Telus, Wind Mobile say they have put down deposits for spectrum auction

MONTREAL – Telus Corp. (TSX:T) has confirmed it has taken steps to be an eligible bidder in the federal government’s auction of wireless spectrum in January.

The big Vancouver-based wireless company joins small cellphone player Wind Mobile in confirming it has made a required refundable deposit by the Sept. 17 deadline.

Toronto-based Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) and Montreal-based Bell (TSX:BCE) have declined to confirm their participation, but are expected to be among the bidders.

It will be nearly a week before Industry Canada releases a complete list of those who applied to participate in the Jan. 14 auction. The list is due out Monday.

American carrier AT&T has declined to say if it will take part in the auction and Verizon has announced it is no longer interested in Canada’s wireless market.

Canada’s big three carriers have about 25 million customers between them and dominate the market.

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