WIND Mobile seems to have made a huge splash in the AWS-3 spectrum auction for Canadian carriers today. WIND spent $56.4 million on three successful bids in Southern Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, increasing their holdings by 180% in areas which they currently offer services. WIND was uncontested in the three provinces due to Mobilicity being unable to secure the necessary funding for bidding, earning them the entire 30Mhz of set-aside spectrum in each place. Anthony Lacavera, Founder and Chairman of WIND Mobile, said that this new spectrum will assist them in launching LTE services in the future, as well as expanding their network footprint. While LTE services is certainly going to be a strong selling point for WIND, we don't expect those network upgrades to come to fruition for at least 12-16 months.
“This is tremendous news for WIND Mobile and our fantastic customers, and it’s exciting news for all Canadian mobile users, who will now benefit from true competition in wireless services for years to come,” said Anthony Lacavera, Founder and Chairman of WIND Mobile. “This much-needed spectrum will enable WIND Mobile to launch LTE and helps level the playing field against the Big Three national carriers.”
“The federal government made a clear, strong commitment to fostering greater competition in the wireless industry, and should be commended for delivering on that promise,” added Simon Lockie, Chief Regulatory Officer of WIND Mobile. “Prices have already come down significantly since we launched back in 2009. Since then, we have invested heavily to create a strong wireless network covering over 15 million Canadians.”
“WIND Mobile now has well over 800,000 happy customers, and this new wireless spectrum secures our long-term commitment to providing Canadians with true choice, value, and mobile freedom,” Lacavera said.