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Weekend Reading: Canadian insights, a selfie record, LG G3 and more

Happy Saturday! Today we’re sharing Canadian stats, celebrating records and introducing the LG G3. Cheers to this week’s Weekend Reading.

True North Strong and Connected

I am very proud to be Canadian – I wear my red and white with pride. In honour of my patriotic pride, I thought I’d share some Canadian tech and social stats:

  • A recent Stats Can report revealed 83 per cent of Canadian households have at least one cell phone
  •  Google found that of those Canadians who have a smartphone, 66% access the Internet every day on their smartphone and 79% never leave home without it
  • According to a report by We Are Social, an hour and fifty-one minutes is the average time that Canadian mobile internet users spend using mobile internet each day
  • We Are Social report also revealed that there are over 19 million Canadian Facebook users. That’s over half of the Canadian population!
  • Top three Canadian twitter handles include: Justin Bieber, Michael Buble, and Georges St. Pierre

Join in! Share with us any Canadian stats you have found. They’re really interesting, eh?

They Selfied to Success

Talking about Canadians, on Canada Day fellow canucks recorded a new Guinness World Record for the most number of selfies taken in one hour. As reported by Mobile Syrup, Skittles worked with Degrassi star Melinda Shankar who posed in Toronto with fans at a rate of 5 selfies per minute.

Are selfies an hourly, daily, weekly occurrence in your life? When is proper selfie time?

LG stirring up some excitement!

LG announced on Thursday that the LG G3 is coming to Canada – and will be available with Rogers early August. The device rocks a high quality anti-scratch body with HD display for ultra-sharp images. Along with a feature lets you adjust your keyboard size and layout, the LG G3 has a one of a kind smartphone camera, a removable battery for super-long use, and more.

Stay tuned for more details. Some would say this phone puts the LG in Looking Good.

Scoring a new Twitter record

 I have been actively following the World Cup, and I’m not alone – the whole World is watching with me. As shared by the CBC, the Associated Press reported during a Brazil vs. Chile game, Twitter hit a new high. After a Chilean player missed the post in a penalty shootout, the World Cup broke an all-time record for online buzz during a live event, with almost 389,000 tweets generated in a minute.  I guess it brings new meaning to the term ‘chirpin’.

Do you tweet during sporting events?

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Rogers LTE Network: Expanding to a market near you this spring

LTEWeekends and sunny weather can move at a crawl, but when it comes to streaming my favourite song on the way to work or downloading a report before a meeting, I’m thankful for the fast LTE speeds on my smartphone. So I’m excited to share that our Rogers LTE network, Canada’s fastest wireless internet, will be bringing its speed to 44 new markets in Atlantic Canada, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec this spring.

Today, we’re announcing that over the next couple months, we’ll be launching LTE in Saint John, New Brunswick; Medicine Hat, Alberta; Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; Guelph, Ontario; Muskokas, Ontario; Collingwood, Ontario; and multiple cities in Quebec. We’ll announce the other 38 markets in updates to this post over the next couple months.

We’re also excited to confirm that Rogers will be making its 2600 MHz LTE spectrum band available in all 44 markets, and 34 of the 44 new markets will offer theoretical network speeds of 150 Mbps. Rogers has more LTE network deployed in the 2600 MHz spectrum band than any other carrier in Canada.

What does 2600 MHz LTE mean to Rogers customers?

The 2600 MHz LTE spectrum band delivers higher speeds over the same distance, allowing Rogers customers to experience even faster service. It’s like how a train track allows you to commute even more quickly, but in the case of LTE, it means even faster internet for you.

How do I access it?

To take advantage of the 2600 MHz spectrum, you need to be in one of the 2600 service areas and use a 2600-enabled device such as the LG Optimus G 2600 or the LTE Rocket™ hotspot. More 2600-enabled devices will be coming to the network this spring.

