Canada Face Serbian Barrier In Davis Cup Semis


The Big Three were barred from bidding on the spectrum. Instead, only new Canadian players were allowed in WIND, Mobility, Videotron, Public Mobile and Eastlink. The new next spectrum sale is set for January. But some of those new companies have not been faring well and may soon disappear from the Canadian market. The study says the Big Three are not the problem; rather it is just too small of a market. There were high hopes that a major foreign telecom in this case U.S. giant Verizon Communications would come north and shake things up. But Verizon killed that speculation last week, saying it was not interested in Canada and, instead, planned to buy back its share in a joint venture with the U.K.s Vodafone Group. Even so, there were unconfirmed reports Thursday that Vodafone was considering taking part in Canadas spectrum bidding, along with AT&T and Telenor ASA of Norway. Jeffrey Church, who co-authored The School of Public Policy study with Andrew Wilkins, told reporters in Ottawa there is a natural limit to the number of telecoms a country like Canada can support. The study looked at markets similar to Canadas and concluded that three carriers is the threshold for a relatively small population-density country like Canada. Its pretty hard to have a fourth carrier. And if you look at the fourth carriers in most countries, they all have very small market shares and financial difficulty. The government has responded aggressively As a case study, the authors looked at Rogers internal rate of return from 1986 to 2012 and found it was only 3.7% real and 6% nominal. So, the bottom line is there is no evidence of excessive returns consistent with the exercise of market power. Theres not a lack of competition. If anything, returns are too low, Mr. Church said.

The Serbs have chosen to play on clay, likely in order to take the sting out of big-serving Canadian number one Milos Raonic who is the country’s highest ever ranked player after breaking into the world top ten. While the Serbian fans will certainly play a huge role with the tie being played in one of the largest indoor arenas in the world, the visitors know the region well with three of their players having Eastern European roots. Raonic was born in Montenegro before moving to Canada at two, while veteran doubles’ player Daniel Nestor hails from Belgrade and Frank Dancevic has Croatian parents. “Some of the guys have already touched on that, they’re looking forward to playing there, and seeing family and friends and relatives and not feeling so out of place, not as out of place for sure as we would be if we were playing in Central or South America,” explained team captain Martin Laurendeau. “There is a sense of something a bit more comfortable. Of all the ties you can play away, for a lot of our guys it’s not all that bad to end up there.” Raonic is the man on whom they have built their campaign and the 22-year-old comes into the tie on a seven match Cup winning streak as he hopes to tame a potentially fatigued Djokovic after his exertions at the US Open. Canada also have one of the great doubles players in Nestor who is fourth on the ATP list of victories with 81 and has won all four Grand Slams as well as the Olympic gold. He will likely team up with Vasek Pospisil after their epic win against Italy in the last round and having reached the third round at the US Open. Serbia will turn to world number 21 Janko Tipsaravic as their second singles player while doubles number 11 Nenad Zimonjic and 144 ranked Dusan Lajovic complete Bogdan Obradovic’s line-up. At Prague, Argentina need to overcome the jinx of being the only team to have lost all four of their finals and a poor record against their hosts. They were beaten by the Thomas Berdych-led Czech team at the same stage last year while their only victory in five meetings dates back to 2005 and a 5-0 sweep in Buenos Aires. Team skipper Martin Jaite will rue the absence of star man Juan Martin Del Potro which leaves Juan Monaco their highest ranked player at 30 and he will be supported by Carlos Berlocq, Horacio Zeballos and Leonardo Mayer. Czech captain Jaroslav Navratil has been boosted by the form of Radek Stepanek who teamed up with India’s Leander Paes to lift the US Open doubles’ crown and was the hero who took the decisive rubber in last year’s final against Spain “We’re the favorite,” Berdych said. “We play at home, we play on the surface which we like.