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WIND Mobile, Mobilicity & Public Mobile withdraw from CWTA

WIND Mobile, Public Mobile and Mobilicity this week announced their withdrawal from the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA).


April 11, 2013  


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WIND Mobile, Public Mobile and Mobilicity this week 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.”

Bob Boron, general counsel and senior vice president of legal and regulatory affairs for Public Mobile, said 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.”

Gary Wong, director of legal affairs for Mobilicity, added that “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.

“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.”

On Wednesday, the CWTA issued the following statement: “The withdrawal of WIND Mobile, Mobilicity and Public Mobile from CWTA is an unfortunate and surprising announcement. These carriers have been valued members of CWTA and have fully participated on the CWTA Board of Directors and CWTA committees since joining the Association and continued to do so up until the announcement this morning.

“CWTA rejects the accusation that the association represents the interests of only certain members. CWTA has always and will continue to work on behalf of all of its members.”