Telecom giants bid on powerful wireless frequency

A TELUS cell phone tower is seen next to the Edmonton Public Library's Bonnie Doon branch in...

A TELUS cell phone tower is seen next to the Edmonton Public Library's Bonnie Doon branch in Edmonton on Wednesday, October 10, 2012. (CODIE MCLACHLAN/EDMONTON SUN QMI AGENCY)

Daniel Proussalidis, QMI Agency

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Bidding is underway in a federal auction of 700-megahertz wireless frequency that can penetrate underground in parking garages, elevators and other places where cellphones often conk out.

"What that means for consumers is that the service providers that buy the spectrum are able to provide more advanced, high-speed services that we're all consuming with our smartphones with streaming video," said telecom expert and tech blogger Mark Goldberg.


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