Today in Ottawa, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) officially launched a review into Bell, Rogers, and Telus in order to find out more about Canada's mobile market. Specifically, they are looking at competition in the market and also affordability.
These two elements have been the source of many complaints from Canadians who claim that big carriers like Bell, Rogers, and Telus have a monopoly on the mobile networks in Canada and therefore can jack up their prices since they are in complete control. The CRTC is now looking into the companies to see if those claims are actually true.
In an official review that launched from Ottawa today, the CRTC said that they will "examine the state of the mobile wireless market and whether further action is required to improve choice and affordability for Canadians." They will specifically look at the big carriers in Canada which are Bell, Rogers, and Telus.
In a news release about the review today, CRTC Chairperson and CEO Ian Scott said, "While the wireless industry has grown and evolved over the last few years, progress has been slow in certain areas. We are concerned as to whether the needs of Canadians are being fully met. We want to ensure that all Canadians benefit from a robust and competitive mobile wireless market that provides a choice of affordable and innovative services."
They are also going to be reviewing future mobile networks like the possibilities of 5G infrastructure in Canada. Another part of the review is further exploring the CRTC's preliminary view that Bell, Rogers, and Telus should give smaller virtual operators access to their networks until they can establish themselves.
As part of their review, the CRTC is also asking for Canadians to share their views on the mobile network in Canada. They have given a deadline of May 15, 2019, for this.
They can submit comments or complaints either using the online form, mailing the CRTC in Ottawa, or even by sending them a fax at (819) 994-0218.
This official review is leading up to a public hearing that will be held by the CRTC in the Ottawa area on January 13, 2020.