'Diagnosis: Wind' for Ottawans, as Public seeks 2nd opinion on Cairo-practitioner

14 Jan 2010

Canada’s newest cellular operator Wind Mobile, backed by Egyptian group Orascom Telecom, has announced that it will expand its commercial network to Ottawa and Edmonton as early as next month, following its launches in Toronto and Calgary in December. The Vancouver area is scheduled to be the fifth location for Wind’s expansion, whilst national coverage is being provided via a roaming deal with Rogers Communications. Meanwhile, fellow Canadian start-up cellco Public Mobile has launched a complaint over the status of Wind’s ownership structure, in which it has called for the federal government to re-examine a recent decision by Minister of Industry Tony Clement which cleared the Orascom subsidiary to launch on the basis that the company met Canadian ownership rules in terms of voting shares – overturning a previous ruling by telecoms regulator the CRTC.

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