Telecommunications in Canada - Statistics & Facts

The Canadian Telecommunications industry provides a vital service for Canada’s 37.81 million inhabitants, connecting Canadians to each other and the world through phone, internet, satellite, wireless, and cable services. In 2018, the Canadian telecommunications services industry generated revenues of 53.1 billion Canadian dollars, 2.8 billion Canadian dollars more than during 2017. This included revenues of 24.8 billion Canadian dollars from the wireline side of the industry, and 28.3 billion Canadian dollars from wireless services.

Five large companies are the main occupants of the Canadian telecommunications markets, with Telus, Rogers Communications, Quebecor, Shaw Communications and Bell Canada generating 87.4 percent of total industry revenue in 2018. Rogers Communications held the greatest share of the mobile market in 2018, accounting for 33.3 percent of revenue generated in the sector.

Of the various telecommunications sectors in Canada, wireless is the most lucrative. 53.3 of all telecommunications revenue generated in the country came from this sector, amounting to 28.3 billion Canadian dollars. Privat phone lines provided the smallest revenue stream, generating 1.2 billion Canadian dollars in revenue, 3.3 percent of the total amount.

Despite Canada's diverse terrain, from the Rocky Mountains to the sparse plains of Alberta, Canada is well-connected through the country's mobile broadband system. Approximately 22,989 towers form the basis of the country's LTE network, connecting 99.3 percent of Canadian households. HSPA+ is available to 99.5% of Canadian households, and 94.9 percent are able to connect to the LTE-A network.

As is the case in most major markets around the world, 5G is set to transform the shape of mobile communications, and many other data-dependent industries. As of 2020 Canada sat slightly behind Germany in terms of 5G availability, with 5G capable devices holding a stable 5G connection for 8.8 percent of time spent active.

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