In the case of WIND Mobile and its compliance with Canadian ownership rules, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has decided that no violation has occurred.
The decision goes against rival wireless company Public Mobile, seeking to prevent Globalive Wireless Management Corp. from offering a national cellular service under the WIND brand because of foreign ownership.
Anthony Lacavera, Chairman of WIND Mobile, was relieved to put the three-year court battle to rest: "WIND is interested in fighting in the marketplace to provide Canadians with fair, transparent and competitive wireless offerings, not in fighting in courtrooms. We're extremely pleased with the Supreme Court's decision, which will allow us to tie off this loose end and continue working with the best interests of Canadians firmly in mind."
Public Mobile, which will be picking up the substantial legal costs accumulated by WIND's owner, believes it has has helped level the playing field with regards to access to capital and in the Federal's government's recent decision to ease foreign ownership rules for telecommunication companies with a market share of 10 percent or less.
A recent research report from Convergence Consulting found that the new mobile providers in Canada, including Mobilicity, Public Mobile, WIND and Quebecor's Videtron, altogether accounted for less than 5 percent of the overall market.
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