The CRTC actually did something that I will praise them for. They just announced that they are going to ban exclusivity agreements between wireless providers when it comes to wholesale domestic roaming rates. What’s more, Rogers for the most part seems to the recipient of the CRTC’s ire as the CRTC accuses them of doing the following:
- Imposing exclusivity clauses in roaming agreements that prohibited smaller service providers from using networks from any other carrier.
- Charging some new Canadian service providers significantly higher roaming rates compared to rates for other wireless service providers.
You have to thing that this isn’t going over well over at Rogers HQ right now.
What’s more, the CRTC will be holding a public hearing will be held on September 29, 2014 to investigate the competitive sate of the wireless market. That should be fun.
Here’s why all of this is important. Domestic roaming rates are going to be a key factor in a
mythical fourth wireless carrier entering the market. We’ll have to see if this development actually paves the way for that to happen. I’m personally dubious, but I’m prepared to be proven wrong.