Canadian wireless and cable company goes ahead with takeover of wireless competitor, due to anti-trust concerns

Rogers Communications declined Sunday to comment on potential issues with the Shaw transaction and instead provided details of some of the concessions offered to the wireless, internet and television provider in the deal.

The Rogers announcement comes as competitors such as Bell and Telus — which own media businesses as well as traditional telephone carriers — have criticized Rogers for winning the Shaw proposal on a platform that effectively gives the phone company a monopoly over mobile phone subscribers.

The anti-trust reviews are expected to take several months before Canada’s regulators render a decision, though regulatory rulings typically come months after the firms that lost out file an appeal.

Rogers is offering to extend the original Shaw and Freedom Mobile acquisition deadline from May 17 to June 4.

“The reverse auction has provided the industry with unprecedented access to see how the benefit to competition is crafted and the outcomes of the review process are disclosed,” Rogers said in a statement.

Rogers said it would offer some 15,000 new satellite dishes free of charge, as well as a free training program for about 10,000 managers of free wireless and digital plans.

Rogers is also offering a credit of up to $100 for existing Freedom Mobile customers at the end of this year, but would be paid for by any customers that leave Rogers with a refund.

Canadian regulators are expected to scrutinize the wireless market, while other areas of concern in a potential deal will include the potential to reduce competition from an over-broad array of smaller Internet and television providers.

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