In the coming months we’ll be expanding our network to these 44 new markets and growing our lineup of LTE and 2600-enabled devices. Bookmark this page for updates as we expand our LTE and 2600 coverage, or visit www.rogers.com/LTE.

Update, April 22, 9 a.m.: We’re happy to announce we are rolling out our LTE network in seven new markets today, including Airdrie, Alberta; Langley, B.C.; and the following regions of Ontario: Keswick; Hamilton, including Grimsby; Orillia; Stratford; and Ottawa, including Kanata, Nepean, Gloucester, Stittsville and Cumberland.

Update, May 1, 9 a.m.: We’re excited to announce we have rolled out our LTE network to a number of new markets in Ontario, including Chatham; Milton; Sarnia; Woodstock; Orangeville; Brantford; Collingwood; St. Catharines Greater Area markets including Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Welland and Pelham; and Greater Toronto Area markets including King City, Bradford, Whitchurch-Stouffville, East Gwillimbury, Georgetown and Halton Hills. Our LTE network has also expanded to cover Kentville, N.S., and Lloydminster, Alta.

Update, May 17, 9 a.m.: This week we launched our LTE network to a number of new markets including Brooks, Cochrane and Canmore, Alta. and Sault Ste. Marie and Muskoka, Ont. We also expanded our LTE network to Saint-Georges, Que.; Sydney, N.S.; Bathurst, N.B and expanded our coverage in the Moncton, N.B., area.

Update, June 3, 9 a.m.: Today, we’re rolling out our LTE spectrum to La Baie, Que.; Victoiraville, Que.; Saint John, N.B.; Parksville, B.C.; and expanding our coverage in Halifax, N.S.; Trois-Rivieres, Que.; and Victoria, B.C.

Update, June 17, 12 p.m.: We’re happy to share today that we’ve rolled out our LTE  network in Quebec, to Baie-Comeau and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and expanded our coverage in Hull; in Medicine Hat, Alberta; and in Manitoba to Winnipeg, Brandon, Grand Beach and Victoria Beach. We have also expanded our LTE network to Grande Prairie, Alta.

Update, July 3, 9 a.m.: Today we’re lighting up our LTE network in six new regions, including Truro, N.S., Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., Chilliwack, B.C., Joliette, Que. Lennoxville, Que., and Spruce Grove/Stony Plain, Alta. We also expanded our coverage in the Greater Montreal Area.

UPDATE, Aug. 9, 2013, 9 a.m.: We’re happy to share today that our LTE network is now available in Red Deer and Fort McMurray, Alta.; Prince George, Vernon, Campbell River, Nanaimo, Kamloops and Penticton, B.C.; Steinbach and Selkirk, MB.; and Trenton and Belleville, Ont.

UPDATE, Sept. 11, 9 a.m.: Today we’re happy to announce our LTE network is now available in Courtney-Comox, B.C.; Wolfville, N.S.; and Lethbridge, Okotoks and Strathmore, Alta.

UPDATE, Oct. 8, 9:30 a.m.: We’re pleased to announce we are rolling out our LTE network in fifteen markets today, including Caledon, Midland, North Bay, Peterborough and St. Thomas, Ont.; Fort St. John and Shawnigan, B.C.; Chestermere and Leduc, Alta.; Charlottetown, P.E.I.; and Fredericton and Miramichi, N.B. Today, Rogers is also the first to bring LTE coverage to Antigonish, Fox Harbour and New Glasgow, N.S.

Update, Jan. 6, 10:45 a.m.: Today, we’re bringing LTE speeds to customers in various regions of Quebec, including the Greater Montreal Area (East), Granby, Lachute, Saguenay, Saint-Hyacinthe and Bromont. We’re also proud to announce we’ve achieved our goal of launching 95 new LTE markets in 2013. More to come in 2014!

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Cyber Monday survival guide: deals are virtually everywhere

Cyber Monday sales CanadaIt’s hard to resist a good deal. I ritualistically message my friends if I discover something I’ve yearned for and it’s suddenly a fraction of the cost (I usually attach the photo evidence!) We don’t always have time to go on shopping expeditions in the “real world,” which is why the internet is oftentimes the best place to spend away.

