Bell announced their Q3 2012 results today and specifically for wireless they saw revenues jump 7.1% to $1,434 million. Their subscriber base increased 2.8% over last year to hit 7,576,027. Postpaid net activations rose 148,502 (17.1%) from Q3 2011, while prepaid net customers continued the trend in Canadian wireless and dropped to 18,738 in Q3 2012 from 41,105 in Q3 2011.
Blended ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) was $57.30/month, representing an increase of 4.2% over last year. The reason was caused by “increased postpaid mix, a higher proportion of postpaid customers using smartphones, which drove mobile data revenue growth of 29.5%, and a greater number of higher-ARPU postpaid customers from western Canada.” No indication of the difference the customers in West are paying to those in Eastern Canada. Bell also noted that smartphone subscribers now make up for 60% of the total postpaid base, compared to 43% in Q3 2011.
In addition, Bell is claiming to have “Canada’s largest 4G LTE network, now reaching more than 61% of the Canadian population in more than 40 markets across 7 provinces and territories.”