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CRTC’s ‘state of the Canadian telecommunications’ report says 46% of telco revenue is from wireless

The CRTC has released its annual report on the “state of the Canadian telecommunications industry.” Officially called the 2014 Communications Monitoring Report, the document is an in-depth review of the communications industry in Canada.

According to the report, 46% of total telecom revenues is coming directly from the wireless sector. Jean-Pierre Blais, CRTC Chairman, and his team stated that the wireless revenue generated in 2013 was $21.2 billion, representing a 3.8% increase since 2012. The report also states that “the market share in terms of revenues for wireless service companies competing with the three major providers went from 6% to 8% between 2012 and 2013.”

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Canada now has 28 million wireless subscribers and, as expected, 90% of wireless subs are with Rogers, Bell, or TELUS. Canadians adoption of smartphones and tablets continues, with 62% of the population owning at least one of those mobile devices.

The report also shows that wireless service penetration has held steady at 99% of the Canadian population, the same percentage as 2012. However, LTE (long-term evolution) network buildout has increased by 9% over the past year, and is now available to 81% of Canadians.

[source] CRTC [/source]

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