2013 Canada - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Canada’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure;
  • Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttH, DSL, cable TV, wireless);
  • Convergence and Digital Media;
  • 3G subscriber and mobile ARPU forecasts to 2015;
  • Broadband market forecasts for selective years to 2020.

Key developments:

SaskTel launches LTE service; Bell enhances mobile TV service; Wind Mobile sold to Russia’s Vimpelcom; TELUS’s LTE network reaches 70% population coverage by early 2013; Rogers launches LTE international roaming service; regulator prepares for 700MHz November 2013 auction; VimpelCom seeks to sell Wind Mobile; Mobilicity seeks to restructure finances and raise funds for spectrum bid; Government proposes relaxation of foreign company ownership rules in telecom sector; regulator’s policy to migrate telcos to IP networks; Bell acquires Quebec’s Astral Media for C$3.38 billion; SaskTel invests in Northern Fibre Expansion project, migrates customers to VoIP; Shaw Communications extends its WiFi network; Eastlink launches 200Mb/s service; Rogers Communications discontinues WiMAX service; regulator’s 2012 market data update; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 2013; market developments to May 2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

Shaw Communications, Rogers Communications, Vidéotron Ltée, Cogeco Cable, Bell Canada, TELUS Corporation, MTS Allstream, SaskTel, Bell Aliant, BOLDstreet Wireless, Tadaa Wireless, DoDo Wireless, Hotspotzz, Wayport, Boingo, FatPort, Craig Wireless System, Barrett Xplore, I-NetLink, Virgin Mobile Canada, Wind Mobile, Mobilicity, Public Mobile.

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- May 2013 (11th Edition)

Executive Summary

Forthcoming spectrum auctions to bolster LTE services and takeup

BuddeComm’s annual publication, Canada- Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts, provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in the telecommunications and digital media sectors of one of this key North American market. The report includes the regulator’s 2012 market data update, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 2013 and market developments to May 2013.

Telecom market overview

Canada’s fully privatised telecom market is dominated by a small number of major incumbents, including Bell Canada, TELUS, Bell-Aliant, MTS, Rogers and SaskTel. Five main operators together account for about 85% of all telecom revenue. There is nevertheless room for a large number of small players, regional cablecos and service resellers. Telecoms service revenue has grown steadily in recent years, bucking the trend for stagnant or negative growth seen in many other developed markets. Growth has largely been supported by broadcasting sector revenue, as also by wireless revenue while fixed-voice revenue continues to slide.

Mobile market

The number of wireless (cellular/mobile) subscribers is growing steadily, and the relatively low penetration will provide room for continued growth in coming years. Operators will aim to develop revenue through mobile data services, capitalising on their investment in HSPA+ and LTE technologies which have become widely available. Further investment in 2013 and 2014 will secure additional spectrum when frequencies in the 700MHz and 2500MHz bands are auctioned. The regulator will enforce roaming conditions and is reserving spectrum for a fourth players (in competition with the Big Three) while also reserving some 700MHz spectrum for public safety services.

Fibre networks

Telcos will continue to fast-track FttH deployments in response to cablcos’ provision of 200Mb’s services. The migration to FttH is fundamental for telcos retaining customers, preventing churn and keeping up with increasing bandwidth demand among customers.

Key telecom parameters – 2010; 2013

Sector

2010

2013 (e)

Subscribers by sector (million):

Fixed broadband subscribers

10.35

11.75

Mobile phone

25.8

28.6

Fixed-line telephony

19.99

19.77

Penetration by sector:

Fixed broadband

30.1%

33.6%

Mobile

72%

85%

Fixed-line

525

50%

(Source: BuddeComm)

Market Highlights

  • The government’s review of foreign investment restrictions should open up access to capital and foreign investment, in turn enabling telcos to expedite investment and adoption of new technologies.
  • The regulator’s Three-Year Plan has been adopted to guide its measures and activities through to mid-2015.
  • SaskTel has collaborated with SaskPower and Cameco to provide fibre networks and power facilities to north-eastern Saskatchewan. The Northern Fibre Expansion project, costing $29.6 million, will deliver telecoms services based on FttH.
  • The government’s auction of spectrum in the 700MHz band, scheduled for late 2013, will include governing roaming requirements and is aimed at having at least four competitors in each region Rules would also encourage cellphone tower sharing to increase wireless coverage and reduce the numbers of towers required.
  • The auction of 2.5GHz spectrum in 2014 will allocate more than two thirds of the 750MHz of spectrum targeted by the end of 2017.
  • Bell Canada in early 2013 secured approval from the Competition Bureau to acquire Astral Media. The deal will increase Bell Media's share of viewers in both anglophone and francophone areas.
  • In early 2013 three operators (Wind Mobile, Public Mobile and Mobilicity) left the industry body Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), claiming that the association was biased towards the country’s three main MNOs Rogers, Bell and Telus on a variety of issues.

