WIND Mobile Partners With Allstream For Network Expansion

by Gaurav Kheterpal on November 9, 2011

2011 has been a good year for Wind Mobile so far. It added 39,000 new mobile phone subscribers in Q1 2011 and another 45,000 customers in the second quarter, thereby staking its claim to be the “fastest growing wireless carrier in Canada” with a combined user base of over 300,000.

It’s not been all easy though – a long legal battle in the Federal Court which it eventually won and a sudden departure of the erstwhile Chief Executive Ken Campbell. Despite these bottlenecks, there’s no doubt that Wind Mobile has emerged as the strongest new entrant in Canada’s intensely competitive wireless segment.

For Wind Mobile, the next logical thing is to improve and expand its network infrastructure. To that effect, the company recently announced that it has signed a three-year contract with Allstream for IP Connectivity services to expand its existing network.

As part of the deal, WIND Mobile will leverage Allstream’s Managed Wavelength service to support its network expansion into southwestern Ontario and the Greater Toronto area. Unlimited data plans lead to intensive data requirements and Allstream’s fibre networks are proven to handle large data in a secure manner. Allstream claims that its Managed Wavelength service provides customers with fast, reliable and secure point-to-point IP connectivity thereby reducing the risk of data compromise and mitigating service interruptions.

“In keeping with our ongoing strategy to enter new markets in Q3 and Q4 of this year, delivery of timelines was of critical importance. Allstream was able to devise well-qualified service schedules for all of our new sites, giving us the confidence we would be able to execute our various launch initiatives in a timely manner,” said Maged Bekheit, Vice President Core Networks, WIND Mobile.

Wind has been on an aggressive expansion spree in the last few months. It has already launched wireless services in Welland and St. Catherines in Ontario’s Niagara region and plans to include Guelph, Cambridge, Ont. and London, Ont., before the holiday season. The carrier says it also plans to continue expansion along Highway 401 east of Toronto. The carrier is expected to continue its aggressive expansion strategy in 2012, in the process covering Nova Scotia (Halifax), Manitoba (Winnipeg) and Saskatchewan (Saskatoon).

Despite its impressive showing and aggressive intent, Wind’s future expansion plans are largely dependent on the next spectrum auction that’s expected to in 2012. Without spectrum in the 700 MHz band, Wind can’t upgrade its network to LTE, thereby putting it at a distinct disadvantage as compared to the LTE-enabled gang which includes Rogers and Bell.

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