Verizon No Longer Going to Canada; Canadian Carriers Rally
September 3, 2013 11:28 AM
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Verizon says it has nothing to do with the Vodafone buyout
Verizon has decided not to pursue a place in
the Canadian wireless market
afterall, and Canada's major carriers are rallying as a result.
, Rogers Communications Inc., BCE Inc. and Telus Corp. -- which are Canada's three major wireless carriers -- rallied after Verizon announced that it would no longer try to make its way into Canada.
BCE shares rose 4.3 percent to C$45.03 at 9:01 a.m. on alternative exchanges in Toronto today while Telus rose 6 percent to C$34.75 and Rogers rose 3.5 percent at C$43.06 (from August 30).
Stocks had dropped back in June when Verizon said it would bid to buy Wind Mobile -- the largest of three new Ontario-based carriers. But on August 29, shares of Canada's existing wireless companies rallied in response to talks of Verizon buying out Vodafone.
Verizon Communications announced that it was
buying Vodafone's 45 percent stake
in Verizon Wireless for $130 billion USD yesterday. This means that Verizon now has full control of the wireless network, which happens to be the largest in the U.S. It also has full access to the profitable network's cash load, which will be used to improve the network and fend off competitors.
With this news rolling out, many suspected that Verizon would no longer try to
make a move into Canada
. However, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam will tell you that the decision not to go into Canada has nothing to do with the Vodafone buyout.
“Verizon is not going to Canada,” said McAdam. “It has nothing to do with the Vodafone deal, it has to do with our view of what kind of value we could get for shareholders. If we thought it had great value creation we would do it.”
This was good news for BCE, Rogers and Telus, since all three together already claim 90 percent of Canadian mobile customers and can continue keeping a tight hold of the market.
Canada has been searching for a fourth major carrier to compete with its top tier carriers for greater consumer choice and competitive prices. 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.
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9/3/2013 4:24:02 PM
You don't know the Canadian cellular market. I worked there from 2007-2010. It was actually cheaper for me to add a $5 international roaming option to my US plan and pay 25 cent/min roaming, than it was for me to get a Canadian cell phone. The Canadian plans didn't become more cost-effective until I moved up past 1000 min/month.
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