Public Mobile Applauds Government Commitment to Increase Competition in Wireless Sector
Public Mobile is pleased with Minister Paradis' promise today to improve competition and prices for consumers by ensuring there is a 4th viable mobile wireless player in every region of Canada.
Public Mobile also welcomes the Government's announcement that it will adopt a clear policy governing spectrum license transfers in order to ensure there is sufficient spectrum available to produce sustainable competition in the wireless sector. In particular, the company is pleased that the Minister's statement clarifies that Industry Canada will scrutinize and require approvals for "deemed spectrum license transfers" which have the practical effect of locking-up or transferring control of spectrum assets. Public Mobile welcomes the opportunity to participate in the consultation process to finalize the details of those rules.
In addition, Public Mobile views as very positive the Government's commitment to make additional spectrum resources available in the near future. This will further enhance the sustainability of a viable 4th player. Public Mobile is also pleased to see that the Minister has reinforced the authority of the CRTC to use its telecommunications expertise to set fair, competitive rates for both mandatory roaming and tower sharing.
"The sustainability and future of the new wireless entrants has reached a critical juncture in Canada requiring the Government to provide clear guidelines and policies in a timely manner," said Alek Krstajic, CEO of Public Mobile. "We are encouraged that the steps taken today will support our efforts to create a sustainable competitive alternative in Canada. We encourage the government to complete the formal process on spectrum license transfers as quickly as possible to ensure certainty ahead of the application deadline for the 700 MHz auction," added Krstajic.
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 license covers an area reaching 19 million Canadians. More information about Public Mobile can be found at www.publicmobile.ca.