This report is essential reading for those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on the telecom sector in Canada. It provides further information on:

  • Market liberalisation and regulatory issues;
  • The impact of the global economic crisis;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile data market developments in coming years in light of spectrum auctions and new license awards;
  • 3G developments, regulatory issues and technologies including HSPA and LTE;
  • Broadband migration to an FttH architecture;
  • Historical and current subscriber statistics and forecasts;
  • ARPU statistics and forecasts.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Key Statistics
  • 2. Telecommunications Market
    • 2.1 Overview
  • 3. Regulatory Environment
    • 3.1 Overview
      • 3.1.1 Three Year Plan 2012-2015
  • 4. Fixed Network Market
    • 4.1 overview
  • 5. Telecommunications Infrastructure
    • 5.1 National telecom network
    • 5.2 International infrastructure
    • 5.3 FttH and FttN
    • 5.4 Cable HFC networks
    • 5.5 Smart grid developments
      • 5.5.1 Ontario
      • 5.5.2 Alberta
      • 5.5.3 Québec
      • 5.5.4 British Columbia
      • 5.5.5 New Brunswick
  • 6. Internet Market
    • 6.1 Overview
    • 6.2 E-health developments
    • 6.3 E-commerce
    • 6.4 Data centres
  • 7. Broadband Market
    • 7.1 Overview and analysis
      • 7.1.1 Broadband policy initiatives
      • 7.1.2 Broadband statistics
    • 7.2 Cable modems
      • 7.2.1 Overview and statistics
      • 7.2.2 Major cable broadband providers
    • 7.3 Digital subscriber line (DSL)
      • 7.3.1 Overview
      • 7.3.2 Major providers
    • 7.4 Fibre-to-the-Home/Node (FttH/FttN)
      • 7.4.1 SaskTel
      • 7.4.2 Bell Canada
      • 7.4.3 Bell Aliant
      • 7.4.4 Rogers
    • 7.5 Wireless broadband
      • 7.5.1 WiFi
      • 7.5.2 WiMAX
      • 7.5.3 Satellite
      • 7.5.4 HSPA and LTE
  • 8. Digital Media
    • 8.1 Overview
    • 8.2 Digital television (DTV)
    • 8.3 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
    • 8.4 TV-over-IP (IPTV)
    • 8.5 Cable telephony and VoIP
    • 8.6 Satellite
  • 9. Wireless Communications
    • 9.1 Market analysis
    • 9.2 Overview of Canada’s Wireless market
      • 9.2.1 Wireless statistics
      • 9.2.2 Wireless revenue drivers
    • 9.3 Regulatory overview
      • 9.3.1 CRTC and Industry Canada
      • 9.3.2 Spectrum licensing
    • 9.4 Wireless technologies
      • 9.4.1 Personal communications services (PCS)
      • 9.4.2 GSM
      • 9.4.3 Third Generation (3G) wireless
      • 9.4.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE) wireless
    • 9.5 Major wireless operators
      • 9.5.1 Rogers Wireless
      • 9.5.2 Bell Wireless
      • 9.5.3 TELUS Mobility
      • 9.5.4 SaskTel Mobility
      • 9.5.5 MTS Allstream
      • 9.5.6 New entrants
    • 9.6 Wireless services
      • 9.6.1 Prepaid and postpaid services
      • 9.6.2 Wireless data services
      • 9.6.3 Text messaging (SMS)
      • 9.6.4 Multimedia messaging service (MMS)
      • 9.6.5 Mobile TV
      • 9.6.6 Machine-to-machine (M2M)
  • 10. Forecasts
    • 10.1 Broadband subscriber forecasts to 2015
    • 10.2 Wireless penetration and revenue – 2011-2016
    • Table 1 – Country statistics – 2012 (e)
    • Table 2 – Telecom revenue and investment statistics – 2012 (e)
    • Table 3 – Fixed-line statistics – 2012 (e)
    • Table 4 – Major ISPs – 2013
    • Table 5 – Internet user statistics – 2012
    • Table 6 – Broadband statistics – 2012 (e)
    • Table 7 – Wireless statistics – 2012 (e)
    • Table 8 – National telecommunications authorities
    • Table 9 – Telecom, broadcasting revenue– 2007 - 2013
    • Table 10 – Telecoms revenue by type – 2006 - 2013
