Globalive Communications Corporation is a Canadian telecommunications provider based in Toronto. Founded in 1998 by offering services over pre-established telephone networks, it is best known for its Yak, OneConnect, and Wind Mobile brands.
In 2008, Globalive successfully made a purchase in Industry Canada's radio spectrum auction, allowing the company to launch a national cell phone network in Canada.
Globalive's plans were cast into doubt by an unfavourable decision by Canada's telecommunications regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), which ruled that the company failed to meet regulatory requirements for Canadian ownership. On December 11, 2009, Tony Clement, the Industry Minister, overturned the CRTC decision, allowing Globalive to enter the Canadian cell phone market.
On August 11, 2009 Globalive announced their new brand identity for the wireless services as Wind Mobile, which was launched on December 16, 2009 in Toronto, a few days after the federal government's announcement of the 'varied' CRTC decision.
Globalive successfully launched its Wireless phone services in December 2009 in Toronto and Calgary. It launched service in Edmonton and Ottawa soon after, followed by Vancouver in June 2010.
On February 4, 2011, the Federal Court reversed the decision by Industry Minister Tony Clement, stating that Globalive is not controlled by Canadians. They were given a 45 day stay in which to file an appeal. On May 18, the Federal Court of Appeal heard arguments from Globalive and the federal government as to why the Federal Court decision should be quashed. The Federal Court of Appeal's decision allowed Globalive's appeal and restored the Governor in Council's order that Wind met Canadian ownership requirements. On September 19, Public Mobile entered an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
In September 2014, Globalive agreed to acquire Vimpelcom’s majority stake in Wind Mobile for a fee of $272 million. The government’s plan to set aside 60% of new airwaves for smaller competitors in a March 2015 spectrum auction opens the door for a recapitalized Wind to expand its network.
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