CWTA Statement on Member Resignations

OTTAWA – April 10, 2013 – The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) issued the following statement today regarding the resignation of three of its members:

The withdrawal of WIND Mobile, Mobilicity and Public Mobile from CWTA is an unfortunate and surprising announcement. These carriers have been valued members of CWTA and have fully participated on the CWTA Board of Directors and CWTA committees since joining the Association and continued to do so up until the announcement this morning. CWTA rejects the accusation that the Association represents the interests of only certain members. CWTA has always and will continue to work on behalf of all of its members.

While any industry association that represents a large and diverse membership in an intensely competitive sector will have some disagreements amongst it members on certain issues, CWTA is a catalyst for numerous initiatives that bring many benefits to Canadians. These include such initiatives as the Recycle My Cell national cell phone recycling program, the upcoming stolen phone database initiative, Wireless AMBER Alerts, the Mobile Giving Foundation Canada, E9-1-1 enhancements, the textED.ca youth education initiative, Common Short Codes, the new FCM-CWTA antenna siting protocol, wireless number portability and anti-spam regulations, to name just a few.

The many contributions of WIND Mobile, Mobilicity and Public Mobile will certainly be missed, and CWTA would welcome their return to the Association in the future. CWTA will continue to promote the value of Canada’s wireless sector in bringing the benefits of wireless technology to Canadian consumers, businesses and communities.

Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA)
CWTA is the authority on wireless issues, developments and trends in Canada. It represents cellular, PCS, messaging, mobile radio, fixed wireless and mobile satellite carriers as well as companies that develop and produce products and services for the industry.

Media information:
Marc Choma
613-233-4888 ext. 207
mchoma@cwta.ca

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