    • Table 11 – Telecoms revenue by type of provider – 2008 - 2013
    • Table 12 – Telecoms investment by type – 2006 - 2012
    • Table 13 – Fixed-lines in service – 2007 - 2013
    • Table 14 – Fixed-line voice revenue – 2002 - 2013
    • Table 15 – Fixed-line retail and wholesale revenue – 2006 - 2013
    • Table 16 – Cableco revenue – 2008 - 2013
    • Table 17 – Cable TV (broadcasting) revenue – 2007 - 2013
    • Table 18 – Cable TV subscribers – 2006 - 2013
    • Table 19 – Cable TV subscribers by major player– 2008 - 2012
    • Table 20 – Online advertising revenue – 2005 - 2013
    • Table 21 – Internet revenue – 2001 - 2013
    • Table 22 – Internet revenue – 2001 - 2013
    • Table 23 – Broadband availability through Economic Action Plan – 2010 - 2012
    • Table 24 – Residential DSL and cable broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2013
    • Table 25 – Broadband penetration in leading OECD countries – 2001; 2006; 2011 - 2012
    • Table 26 – Broadband penetration – 2004 - 2013
    • Table 27 – Proportion of broadband subscribers by data rate – 2006 - 2012
    • Table 28 – Market share of internet subscribers by platform – 2007; 2011
    • Table 29 – Cable modem subscribers by major operator – 2003 - 2011
    • Table 30 – Broadband data speeds; proportion of subscribers – 2006 - 2012
    • Table 31 – Cable broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2012
    • Table 32 – Cablecos’ revenue and annual change – 2008 - 2012
    • Table 33 – Shaw Communications subscribers – 2010 - 2012
    • Table 34 – Shaw Communications revenue – 2009 - 2013
    • Table 35 – Rogers Cable financial data – 2010 - 2013
    • Table 36 – Rogers Cable subscriber data – 2010 - 2013
    • Table 37 – Videotron subscriber data – 2008 - 2012
    • Table 38 – Cogeco financial data – 2010 - 2013
    • Table 39 – Cogeco subscribers by sector – 2009 - 2012
    • Table 40 – Bell Canada (BCE) financial data – 2008 - 2012
    • Table 41 – Bell Canada revenue by division – 2008 - 2012
    • Table 42 – Bell Canada subscribers by sector – 2008 - 2012
    • Table 43 – Bell Aliant subscribers by sector – 2008 - 2013
    • Table 44 – Bell Aliant financial data – 2008 - 2013
    • Table 45 – TELUS financial data – 2006 - 2012
    • Table 46 – TELUS subscribers by sector– 2007 - 2012
    • Table 47 – MTS financial data – 2007 - 2012
    • Table 48 – MTS revenue by sector – 2007 - 2012
    • Table 49 – MTS subscribers by sector – 2007 - 2012
    • Table 50 – SaskTel financial data – 2007 - 2012
    • Table 51 – SaskTel subscriber by sector – 2007 - 2011
    • Table 52 – Satellite broadband revenue – 2007 - 2012
    • Table 53 – Mobile broadband subscribers by type – 2010 - 2012
    • Table 54 – Broadcasting revenue by type – 2006 - 2013
    • Table 55 – Bundled services penetration by operator (Anglophone market) – 2010
    • Table 56 – Bundled services penetration by operator (Francophone market) – 2010
    • Table 57 – Subscribers to broadcasting services – 2006 - 2013
    • Table 58 – Digital TV (cable, satellite, telco) and total TV households – 2002 - 2011
    • Table 59 – IPTV revenue – 2007 - 2013
    • Table 60 – IPTV subscribers – 2007 - 2013
    • Table 61 – VoIP subscribers – 2009 - 2013
    • Table 62 – DTH and MDS revenue – 2007 - 2014
    • Table 63 – Satellite broadcasting revenue – 2008 - 2012
    • Table 64 – DHT and MDS subscribers – 2006 - 2013
    • Table 65 – Wireless subscribers and annual change – 2000 - 2014
    • Table 66 – Wireless subscribers by major provider – 2004 - 2012
    • Table 67 – Wireless operator market share of subscribers – 2010 - 2011
    • Table 68 – Wireless provider market share by province – 2011
    • Table 69 – Wireless industry revenue by service type – 2002 - 2012
