Canada - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
Canada’s mobile penetration remains comparatively low and so the market offers further room for growth. This is particularly the case with mobile broadband delivered over LTE networks, an area in which mobile network operators have focussed their investments in recent years. The major players now effectively offer 99% population coverage with LTE, while services based on iterations including carrier aggregated LTE-A are increasingly widespread. Some operators, including Telus and Bell Wireless, have trialled pre-5G technologies with a view to launching commercial services by 2020.
The government has endeavoured to encourage market competition by ensuring that blocks of spectrum have been reserved for new entrants, while blocking deals which would have concentrated spectrum either regionally or nationally among the main network operators. An auction of 70MHz within the 600MHz band is anticipated in 2019, with 30MHz expected to be reserved for smaller operators with a low market share.
This report assesses the market voice and data market, including recent developments in technologies and operator strategies.
Bell Wireless launches quad band LTE-A services offering peak data rates of up to 750Mb/s; Shaw rebrands Wind Mobile as Freedom Mobile; government opens consultation on 600MHz auction, expected in 2019; Bell Wireless develops an LTE-M network to support IoT devices; report includes the regulator’s market data updates, Communications Monitoring Report for 2016, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2017, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:
Rogers Wireless, Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile Canada, Telus Mobility, SaskTel Mobility, MTS Allstream, Globalive’s Wind Mobile, Mobilicity, Public Mobile, Vidéotron Wireless, and Shaw Communications.
Table of Contents
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Mobile voice
3.3 Mobile data
4. Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022