The convergence of voice, internet and TV continues to bring Canadian telcos and broadcasting operators together as direct competitors in the emerging market for bundled services. Broadband and wireless revenues are underpinning telecom sector revenue while the fixed-voice sector continues to decline. Operators investing in fibre networks are migrating customer to IP for voice and other services as part of a systematic overhaul of the country’s telecom infrastructure. A stimulus for FttH expansion among telcos has come from cablecos whose upgraded networks now commonly offer up to 200Mb/s. This report provides a broad range of key statistical data on the major telecoms segments, including e-commerce and e-health developments as well as policies which support the progress of smart meter adoption and smart grids. It provides an overview of each major sector, an analysis of market developments and an assessment of operator strategies.
Government relaxes foreign company ownership rules in telecom sector; regulator’s policy to migrate telcos to IP networks; government blocks sale of Allstream to Accelero Capital Holdings; government calls for pick-and-pay option for cable and satellite services; smart grid developments; telcos’ operating data to Q2 2013; regulator’s market data for 2012; market developments to October 2013.
Companies mentioned in this report include:
Bell Canada, Bell Aliant, TELUS, BOLDstreet Wireless, Tadaa Wireless, DoDo Wireless, Hotspotzz, Wayport, Boingo, FatPort, Rogers Communications, Craig Wireless System, Barrett Xplore, I-NetLink, Sasktel, Videotron, Cogeco, Shaw Communications.