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Earlier this week we marked the one-year anniversary of Canada’s first LTE wireless network here at Rogers. With over 60% of the Canadian population on track to have access to the fastest wireless network technology in the world by the end of this year, it’s no wonder Canadians have been found to enjoy some of the fastest internet speeds globally, as well as lower mobile wireless prices and lower prices than in the U.S. for telecom services.
In a report released earlier this month by the CRTC, Canada’s wireline, wireless, and internet services were compared to those of other major countries. How did we fare relative to countries like the U.S., U.K., France, Australia, and Japan? Here are the highlights:
Canadians have access to increasingly faster internet service speeds.
Although the price for broadband internet service in Canada has increased since 2008, this is largely attributed to the significant increase in average service speeds offered by Canadian internet providers. For example, an average high-speed internet consumer with 50 GB of data usage per month saw a 100% advertised speed increase in their service – from 14.2 Mbps in 2011 to 28 Mbps in 2012.
When it comes to mobile internet service, due to investments in 4G LTE mobile internet access services, the report finds Canada’s average advertised speed is significantly higher than that of the other five surveyed foreign jurisdictions.
Canadians’ mobile wireless costs are decreasing.
In the wireless service baskets that most closely reflect average Canadian mobile usage, the price for mobile wireless service has decreased substantially over the last few years. An average consumer with 1,200 incoming/outgoing minutes, full set of optional features, 250 text messages and 1GB of data usage per month saw a 12% decrease in the price of his/her plan since 2008 – roughly 3% per year on average. Note that this figure does not take into account handset subsidies which are included in the price of wireless plans for Canadian subscribers, compared to European subscribers that are predominantly on prepaid or SIM-only plans. An inclusion of handset subsidies in this price comparison could result in an even higher reported percentage decrease in wireless price plans since 2008.
Canadians enjoy lower prices for telecom services than their neighbours to the south.
The CRTC’s study shows that Canadian wireline telephone, mobile wireless, and broadband internet prices are consistently and considerably lower than the average prices in the U.S. As well, when it comes to bundled service packages, some of which include digital TV services, from 2008 to 2012 average prices for a telecom bundle have always been cheaper in Canada than in the U.S. In 2012 alone, the average price difference between Canada and the U.S. for the same bundles ranged from $47 to $66 per month.
You can read a copy of the CRTC’s full report here.
Patricia is a regular contributor to RedBoard