UPDATE 1-Telus challenges Ottawa's wireless policy in court

Tue Jul 30, 2013 5:01pm EDT
 
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* Telus takes government to court in addition to PR campaign

* Policy bars airwave sales that would lead to "undue concentration"

* Rival says policy never promised open sale after 5 years

By Euan Rocha and Alastair Sharp

TORONTO, July 30 (Reuters) - Telus Corp, one of Canada's big three wireless companies, has taken the government to court to challenge policies aimed at encouraging more competition.

Telus, second-largest provider of wireless service in Canada, late on Monday sought a judicial review in federal court in Ottawa over government restrictions on the sale of licenses to use airwaves.

Legal experts were skeptical that a review would succeed or deter the Conservative Party government from trying to limit the market dominance of the three largest companies, Telus, Rogers Communications Inc and BCE Inc.

"I assume Telus thinks they can win this case, but I think this is going to be a very tough case for them to win," said a lawyer specializing in the telecom policy, who asked not to be identified to protect business dealings. "I don't see this case as being much of a game changer."

A spokesman for Industry Minister James Moore on Tuesday said the government was aware of Telus's challenge, but he declined to comment because the matter was before the courts.   Continued...