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Buying Freedom Wireless a chance to realize Videotron’s longtime dream: PKP

Videotron has wanted to be a national cellphone carrier since the 2000s, when it recognized cable television wasn’t a growth industry, Pierre Karl Péladeau testified Monday in the Competition Tribunal hearings over Rogers’s acquisition of Shaw. If Videotron gets to buy Shaw’s discount brand, Freedom—in a forced divestment meant to maintain competition in the wireless market—Videotron intends to be an aggressive player, he said, and has begun negotiating with Bell and Telus to give its customers coverage in parts of the country where it wouldn’t have service of its own. (The Logic)

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