Cyber Monday, a.k.a. one of the biggest online shopping days of the year is around the corner. Millions of people will be scrolling through major discounts on their screen, with their credit cards firmly placed beside their keyboards. Considering we just upped our internet speeds and we doubled our top speeds, now up to 150 Mbps, online power shoppers will certainly have speed on their side.

Top reasons why you should love Cyber Monday:

  • Shop on your lunch break, or better yet, in your pajamas
  • Steer clear of long lines
  • Avoid fitting rooms
  • No need to deal with parking, traffic, gas….You get the picture

Just last week one of my best friends called me about an online deal she stumbled upon for a pair of winter boots. As a newcomer to the online retail world, she unfortunately didn’t do her homework and ended up being scammed. Her mistake was failing to Google the ‘retailer’ that was presenting this deal.

Here’s a checklist for Monday’s shopping extravaganza

  1. Have an idea of what you’re intending to purchase. At times I feel inclined to buy something because it’s a great deal, but I don’t necessarily need it.
  2. Do a mini background check on the company. As in my friend’s case, sometimes a deal really is too good to be true. People’s online comments can also shed light on particular brands.
  3. Get to the deals, even faster. There are a variety of factors that may affect your internet speeds, check out this site to learn how to optimize your internet performance. We recently announced our roll out of faster download and upload speeds for customers, click here to find out more about how Rogers is automatically increasing speeds for customers.
  4. Social networks can lead to hidden deals. I took this tip from Samsung here. Follow your favourite store on Facebook and Twitter; brand hashtags will surely bring some awesome deals to your attention.
  5. Block phishing sites and protect against online fraud. Shop safe and protect your personal information from being shared online with Rogers online protection premium
  6. Replace personal shoppers with personal tech experts. Make sure your computer is working in top shopping shape. A Rogers TechXpert agent is your go-to technology expert, available by online chat or phone on a 24/7 basis. They can remote into your computer to clear it of those harmful surprise viruses.
  7. “Password” is never a good password. Okay, most of you know this, but often we end up using the same password for logging into our computers, Facebook, or online banking– which SafeShopping.org claims can put you at risk for identity theft.

My tips wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t share a few sweet deals with you, i.e. items on my Cyber Monday wish-list

  • 72% off charms and beads from Joseph Nogucci at RDeals.ca. Not only is that a steal, but it’s one my favourite jewelry brands. I wear those bracelets daily, my colleagues can attest to this
  • 63% off 2 Lego-Inspired Watches from RDeals.ca. I had to include these, they’re pretty cool.
  • Looking to gift some gadgets? The ShoppingChannel.com is a great destination for hot electronics gifts for anyone on your list. Don’t miss the really big deals when they are revealed at 7 p.m. EST – look out for 4 offers for Olympus, Garmin, LG and Nextbook.

Let’s not forget, today is Black Friday, Americans have relished in this day for a while, and now it’s quickly becoming one of one the biggest shopping days north of the border. If you’re looking for a deal on a new LTE superphone this Black Friday, Rogers will have the Samsung Galaxy S III on sale for $0.01 with select 3-year FLEXtab agreements in Rogers retail locations.

Are you going to be surfing the web for deals on Monday? Let me know if you find any bargains.

Kaili is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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First time for everything: Win $25,000 cash in Rogers Experience. First. contest

Rogers and Windows 8 Experience. First contestHave you ever wanted to experience the thrill of skydiving? What about travel to Africa and go on a safari? Maybe you’d like to sail around the world or take your family on a dream vacation.

As you probably know by now, we love firsts. Recently, we were the first to bring Windows Phone 8 to Canada and now we want to bring you another first – yours.

How does it work?

