TECH SUPPLIER Apr 2020 - Market Perspective - Doc # CA45663920

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

By: Lawrence SurteesResearch Vice President, Communications

Table of Contents

Executive Snapshot

Figure: Executive Snapshot: Canadian Government Wireless Price Policy

New Market Developments and Dynamics



ISED Issues Price Demand

ISED Piggybacks on CRTC Wireless Regulatory Review

Industry Dynamics

Data Price Changes Ignored

Figure: Wireless Service Component of Canadian Consumer Price Index, 2016–2019

Canadian Wireless Data Plans

Table: Canadian Unlimited Wireless Data Plans, 2019

U.S. Study Says Canadian Wireless Has Highest Value

Ottawa Wants to Encourage MVNOs

Competition Bureau Assails MVNO Policy

MVNOs Do Not Focus on Low-Income Groups

ISED and CRTC MVNO Policy Counter to International Regulatory Trends

ISED and CRTC Policies Threaten Wireless Capex for 5G

Figure: Canadian Wireless Capex, 2006–2020

MVNO Rule Could Cause Telus to Reduce Capex by C$1 Billion

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