Archived — Manley Awards Licences for Personal Communications Services Ushering in New Telecommunications Era

OTTAWA, December 18, 1995 -- Canada has moved from telephones, to cordless phones, to cellular phones, and today a page in the history of telephony was turned with the licensing of personal communications services (PCS).

Industry Minister John Manley announced the names of the four companies being awarded licences to deliver PCS as part of the government's strategy for the Information Highway.

Three overall objectives guide the development of Canada's Information Highway: the creation of jobs through innovation and investment; the reinforcement of Canadian sovereignty and cultural identity; and universal access at a reasonable cost.

This is the dawn of a new era. More Canadians will have access to small, low-cost, and fully-portable communications systems that will offer them services unheard of now. A personal on-ramp to the Information Highway and a personal phone number -- assigned to a subscriber and not to a machine -- are some of the many possibilities of PCS.

"Telecommunications represents one of Canada's greatest competitive advantages in the global, knowledge-based economy," said Mr. Manley. "The arrival of PCS will maintain our place as a leader in telecommunications into the next century, promising economic growth and an estimated 8,500 new jobs over the next 5 years."

Two 30 MHz PCS licences were awarded to:

Clearnet PCS Inc.
MicroCell Network Inc.

Two 10 MHz PCS licences were awarded to:

Rogers Cantel Mobile Inc.
The regional shareholders of Mobility Personacom Canada Ltd.

Investment by these companies is expected to be over $3 billion.

For more information, please contact:

Bill Milliken
Office of the Minister
613-995-9001

Jan Skora
Radio Communications and Broadcasting Regulatory Branch
613-990-4817

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