Rogers urged the minister not to disable its customers’ access to the 5G network on TTC – Toronto

Newly released documents show that before Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne ruled that Rogers Communications Inc. must grant competitors access to its cellular network in the Toronto subway, the company had urged Ottawa not to disable access to its own clients.

In an August 28 filing with Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada, the Toronto-based telecommunications company said “withdrawing service from a customer is clearly not in the public interest.” .

These comments were part of the second phase of Champagne’s consultation process aimed at accelerating negotiations between the four major carriers on ensuring wireless access to all TTC subway riders.

The final telecommunications submissions in this process were posted on ISED’s website last Friday — four days after Champagne announced new license conditions requiring Rogers to provide BCE Inc. and Telus Corp. immediate access to the metro’s cellular infrastructure and shares technical details.

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The minister set October 3 as the deadline for all TTC subway riders to have cellular connectivity, regardless of carrier.

Just days before the federal review closed, Rogers unexpectedly rolled out high-speed 5G wireless service to its own customers in core areas of the downtown subway system, even as rivals argued that it should wait until it is technically feasible for all users. to use the mobile network.

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