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Federal gov’t facing second legal battle over wireless wipeout

telecom | 08/05/2016 7:11 pm EDT

The Canadian government could end up fighting a war on two fronts over the previous government’s drive to have four national wireless carriers. According to a notice on the Global Affairs Canada website, on June 6 the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes registered an arbitration request from Egyptian telecom company Global Telecom Holdings S.A.E. (GTH) that “concerns GTH’s investment in Wind Mobile, over the period of 2008-2014.” GTH is claiming damages of “at least $1.32 billion CAD,” the notice said, over...

Bell warns against CRTC interference in wholesale wireless market

telecom | 05/16/2014 3:55 pm EDT

BCE Inc.'s Bell Mobility unit, in an intervention filed in the CRTC’s review of wholesale wireless services, said that meddling in the rates carriers charge to let other carriers use their network could affect the “vigorous competition” that exists in the wireless market. In its filing, made Thursday, Bell said the CRTC must strike “the right balance” between encouraging infrastructure owners to invest in new technologies and allowing competitors to access...

Mobilicity reaches acquisition deal with Telus

telecom | 04/18/2014 1:08 pm EDT

Mobilicity announced late Thursday night that it has reached a deal to be purchased by Telus Corp. for $350 million. Mobilicity, which has been under bankruptcy protection since September last year, said in a press release the transaction would need the approval of the Ontario Superior Court, the federal Competition Bureau, Industry Canada and...

Wind approved as bidder for Mobilicity: Lacavera

telecom | 12/09/2013 8:57 pm EST

Globalive Wireless Management Corp.’s Wind Mobile has been approved as a bidder for the assets of Dave Wireless Inc.’s Mobilicity, though it hasn’t decided yet whether to make a bid, Wind CEO Anthony Lacavera...

Aziz met with Industry Canada the day Telus deal blocked

telecom | 07/15/2013 8:52 pm EDT

Dave Wireless Inc. board member William Aziz met with an Industry Canada official the same day former industry minister Christian Paradis said he would block Telus Corp.'s proposed acquisition of...

Verizon would lack towers, backhaul, ‘quad play,’ Rogers says

telecom | 06/26/2013 9:08 pm EDT

Verizon Communications Inc.'s entry into the Canadian wireless market would be disadvantaged by a lack of towers, backhaul and a “quad play” offering, said Anthony Staffieri, executive vice-president and chief financial officer at Rogers Communications Inc. “When we run our models, we really find it...

Aziz registers to lobby for Telus deal

telecom | 06/06/2013 3:29 am EDT

One day before Industry Canada denied the deal, Dave Wireless Inc. board member William Aziz registered with the federal lobbying commissioner to lobby for approval of the company's acquisition by Telus Corp. as well as the deadline for companies to submit deposits for the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction. A registration, effective Monday and posted on the lobbying commissioner's website Wednesday, showed Aziz registered to lobby officials at Competition Bureau and Industry Canada “[t]o obtain Industry Canada and Competition Bureau approvals of the purchase by TELUS of...

Wind Mobile says ‘extreme rents’ higher than the cost of building a tower

telecom | 06/05/2013 2:17 pm EDT

TORONTO—Wind Mobile said it is paying “extreme rents” for wireless tower sharing and called for mandated tower access at regulated rates as the Conservative government is said to be considering stronger roaming and tower sharing rules favouring the new entrants. On a panel Tuesday...

Wireless code could replace four-carrier policy: analyst

telecom | 06/03/2013 7:48 pm EDT

The federal government should let the CRTC’s wireless code of conduct regulate the mobile wireless sector and back away from its policy objective of ensuring four competing carriers in each region of the country, Scotia Capital analyst Jeff Fan said. In a research note Monday, Fan said the CRTC’s...