The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission this week released information on the telecommunications sector from the 2014 Communications Monitoring Report.
The report shows that more and more Canadians are adopting smartphones and tablets. Over 62% of the population owns one of these devices, and 39% of Canadians use tablets—an increase from 2012, when the percentages were 51% and 26%, respectively. 90% of wireless service subscribers are customers of one of Canada’s three major providers: Rogers, Telus, and Bell. This figure is decreasing, but very slowly.
The percentage of households that subscribed to Internet services remained stable, from 79% in 2012 to 80% in 2013. However, the percentage of subscribers with download speeds of 5 megabits per second or more increased by 5% reaching 67% in 2013. The market share of small service providers competing with the three major providers in Canada increased as well, from 9% in 2012 to 10% in 2013. The availability of Internet service with a download speed of 5 megabits per second or more rose from 82% of Canadian households in 2009 to 94% in 2013.
More Canadian households are abandoning landlines. The number of residential phone lines dropped by 6%, from 12 million in 2012 to 11.2 million in 2013.
“With over 28 million subscribers and representing over 47% of the total revenues of telecommunication services in Canada, wireless services are the core of the Canadian telecommunications system,” noted Jean-Pierre Blais, CRTC Chairman.