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Old 02-18-2017, 10:34 PM
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Arrow Details expansion of Xplornet Communications

Former news item in the news forum http://www.xplornetsucks.com/forumss...ead.php?t=1665

Poor Shaw and their Freedom Mobile (formerly Wind Mobile). Basically ignored in the media for this sudden move by Bell to graciously give Xplornet something Xplornet has to spend a massive amount of dollars to bring to the public beyond initial tower sharing with Bell.

Now where oh where will Xplornet get the funding for this ambitious project?

For those finding themselves suddenly customers of a new company, make sure you know your Rights and what the laws and regulations are for what a business can or can't do to a customer.

* Xplornet demands automatic debit, and to not send a bill for the customer to pay manually. Billing mistakes happen and automated systems can easily cause financial hardship that the company will deny responsibility for. But the company is responsible, so know your Rights.
* Telecoms (as are many businesses) are also banned from taking your social insurance number for credit checks, as that is not necessary under the law. https://www.priv.gc.ca/en/ Ensure that Xplornet has a proper privacy agreement in plain legal english. Companies across Canada blatantly continue to violate the privacy act for the simple reason of you not knowing the privacy act exists.
* Make sure that any subsidized handset has a option to be unlocked from the carrier and that you can bring your own unlocked handset without penalty.
* If purchasing a phone from the carrier, ensure it is not loaded with bloatware that can jeopardize your security, with unwanted apps or odd programming that ensures things like the GPS can't be shut off.
* With any unlimited plan for voice, text, or data, make sure that any restrictions are clearly stated.

https://www.ccts-cprst.ca/ The Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS)

As part of the government approval process, BCE agreed to divest wireless airwaves and subscribers to Xplornet Communications Inc., enabling the rural Internet provider to start selling mobile services in Manitoba. It will be Xplornet’s first foray into the cellular business and the company will control only a small chunk of the market in the province – with 24,700 subscribers and six retail stores – but that was enough for federal authorities to bless the deal.
Xplornet spokesman James Maunder said he’s confident the company can be an “extremely strong competitor” and pointed to more than a decade of experience in the Manitoba market. The company plans to build an LTE (fourth-generation) mobile network across the province, he said, noting that is the same technology it is now using for its fixed wireless Internet service (which delivers broadband coverage to customers’ homes in hard-to-reach areas using spectrum and towers).

The deal also requires Bell MTS to provide a number of services to Xplornet, including access to Bell’s towers in Manitoba for a period of five years, temporary access to a mobile wireless network in a specified territory in Manitoba for a period of three years, support for wireless handset procurement for a period of five years, certain negotiated mobile wireless roaming services for a period of five years and discounts on Bell Media’s advertising inventory in Manitoba for a period of three years.

James Maunder, a spokesman for the privately held company headquartered in Woodstock, N.B., but run out of Markham, Ont., said Xplornet is excited about the new opportunities for the company in Manitoba, its first foray into the wireless mobile business.

The company would not disclose the extent of capital investment required to build out a wireless network in this province, but one industry source said it could be close to $100 million.

Xplornet's statement
WOODSTOCK, NB – New competition is coming to Manitoba’s mobile services market. Xplornet Communications Inc., one of Canada’s leading broadband service providers, today announced its intention to enter the mobile wireless business in Manitoba. Xplornet will leverage its experience delivering fast, affordable wireless broadband services across Canada to launch a new mobile service, offering more mobile choice to all Manitobans.

Xplornet intends to create a state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure throughout Manitoba using the latest Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology to offer both mobile and fixed broadband services. This new innovative network will be designed to give Manitoba consumers the ability to connect to what matters to them either at home or on the go using the latest mobile devices. The network expansion builds on Xplornet’s history of deploying wireless broadband infrastructure that began over a decade ago.

“This advancement in our business is an important milestone in Xplornet’s mission to connect Canadians, regardless of where they live, with fast, affordable wireless services,” said Allison Lenehan, President and CEO of Xplornet. “We believe there is an opportunity to provide more value to consumers in Manitoba. In the months ahead, we look forward to introducing Xplornet to new mobile customers while building on our long-standing heritage in Manitoba.”

Today’s announcement occurs in parallel with the approval of the acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (MTS) by BCE Inc. (Bell) from the regulatory authorities, including the Competition Bureau and the Government of Canada. To grow and sustain its mobile and fixed broadband operations in Manitoba, Xplornet will acquire an incremental 30 MHz of spectrum and receive access to valuable resources, including certain wireless infrastructure, six retail locations and roaming access on Bell Mobility’s network. In addition, Xplornet will be welcoming 24,700 new mobile customers from Bell MTS when the company launches its mobile wireless service in Manitoba in the coming months.

Xplornet will be finalizing its plans in the months ahead and will make additional announcements regarding its service launch in the near future.
Hi Diddly Ho, Good Neighborino

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