Canada - Wireless Market - Insights and Statistics
Canada's comparatively low mobile penetration offers room for further subscriber growth in the voice market. 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 three main networks operators. The March 2015 auction of AWS-3 spectrum has given room for new entrants to expand their market share.
Though voice services revenue growth remains stagnant, there is considerable promise in the mobile data sector. To this end operators have upgraded their networks with HSPA+ and LTE technologies, using spectrum assets in the 700MHz to provide mobile broadband in rural areas. MNOs expect to extend their LTE network footprints to cover 99% of the population. Operators have seen a steady migration among subscribers from feature phones to smartphones. About 80% of contract subscribers now have smartphones, and with higher data use this has resulted in a slower decline in ARPU.
This report provides an overview and analysis of the Canadian wireless market and the major operators, together with key statistics and select forecasts.
Government secures $755 million for 2.5GHz auction; $2.11 billion raised at AWS-3 auction; regulator determines to regulate roaming tariffs; CRTC decides against Rogers Communications' exclusive wholesale roaming agreements with new entrants; Public Mobile shuts down its CDMA-based network; PTT developments from Telus; LTE network rollouts; Rogers launches LTE international roaming service; Public Mobile bought by investment firms; spectrum licence transfer framework agreed; regulator's market data updates; 2013 Communications Monitoring Report; telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2014; 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.