of the other networks.
More wireless competition is sorely needed, but Verizon may have trouble because of government foreign ownership limits for telecommunications companies. Anything they do here will have to be a either a joint venture with a Canadian company or a Canadian subsidiary with mixed ownership.
6/20/2013 3:33:02 PM
Actually there are a number of carriers in Canada that are not "Virtual Carriers"
While they are not nearly as large as the big three, they often out perform them.
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