The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that it is prohibiting exclusivity provisions in roaming agreements between Canadian wireless service providers to further enhance sustainable competition in the wireless market.
In December 2013, the CRTC initiated a formal public proceeding to examine whether certain wireless service providers were subjecting smaller Canadian competitors to unjustly discriminatory roaming rates, terms and conditions. The CRTC has found clear instances of unjust discrimination by Rogers Communications Partnership (Rogers).
Rogers has imposed exclusivity clauses in roaming agreements that prohibited smaller service providers from using networks from any other carrier. Additionally, they charged some new Canadian service providers significantly higher roaming rates compared to rates for other wireless service providers.
The CRTC is also currently looking at the competitive state of the wireless market and will hold a public hearing on this issue on September 29, 2014.