Canada - Broadband Market - Insights, Statistics and Forecasts

Canada - Broadband Market - Insights, Statistics and Forecasts

  • August 2014 •
  • 33 pages •
  • Report ID: 5015926 •
  • Format: PDF
Canada has one of the highest broadband penetration rates among the OECD nations. Government policy has encouraged widespread broadband availability, particularly in rural and regional areas, resulting in 98% of Canadians being able to access broadband services. Cable still leads DSL in terms of subscriber numbers. The upgrade of networks with DOCSIS 3.0 technology has ignited cable subscriber growth, given that services of up to 200Mb/s have become more widely available. Fibre deployments are also gaining momentum. Prominent WiMAX network deployments include those of Barrett Xplore and Shaw Communications, which has abandoned plans for a cellular network in favour of WiMAX/WiFi. The regulator has also upgraded the targets for basic broadband to be 5Mb/s downloads by the end of 2015. This should lead to a period of sustained development in the Canadian regional broadband sector. This report provided updated statistics, analysis and forecasts on the Canadian fixed-line and mobile broadband sector, providing statistical overviews and an analysis on operator strategies.

Key developments:

Proposed merger between Eastlink and Bruce Telecom stopped by competition authorities; government injects additional funds into rural broadband in 2014 budget; Ontario Broadband Project developments; Bell Canada makes move to consolidate bell Aliant for about C$3.95 billion; Bell acquires Quebec’s Astral Media for C$3.38 billion; MTS sells Allstream unit; SaskTel invests in Northern Fibre Expansion project, migrates customers to VoIP; SaskTel closes the Saskatchewan! Connected wireless internet network; Shaw Communications begins extending its WiFi network; Eastlink launches 200Mb/s service; WiMAX licensees to lose concessions if spectrum is under-developed for broadband services; OneGigabit launches in Vancouver; community fibre updates; Videotron launches subscription VoD service; Rogers Communications discontinues WiMAX service; regulator’s 2013 market data update; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2014; market developments into 2014.

Companies covered in this report include:

Shaw Cablesystems, Rogers Cable Communications, Vidéotron Ltée, Cogeco Cable, Bell Canada, Telus Corporation, MTS Allstream and SaskTel.

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