Imagine, being able to provide cell phone service for an average customer bill of $2.50 per month and still making a profit. Makes you wonder...
Mind you, the local employees get paid similarly. It's all relative. Most of the ongoing expenditure is salary/wages/payroll-taxes.Imagine, being able to provide cell phone service for an average customer bill of $2.50 per month and still making a profit. Makes you wonder...
I found a lot of the article had some good points. I especially liked this commentHave to admit, after those comments, I wouldn't use the Wind Service.
I hope everyone does not have the same views as you in regards to not joining Wind because of this backer. Then Wind will eventually fail. Mobilicity and Public would follow next, then things would go back to where they where before. The big three will go back to ripping us Canadians off. Rogers would shut down Chatr, and Bell would get rid of the unlimited plans from Solo. I think it is in our best interest for Wind to succeed.“It was just something we did not expect to see in the modern ages of a country that is part of the WTO [World Trade Organization] and is supposed to be encouraging investment,” Mr. Sawiris said.
You seem to have completely missed his point. He is complaining about the hurdles that the Big Three impose on the roaming arrangements - these roaming arrangements are in the first place a "workaround" imposed by the government, because with the current legislation no new competition in the wireless sector is technically possible at all. And what he really wants is what everybody should want - lifting the restrictions on foreign ownership, so that he can invest more in Wind. He is correct that this kind of archaic protectionism is more a characteristic of a communist country like China, rather than Canada. He also discloses that two of the Big Three have already offered to buy him.If he wants to have the same capacity as the big three, he can shell out the billions needed to construct a national network. Am I off base with these thoughts?
Like Canada doesn't have it's share of those? It's just better hidden here and done in different ways but the end results can be just as lethal. Human nature is what it is in any country.The countries they operate in are notorious for tyranny, corruption and pay-offs
A guy who has made billions by cozying up to dictators (Hosni Mubarek and Kim Jong-il) telling Canada that we are a backwater?What is the problem?
I'm sorry but that is one of the most obscene things I have heard in months.Clearly, you have no idea of what life is like in Egypt and North Korea.Like Canada doesn't have it's share of those? It's just better hidden here and done in different ways but the end results can be just as lethal. Human nature is what it is in any country.
So Wind Mobile supports tyranny now?I wonder how much of Orascom's profits are funneled back into bribes and pay-offs which support state tyranny in Egypt and North Korea?
I suppose you also don't buy any products made in China as well? Or any products made by western companies that do business in countries that don't practice Canadian-style democracy?jshel101, I never said I would not go with Mobilicity or Public, just Wind Mobile.
I have to get a basic phone for my son in a few months and Wind Mobile was likely my first choice. Now I will go with Mobilicity or Public.
If Wind Mobile backers have no respect for democracy and would prefer to do business in North Korea then that's their business but they won't get mine!
Our country is not perfect but I'll take our bureaucracy over Egyptian and North Korean dictatorships anyday.
Well said.Clearly Arthur hasn't read a single thing I've written. Obviously, you don't understand argument so let me put in terms you may understand.
Mr. Sawiris is used to dealing with strong arm dictators and banana republics. In those countries, its easy to subvert the law by paying off corrupt officials and being part of the incredibly tiny political elite that supports the iron fisted ruler. Orascom is welcome to do business in those countries because I don't care what he does in those countries.
However, calling Canada a backwater because we have fundamental freedoms like democracy and the rule of law and and freedom of speach which can, at time, slow down approval process shows his ignorance and tinpot dictatorship viewpoint of the world.
Arthur, according to the Berlin-based organization Transparency International, Russia, Algeria, Egypt, North Korea are some of the most corrupt countries in the world. Your suggestion that Canada is somehow equivalent to these countries is ludicrous.