Government Approves Telus Acquiring Wireless Carrier Public Mobile

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

The federal government in a surprise move has approved an agreement for Telus to acquire discount wireless carrier Public Mobile.

Previously, the government rejected Telus' efforts to acquire Mobilicity.

The main reason the government approved this deal—which still requires approval from the Competition Bureau—is that federal Industry Minister James Moore said Public's spectrum license is in the G-block frequency, which is different than the Advanced Wireless Services spectrum of the other startup carriers.

 

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“Our government will continue to enforce the moratorium on the transfer of set-aside AWS spectrum to incumbents,” Moore said in the statement. “We will not approve any spectrum transfer request that decreases competition in our wireless sector to the detriment of consumers.”

Public Mobile has about 280,000 customers. Financial terms of the sale have not yet been disclosed.

Company:
Telus Corp.
Website:
http://www.telus.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Company:
Wind Mobile
Website:
http://www.windmobile.ca
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Simply put, we want to create the most unforgettably positive customer experience in Canada. How? By speaking with you, not at or over you. By making every site you visit, every store you set foot in and every call you have with us into a meaningful conversation to help build something better - together. We'll make it as easy as possible to be a customer. You'll have more control over your mobile experience than... more

Company:
Public Mobile
Website:
http://www.publicmobile.ca
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Formed in 2008, Public Mobile provides unlimited talk and text services to value conscious customers in Ontario and Quebec. There are no contracts, no credit checks and no surprises. Public Mobile launched its network service in May 2010 in Toronto and in June 2010 in Montreal. Public Mobile is building its network from Windsor to Quebec City. The company purchased its spectrum licence for $52M in July 2008.... more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more



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