Canada government sees lower telecoms prices after wireless auction

Thu Sep 26, 2013 3:42pm EDT
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's Industry Minister James Moore said on Monday he expects prices for mobile phone services to continue to decrease even after no major foreign players registered to bid in a January 2014 wireless spectrum auction.

Moore said the government's policies designed to introduce more competition into the Canadian telecoms market have already benefited consumers.

"This trend will continue as a result of January's auction," he said in a statement. "In addition to this auction, our government will continue to aggressively pursue policies that ensure consumer interests are at the core of all government decisions."

(Reporting by Louise Egan and Randall Palmer; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

 
A student uses his mobile phone as he walks inside the Engineering building at the University of Waterloo, located beside the Blackberry maker's Research in Motion (RIM) headquarters in Waterloo April 18, 2012. Picture taken April 18, 2012. REUTERS/Mark Blinch