In 2009, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission decided that Wind Mobile could not launch in Canada because the majority of its financial backing was from foreign sources. However, this decision was overturned by the government (similar to the recent UBB/ISP debacle) and Wind launched successfully.
However, they’re not out of the woods yet apparently, because its being claimed that they were able to launch in Canada due to “errors of law” and that the startups ability to sell wireless services in this country “must be quashed.”
Wind isn’t taking this sitting down, however. Globalive (Wind’s parent company) chairman Anthony Lacavera and Globalive CEO Ken Campbell both had strong words to say in response to the freshly baked drama.
“We will not be deterred by our competitors efforts to slow down our business,” Ken Campbell said two days ago. “We have our actions to take to continue to bring competitive choice to Canadians. In word and in deed, it is clear that we are investing for the long-haul, which makes us a target for regulatory and legal shenanigans by incumbents whose cushy market position is threatened or by other new carriers who muse more about a short-term payday rather than bringing real change to the Canadian wireless marketplace.”
“To maintain that choice, competition is key,” Anthony Lacavera wrote today. “There will not be true competition until there is clear direction on how much foreign influence is acceptable in Canada. Business and government must work together to overhaul the antiquated control and ownership regime in Canada and we will continue to pay a leadership role and lead the charge. Those that profit most from the current situation are the carriers that have been able to charge some of the highest wireless fees in the world. With so much at stake, they will inevitably fight our proposition at every opportunity but we will not compromise what we stand for and we will continue to fight for true competition in Canada. We hope you will continue to fight with us!”
Do you think Wind should be able to operate its business on Canadian soil?