Canadian cellular newcomer Wind Mobile (Globalive Wireless) has announced that it signed up 94,000 subscribers to its HSPA-based network in its first six months of operations after launching at the end of last year, and added that it passed the 100,000 user mark in July. The Orascom Telecom-backed cellco, which has rolled out services to Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Vancouver, currently offers new customers a CAD150 (USD143) incentive to port their mobile number from another operator. Since the launch of Wind, two other start-ups have appeared on the Canadian market, Mobilicity (DAVE Wireless) and Public Mobile (BMV Holdings), which both launched services in May. Public Mobile said it began operations with 4,000 pre-signed CDMA customers, whilst Mobilicity said recently that it had 3,000 HSPA subscribers after its first week and has subsequently grown ‘at a rapid pace,’ but neither have since issued actual subscriber figures. Other new entrants are poised to launch their own mobile networks, including Quebec-based cableco Videotron.
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