Archived—News Release — Minister of Industry Announces Provisional Winners of Spectrum Auction

OTTAWA, February 1, 2001 – Brian Tobin, Minister of Industry, today announced the provisional licence winners of the Personal Communications Services (PCS) spectrum auction. Five of the seven original bidders are eligible to receive licences in the two gigahertz (GHz) frequency band.

Three weeks after the start of the auction, 52 licences were sold, with bids totalling $1.48 billion. The confidentiality and authenticity of all bids conducted over the Internet were ensured through the use of Canadian public key infrastructure (PKI) encryption and digital signature technologies.

"The licensing of this spectrum is a crucial step in improving Canada's information infrastructure," said Minister Tobin. "This will facilitate the development of new wireless telecommunications services, bringing the Internet and other communications services, such as e-mail and mobile commerce, closer to all Canadians."

Canadians could follow the auction as it progressed. Users with Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) devices were able, at any time, to view the latest auction news on a wireless web portal. This information was also available at Industry Canada's auction web site which received 31,000 hits. Providing access to this information electronically is one way the Government of Canada is working to improve services to Canadians.

This auction demonstrates the Government of Canada's goal to improve the Canadian information infrastructure and encourages growth in the range of wireless telecommunications services available to Canadians. The additional spectrum will also foster the development of third-generation PCS services enabling more Canadians to connect to the information highway from anywhere, at anytime.

Details on the spectrum auction results, as well as the list of provisional winners, can be found on Spectrum Management and Telecommunication's web site at:

For more information, please contact: 

Heidi Bonnell
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Industry

Earl Hoeg
Manager, Wireless Networks
Industry Canada

List of Provisional Winners
Provisional Licence Winner Sum of Total High Bids Number of Licences
Rogers Wireless Inc. $ 393,520,000 23
Bell Mobility Inc. $ 720,490,000 20
TELUS Communications Inc. $ 355,920,000 5
W2N Inc. $ 11,390,000 3
Thunder Bay Telephone $ 600,000 1
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