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New Directions for the blog

New Directions for the blog. From this blog you will find some daily rants or comments I have to share with everyone. This blog will be about new technology coming out, new cell phones, old cell phones, anything helpful to the reader, a open and frank discussion can be held here. Advice on how to lower your cell phone monthly bill. How to find that deal you deserve.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Quebecor chief takes aim at Big 3 cellular networks

Sep 21, 2007 04:30 AM
Chris Sorensen
Business Reporter

The war of words between the country's three big cellphone companies and would-be competitors continued yesterday as Quebecor Inc. CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau accused the industry's incumbents of stifling competition and innovation in the key wireless sector.

Péladeau, who is hoping to convince Ottawa to set aside wireless spectrum for new competitors in an upcoming federal auction, accused the industry's three major players – Rogers Communications Inc., BCE Inc. and Telus Corp. – of maintaining a "stranglehold" on wireless competition and customers' wallets.

"This stranglehold on competition leads us not only to higher prices," said Péladeau, who spoke at a luncheon in Toronto hosted by the Empire Club. "It leads to less services and less innovation. Where Canada once led the world in wireless, we now lag behind."

Montreal-based Quebecor is hoping to add a wireless network to its publishing, printing and cable TV businesses, saying it believes the future of all media is in wireless applications. Péladeau says the firm intends to build a network, possibly even on a national basis, if it is successful in securing the necessary spectrum at an upcoming auction.

Industry Minister Jim Prentice said earlier this week that the government will move ahead with its spectrum auction, but did not say what the rules for the process would be.

Quebecor and other potential wireless competitors, such as MTS Allstream Inc., want spectrum to be put aside for new entrants, arguing an open auction would allow the deep-pocketed incumbent carriers to pay vast amounts for spectrum to block others from entering the market.

Executives from all three of the incumbents were present at yesterday's event and were quick to take issue with Péladeau's comments.

"No matter how they try to slice it, they want subsidies from the federal government and their competitors to get into the business," said Ken Engelhart, vice-president of regulatory affairs for Rogers, the country's largest wireless operator.

While Engelhart acknowledged Rogers did not pay up-front for spectrum when it started in the business two decades ago, he also noted that the cable company lost "billions and billions" trying to develop what has only recently become a profitable industry. "And now they're coming along when the market is finally profitable ... and saying, `We should get subsidies to help us get into this business'?"

Wade Oosterman, president of Bell Mobility, said the company isn't opposed to more competition as long as there is a "level playing field."

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Break Bell-Telus-Rogers wireless 'stranglehold,' Quebecor CEO urges Ottawa

TORONTO - The federal government must quickly end the "stranglehold" that Canada's three big wireless telecommunications operators have, says Pierre Karl Peladeau, the president and chief executive of Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B)

Peladeau continued his campaign to open it for new competition, including from a wireless services that Quebecor Media would like to launch, during a speech Thursday at the Empire Club in downtown Toronto..

He said Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B), BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) and Telus Inc. (TSX:T) said "have a stranglehold on the market."

He called on the Industry department in Ottawa to quickly set the rules and date for its planned auction of radio frequency spectrum that will be used for mobile services.

Quebecor, which currently doesn't have its own wireless network, and Winnipeg-based MTS Allstream, which has only a regional wireless network in Manitoba, have been calling on the federal government to ensure some of the new spectrum licences go to new players.

The big three wireless networks, however, counter that all companies bidding on wireless spectrum should be treated equally - which many observers suggest would be an advantage to them since they already have their national networks in place.

Peladeau brought a weapon to his speech, the much sought-after Apple iPhone, which he brandished to the lunch-time audience at the elegant Royal York hotel.

"It's a small taste of the true potential of the wireless future, but - like you - I have not had a chance to actually use an iPhone," Peladeau said as he briefly waved around the shiny pocket-sized mobile entertainment device.

"Americans can pay about $60 a month to use the iPhone. In Canada, this same phone will likely cost between $260 to $879 a month."

Apple's phone is currently being offered only in the United States and only through one U.S. carrier. Rogers, which is the only Canadian carrier with a GPS network that's compatible with the iPhone, has said it's interested in the device but hasn't announced it will carry it.

Sales of the iPhone beat expectations when it first became available in the United State in late June. This week Apple Inc. announced that the phone would be unveiled in the U.K. and Germany in November, while France Telecom's Orange has said it will carry the product at the same time.

Peladeau accused the big three players of denying Canadians lower prices and more innovation, linking the development of the national wireless industry to "the monopoly on the old telephone."

"Canada once led the world in telecommunications services and with the right competitive environment we can do so again," he declared. "Better prices, better services, and better technology will give Canadian consumers a break and will allow our businesses to compete.

