Canada - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses
Canada has one of the highest broadband penetration rates among the OECD nations. Government policy has encouraged work to extend broadband availability to rural and regional areas, with the result that a basic service of at least 5Mb/s is almost universally available. Cable still leads DSL in terms of subscriber numbers. Cablecos are beginning to upgrade their networks to the DOCSIS3.1 standard, which can deliver data at 1Gb/s and above. Fibre deployments are also gaining momentum, with a growing number of Gigabit towns now connected. This report provided updated statistics, analysis and forecasts on the Canadian fixed-line broadband sector, providing statistical overviews and an analysis on operator strategies.
SaskTel opens its first Tier 3 data centre; regulator opens consultation on managing a planned $750 million broadband fund for rural and underserved areas; Vidéotron extends DOCSIS3.1 service; Bell Canada to invest $854 million to deliver Gigabit fibre to Montreal; Ontario Broadband Project developments; SaskTel invests in Northern Fibre Expansion project; Eastlink launches 200Mb/s service; OneGigabit launches in Vancouver; report includes the regulator’s 2016 market data; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2017, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:
Shaw Cablesystems, Rogers Cable Communications, Vidéotron Ltée, Cogeco Cable, Bell Canada, Telus Corporation, MTS Allstream and SaskTel.
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