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Tbaytel acquires 600 MHz wireless spectrum in federal auction

New frequency band will accommodate future growth.
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THUNDER BAY — Tbaytel has successfully bid for a block of wireless spectrum in the 600 MHz frequency band within the company's service area in northwestern Ontario.

The company says having access to 600 MHz will help facilitate future network expansion.

Tbaytel was among a number of wireless carriers across the country to be awarded additional spectrum as a result of a federal government auction.

"The properties of 600 MHz wireless are useful when considering the evolution of wireless networks...since 5G service operates over traditional and new frequency bands in the low, mid and millimetre-wave ranges. 600 MHz spectrum is low frequency and allows coverage over long distances, which is conducive to optimal wireless service in rural and semi-rural areas," the company stated in an announcement Thursday.

The statement did not provide details of how or when Tbaytel expects to make use of its new frequency band.

President and CEO Dan Topatigh said the acquisition will assist the company with long term planning for future needs.

"This win enables Tbaytel to build our newly acquired spectrum into future-proofing our network and accommodating for growth and capacity demands," Topatigh said..