Peladeau said Quebecor Media - owner of Quebec cable-TV operator Videotron, the Sun Media newspaper group and French-language television network TVA and other media businesses - is ready to invest heavily in an advanced mobile network if it can be assured a level playing field against the established players.

But the chief executive stopped short of comfirming any intentions to make Quebecor a national competitor for wireless consumers.

"At this stage we don't have the capacity to allow our own judgement. We'll wait until the rules are known and Industry Canada releases what will be the process to the auction," he said in question session afterwards.

"From there we will advise."

Quebecor has more than enough money to enter the spectrum race without any government help suggested Michael Hennessy, vice-president of Telus' broadband and video policy.

"Nobody can stop him from being in the market today by buying up all the spectrum, he said.

He said the real issue is: why does Quebecor need government favours while at the same time asking to get rid of federal regulations.

On Wednesday, Quebecor announced that newspaper executive Michael Sifton would step into the role of president and CEO of Sun Media Corp., which Quebecor Media Inc. owns.

Peladeau wouldn't confirm whether the move could signal future layoffs at Sun Media, which has cut jobs in recent years.

"Mike is fully responsible of running Sun Media. At this stage there is no such plan because he is coming into the business. From there we'll see what's going to happen."
Break Bell-Telus-Rogers wireless 'stranglehold,' Quebecor CEO urges Ottawa

TORONTO - The federal government must quickly end the "stranglehold" that Canada's three big wireless telecommunications operators have, says Pierre Karl Peladeau, the president and chief executive of Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B)

Peladeau continued his campaign to open it for new competition, including from a wireless services that Quebecor Media would like to launch, during a speech Thursday at the Empire Club in downtown Toronto..

He said Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B), BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) and Telus Inc. (TSX:T) said "have a stranglehold on the market."

He called on the Industry department in Ottawa to quickly set the rules and date for its planned auction of radio frequency spectrum that will be used for mobile services.

Quebecor, which currently doesn't have its own wireless network, and Winnipeg-based MTS Allstream, which has only a regional wireless network in Manitoba, have been calling on the federal government to ensure some of the new spectrum licences go to new players.

The big three wireless networks, however, counter that all companies bidding on wireless spectrum should be treated equally - which many observers suggest would be an advantage to them since they already have their national networks in place.

Peladeau brought a weapon to his speech, the much sought-after Apple iPhone, which he brandished to the lunch-time audience at the elegant Royal York hotel.

"It's a small taste of the true potential of the wireless future, but - like you - I have not had a chance to actually use an iPhone," Peladeau said as he briefly waved around the shiny pocket-sized mobile entertainment device.

"Americans can pay about $60 a month to use the iPhone. In Canada, this same phone will likely cost between $260 to $879 a month."

Apple's phone is currently being offered only in the United States and only through one U.S. carrier. Rogers, which is the only Canadian carrier with a GPS network that's compatible with the iPhone, has said it's interested in the device but hasn't announced it will carry it.

Sales of the iPhone beat expectations when it first became available in the United State in late June. This week Apple Inc. announced that the phone would be unveiled in the U.K. and Germany in November, while France Telecom's Orange has said it will carry the product at the same time.

Peladeau accused the big three players of denying Canadians lower prices and more innovation, linking the development of the national wireless industry to "the monopoly on the old telephone."

"Canada once led the world in telecommunications services and with the right competitive environment we can do so again," he declared. "Better prices, better services, and better technology will give Canadian consumers a break and will allow our businesses to compete.

Peladeau said Quebecor Media - owner of Quebec cable-TV operator Videotron, the Sun Media newspaper group and French-language television network TVA and other media businesses - is ready to invest heavily in an advanced mobile network if it can be assured a level playing field against the established players.

But the chief executive stopped short of comfirming any intentions to make Quebecor a national competitor for wireless consumers.

"At this stage we don't have the capacity to allow our own judgement. We'll wait until the rules are known and Industry Canada releases what will be the process to the auction," he said in question session afterwards.

"From there we will advise."

Quebecor has more than enough money to enter the spectrum race without any government help suggested Michael Hennessy, vice-president of Telus' broadband and video policy.

"Nobody can stop him from being in the market today by buying up all the spectrum, he said.

He said the real issue is: why does Quebecor need government favours while at the same time asking to get rid of federal regulations.

On Wednesday, Quebecor announced that newspaper executive Michael Sifton would step into the role of president and CEO of Sun Media Corp., which Quebecor Media Inc. owns.

Peladeau wouldn't confirm whether the move could signal future layoffs at Sun Media, which has cut jobs in recent years.

"Mike is fully responsible of running Sun Media. At this stage there is no such plan because he is coming into the business. From there we'll see what's going to happen."