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News Ottawa – Ottawa delays 5G spectrum auction because of COVID-19

News Ottawa – Ottawa delays 5G spectrum auction because of COVID-19

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The federal government is postponing a planned auction of 3500 MHz wireless spectrum for 6 months due to the fact that of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ottawa revealed Friday it is delaying an auction of cordless spectrum vital to the implementation of 5G networks. (Francisco Seco/Associated Press)

The federal government says it is postponing a planned auction of 3500 MHz wireless spectrum for 6 months since of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bidding on the next batch of cordless spectrum — electromagnetic waves over which data gets transmitted on cordless cellular networks — was supposed to begin at the end of 2020, but the auction will now be postponed up until next summertime.

Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, made the announcement on Friday, stating the delay will “enable the telecom industry to keep its focus on supplying vital services to Canadians throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Wireless companies such as Rogers, Telus, Bell and others usually invest billions of dollars bidding for the rights to use specific spectrum bands in particular markets so their consumers are better able to send out and get voice and information over their networks.

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