Exactly!wearysky wrote: ↑Jul 17th, 2017 12:30 pmThat was kinda my whole point - that the "population density" argument doesn't hold water when comparing plan prices between provinces. It could still theoretically be used to explain the difference in costs between cheapest prices (QC, SK, MB for now) in Canada vs the US, of course, but doesn't justify Ontario's insane prices compared to SK or QC. Using that argument, Ontario should have the *cheapest* plans in Canada.
And it's not necessarily that the CRTC isn't open to more competition... IMO it's just completely cost prohibitive to enter the market as a 4th party right now. If you want any useful spectrum you have to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to get it, since it's sold at auction. And that's just the cost to license the spectrum, never mind the other costs (building towers, etc).
As far as I'm concerned, the only way we're going to see cheaper costs is if the CRTC forces companies to offer the same prices nationwide. They can't just say "screw it, we'll just keep Ontario's pricing nationwide" unless they want to completely abandon the QC and SK markets to the local competition. The other alternative is to make it easier for 4th parties to get into the market, maybe do something like there is in the home internet side of things where they force companies to allow resellers onto their networks at reasonable prices. I'd love to see a mobile phone equivalent to Teksavvy, say.
Teksavvy was a great operator when I lived in Toronto. I used them for over ten years! I think my neighbours still use them.
I agree than a new network isn't feasible financially. However, MVNOs should be allowed into the market more freely. Sugar mobile shut down recently because Rogers didn't like how they operated on their network. Another company, TextNow, a Waterloo company does very good business in the US on Sprint. But nobody in Canada will touch them because they would definitely take business away from the big boys. This is where the CRTC needs to step in and do their job.