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Bell asks court to block Quebecor’s purchase of 5G spectrum in Western Canada

Bell asks court to block Quebecor’s purchase of 5G spectrum in Western Canada

BCE Inc. is asking the federal government to block Quebecor Inc.’s purchase of 5G spectrum in Western Canada, saying the company did not meet the requirements to bid over the air there.

Bell’s legal challenge comes after an auction of a key 5G spectrum by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada this summer.

The company said Quebecor’s subsidiary Videotron was able to purchase spectrum in Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia, which was reserved for smaller carriers, allowing it to access the airwaves at a lower price. to that of the largest Canadian carriers.

Bell stated that spectrum reserved for small carriers was only eligible for companies that have pre-existing operations in the jurisdiction, and argued that Quebecor does not have a presence in those provinces.

He asks the federal government to block the purchase of Quebecor and to resume the auction.

However, Quebecor CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau said his company qualifies because its subsidiary Fibrenoire Inc. provides services to businesses in several provinces outside Quebec.

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