Canada’s Newest Wireless Carriers Split from CWTA

WIND Mobile, Mobilicity and Public Mobile have each submitted a withdrawal from the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA).

The three mobile service providers are frustrated by what they perceive as the CWTA’s bias towards the big three – TELUS, Bell and Rogers – on a wide variety of issues.

“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.”

Bob Boron, General Counsel and Sr. VP of Regulatory Affairs for Public Mobile, added that the CWTA has failed to represent the views of all players and instead have “largely been an advocate for Rogers, TELUS and Bell, and often directly contrary to the interests of new entrant wireless carriers.”

The CWTA has denied the accusations and indicated it would continue to work on behalf of all of its members, adding that all three carriers are always welcome back.

“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 publicly expressed our dissent on the CWTA’s position on wireless consumer protection,” said Gary Wong, Director of Legal Affairs for Mobilicity.

Wong continued: “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.”

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