Just head over to our Facebook page and click on the Experience. First. tab. In 200 words or less, share with us a story of something you’ve always wanted to experience and you’ll have a chance to win $25,000 to help make your first a reality.

We have an esteemed judging panel that will be reviewing submissions and selecting the top 30. From there, we’ll open it up to public voting. The story with the highest number of votes at the end of the contest period will win the $25,000 cash to put toward their experience – whatever it may be.

Who are the judges?

We’ve got 5 awesome judges who will be reviewing the submissions. They are:

To enter, just head over to our Facebook page and click on the Experience. First. tab. We’ll be accepting submissions until November 21.

Good luck!

Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Canada’s fastest smartphone coming exclusively to Rogers

LG Optimus G LTE from RogersWant to get your hands on Canada’s fastest smartphone? Today, with LG, we announced our unique 2600 MHz enabled version of the upcoming LG Optimus G, a premium Android LTE-enabled smartphone, which will be exclusively available from Rogers this November.

The LG Optimus G is an Android 4.0 smartphone is the first LTE device featuring a Snapdragon™ S4 quad-core processor in Canada. With this new processor, you can expect an enhanced gaming experience with more visuals per second, smoother play and support for HD resolution displays. Additionally, customers will find it easier to multi-task and use multiple applications and features simultaneously. For example – it’s easy to continue a movie while you check and read text messages.

The LG Optimus G also has a beautiful 4.7-inch True HD IPS display for an unparalleled viewing experience. With 320ppi high pixel density, you get sharper and crisper images using less power. And, this device has a stronger touchpad so it can withstand impact damage even if you drop it or it falls off a table.

With all these awesome features, you’ll never want to put this thing down so it’s great that it also comes loaded with a 2,100 mAh high-density battery to keep this device powered up all night long. It also has an 8MP camera with HD video capture to give you the best shot every time.

 Operating at the fastest available speed in Canada

The LG Optimus G takes speed to the next level by offering maximum theoretical LTE download speeds of up to 100 Mbps and will be the first smartphone to support connectivity on the 2600 MHz spectrum*. The advantage of 2600 MHz spectrum over other LTE bands is that it is able to deliver higher speeds over the same distance allowing to do more with you mobile device at faster speeds than ever before for live streaming HD sports, downloading large files and streaming YouTube video clips and movies. Customers can begin to preorder the LG Optimus G mid October at www.rogers.com.

Rogers was first in Canada to introduce LTE devices a year ago, and today we have the largest selection of LTE devices in the country. We’re also the first Canadian carrier to offer theoretical maximum network speeds of up to 150 Mbps (typical speeds range up to 40 Mpbs). Rogers LTE network is available in select Canadian cities. Visit www.rogers.com/coverage for details.

What’s your favourite feature of the new LG Optimus G?

Katie is a regular contributor to RedBoard

Within Rogers LTE network footprint. Based on tests comparing data throughput speeds and on geographic coverage area comparison (in square kilometers) to Bell and Telus’ LTE networks.  See www.rogers.com/coverage for full details on Rogers LTE network coverage

The information in this post is current at the date of posting and is subject to change without notice.

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Delivering the next wave of innovation to Canadians

Nadir Mohamed, FCA, President & CEO of Rogers Communications Inc., at the Canadian Club of Montreal's podium

Photo credit: Pierre Roussel – Images Distribution

Earlier today, Rogers President and CEO Nadir Mohamed delivered a speech at the Canadian Club in Montreal about innovation – what’s next and what Canadians can expect.

One of the exciting innovations Nadir talked about was mobile wallet. Earlier this year, we announced an agreement with CIBC to launch Canada’s first mobile payment solution which will allow Canadians to pay with their CIBC credit card at the checkout counter using their Rogers smartphones. We know this is something Canadians are excited about. In fact, in our first Rogers Innovation Report, we asked Canadian smartphone and tablet users about the idea of a mobile wallet and 61% said the mobile wallet will make their lives better. 43% felt the traditional wallet would be replaced over the next few years and a whopping 79% said they expect to make more purchases on their smartphones in the future.

