Canada’s carriers launch lawsuit wars

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 7:10am
Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week

Canada’s two largest carriers are taking after the likes of AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Telus, Canada’s second-largest telco, is suing Rogers over advertisements that claim Rogers’ network is faster and more reliable than Telus’ network.

In a document filed in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Telus alleges that Rogers’ claims to the fastest and most reliable network became false after Telus upgraded its own 21 Mbps HSPA+ network earlier this month.

Rogers is standing by its claims, citing independent third-party testing, which found its network was superior to Telus’ network. Rogers’ HSPA network also includes an EDGE network. Telus’ upgraded network has not yet undergone third-party testing and does not include an EDGE network.

Telus wants Rogers to stop the ads, pay for damages resulting from the ads and admit it ignored standards in Canada’s Competition Act.

Telus shares its network with Bell Canada, who is not involved in the lawsuit.

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