Rogers and Shaw fail to resolve competition concerns in mediation

ByFreda D. Cuevas

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Rogers and Shaw failed to take care of level of competition concerns during their two-working day mediation session with Canada’s Competition Bureau.

In a information launch, the two telecommunication giants say the overview process will continue, and that they intend to cooperate with regulators.

The mediation was held on July 4 and July 5, just a single week following Rogers and Shaw agreed to provide Flexibility Cellular to Quebecor for C$2.85 billion.

Canada’s opposition watchdog had earlier turned down the merger. In May, the Competitiveness Bureau asked for an order and an injunction from the Opposition Tribunal to avert the deal from continuing. In addition, the bureau experienced expressed that the sale of Flexibility Cellular alone would not assurance acceptance.

In a general public assertion, the Competition Bureau claimed “removing Shaw as a competitor threatens to undo the sizeable progress it has created introducing a lot more level of competition into an now concentrated wi-fi providers market place.”

In buy for the deal to commence, Reuters documented, the Competitors Bureau may well require Shaw to also market Shaw Cellular, a very low-cost carrier company released in 2020 for  Shaw web consumers in Alberta and B.C. The assistance has close to 450,000 subscribers.

The federal government of Alberta has also introduced this 7 days that it intends to intervene in the merger, but is now an fascinated observer of the proceedings until info has been exchanged.

The Competitors Bureau declined to remark presented that the issue is ahead of the courts.


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