If you've ever felt powerless about the high cost of service from Canada's Big Three carriers, imagine the frustration you'd feel trying to start up a new wireless operation here, only to find yourself seated at a poker table where the cards are very clearly stacked against you. That's how Naguib Sawiris sees it. It was his company, Orascom who, together with Globalive, brought WIND Mobile to the Canadian market. Though WIND has fared far better than Public Mobile or Mobilicity, it hasn't exactly been a smooth ride.
The big news this week is that WIND is now finally in control of its own destiny, with Globalive buying out all remaining foreign interest
in the company. And while CEO Tony Lacavera will continue to be the public face of WIND Mobile, Sawiris' fate may ultimately be the poster child for the oligopoly that is our wireless industry.
That is, if you believe him.