“It’s more pressure on the bottom line. Our net income could probably drop a little bit because of this and it’s going to continue to put pressure on us to build.”
The report found both Rogers and Bell to be significant threats to SaskTel, with Winnipeg now the western headquarters of Bell and the chance that Rogers will be looking to find new partners after its lost relations with MTS.
The risk report shows that fewer carriers in Manitoba could prompt changes in policy from the federal government, which could reduce costs for competitors and hinder the growth of SaskTel.
Styles says the takeover of MTS could see the removal of the four carriers objective.
“We would hope that the federal government would see that having a fourth carrier in place is something that is beneficial for the consumers in Saskatchewan and would be supportive in terms of the regulatory framework.”