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Financial Post: Why Xplornet believes it can succeed as Manitoba’s fourth wireless carrier



Why Xplornet believes it can succeed as Manitoba’s fourth wireless carrier

Financial Post

By Emily Jackson

Taking on the Big Three is notoriously difficult, but here’s why this little-known carrier may have a fighting chance in Manitoba

Xplornet Communications Inc. isn’t exactly a famous telecom brand, not even in Manitoba where it will soon become the province’s fourth wireless carrier, but chief executive Allison Lenehan is okay with that.

The 15-year-old private company based in Woodstock, N.B., is used to operating on the periphery since it offers broadband service on the outskirts of big cities and in rural and remote regions, areas where residents aren’t wired to major networks and must rely on satellite and fixed-wireless service for connectivity.

But Xplornet is getting ready to introduce itself to a more urban audience after stepping into the public spotlight last year by surprising industry watchers with a supporting role in BCE Inc.’s $3.9-billion acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., one of the largest telecommunications deals in Canadian history.

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