Canadian start-up mobile network operator Data & Audio Visual Enterprises Wireless (DAVE Wireless) has signed a cell site sharing agreement with nationwide cellco Bell Mobility, under which DAVE is entitled to negotiate co-location of its equipment on Bell’s sites where space is available. In a press release, Dave Dobbin, president of DAVE Wireless, said: ‘By using existing infrastructure built by Bell, we can greatly quicken our time to market.’ According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, DAVE won 3G mobile spectrum worth CAD243.2 million (USD227 million) covering ten of Canada’s largest urban areas in the frequency auction of July 2008, and was awarded its operating licence in February 2009. It announced a rollout contract awarded to Ericsson in early August 2009 to build a 3.5G network including HSPA+ technology, set for launch in early 2010. Bell is also aiming to roll out a HSPA-based 3.5G network by 1Q 2010, via a nationwide cost-sharing agreement with its fellow CDMA-based national operator Telus.
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