Canadian Industry Minister Tony Clement said that he would review a regulator's decision that prevented new national cellphone company Globalive from launching its service.
The Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission ruled Thursday that Globalive was not Canadian-owned and controlled as it was under the effective control of Egypt-based Orascom.
The regulator also said that Globalive did not fulfill Canada's foreign ownership regulations.
Globalive has plans to operate in Canada under the Wind Mobile banner.
On the other hand, Orascom Telecom said in a statement that would give backing to Globalive on the issue.
Orascom Telecom owns about 65 per cent of the Globalive and much of its debt, a structure approved by the Industry Canada when it granted licence to the company in March.
Speaking on the issue, Orascom said, “Orascom Telecom Holdings will support Wind Mobile's management in its efforts to explore all avenues to obtain clearance to operate in Canada and launch operations at the earliest possible time.”