The Canadian wireless sector was hit by a shock yesterday as the three
major new entrants - Wind Mobile, Public Mobile, and Mobilicity - announced
that they were withdrawing from the Canadian Wireless
Telecommunications Association. The companies argued that the CWTA has
shown consistent bias in favour of Bell, Telus, and Rogers, the three
incumbent providers. All three used strong language to emphasize their
frustration with the CWTA, speaking of a "blatant disregard" for new
entrants and failures to honour promises of fair representation.
The move is a major blow to the CWTA, which has long promoted itself as
the voice of the industry. For example, during the recent CRTC consumer
wireless code hearing, it opened by stating:
CWTA represents virtually all of the major companies in Canada's
wireless telecommunications ecosystem. Our members include wireless
service providers, handset manufacturers, builders of network,
infrastructure and numerous other companies that develop and produce
products and services for the industry and for consumers.
No longer. So why the change?
TagsShareThursday April 11, 2013