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And then there were three: why Canada can't seem to sustain multiple wireless companies

We find out why it's so tough to compete in Canada's telecom sector and hear directly from the founder of a mobile phone company that took on the so-called Big Three.

Hear Anthony Lacavera share his experience in the competitive telecom industry

Anthony Lacavera founded the wireless carrier WIND Mobile in 2008, and served as Chairman and CEO from 2008 – 2015. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

This week, Canadians learned Rogers Communications signed a deal to buy Shaw Communications in a transaction valued at $26 billion, including debt.

The acquisition would create Canada's second-biggest telecom, if it passes regulatory scrutiny.

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The move will leave many Canadians with only three options for wireless service.

So we ask: why is it so hard to maintain multiple wireless carriers in Canada?

Cost of Living host Paul Haavardsrud asks that question of Anthony Lacavera, who founded Wind Mobile in 2008, and talks about what it takes to survive in Canada's telecom industry and the challenges he faced before Wind itself was bought out by Shaw.

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