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Most of us… want more mobile providers in Canadian market

The majority of Canadians want our country’s largest mobile service providers to share their infrastructure with smaller-scale providers, according to an upcoming report.

Public opinion data, collected by the Canadian Internet Research Authority (CIRA), shows that 60 per cent of Canadians want to increase competition in the mobile sector by making room for smaller carriers.

These findings are a preview of CIRA’s full report, which includes the views of Canadians on connectivity, internet governance and digital policy questions.  The preview of this report comes as the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission begins a hearing on Canada’s wireless market.

The hearing, scheduled to commence today over the next two weeks, will discuss whether or not the CRTC will allow it so that other networks can enter the Canadian market.

Currently, smaller providers who do not operate their own spectrum network have to buy access to unused space on existing networks to sell their service.

Other results of the report showed that 80 per cent of Canadians believe it’s important that Canada’s Internet service providers and online service companies build up infrastructure inside Canada’s borders. And 86 per cent said that universal access to high-speed internet is important for the country’s overall economic growth and prosperity.