HALIFAX, July 21 /CNW/ - With the Advanced Wireless Spectrum (AWS)
spectrum auction complete, EastLink announced today it plans to build an
advanced wireless network after securing wireless spectrum in Atlantic Canada,
Northern and Southern Ontario and Grand Prairie. EastLink currently owns and
operates cable systems in these areas.
The auction, which commenced on May 27, 2008, was conducted by Industry
Canada. One of the objectives of the auction was to foster greater competition
and further innovation within the wireless industry.
"EastLink's goal throughout the auction was to secure spectrum so we can
serve our customers and launch a competitive mobile phone service. We were
successful," said Lee Bragg, co-CEO EastLink. "It is an exciting time as we
prepare to enter a new line of business that enables us to be a full-service
provider for both residential and business customers. We will finalize our
plans on when the service will be available over the next couple months and
hope to be in market within the next year."
In 1999, EastLink entered the local telephone business and became the
first cable company in Canada to launch a competitive telephone service. In
2000, the company launched communications and entertainment bundles and
secured its position as a market leader.
EastLink plans to build the most technologically advanced network that
will be compatible with North American and Global standards. Bragg said,
"EastLink will be looking to launch next generation services that will allow
customers to integrate their mobile phone with their home entertainment
services. This will ensure our customers have access to the best and most
advanced technology options available."
EastLink will provide additional comments on the auction and its approach
to the wireless business once the 30 day deadline for final payment on high
bids has passed. This is in accordance with an Industry Canada directive.
EastLink is the largest privately held cable and communications company
in Canada, and the only cable provider operating systems in all 10 provinces.
The company provides a range of communications, entertainment & advertising
services to business and residential customers under EastLink, Persona and
For further information: Paula Sibley, Communications Specialist,
EastLink, (902) 446-1939, Fax: (902) 453-2118, firstname.lastname@example.org