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Globalive bids for Xplore Mobile’s Manitoba spectrum, continues Telus talks

24 Jan 2023

Canada’s Globalive – the former owner of Wind Mobile (now Freedom Mobile, owned by Shaw Communications since 2016) – has announced plans to return to the mobile market via a bid to acquire spectrum in Manitoba province from defunct operator Xplore Mobile, which closed in August 2022. As reported by ITBusiness, Globalive’s Manitoban bid is subject to Xplore Mobile’s acceptance and customary conditions.

Globalive indicates that it also remains in discussions with nationwide operator Telus to develop and expand an existing conditional spectrum and network sharing agreement which in its original form would only take effect if Globalive was successful in a bid to repurchase Freedom Mobile – an outcome which appears unlikely as the market awaits final regulatory clearance of Videotron’s bid to acquire Freedom from Shaw as a condition of the latter’s pending merger with Rogers Communications. The proposed arrangement between Telus and Globalive, initially covering Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta subject to regulatory approval, seeks to provide improved coverage and choice to Canadians.

Globalive founder and chairman Anthony Lacavera declared: ‘We are building a national independent wireless carrier across Canada, and we are acquiring spectrum in all markets to realise our long-term vision of a globally competitive telecom market. It’s clear by looking at truly competitive markets outside of Canada that these results are only possible by introducing a national pure-play wireless carrier with no legacy, fixed line business.’

Canada, Telus Corporation

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