February 26th, 2024

Bell, Telus now offering equal wireless access to Rogers on TTC as key deadline looms

By The Canadian Press on December 15, 2023.

Telus Corp. and Bell Canada customers now have wireless service in all TTC subway stations and additional tunnel areas after Rogers Communications Inc. expanded access for its own customers nearly a month ago. Commuters wait to take the subway at Christie Station in Toronto on Friday, June 22, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

TORONTO – Telus Corp. and Bell Canada customers now have wireless service in all TTC subway stations and additional tunnel areas after Rogers Communications Inc. expanded access for its own customers nearly a month ago.

The move comes ahead of next Wednesday’s deadline for Canada’s four major wireless carriers to reach commercial agreements for subway service over the long term.

Industry Minister Fran├žois-Philippe Champagne had ordered Rogers to grant its rivals access to its cellular network in Toronto’s subway earlier this fall while the companies continued to negotiate behind the scenes.

Rogers, Telus and Bell have been at loggerheads over the best technical approach, and financial terms, for the coverage since Rogers acquired the subway system’s cellular network from BAI Canada in April and pledged to build it out.

In September, Champagne handed down a decision that gave the carriers one month to reach a commercial agreement over wireless access on the TTC, or face a 70-day arbitration process to solve the matter.

Champagne’s office says all major wireless providers must offer full network access in every TTC station by June 2024.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 15, 2023.

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