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Tower tempest dominates debate
By Linda Stuart
Cell towersharing remains a whitehot topic or wireless com-petitors and the issue raised itshead Tuesday morning duringthe Canadian Telecom Summit’sannual regulatory blockbusterpanel, moderated again this yearby Cartt.ca editor and publisherGreg O’Brien.
Although mandated towersharing was included in the 2008AWS spectrum auction rules – asit will be or next year’s 700MHzspectrum auction – the problemsor new wireless entrants are thegrowing costs to share tower spaceand that access rules are not ad-new entrant and subjects the new entrant to an incredible amount o abuse,” Antecol said. “I think we’rea ar cry rom a level competitiveplaying feld.” Since most munici-palities reuse to be dotted withmultiple towers rom multiple car-riers, sharing is the only option.Ted Woodhead, senior vice-president or ederal governmentregulatory aairs at Telus, shotback saying he remembers Antecolhered to by the three incumbents,said Ed Antecol, vice-president o regulatory aairs and carrier ser-vices or Globalive/Wind Mobile.Antecol said new entrants pay “atrocious rent” to put its trans-mitters on an incumbent’s celltower, which sometimes is the new entrant’s only option. “We pay asmuch sometimes to put an anten-na on an undesirable portion o atower than it costs to build a wholenew tower,” he said. “In some cases,we’re paying charges to repair atower to not only include our ownantennas but uture-use antennaso the incumbents as well.“That just sucks capital rom a“pulled the fre alarm over sometower access request with Telus”during last year’s regulatory panelbattle. Ater Woodhead asked hisTelus sta to look into the requestand to prepare all o the necessary inormation or Antecol’s com-pany, Wind Mobile withdrew itsrequest at the last minute anyway,he added.“So that fre alarm got pulled,
From left: Greg O’Brien, Cartt.ca; John Lawford, PIAC; Ed Antecol, Wind; Chris Peirce, MTS Allstream; Ken Engelhart, Rogers;Ted Woodhead, Telus; Mirko Bibic, Bell.
“So that ire alarm got pulled, but it obviously wasn’t as serious as you were making out.”
— Ted Woodhead, Telus
Schedule of Events
7 a.m. - Registration and Breakfast8:30 - Opening Remarks
– Hall C
8:45 - Keynote
9:15 - Plenary
– Building an Innovation Economy
Chris Hodgson, sector lead, multi-channel solutions,
; Tracey Jennings, Canadian leader, technology, inormation, communicationand entertainment,
; Warren Justin, SVP and chie economist,
; Ron Styles, president and CEO,
; Joan Vogelsang,president and CEO,
Animation; John Weigelt, nationaltechnology ofcer,
. Moderator: Namir Anani,president and CEO,
Information & Communications Technology Council
10:30 - Coffee11:00 - CIO/CTO Roundtable
Mike Abramsky, CTO,
; Dave Codack, VP and head,employee technology, network and contact centre services,
; Eugene Roman, CTO,
; Lloyd Switzer, SVPnetwork transormation,
. Moderator: Mark Kummer, VP serviceprovider,
12:30 - Luncheon Keynote
2:15 - Plenary
The Next Generation of Wireless
Dean Brenner, SVP government aairs,
; Brent Johnston,VP mobility solutions,
; Allison Lenehan, president,
; Adrian Mah, managing director, Canada,
; Bruce Rodin, VP wireless technology,
; MichaelStephens, VP marketing,
. Moderator: Rita Trichur,reporter,
Globe and Mail.
3:45 - Closing Remarks
Mark Goldberg and Michael Sone.
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