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Canada - Broadband Market - Insights, Statistics and Forecasts


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Canada - Broadband Market - Insights, Statistics and Forecasts

Canada is not among the leading OECD nations for broadband penetration, though operator investments both in fixed-line and mobile technologies are addressing shortfalls. Government policy has encouraged widespread broadband availability, particularly in rural and regional areas, resulting in 95% of Canadians being able to access broadband. Cable still leads DSL in terms of subscriber numbers, with networks upgraded with DOCSIS 3.0 technology igniting cable subscriber growth as services of up to 200Mb's become more widely available. Fibre deployments are also gaining momentum. Prominent WiMAX network deployments include those of Barrett Xplore and Shaw Communications, which has abandoned plans for a cellular network in favour of WiMAX/WiFi. The regulator has also upgraded the targets for basic broadband to be 5Mb/s downloads by the end of 2015. This should lead to a period of sustained development in the Canadian regional broadband sector. This report provided updated statistics, analysis and forecasts on the Canadian fixed-line and mobile broadband sector, providing statistical overviews and an analysis on operator strategies.

Key developments:

Bell acquires Quebec's Astral Media for C$3.38 billion; MTS sells Allstream unit; SaskTel invests in Northern Fibre Expansion project, migrates customers to VoIP; SaskTel closes the Saskatchewan! Connected wireless internet network; Shaw Communications begins extending its WiFi network; Eastlink launches 200Mb/s service; OneGigabit launches in Vancouver; community fibre updates; Videotron launches subscription VoD service; Rogers Communications discontinues WiMAX service; regulator's 2012 market data update; telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2013; market developments to September 2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

Shaw Cablesystems, Rogers Cable Communications, Vidéotron Ltée, Cogeco Cable, Bell Canada, TELUS Corporation, MTS Allstream and SaskTel.


1. Synopsis
2. Overview and analysis
2.1 Broadband policy initiatives
2.2 Broadband statistics
3. Cable modems
3.1 Overview and statistics
3.2 Major cable broadband providers
3.2.1 Shaw Cablesystems GP
3.2.2 Rogers Cable Communications Inc
3.2.3 Vidéotron Ltée
3.2.4 Cogeco Cable
4. Digital subscriber line (DSL)
4.1 Overview
4.2 Major providers
4.2.1 Bell Canada
4.2.2 Bell Aliant
4.2.3 TELUS Corporation
4.2.4 Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS)
4.2.5 SaskTel
4.2.6 Other providers
5. Fibre-to-the-Home/Node (FttH/FttN)
5.1 SaskTel
5.2 Bell Canada
5.3 Bell Aliant
5.4 Rogers
5.5 TELUS Corporation
5.6 Other developments
6. Wireless broadband
6.1 WiFi
6.2 WiMAX
6.3 Satellite
6.4 HSPA and LTE
7. Forecasts
7.1 Broadband subscriber forecasts to 2015
7.2 Notes on scenario forecasts
8. Related reports
Table 1 Internet revenue 2001 - 2013
Table 2 Broadband availability through Economic Action Plan 2010 - 2012
Table 3 Residential DSL and cable broadband subscribers 2001 - 2013
Table 4 Broadband penetration in leading OECD countries 2001; 2006; 2011 - 2012
Table 5 Broadband penetration 2004 - 2014
Table 6 Proportion of broadband subscribers by data rate 2006 - 2012
Table 7 Market share of internet subscribers by platform 2007; 2010 - 2012
Table 8 Cable modem subscribers by major operator 2003 - 2013
Table 9 Broadband data speeds; proportion of subscribers 2006 - 2013
Table 10 Cable broadband subscribers 2006 - 2014
Table 11 Cablecos' revenue and annual change 2008 - 2012
Table 12 Shaw Communications subscribers 2010 - 2013
Table 13 Shaw Communications revenue 2009 - 2013
Table 14 Rogers Cable financial data 2010 - 2013
Table 15 Rogers Cable subscriber data 2010 - 2013
Table 16 Videotron subscriber data 2008 - 2013
Table 17 Cogeco financial data 2010 - 2013
Table 18 Cogeco subscribers by sector 2009 - 2013
Table 19 Bell Canada (BCE) financial data 2008 - 2013
Table 20 Bell Canada revenue by division 2008 - 2013
Table 21 Bell Canada subscribers by sector 2008 - 2013
Table 22 Bell Aliant subscribers by sector 2008 - 2013
Table 23 Bell Aliant financial data 2008 - 2013
Table 24 TELUS financial data 2006 - 2013
Table 25 TELUS subscribers by sector 2007 - 2013
Table 26 MTS financial data 2007 - 2013
Table 27 MTS revenue by sector 2007 - 2013
Table 28 MTS subscribers by sector 2007 - 2013
Table 29 SaskTel financial data 2007 - 2013
Table 30 SaskTel subscriber by sector 2007 - 2011
Table 31 Satellite broadband revenue 2007 - 2012
Table 32 Mobile broadband subscribers by type 2010 2013
Table 33 Forecast residential DSL, cable broadband subscribers lower market growth scenario 2012; 2015; 2017
Table 34 Forecast residential DSL, cable broadband subscribers higher market growth scenario 2012; 2015; 2017
Chart 1 Residential DSL and cable broadband subscribers 2001 2013
Chart 2 Cable modem subscribers by major operator 2003 2013
Chart 3 Shaw Communications subscribers 2010 2012
Chart 4 Rogers Cable subscriber data 2010 2013
Chart 5 Videotron subscriber data 2008 2013
Chart 6 Cogeco subscribers by sector 2009 2013
Chart 7 Bell Canada (BCE) financial data 2008 2013
Chart 8 Bell Canada revenue by division 2008 2013
Chart 9 Bell Canada subscribers by sector 2008 2013
Chart 10 Bell Aliant subscribers by sector 2008 2013
Chart 11 Bell Aliant financial data 2008 2013
Chart 12 TELUS subscribers by sector 2007 2013
Chart 13 MTS revenue by sector 2007 2013
Chart 14 MTS subscribers by sector 2007 2013
Chart 15 SaskTel financial data 2007 2013
Chart 16 SaskTel subscriber by sector 2007 2012
Exhibit 1 Example of major fibre project the Alberta SuperNet
Exhibit 2 Example of WiMAX developments Barrett Xplore

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