Small carriers withdraw from Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association

Mounting frustration and perception of favouritism has led three small mobile carriers to cut ties with the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA). WIND Mobile, Mobilicity and Public Mobile announced their withdrawal from the organization this morning, stating the CWTA has shown a consistent bias in favour of larger providers like Rogers, Bell and Telus.

In the eyes of the smaller carriers, the move means the CWTA can no longer claim to speak on behalf of the nation’s mobile wireless sector.

“When we were first approached by the CWTA, we were promised clear and fair representation on issues of true industry alignment,” said Simon Lockie, chief regulatory officer for WIND Mobile, in a press release. “But despite making our objections and concerns abundantly clear on numerous occasions, the CWTA has repeatedly failed to honour this promise, leaving us no alternative but to withdraw.”

Bob Boron, general counsel and senior vice-president of legal and regulatory affairs for Public Mobile, said the CWTA has often made decisions contrary to the best interests of the smaller wireless carriers.

Gary Wong, director of legal affairs for Mobilicity, agreed.

“We have spent the better part of three years repeatedly voicing our opposition to the CWTA on a wide range of matters to the point of issuing a press release in January 2011 that publically expressed our dissent on the CWTA’s position on wireless consumer protection,” he said, in the press release. “There seems to be a blatant disregard of the new entrants in favour of acting in the best interests of the Big Three carriers and it is unacceptable.”

No word yet from the CWTA on the matter.