WIND Mobile Founder Considers Buying Mobilicity if Verizon Not Interested
The founder of WIND Mobile, CEO and chairman Anthony Lacavera, says his AAL Group is interested in looking at Mobilicity now that Verizon has reportedly delayed its plans to acquire the wireless entrant startups, revealed last night by the Globe and Mail.
The Canadian Press reports Lacavera says regardless of who acquires WIND, it is destined to become the fourth national carrier in Canada:
Lacavera, who owns a 35 per cent stake in Wind Mobile, says no matter who buys Wind, it will become Canada’s fourth national carrier.
He also says he believes Verizon is keeping all doors open until it has to put down a deposit on Sept. 17 to participate in the spectrum auction in January.
Lacavera says if Verizon takes part in the spectrum auction it could set up a wireless business on its own in Canada without acquiring Wind Mobile or Mobilicity.
TELUS had previously tried to acquired Mobilicity, which has continued to bleed money, but the deal was rejected by the Federal Government, citing “spectrum set aside for new entrants was not intended to be transferred to incumbents.”