TECH SUPPLIER Apr 2020 - Market Perspective - Doc # CA45663920

Canadian Government Wireless Price Policy — Ill-Conceived and Horribly Timed

By: Lawrence SurteesResearch Vice President, Communications

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This IDC Market Perspective analyzes the federal government's policy demand that Canada's Big 3 wireless providers reduce prices by 25 per cent in two years, a regulatory proposal to spur wireless resellers (so-called MVNOs) and considers their impact on Canada's C$22 billion-a-year wireless communications sector.

"The federal government's wireless price and MVNO policies are ill-considered, based on flawed analysis and horribly timed, coming when the sector must invest heavily in 5G next-generation network rollouts starting this year and cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic," says Lawrence Surtees, study author and vice president of Communications Research and Principal Analyst at IDC Canada.


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