    • Table 70 – Wireless device penetration by type – 2007 - 2013
    • Table 71 – Rogers Wireless pre and postpaid revenue, operating income – 2002 - 2013
    • Table 72 – Rogers Wireless pre and postpaid subscribers – 2009 - 2013
    • Table 73 – Rogers Wireless churn – 2009 - 2013
    • Table 74 – Rogers Wireless ARPU – 2009 - 2013
    • Table 75 – Bell Wireless operating data – 2006 - 2012
    • Table 76 – Bell Wireless financial data – 2006 - 2012
    • Table 77 – TELUS Mobility revenue, EBITDA – 2003 - 2012
    • Table 78 – TELUS Mobility penetration and coverage – 2003 - 2012
    • Table 79 – TELUS Mobility prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2009 - 2012
    • Table 80 – TELUS Mobility ARPU and monthly churn rate – 2002 - 2012
    • Table 81 – SaskTel Mobility revenue – 2009 - 2012
    • Table 82 – SaskTel Mobility subscribers – 2007 - 2012
    • Table 83 – MTS Allstream wireless revenue, ARPU – 2007 - 2012
    • Table 84 – MTS Allstream subscribers – 2007 - 2012
    • Table 85 – Videotron cellular subscriber data – 2008 - 2012
    • Table 86 – Prepaid subscribers by major operator – 2004 - 2011
    • Table 87 – Prepaid and post-paid sector revenue – 2004 - 2012
    • Table 88 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2011
    • Table 89 – Total SMS and MMS sent – 2009 - 2013
    • Table 90 – Text messages sent per month – 2002 - 2012
    • Table 91 – Forecast residential DSL, cable, FttH and 4G wireless broadband subscribers – lower market growth scenario – 2011 - 2015
    • Table 92 – Forecast residential DSL, cable, FttH and 4G wireless broadband subscribers – higher market growth scenario – 2011 - 2015
    • Table 93 – Forecast wireless subscriber, penetration and revenue – lower growth scenario – 2011 - 2016
    • Table 94 – Forecast wireless subscriber, penetration and revenue – higher growth scenario – 2011 - 2016
    • Chart 1 – Telecoms revenue by type – 2006 – 2013
    • Chart 2 – Residential DSL and cable broadband subscribers – 2001 – 2013
    • Chart 3 – Cable modem subscribers by major operator – 2003 – 2011
    • Chart 4 – Shaw Communications subscribers – 2010 – 2012
    • Chart 5 – Rogers Cable subscriber data – 2010 – 201
    • Chart 6 – Videotron subscriber data – 2008 – 2012
    • Chart 7 – Cogeco subscribers by sector – 2009 – 2012
    • Chart 8 – Bell Canada (BCE) financial data – 2008 – 2012
    • Chart 9 – Bell Canada revenue by division – 2008 – 2012
    • Chart 10 – Bell Canada subscribers by sector – 2008 – 2012
    • Chart 11 – Bell Aliant subscribers by sector – 2008 – 2013
    • Chart 12 – Bell Aliant financial data – 2008 – 2013
    • Chart 13 – TELUS subscribers by sector– 2007 – 2012
    • Chart 14 – MTS revenue by sector – 2007 – 2012
    • Chart 15 – MTS subscribers by sector – 2007 – 2012
    • Chart 16 – SaskTel financial data – 2007 – 2012
    • Chart 17 – SaskTel subscriber by sector – 2007 – 2012
    • Chart 18 – Wireless subscribers and annual change – 2000 - 2014
    • Chart 19 – Wireless subscribers by major provider – 2004 – 2012
    • Chart 20 – Rogers Wireless pre and postpaid subscribers – 2009 – 2013
    • Chart 21 – Bell Wireless financial data – 2006 – 2012
    • Chart 22 – TELUS Mobility revenue, EBITDA – 2003 – 2012
    • Chart 23 – TELUS Mobility prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2009 – 2012
    • Chart 24 – SaskTel Mobility subscribers – 2007 – 2012
    • Exhibit 1 – Major submarine cables landing in Canada
    • Exhibit 2 – Toronto Hydro, Google and smart metering
    • Exhibit 3 – Example of major fibre project – the Alberta SuperNet
    • Exhibit 4 – Example of WiMAX developments – Barrett Xplore

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