Bell Canada wants to bring its suite of services to condos which are being built at a stunningly rapid clip here in Toronto. Here’s the problem. Bell feels that they are being shut out of that market because developers are cutting deals with Bell’s competition, namely Rogers. So if you’re Bell, what do you do? Here’s what The Globe And Mail says they’re going to do:
Over the past year-and-a-half, the BCE Inc.-owned company has filed five complaints with Canada’s telecom regulator over problems related to accessing new developments.
and here’s why:
Bell says data it tracks suggest that from 2010 to the end of this year, the top seven builders in the Greater Toronto Area will have constructed about 400 new buildings with 85,000 units. But it estimates it cannot serve customers in 20 per cent, or 17,000, of those new condos.
“When we’re faced with condo developers unwilling to give us access for whatever reason – often it’s because of sweet deals our competitors have tried to lock them up with – we have no choice but to ask the commission to step in and intervene so we can provide choice to consumers,” said Mirko Bibic, chief legal and regulatory officer for BCE.
Now, The Globe And Mail is owned by BCE, so take that for what it’s worth. But if you do take a step back you see that Rogers is the clear target of this as they pretty much dominate when it comes to TV service in Toronto. Thus it wants to take some of that market away from Rogers. Not to mention get footholds into Home Phone and Internet services. Now Rogers didn’t provide a comment to The Globe And Mail, not that I am shocked about that, and neither did some developers contacted by The Globe And Mail. But you can bet that this will be very interesting to watch as Bell has raised a legitimate concern and it does need to be addressed.