The BCE (Bell) deal to purchase MTS is still very much alive. It is subject to three reviews by the federal government:
The Competition Bureau is looking at the entire deal and what impacts it may have on the competitive market in Manitoba. Their focus seems to be on the wireless side based on two recently revealed court orders for information from Bell, MTS, Telus and Rogers.
The CRTC is limited to looking at regulation subscription tv services (cable, or in CRTC speak BDU). All MTS operated tv services outside Winnipeg fall under the threshold for CRTC regulation so only the Winnipeg offering is under review. Public comments closed in September and a ruling has been announced for this week.
The final review is on wireless spectrum allocation by Industry, Science and Economic Development (ISED). The policy on wireless spectrum allocation is the directly intervene in the market to create conditions enabling a fourth national carrier such as Shaw owned Freedom (formerly Wind Mobile). The BCE deal, as proposed, would see wireless spectrum in Manitoba concentrated in only three companies. While ISED has said nothing directly on the deal nor called for public comment the Minister of ISED recently spoke publicly and made comments suggesting the four carrier policy is still very much alive in their department. While not a direct comment on the BCE deal it seems to hint they are prepare to intervene but likely not until after the Competition Bureau issues their own ruling.
Talking with people "in the know" to varying degrees I hear answers ranging from the deal being completed tomorrow to it being around a year from now before the final rulings are back. Right now, other than the CRTC ruling it is a very quiet time for the deal.