Over the past 15 years, Globalive and its award-winning team have fostered a reputation as a reliable and trusted supplier of telecommunications services for millions of consumers and thousands of businesses. Carriers have come to trust Globalive’s wholesale platforms for services including clearinghouse, billing and collections solutions, teleconferencing and video conferencing solutions, as well as a variety of value-added carrier services.
Following the deregulation of the Canadian telecom industry in 1998, Founder, Chairman and CEO Anthony Lacavera recognized an opportunity to provide next-generation telecommunications solutions to a market dominated by very large, slow-moving operators. Globalive initially focused on bringing new technology and proprietary software solutions to traditional voice and data services, developing hosted solutions for business and white-label carrier customers. Globalive’s early success led it to the top spot on Profit Magazine’s 2004 list of Canada’s Fastest Growing companies.
The Globalive Group expanded operations, entering the consumer market with the acquisition of Yak Communications in 2006, the launch of its philanthropic foundation SHAMBA in 2007, and its entry into the wireless market with the successful launch of Globalive Wireless (operating as WIND Mobile) in 2009.
In 2012, Globalive won its ninth consecutive Deloitte Best Managed Companies award – a run that started in 2004 – attaining coveted member status in the Platinum Club.
In 2013, Globalive plans to launch Globalive Capital, making strategic investments in early-stage technology and telecommunications companies, with a focus on connecting them to Globalive’s operating platform and track record of success.
Now entering its 15th year, Globalive remains a privately owned Canadian-based company.
1998 – Globalive is founded by Anthony Lacavera with colleagues from the University of Toronto’s engineering school, at a time when the local phone market in Canada is deregulated. Globalive provides value-added telecom services to newly emerging carriers, building networks to compete with incumbent phone companies, with a focus on delivering local phone and internet services to consumers and businesses.
1999 – Globalive launches clearinghouse, billing and collections services for carriers, and begins developing international carrier relationships. Globalive rolls out long distance and operator services to Canadian hotels and hospitals, winning the business of more than 2,800 hospitality customers who represent over 90% of the Canadian market in its first two years.
2000 – Globalive launches teleconferencing services for carriers, providing seed financing for four teleconferencing services providers over two years. Three are purchased and adopted by Canada’s larger telecom players.
2001 – Globalive is named #5 on Profit Magazine’s 2001 listing of Canada’s Hottest Start-Ups.
2003 – Globalive partners with industry counterparts to create OneConnect Services, the first VoIP services company targeting Canadian small businesses with hosted voice and value-added services. Today OneConnect offers Data, Internet, hosted voice, and several other telecom services.
2004 – Globalive places #1 on Profit Magazine’s 2004 list of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies. Globalive is named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed companies for the first time.
2005 – Globalive’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, Anthony Lacavera is named to Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 list
2006 – Globalive acquires Yak Communications, a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ market for $75M CDN in an all-cash deal financed by Canadian banks.
2007 – Anthony Lacavera founds the Shamba Foundation, a unique philanthropic initiative designed to support charities in Canada with training, fundraising efforts including hosting fundraisers for guest charities in Globalive’s Shamba space, and driving unique volunteer engagement opportunities for the Globalive team.
2008 – Globalive creates Globalive Wireless (now operating as Wind Mobile), and secures a strategic investment from Orascom Telecom to enter the 2008 AWS Spectrum Auction. Globalive Wireless wins wireless licenses everywhere in Canada except Quebec
2009 – After an unprecedented lobbying effort from incumbent telecoms, the CRTC conducts the first-ever public review of a telecom company and ultimately denies Globalive Wireless its operating license in October 2009. In December, 2009 the Federal Cabinet intervened, varied the CRTC decision and Globalive Wireless launches its WIND Mobile service in December 2009.
2010 – Globalive’s Founder, Chairman and CEO Anthony Lacavera is named Canada’s CEO of the Year by the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business magazine
2012 – Globalive wins its ninth consecutive Deloitte Best Managed Companies award, attaining coveted member status in the Platinum Club.
2013 – Globalive plans to launch Globalive Capital, making strategic investments in technology and telecom companies, connecting them to Globalive’s operating platform and track record of success.