Globalive Wireless has placed its first successful network test call in Canada, marking a step close to launching its own wireless carrier service in Canada.
The company, which also owns the popular Yak Communications brand of home phone and Internet services, had previously confirmed plans to launch in select markets by the end of the year, followed up with the remaining areas in early 2010. And it looks like things are right on track. Globalive acquired enough spectrum in the Advanced Wireless Spectrum (AWS) auction last summer to set up an almost national wireless carrier service (Quebec excepted.
"It is a great day for us," enthuses Ken Campbell, CEO of Globalive Wireless Management Corp., "but an even greater day for Canadian mobile customers. This is the first of many calls and makes Globalive the first new provider in Canada to operationalize AWS technology."
The call, which was officially made by the company's network team on Saturday, June 13, proved the viability of Globalive's network, says the company.
The AWS band that Globalive will operate on uses microwave frequencies that the company says supply "enhanced voice, mobile data, video, and messaging services."
"The increasing demand for smartphones that we have seen in the past year clearly demonstrates that consumers are becoming more and more sophisticated in their daily use of mobile devices", adds Chris Robbins, Chief Customer Officer for Globalive Wireless. "With our all-IP AWS network, we will be in a position to provide them with the enhanced mobility they are looking for."
[Photo: Ken Campbell, CEO of Globalive Wireless Management Corp.]
"We have the advantage of being all-IP from the get-go," adds Campbell, noting that this is something that could take the "legacy" providers years to do. "Reaching this milestone gives us the confidence to report that we are on schedule to meet our network commitments to both our stakeholders and our future customers."