There’s an interesting article on the GSMA’s Mobile Business Briefing that gives insights into the number of subscribers our new entrants might have. Currently there are rumours out there that have WIND Mobile bringing in 100,000 subscribers since launching last December. However, there are no stats of either Mobilicity or Public Mobile.
We’re not sure where these numbers came from but they state that Public Mobile who operates in Toronto and Montreal have a 0.02% market share with 3,584 subscribers. During the auction Public spent $53 million and have the possibility of reaching 19 million customers. They opened their doors on March 18th and with this stat is shows they sign up on average of 25 subscribers per day (it’s been 141 days since the doors opened).
In addition, Mobilicity invested $243.1-million for 10 licenses during the Canadian Wireless Spectrum Auction and currently operates in Toronto, but will expand to Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Ottawa later this year. When it comes to subscribers the article states they have brought in 3,000 (0.01% market share) since launching on May 14th… so effective today Mobilicity has been in operation for 84 days and on average have signed up 36 people every day.
Check out the full breakdown after the break
UPDATE: I got a call from Mobilicity this morning stating that these numbers in the article are WAY off. They would not release actual numbers to me as they are a private company but did confirm that they have signed up more than 3,000.
UPDATE #2: Here’s an e-mail we received from Mobilicity: “Further to that conversation, I wanted to drive home the point that the number reported by the GSMA is inaccurate. We had 3,000 subscribers just over a week after we launched and we have been growing at a rapid pace since then; a more aggressive growth trajectory than any other new entrant. As we are a private company, I am unable to provide you with any specifics surrounding our subscriber base, but I thought it important to clarify.”