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Canada - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses


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Canada - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Canada's mobile penetration remains comparatively low and so the market offers further room for growth. This is particularly the case with mobile broadband delivered over LTE networks, an area in which mobile network operators have focussed their investments in recent years. The major players now effectively offer 99% population coverage with LTE, while services based on iterations including carrier aggregated LTE-A are increasingly widespread. Some operators, including Telus and Bell Wireless, have trialled pre-5G technologies with a view to launching commercial services by 2020.

The government has endeavoured to encourage market competition by ensuring that blocks of spectrum have been reserved for new entrants, while blocking deals which would have concentrated spectrum either regionally or nationally among the main network operators. An auction of 70MHz within the 600MHz band is anticipated in 2019, with 30MHz expected to be reserved for smaller operators with a low market share.

This report assesses the market voice and data market, including recent developments in technologies and operator strategies.

Key developments:

Bell Wireless launches quad band LTE-A services offering peak data rates of up to 750Mb/s; Shaw rebrands Wind Mobile as Freedom Mobile; government opens consultation on 600MHz auction, expected in 2019; Bell Wireless develops an LTE-M network to support IoT devices; report includes the regulator's market data updates, Communications Monitoring Report for 2016, telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Rogers Wireless, Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile Canada, Telus Mobility, SaskTel Mobility, MTS Allstream, Globalive's Wind Mobile, Mobilicity, Public Mobile, Vidéotron Wireless, and Shaw Communications.


  • SYNOPSIS
  • MARKET ANALYSIS
  • MOBILE STATISTICS
    • GENERAL STATISTICS
      • Table Wireless subscribers and annual change - 2000 - 2018
      • Table Historic - mobile revenue by service type - 2002 - 2011
      • Table Multiple SIM card use as proportion of subscribers - 2011 - 2014
      • Table Prepaid and post-paid sector revenue - 2010 - 2015
      • Table Retail wireless revenue - 2008 - 2018
    • MOBILE VOICE
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2016
      • Table Mobile broadband availability by technology - 2011 - 2015
      • SMS/MMS
        • Table Total SMS and MMS sent - 2009 - 2018
        • Table Text messages sent per month - 2002 - 2018
  • FORECASTS - MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS - 2018; 2020; 2022
    • Table Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
    • NOTES ON SCENARIO FORECASTS
  • REGULATORY ISSUES
    • CRTC AND INDUSTRY CANADA
    • LICENSES
      • Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) auction - 2008
      • AWS auction - 2015
      • 700MHz
      • 2300MHz
      • 2500MHz
        • Table 2.5GHz spectrum auction results - April 2015
      • 2100MHz
      • 600MHz
    • ROAMING
  • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
    • DIGITAL NETWORKS
      • UMTS (3G) wireless
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE) wireless
      • 5G developments
  • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
    • ROGERS WIRELESS
      • Table Rogers Wireless revenue, operating profit - 2002 - 2017
      • Table Rogers Wireless pre and postpaid subscribers - 2009 - 2017
      • Table Rogers Wireless churn - 2009 - 2017
      • Table Rogers Wireless ARPU - 2009 - 2017
    • BELL WIRELESS (BELL MOBILITY)
      • Table Bell Wireless operating data - 2006 - 2017
      • Table Bell Wireless financial data - 2006 - 2017
      • Virgin Mobile Canada
      • Bell MTS
        • Table Historic - MTS wireless revenue, ARPU - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Historic - MTS subscribers - 2007 - 2014
    • TELUS MOBILITY
      • Table Telus Mobility revenue, EBITDA - 2003 - 2017
      • Table Telus Mobility prepaid and postpaid subscribers - 2009 - 2017
      • Table Telus Mobility ARPU and monthly churn rate - 2002 - 2017
    • SASKTEL MOBILITY
      • Table SaskTel Mobility revenue - 2009 - 2018
      • Table Historic - SaskTel Mobility subscribers - 2007 - 2013
    • NEW ENTRANTS
      • Mobilicity
      • Public Mobile
      • Vidéotron Wireless
        • Table Historic - Videotron cellular subscriber data - 2008 - 2017
      • Shaw Communications
      • Ice Wireless
  • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
    • M-PAYMENTS
    • MACHINE-TO-MACHINE (M2M)
    • LTE-M
  • RELATED REPORTS

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