All too often we experience high prices and poor customer service levels. Whether we have lower prices in wireless is in the hands of Hon. François-Philippe Champagne, our Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and Prime Minister Trudeau.
True, independent competition in mobile to challenge the Big Three carriers: Bell, Telus, and Rogers.
Encourage the government to make the right decision
The last time we had a real competitor in the industry was in 2009, when Globalive brought WIND Mobile to market. The launch of WIND resulted in an average cost savings of $400 a year to every Canadian household with a mobile plan, whether they were a WIND customer or not. Innovation and services went up, and prices came down. That’s competition. And strong competition benefits consumers.
People all over the world are enjoying the benefits of ultra-fast and cost-effective 5G networks and the lower mobile phone bills that come with them. Why not here in Canada? Modern advancements in healthcare, education, self-driving cars, food security, AI technology and sustainable city infrastructure all rely on advanced 5G networks, and have the potential to propel Canada forward and to dramatically improve our lives.
As part of the Rogers-Shaw merger, the federal government is requiring Rogers to sell Freedom Mobile. To give Canadians the competitive market we deserve, the government must ensure that the buyer is a real alternative – a truly independent alternative to the Big Three. What does that mean? It means an independent buyer that is a “pureplay” mobile carrier – a carrier that does not have any other legacy telecom businesses that will slow it down.
We need a mobile carrier that both wants and has to earn the business of Canadians every single day. A mobile carrier that doesn’t have current or historical ties to the Big Three carriers – no cozy personal relationships, employment history or closed-door, back-room deals that benefit everyone – but the consumer.
We need a true alternative that will drive more network investment and innovation across the industry, bringing fair pricing, and better service levels for everyone.
Founder of Globalive. Founder & Past CEO of WIND Mobile