Canada - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

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.

Key developments:

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

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 General statistics
    • 3.2 Mobile voice
    • 3.3 Mobile data
      • 3.3.1 SMS/MMS
  • 4. Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • 4.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
  • 5. Regulatory issues
    • 5.1 CRTC and Industry Canada
    • 5.2 Licenses
      • 5.2.1 Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) auction - 2008
      • 5.2.2 AWS auction - 2015
      • 5.2.3 700MHz
      • 5.2.4 2300MHz
      • 5.2.5 2500MHz
      • 5.2.6 2100MHz
      • 5.2.7 600MHz
    • 5.3 Roaming
  • 6. Mobile infrastructure
    • 6.1 Digital networks
      • 6.1.1 UMTS (3G) wireless
      • 6.1.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE) wireless
      • 6.1.3 5G developments
  • 7. Major mobile operators
    • 7.1 Rogers Wireless
    • 7.2 Bell Wireless (Bell Mobility)
      • 7.2.1 Virgin Mobile Canada
      • 7.2.2 Bell MTS
    • 7.3 Telus Mobility
    • 7.4 SaskTel Mobility
    • 7.5 New entrants
      • 7.5.1 Mobilicity
      • 7.5.2 Public Mobile
      • 7.5.3 Vidéotron Wireless
      • 7.5.4 Shaw Communications
      • 7.5.5 Ice Wireless
  • 8. Mobile content and applications
    • 8.1 M-payments
    • 8.2 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
    • 8.3 LTE-M
  • 9. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Wireless subscribers and annual change – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 2 – Historic – mobile revenue by service type – 2002 - 2011
  • Table 3 – Multiple SIM card use as proportion of subscribers – 2011 - 2014
  • Table 4 – Prepaid and post-paid sector revenue – 2010 - 2015
  • Table 5 –Retail wireless revenue – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 6 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 7 – Mobile broadband availability by technology – 2011 – 2015
  • Table 8 – Total SMS and MMS sent – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 9 – Text messages sent per month – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 10 – Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
  • Table 11 – 2.5GHz spectrum auction results – April 2015
  • Table 12 – Rogers Wireless revenue, operating profit – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 13 – Rogers Wireless pre and postpaid subscribers – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 14 – Rogers Wireless churn – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 15 – Rogers Wireless ARPU – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 16 – Bell Wireless operating data – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 17 – Bell Wireless financial data – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 18 – Historic - MTS wireless revenue, ARPU – 2007 - 2014
  • Table 19 – Historic - MTS subscribers – 2007 - 2014
  • Table 20 – Telus Mobility revenue, EBITDA – 2003 - 2017
  • Table 21 – Telus Mobility prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 22 – Telus Mobility ARPU and monthly churn rate – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 23 – SaskTel Mobility revenue – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 24 – Historic - SaskTel Mobility subscribers – 2007 - 2013
  • Table 25 – Historic - Videotron cellular subscriber data – 2008 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Wireless subscribers and annual change – 2000 - 2018
  • Chart 2 – Rogers Wireless pre and postpaid subscribers – 2009 – 2017
  • Chart 3 – Bell Wireless financial data – 2006 – 2017
  • Chart 4 – Telus Mobility revenue, EBITDA – 2003 – 2017
  • Chart 5 – Telus Mobility prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2009 – 2017

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Number of pages 25

Status Current

Last updated 8 Sep 2017
Update History

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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