UPDATE 1-Canada court overturns gov't ruling on Globalive
TORONTO Feb 4 (Reuters) - A Canadian court struck down a government decision on Friday that had allowed Globalive's Wind Mobile unit to operate a wireless service in the country.
The Federal Court judgment said the government's decision to overturn an earlier ruling by the federal telecoms regulator was "null and void in that it was determined on a basis in law not provided for in the Telecommunications Act."
The court decision will not go into effect for 45 days.
The regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, had originally ruled that Wind Mobile was not allowed to operate as it was not sufficiently Canadian-owned due to its financial backing from Egypt's Orascom Telecom (ORTE.CA).
Wind Mobile launched in December 2009, soon after the CRTC was overruled by the federal government.
The case, T-26-10, was brought by rival Public Mobile who, like Globalive, bought wireless spectrum in a 2008 government auction. (Reporting by Alastair Sharp; editing by Rob Wilson)
Friday, February 4, 2011
Posted by Brent Fullard at 5:10 PM