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

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

Canada's mobile penetration remains comparatively low by international standards, and so the market offers further room for growth. The government is concerned that the market does not lag the progress being made in other developed countries, particularly in the USA and across Europe, and as such it is ensuring that enough spectrum is being released for network operators to launch services based on 5G. Although the operators had hoped for 5G spectrum auctions to be made in 2019, a raft of spectrum in different bands will not be made available until between 2020 and 2022.

Nevertheless, Canadians are well provided for LTE and LTE-A infrastructure, despite the topographical challenges faced by operators. The major players effectively offer 99% population coverage with LTE. Telus and Bell Wireless were early to trial 5G technologies, and in May 2018 Shaw Communications also launched trials.

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

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

Key developments:

Shaw completes 5G trials;
Government sets up $400 million public-private partnership to exploit benefits of 5G;
Auction for residual 2500MHz licenses completed;
Bell Wireless launches quad band LTE-A services offering peak data rates of up to 950Mb/s, develops an LTE-M network to support IoT devices
Government opens consultation on 600MHz auction, expected in 2019;
Report includes the regulator's market data updates, Communications Monitoring Report for 2017, telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Rogers Wireless, Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile Canada, Telus Mobility, SaskTel Mobility, MTS Allstream, Freedom Mobile, Mobilicity, Public Mobile, Vidéotron Wireless, Shaw Communications.


1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Mobile voice
3.3 Mobile data
3.3.1 SMS/MMS
3.4 Mobile broadband
4. Forecasts Wireless subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
5. Regulatory issues
5.1 CRTC and Industry Canada
5.2 Licenses
5.2.1 Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) auction - 2008
5.2.2 AWS auction - 2015
5.2.3 700MHz
5.2.4 2300MHz
5.2.5 2500MHz - 2011
5.2.6 2500MHz 2018
5.2.7 2100MHz
5.2.8 600MHz
5.2.9 Multi spectrum 2022
5.3 Roaming
5.4 Wireless Code
6. Mobile infrastructure
6.1 5G
6.2 4G (LTE)
6.3 3G
6.4 Other infrastructure developments
6.4.1 IoT
7. Major mobile operators
7.1 Rogers Wireless
7.2 Bell Wireless (Bell Mobility)
7.2.1 Virgin Mobile Canada
7.2.2 Bell MTS
7.3 Telus Mobility
7.4 SaskTel Mobility
7.5 New entrants
7.5.1 Mobilicity
7.5.2 Public Mobile
7.5.3 Vidéotron Wireless
7.5.4 Shaw Communications
7.5.5 Ice Wireless
8. Mobile content and applications
8.1 M-payments
8.2 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
8.3 LTE-M
9. Related reports
Table 1 Wireless subscribers and penetration 2000 - 2019
Table 2 Mobile revenue by service type 2002 - 2016
Table 3 Multiple SIM card use as proportion of subscribers 2011 - 2015
Table 4 Prepaid and post-paid sector revenue 2010 - 2016
Table 5 Market share of subscribers by operator 2015 - 2016
Table 6 Retail wireless revenue 2008 - 2018
Table 7 Mobile ARPU 2012 - 2016
Table 8 Average mobile data user per subscribers 2014 - 2016
Table 9 Mobile device penetration by type 2012 - 2016
Table 10 Mobile broadband availability by technology 2011 2016
Table 11 Total SMS and MMS sent 2009 - 2018
Table 12 Text messages sent per month 2002 - 2018
Table 13 Text messages sent per month per subscriber 2014 - 2016
Table 14 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2005 - 2018
Table 15 Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2019; 2021; 2023
Table 16 Proportion of mobile contract plans by term length 2013 - 2016
Table 17 Rogers Wireless revenue, operating profit 2002 - 2018
Table 18 Rogers Wireless pre and postpaid subscribers 2009 - 2018
Table 19 Rogers Wireless churn 2009 - 2018
Table 20 Rogers Wireless ABPU 2009 - 2018
Table 21 Bell Wireless operating data 2006 - 2018
Table 22 Bell Wireless financial data 2006 - 2018
Table 23 Historic - MTS wireless revenue, ARPU 2007 - 2014
Table 24 Historic - MTS subscribers 2007 - 2014
Table 25 Telus Mobility revenue, EBITDA 2003 - 2018
Table 26 Telus Mobility prepaid and postpaid subscribers 2009 - 2018
Table 27 Telus Mobility ARPU and monthly churn rate 2002 - 2018
Table 28 SaskTel Mobility revenue 2009 - 2018
Table 29 Historic - SaskTel Mobility subscribers 2007 - 2013
Table 30 Vidéotron mobile subscribers 2008 - 2018
Chart 1 Wireless subscribers and penetration 2000 - 2019
Chart 2 Proportion of mobile contract plans by term length 2013 2016
Chart 3 Rogers Wireless pre and postpaid subscribers 2009 2018
Chart 4 Bell Wireless financial data 2006 2018
Chart 5 Telus Mobility revenue, EBITDA 2003 2018
Chart 6 Telus Mobility prepaid and postpaid subscribers 2009 2018

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