Network performance supports light regulatory touch: Bibic

Originally published by The Wire Report

The performance of networks in other countries during the COVID-19 crisis is evidence that the Liberal government and the CRTC should tread lightly when it comes to regulating the telecom sector, BCE Inc. CEO Mirko Bibic said Wednesday.

That includes potential mandated access for mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) currently being considered by the CRTC, and the wholesale third-party internet access rates the regulator lowered last year that are currently under appeal by the incumbents.

Asked by TD Securities analyst Vince Valentini for particular examples to show Canadian regulators “here’s what could happen if we hadn’t done this right,” Bibic pointed to the experience in the United Kingdom and Australia.

“They faced challenges supporting added traffic and added pressure. Providers in those countries and other countries at times have experienced download speeds up to 50, even 30 per cent slower,” Bibic said.

The comments came as part of the annual TD Securities Telecom & Media Conference, this year held remotely.

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