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Government wireless policy blasted at telecom conference

telecom | 05/01/2014 11:57 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Participants at a conference discussion about the wireless industry on Thursday blasted the federal government for its approach in trying to bring more competition to the sector, and a consensus emerged that there is too much overlap between Industry Canada, the CRTC and the Competition Bureau in regulating the mobile-services industry. Mobilicity founder John Bitove said during a discussion at the New Developments in Communications Law and Policy conference in Ottawa about this year’s 700 MHz spectrum auction that the government's statements about promoting new...

Wind auction withdrawal good for Feenix: experts

telecom | 01/14/2014 12:32 am EST

John Bitove’s Feenix Wireless Inc. could have access to prime spectrum at lower prices following the withdrawal of Globalive Wireless Management Corp., owner of Wind Mobile, from the 700 MHz auction that starts Tuesday, industry experts said. One day ahead of the auction that begins Tuesday, Wind said in a emailed statement that it has withdrawn from the process because its majority owner, Amsterdam-based VimpelCom Ltd., “decided not to fund Wind Mobile’s participation in this auction as it continues with discussions with the federal government and Wind Mobile’s other...