Originally published: September 13, 2010
Last updated: September 13, 2010 - 8:29pm
A day of reckoning may await those investors who have bid up the share prices of Canada's established telecoms on attractive dividend growth while pushing competition concerns to the back of their minds.
The dominant players, BCE Inc's Bell companies and Telus plus cable-cum-telco Rogers, control some 95 percent of the Canadian wireless market and should gain from an explosion in smartphone use and attached rise in data, even as their landline offerings struggle. But a combination of unkind regulatory rulings and a federal government keen on increasing competition threatens to devalue billion-dollar-plus investments in upgraded networks.
- Canada's telecoms fight over spectrum auction rules
- Canada regulator enforces Internet "speed-matching"
- Canada's CRTC introduces policy to bolster IP network migration
- Canada court overturns government ruling on Globalive
- Canada's CRTC to hand down decision on usage-based billing this week
- Canada competition bureau backs C$3 Billion BCE-Astral deal
- Canada to Lift Foreign-Ownership Limits for Small Telecoms
- Metered billing: it's a lack of competition, not congestion
- Canadian Regulator Said to Favor Keeping Bar on Foreign Control
- In Canada, phones poised to challenge credit cards
- Vodafone $10 Billion Dividend Quandary Draws Investor Ire
- Injured iPhone workers to petition Apple at shareholder meeting
- Increased competition means lower wireless rates in Canada
- Canada clears Random House-Penguin merger
- Canadians continue to rage against metered billing