Globalive Gets CRTC To Speed Up Ownership Review…. Launch Plans Back On Track

For those of you who are fans of Globalive  because you’re desperate for an alternative to Bell, Telus, and Rogers, here’s some good news. The CRTC is going to speed up their ownership review of the upstart cell phone company:

The CRTC said Tuesday that it will complete the review within a month of the Globalive hearing in September, instead of within 120 days as previously announced.

Globalive CEO Anthony Lacavera said the regulator’s quick review means his wireless company’s plans for startup in Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver shouldn’t be affected.

“It absolutely makes it a lot more reasonable because now we can be through the process, ideally, without even affecting our launch, Lacavera said from Toronto. “

That basically puts them back on track for a launch later this year.

Excellent! But this really shouldn’t be happening at all:

Telecom analyst Eamon Hoey called the CRTC hearing into Globalive’s ownership an unnecessary expense.

“The whole process is just redundant to what Industry Canada has already done,” said Hoey, senior partner of Toronto-based Hoey Associates.

There should have been one hearing for Globalive’s ownership review jointly held by Industry Canada and the CRTC, he added.

Exactly. Hopefully for Globalive, things with the CRTC go smoothly and Canadian cell phone users can benefit from having a fourth carrier that will shake up the marketplace and create something that has been lacking in this market for years.


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