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Shaw completes deal for Wind Mobile

A Wind Mobile shop in Toronto in May.
A Wind Mobile shop in Toronto, ON. . Credit/Canadian Press

CALGARY – Shaw Communications Inc. has closed its acquisition of struggling wireless carrier Wind Mobile for $1.6 billion.

Shaw now replaces Wind as a competitor to the three national mobile wireless service providers — Bell, Rogers and Telus — in urban areas of southern and eastern Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.

The federal Competition Bureau decided on Feb. 4 that it would not challenge the acquisition announced last December, saying it appeared to pose no threat of a substantial lessening or prevention of competition.

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The bureau said the two companies did not compete against each other since Shaw does not currently own any wireless assets.

Wind Mobile serves approximately 940,000 subscribers across Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta.

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Shaw CEO Brad Shaw said in a statement that customers will eventually see integrated offerings that provide them with the best value for their dollar in quality of coverage and connectivity.

“We are excited about our growth prospects in mobile and welcome the Wind team of 1,200 employees,” he said.