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Cogeco's Entrance into Canada's Mobile Market - Network Capabilities Tue, Nov 23, 2021

Lightreading recently posted an article about Cogeco's entrance into the Canadian mobile market places initially as a MVNO while building their own network.  To view Cogeco's we are going to present a couple of views of Cogeco's spectrum holdings from our current Mobile Carrier - Spectrum Ownership Analysis Tool (Canada).  

In Lightreading's article, Cogeco indicated that they purchased 3.5GHz spectrum licenses covering 91% of their broadband footprint.  Our licensed population analysis module provides an accounting for how much of the Canadian population can be reached with Cogeco's spectrum.  Cogeco owns spectrum in 2 additional spectrum bands (WCS and BRS) providing licenses over 0.1% of Canada's population and 15.4% respectively.  With their 3.5GHz spectrum, covering 91% of their broadband footprint only translates to roughly 30% of the Canadian population.

Cogeco Licensed Population by Frequency Band:

Frequency Band Ownership:

When we look at Frequency Band ownership for the 3.5GHz spectrum, Cogeco only controls 4% of the MHz-POPs in this band.  Clearly Bell Canada, Rogers, and Telus have large bandwidths in each market to enable faster 5G connections.

National Weighted Average Spectrum Depth:

When we look at the National Averages for spectrum depth, Cogeco only has 12MHz of upper mid band spectrum (WCS, BRS, and 3.5GHz) which is less than 10% of what the national carriers average.


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