CWTA has become voice of Big Three telcos at expense of consumers and
new entrant mobile service providers
TORONTO, April 10, 2013 /CNW/ - After careful consideration, WIND
Mobile, Public Mobile and Mobilicity today announced their withdrawal
from the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA).
The three mobile service providers say the move is a direct result of
their long-standing, mounting frustration with the CWTA's consistent
bias in favour of Rogers, Bell and TELUS on a wide variety of issues.
From this point, the CWTA does not, and cannot claim to, speak on
behalf of the Canadian mobile wireless sector.
"When we were first approached by the CWTA, we were promised clear and
fair representation on issues of true industry alignment," said Simon
Lockie, Chief Regulatory Officer for WIND Mobile. "But despite making
our objections and concerns abundantly clear on numerous occasions, the
CWTA has repeatedly failed to honour this promise, leaving us no
alternative but to withdraw."
"It has been evident for quite some time that, rather than being a true
industry association which represents the views of all players
regardless of size, the CWTA has instead largely been an advocate for
Rogers, TELUS and Bell, and often directly contrary to the interests of
new entrant wireless carriers," said Bob Boron, General Counsel and
Senior Vice-President, Legal & Regulatory Affairs for Public Mobile.
"We have spent the better part of three years repeatedly voicing our
opposition to the CWTA on a wide range of matters to the point of
issuing a press release in January 2011 that publically expressed our
dissent on the CWTA's position on wireless consumer protection," said
Gary Wong, Director of Legal Affairs for Mobilicity. "There seems to
be a blatant disregard of the new entrants in favour of acting in the
best interests of the Big Three carriers and it is unacceptable."
About WIND Mobile
WIND Mobile is dedicated to improving the Canadian wireless experience
by offering customers simple and transparent plans, including real
unlimited voice/data/text with no-term contracts and no hidden fees.
Committed to becoming the country's fourth national carrier, WIND has
more than 600,000 happy customers in Canada and is a part of
Amsterdam-based VIMPELCOM Ltd., a global company with over 200 million
customers. Learn more about WIND Mobile at www.windmobile.ca.
About Public Mobile
Formed in 2008, Public Mobile provides unlimited talk, text, Android
data services and Siren music 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. Public Mobile's licence covers an area reaching
19 million Canadians. More information about Public Mobile can be found
About Mobilicity (DAVE Wireless)
Mobilicity, Canada's smart mobile carrier, was created to bring down the
cost of wireless with unlimited talk, text and data plans, affordable
North American coverage, plus popular handsets and smartphones -
without locking customers into contracts or charging extra or hidden
fees. Everything Mobilicity does adds up to a better wireless
experience, not an expensive one. NOW THAT'S SMART.
Formerly known as Data & Audio Visual Enterprises Wireless Inc. (DAVE
Wireless), the company is led by Obelysk, a diversified Canadian
holding company, and Quadrangle Capital Partners, a global investor in
the telecommunications and media sectors with more than $3 billion of
capital under management. In 2010, Mobilicity was named one of Canada's
Top 25 Up and Coming Information & Communication Technology start-ups
by the Branham Group Inc. Further information about Mobilicity can be
found at www.mobilicity.ca.
SOURCE: WIND Mobile
For further information:
WIND Mobile - Alexandra Maxwell / AMaxwell@WINDMobile.ca / 416-557-5709
Public Mobile - Lisa Papas / Lisa.Papas@publicmobile.ca / 416-710-4432
Mobilicity - Sheryl Steinberg / email@example.com / 647-707-7377