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Mobilicity investors’ suit against government moves forward: report

telecom | 12/02/2015 3:24 pm EST

The $1.2-billion lawsuit against the federal government by the original backers of wireless startup Mobilicity is moving ahead, according to a report in the Globe and Mail. An article appearing on the newspaper's website Tuesday said the Ontario Divisional Court last week rejected the government's motion seeking leave to appeal, and the government is now expected to file a statement of defence. The case was launched in September last year by New York-based investment firm Quadrangle Group LLC. and John Bitove's Data & Audio-Visual Enterprises Investments Inc., who claimed the government lured Mobilicity into Canada's wireless market with promises that were later reneged...

Is government easing off on spectrum-transfer policy?

telecom | 06/22/2015 8:59 pm EDT

Speculation that the federal government is poised to approve the acquisition of Mobilicity and its spectrum by Telus Corp. or Rogers Communications Inc. has some observers disagreeing whether this would represent a major departure for the federal government in its spectrum-transfer policy. Recent reports in the Globe and Mail indicated that both companies have submitted proposals to purchase Mobilicity. An article published Friday quoted letters from Industry Canada that were addressed to Telus and Rogers, indicating that both proposals are so far seen in a positive light by the government....

Mobilicity backers’ case against government can proceed: report

telecom | 03/09/2015 9:00 pm EDT

The $1.2-billion lawsuit launched against the federal government by original backers of Mobilicity can proceed, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled Friday, according to a report in the Globe and Mail. The case was launched in September by New York-based investment firm Quadrangle Group LLC and John Bitove's...

John Bitove stepping down as Sirius chairman

Media | 10/30/2014 8:33 pm EDT

John Bitove is stepping down as chairman of satellite radio operator Sirius XM Canada Holdings Inc., the company said Thursday. SiriusXM Canada said in a press release that Bitove, who among other things is the founder of...

Mobilicity backers’ lawsuit describes government courting of new entrants

telecom | 09/05/2014 8:14 pm EDT

New details about the government’s push for new-entrant carriers in the 2008 AWS auction were revealed in a lawsuit filed this week against Industry Canada by two of the original investors in...

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...

Christine Magee joins SiriusXM Canada board

Media | 01/15/2014 9:02 pm EST

Sirius XM Canada Holdings Inc. said Wednesday it elected Sleep Country Canada president Christine Magee to its board of directors. Magee replaces Pierre Boivin on the board of the satellite radio operator. Boivin resigned after nine years on the board, the company said in a release. "We welcome Christine to our board," John Bitove, chairman of SiriusXM Canada, said in the release. "On behalf of the board, I would like to extend our thanks and appreciation of Pierre's guidance and contribution to the SiriusXM Canada board over the years."...

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,...

Auction 2014 — What to expect

telecom | 01/09/2014 4:02 pm EST

The long-anticipated 700 MHz spectrum auction begins Tuesday, Jan 14. Among the rules set out by Industry Canada, each of the three incumbents, Rogers Communications Inc., Telus Corp. and BCE Inc., are each only allowed to acquire...