Industry Canada AWS-3 spectrum auction: Quebecor Media acquires four 30 MHz licences

Quebecor Media is pleased to announce that it was the successful bidder on four 30 MHz licences in Industry Canada’s latest auction for AWS-3 commercial mobile spectrum. Quebecor Media obtained the licences for Eastern Québec, Southern Québec, Northern Québec and Eastern Ontario / Outaouais, covering 100% of Québec’s population and the Ottawa region, for a total price of $31.8 million.

Quebecor Media and its Videotron subsidiary are pleased with the results of the spectrum auction. The acquisition of this spectrum will help ensure the sustainability of our mobile services in Québec and the Ottawa region, thereby solidifying four-carrier competition throughout those areas. This spectrum is ideal to support continuing roll-out of mobile services that deliver the full benefits of LTE technology. Increased competition between four carriers can only benefit consumers, who will be the big winners.

Pierre Dion President and CEO of Quebecor and Quebecor Media

AWS-3 spectrum, particularly the 30 MHz band which supports LTE technology, enables latest-generation and next-generation mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to operate at optimal speed and reliability.

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