Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wind Mobile Gets Green Light to Launch Service Across Canada

The Government of Canada has varied a Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) decision thereby paving the way for Globalive's WIND Mobile to become Canada's first national wireless alternative in over a decade.

"This is a new day for wireless in Canada. This holiday season we will start to provide Canadians with the competitive choice that they want and deserve," said Anthony Lacavera, Chairman of Globalive and WIND Mobile. "We thank the Government of Canada for a decision that will serve the best interests of Canadian consumers."

In its decision today, the Government of Canada concluded that Globalive is a Canadian company that meets the Canadian ownership and control requirements under the Telecommunications Act.

In varying the CRTC decision, the Government of Canada said it is not removing, reducing, bending or creating an exception to Canadian ownership and control requirements in the telecommunications and broadcasting industries, but only responding to facts in this particular case.

"For too long, Canadians have suffered from higher prices and an underwhelming customer experience," said Ken Campbell, CEO of WIND Mobile. "We look forward to offering the most unforgettably positive mobile experience in Canada. In return, we're asking Canadians to make a new choice in wireless and sign up on today."

  • In July 2009, Globalive Wireless awarded Alcatel-Lucent a multi-million dollar, three-year contract to build Globalive Wireless' new nationwide 3G mobile network in Canada. Alcatel-Lucent will supply Globalive with its LTE-ready 3G radio access network offering -- based on its multi-standard radio access solution -- including radio network controllers, node Bs (base stations) and a flexible wireless network management system. For the project, Alcatel-Lucent also will provide a variety of professional services including site acquisition and construction, radio frequency network design and optimization as well as overall network planning and design.

  • To address Globalive's mobile backhaul requirements, Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its IP service routers, service aggregation routers and microwave packet radios, which will support the highly reliable, secure and cost-effective transport of 3G traffic and will give Globalive the ability to smoothly transition to LTE to address evolving market demands.

  • Globalive Wireless Management Corp. selected DragonWave to provide high-capacity, cost effective next generation wireless backhaul for its high speed packet access network.

  • , Globalive was awarded spectrum licenses by Industry Canada after successfully bidding more than CDN $442 million in the government's Advanced Wireless Services auction.

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