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Canada kicks off tender to award 5G spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band

The Canadian government kicked off on June 15 an auction of 5G frequencies, a process that had been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The tender will award licenses to operate spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band. The spectrum auction, initially scheduled for June 2020, is expected to take several weeks, with the government selling off 1,504 licenses in 172 service areas.

A total of 23 bidders including Bell Canada, Rogers Communications and Telus are expected to take part in the tender process. Other qualified bidders include Bragg Communications, CityWest Cable and Telephone, Cogeco Connexion, Ecotel, Nexicom, Saskatchewan Telecommunications, Sogetel and Videotron.

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