The Federal Court rejected a request by Telus that would have temporarily prevented Quebecor from receiving the wireless spectrum it purchased in Western Canada last summer.
According to a press release, Telus’ petition for an interlocutory injunction – a court order to prevent a party from doing certain acts while a court case is pending – has not been granted.
As a result, the Quebec-based telecommunications company will be allocated the spectrum it has purchased, without having to wait for the case brought against it by Telus and Bell to be resolved.
This news is the latest chapter in an ongoing legal battle initiated by Telus and Bell against Quebecor.
On August 26, Bell – later joined by Telus – filed an application with the Federal Court of Appeal.
In the application, both parties argued that Quebecor should not have been legally allowed to make certain purchases at the government’s hugely lucrative summer 3,500 MHz spectrum auction.
More specifically, the two telecommunications giants challenged Quebecor’s decision to buy wireless spectrum in Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia, regions where Videotron, owned by Quebecor, does not currently offer Internet services. .
In a statement celebrating the legal victory, Quebecor dismissed the argument that it should not be allowed to purchase spectrum licenses in Western Canada as “anti-competitive” and called Telus and Bell “members of the oligopoly “.