Archive for February 28th, 2013

Industry Minister Paradis Makes Foreign Telecom Companies An Offer They Will Likely Refuse

Industry Minister Christian Paradis was in the news this week (Globe, Post, urging foreign telecom companies to consider investing in the Canadian market in order to beef up the competitive environment. Paradis is right to court the big foreign players, who would bring capital, buying power that the current Canadian carriers can’t match (potentially leading to better deals on devices), and the ability to leverage their global networks to offer better roaming rates. Foreign telecom companies should view the Canadian market as attractive, given some of the highest ARPU (average revenue per user) rates in the world (see CRTC Figure 6.1.9). Yet they will likely give Canada a pass due in part to failed government policies. These include:

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February 28, 2013 12 comments News