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Rogers cautions that mandated 5G sharing could jeopardize its $3bn plan

Rogers Communications has been a disruptive third player in the Canadian telecoms market, often surging ahead of incumbents BCE and Telus with the latest mobile network, and in offering converged services. As it becomes the country’s first operator to launch commercial 5G, however, Rogers is warning that regulatory uncertainty surrounding rules for 5G, and for shared access, could jeopardize its plans to invest almost C$3bn in infrastructure build-out. The government has pledged to reduce mobile charges by 25% for consumers and to mandate greater access to the networks, including 5G, for MVNOs. But the telcos argue that this will disincentivize them to make full investments in new networks, because the profitability will be at risk in an over-competitive, low priced…

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