There was nothing weirder than sitting there at the Toronto Region Board of Trade a few months ago, listening to Bernard Lord talk about Canada’s wireless sector as if everything was fine.
The former premier of New Brunswick, who now leads the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), was giving a speech about the pervasive access to 3G networks here, the rise in data consumption among Canadians and, despite what many analysts say, what he described as competitive rates for smartphone services.
“It’s important to realize what we have at home,” he said, presumably referring to dire wireless conditions in other parts of the world. No wonder Public Mobile, Mobilicity and Wind Mobile pulled out of the CWTA this past summer. Yet what we have at home is an inability for new market competitors to survive.
Lord’s stump speech kept coming back to me following the news that the Competition Bureau has cleared the way for Telus to take over Public Mobile. Of the various maneuversRead More »from The end of Public Mobile and Mobilicity: What happens next