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Wind adds two new executives

telecom | 04/23/2015 7:37 pm EDT

One month after Alek Krstajic took over the top job at Wind Mobile, two other key jobs at the wireless carrier are also seeing change. Bob Boron has replaced Simon Lockie as chief regulatory officer at Wind, while Bruce Kirby has taken over from Brice Scheschuck as chief strategy officer, spokesman Robert Sauer said in an email. He said Lockie and Scheschuk will continue to work with Wind's majority owner, Globalive Capital. Boron and Kirby both held similar positions under Krstajic when he was the CEO of new entrant carrier Public Mobile, later purchased by Telus Corp. in 2013. Krstajic was announced as Wind's CEO last month, replacing Pietro Cordova, who was named to the job five months earlier....

‘New entrants need to find ways to work together’: Lacavera

telecom | 11/26/2014 11:53 pm EST

OTTAWA — Wind Mobile chairman Anthony Lacavera said Wednesday there is still the possibility of a deal between his company and wireless competitors such as Mobilicity or Quebecor Inc.-owned Videotron to build a national alternative to the incumbent carriers. “It doesn't make a lot of sense for us as small new entrants to also compete with each other,” he said in an interview with The Wire Report Wednesday before speaking at an Ottawa event called Startup Canada Day on the Hill. “The way that the market's shaking out now, there's still potential for that. It hasn't happened yet, but there's still the potential.” New court documents from...

Paying retail for wholesale access isn’t good enough, say carriers

telecom | 09/29/2014 9:40 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — Legislation introduced earlier this year that caps wholesale wireless roaming rates to what host carriers charge their own retail customers doesn't create the conditions necessary for smaller operators to compete, representatives from Wind Mobile and Mobilicity told the CRTC on Monday. It was the...

Internet regulation may be template for future of wholesale wireless

telecom | 09/26/2014 2:19 pm EDT

As the CRTC prepares for a week of hearings beginning Monday on the future of wholesale wireless in Canada, the rules regarding wholesale Internet access may be a predictor of how the regulator will...

Another Church report blasts efforts to ‘enhance’ mobile competition

telecom | 08/19/2014 9:01 pm EDT

University of Calgary economists Jeffrey Church and Andrew Wilkins are back at it, criticizing government attempts to bring more competition to Canada's wireless sector and insisting those efforts amount to a subsidization of non-viable companies by taxpayers with no justifiable benefit to consumers. In Church and...

Lower prices for AWS-3 auction ‘attractive’ for new entrants: analyst

telecom | 07/28/2014 9:37 pm EDT

The minimum opening bids for the entirety of the available spectrum in the upcoming AWS-3 auction total $162.45 million, with a $97.45 million minimum for the blocks set aside for smaller carriers, Industry Canada said Monday as it launched a consultation on its proposed auction framework. In a Monday research...

Telecoms square off on government intervention

telecom | 06/18/2014 1:01 am EDT

TORONTO — Canada’s biggest telecom companies faced off with one of their smaller rivals over the government’s approach to regulating the wireless industry at the Canadian Telecom Summit on Tuesday. Ted Woodhead, senior vice-president of government and regulatory affairs at Telus Corp., told the audience about the perils of government intervention seen in the European wireless market, a common theme mentioned by the other members of the panel from Rogers Communications Inc. and BCE Inc. Woodhead said the government is engaging in “unprecedented regulatory...

Wholesale roaming caps won’t solve problem: Wind

telecom | 05/27/2014 6:02 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Proposed federal legislation that caps wholesale wireless prices is a good start but “doesn’t solve the issue,” Wind Mobile co-founder and chief regulatory officer Simon Lockie told a Senate...

CRTC says consumers can cancel wireless contracts after two years, no fees

telecom | 06/03/2013 2:08 pm EDT

Canadian wireless consumers can cancel long-term wireless contracts with mobile phone providers after two years without any cancellation fees, the CRTC said in new wireless code of conduct...