As if we needed any more confirmation of WIND’s intentions to stay put, ante up and become the fourth national carrier, now we have it. The company issued a release today committing to spending in the upcoming AWS-3 and 2,500Mhz spectrum auctions.
Anthony Lacavera, WIND’s Chairman, who until now has only hinted at the company’s participating, said, “Our participation in the upcoming AWS-3 and 2500MHz auctions reaffirms our long-standing commitment to build a competitive wireless industry in Canada.”
Industry Canada has set aside 30Mhz of spectrum for new entrants such as WIND Mobile — that is, anyone with under 10% market share nationally, and 20% in a specific region — that cannot be bid on by the bigger carriers. This leaves WIND and Mobilicity the only two carriers eligible to bid on AWS-3 spectrum in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.
Mobilicity was recently granted an allowance by an Ontario Superior Court to allow them to raise the $65 million necessary to bid on the AWS-3 auction.
The AWS-3 auction is set to begin on March 3rd, and the 2,500Mhz on April 14th.