Wind Mobile and Public Mobile Threaten to Boycott Upcoming Wireless Auction

If the government doesnt set aside any spectrum for the startup carriers in its upcoming wireless auction, they'll simply skip the event.

Wind Mobile is threatening to sit out the auction if the government fails to allot a slice of spectrum for the newbies. Wind chairman Anthony Lacavera stated yesterday that his company isn't "going to go out and try to bid on something we have zero chance of winning."

Public Mobile agrees. The Big Three oligopoly of Rogers, Telus, and Bell can easily out-bid all of the discount carriers in a free-for-all auction. Bruce Kirby, vice-president of strategy and business for Public, says " it's not worth spending the money to go into [the auction]" if the rules "are structured in a way that you can't reasonably compete and have a fair chance of winning spectrum."

Critics say that without spectrum accessible to the newcomers, innovation and progress in Canada's laggard telecom industry will come to an abrupt end. Rogers vehemently opposes the idea of government setting aside spectrum, while Telus suggests caps so that no one can acquire too many new waves.

The government has continued to delay announcing the official rules. Originally they were to be announced by the end of last year. The auction itself may be delayed as a result—it was originally slated for this year but may be pushed to 2013.

Company:
Wind Mobile
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... more

Company:
Public Mobile
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

At Public Mobile, we believe in giving customers more choice and control over their wireless spend on a robust national 4G LTE network. The new cooperative approach offers customers the ability to customize their plan including how long they want it. In addition, they have the opportunity to earn rewards to help bring their wireless costs down further. We started as a small company who wanted... more


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