CRTC Releases Part Two of Telecom Report

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CRTC Releases Part Two of Telecom Report

Sep 29, 2014 10:47 AM

OTTAWA-GATINEAU�Canadians are increasingly choosing smartphones and tablets according to the 2014 Communications Monitoring Report released by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

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The report shows that over 62 percent of the population owns one of these devices, and 39 percent use tablets; an increase from 2012, when the percentages were 51 and 26 percent, respectively. In 2013, 90 percent of wireless service subscribers were customers of one of Canada's three major providers. Also, the number of residential phone lines dropped from 12 million in 2012 to 11.2 million in 2013.

The percentage of households that subscribed to Internet services remained stable, from 79 percent in 2012 to 80 percent in 2013. However, the percentage of subscribers with download speeds of 5 megabits per second or more increased by 5 percent reaching 67 percent (including satellite services) in 2013. The market share of small service providers increased from 9 to 10 percent.

The availability of Internet service with a download speed of 5Mbps or more rose from 82 percent of Canadian households in 2009 to 94 percent in 2013. Monthly rates varied widely by province and whether the area was rural or urban.

Wireless service networks were accessible to 99 percent of the population, the same as in 2012. In 2013, the percentage of Canadians with access to fourth-generation wireless networks (LTE) increased from 72 to 81 percent in a year. The market share in terms of revenues for wireless service companies competing with the three major providers went from 6 to 8 percent between 2012 and 2013.

In 2013, residential broadband availability was 97 percent nationally; 100 percent in urban areas and 84 percent in rural zones. The percentage of subscribers with download speeds of 5 Mbps or more reached 67 percent in 2013. The average number of gigabytes downloaded per month by residential service subscribers increased by 57 percent between 2012 and 2013, rising from 28.4 to 44.8 gigabytes. The market share of independent providers increased, from 9 percent in 2012 to 10 percent in 2013.

The number of residential telephone lines dropped by 6 percent, a decrease from 12 million in 2012 to 11.2 million in 2013. The revenues generated by the wireless service industry grew to $21.2 billion, a 3.8 percent increase over 2012. The revenues generated by the Internet service industry grew to $8.1 billion, a 7.1 percent increase over 2012. The revenues generated by the wireline voice communication industry dropped to $10.6 billion, a 4.5 percent decrease from 2012.

Telecommunication service revenues increased by 2 percent, reaching 44.8 billion dollars. In 2013, telecom companies allocated $9.2 billion to capital expenditures for maintaining, improving or expanding networks.

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