Canadian Telcos Investigate Merger

The two largest telcos in Canada, Telus and Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) are pursuing “a “non-exclusive discussions” about a possible “business combination” that Telus’ chief executive said would create an “all Canadian solution for both immediate and long-term value creation” reports RCRNews. Part of the reason is to get some scale, apparently, as well as offer increased geographic coverage by combining Telus’ western Canada networks and BCE’s eastern Canada networks. Telus has 10.8 million customer connections, of which 5.1 million are mobile — BCE claims 5.8 million mobile customers. Both carriers are CDMA.