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Big news in the world of Canadian mobile providers. Rogers is looking to acquire 100% ownership of Mobilicity for $465 million and they already have the complete approval of Industry Canada. The only thing that’s standing in their way is the Competition Bureau and the courts.

The deal is moving very fast, which Guy Laurence, president and CEO of Rogers, acknowledged by saying “Were basically adding multiple lanes on our wireless highway in three key markets overnight.” Anthony Booth, president of Mobilicity, chimed in by saying that this was the best outcome for their customers, dealers, and employees. Rogers will be getting 150,000 wireless customers and 30 employees.

Rogers will be completing their purchase of Shaw’s unused AWS-1 spectrum and part of that will be given to WIND Mobile in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Northen and Eastern Ontario.

As a resident of the US (and Verizon customer) I won’t feel any of the ramifications of this deal and hopefully Rogers and Mobilicity customers won’t, either.

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