Earlier this morning Industry Canada approved the Rogers acquisition of struggling wireless entrant Mobilicity in a $440 million deal, beating out TELUS, despite the latter reportedly bidding a higher price.
Now, WIND Mobile has issued a press release to state the terms of the Rogers-Mobilicity deal will greatly benefit its network, noting it “will at least double WIND’s network capacity in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern & Eastern Ontario.” The carrier has long been criticized for its spotty and limited coverage for customers outside of main urban areas.
The added coverage comes in the form of an acquisition of new spectrum that was formerly in the hands of Mobilicity and Shaw.
WIND Mobile CEO Alek Krstajic said in the statement “This new spectrum acquisition means WIND Mobile now has a 20 megahertz AWS-1 corridor from Victoria to Ottawa,” which will “significantly improve our network performance from Ontario to the Pacific, enabling us to deploy new technology and accelerate the development of our LTE network and other services.”
The added spectrum will boost WIND Mobile’s profile and position as the country’s fourth national wireless provider.
Krstajic provided thanks to Minister James Moore (he recently announced he’s stepping down from politics), the federal government and Rogers, naming specifically CEO Guy Laurence and CFO Anthony Staffieri.