Here’s an excerpt of what Nadir had to say about mobile wallet:

Today the average Canadian carries 22 plastic cards in their wallet. Think transit, credit, debit, loyalty and government-issued ID. If you do the math, we’re collectively carrying 675 million pieces of plastic. At $5 a pop, that’s a lot of plastic to manufacture and distribute. 

Today your wireless device is already your phone, your camera, your computer.

Tomorrow it will be your virtual wallet…a safe and secure platform that uses the SIM card inside your NFC-enabled device to safely manage all of your information.

Everything you need for you and your family, conveniently and securely stored, all in one virtual place. Merchants will strengthen their relationship with consumers through loyalty and other rich offers.

Governments will see reduced fraud and increased service levels thanks to smart technology and other security capabilities.

And consumers will have convenient, instant access to all their cards, and the ability to carry what they want…without being limited by the size of their wallet…

Recently Rogers and CIBC announced they will launch the first commercial mobile payment solution in Canada. It gives Canadians the ability to pay with their credit card using their smartphone. It’s as secure as using your credit card today. And it’s easier to shut down a mobile wallet than it is to deal with a lost physical one.

This is Canada’s first real foray into mobile payments…and it’s the first real step in Canada’s journey toward a truly digital wallet.

Are you excited about the prospect of using your smartphone for mobile payments?

To read more about Nadir’s speech at the Canadian Club, check out our RedBoard Biz post here.

Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Rogers LTE launching in more cities October 1

Rogers LTE launching in more citiesOh the difference LTE makes. Many of you have already told us how LTE has transformed your digital lives. And with some of the most exciting and hottest devices of the year coming to Rogers soon, we wanted to let you know we’ll be bringing Rogers LTE to even more cities by October 1.

LTE continues to roll out across Canada

We’re continuing to expand our LTE network at a fast pace, with a plan to cover approximately 60 per cent of the population by the end of the year. By October 1, 2012, we will launch in Kingston, Edmonton, Quebec City, Oakville, Burlington, London, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Barrie. Even more cities will launch in 2012 and throughout 2013. We’ll continue to keep you updated here on RedBoard. For a list of current, available Rogers LTE cities, check out our full coverage map here.

Why do we love LTE?

If you haven’t experienced Rogers LTE yet, here’s some of our top reasons why we love LTE speeds:

  • Stay connected with your family: Whether you’re away for business or out of town for the weekend, you can enjoy face time or video calling with your family at speeds you didn’t think were possible on a wireless device.
  • Work on the road: With an LTE Rocket stick, hub or hotspot, you can work on the road with ease. Send and receive large documents or conference call your colleague. With superfast LTE speeds, you won’t even realize you’ve left the office.
  • Entertain the kids: Use your device to stream videos and music in real time on those long road trips. Your kids will love you and you’ll enjoy a peaceful, quiet car ride for a change.

Get the highest speeds available

Rogers was the first to launch LTE in Canada and was the first to offer maximum network theoretical download speeds of up to 100 Mbps, available to the most Canadians, with typical experienced speeds ranging from 12 to 40 Mbps using an eligible device*. This means downloading apps, streaming video and music, storing files in the cloud, enjoying faster gaming experiences with virtually no delays or buffering, and even hosting wireless video conferences, can all be done on your smartphone, at speeds similar to what you would experience on your computer.

Not only that, we have the largest selection of LTE devices in the country and we continue to add devices to our LTE lineup all the time.

Keep checking back with us to see the latest of what Rogers has to offer on LTE!

Michelle is a regular contributor to RedBoard

Within Rogers LTE network footprint. Based on tests comparing data throughput speeds and on geographic coverage area comparison (in square kilometers) to Bell and Telus’ LTE networks.  See www.rogers.com/coverage for full details on Rogers LTE network coverage

The information in this post is current at the date of posting and is subject to change without notice.

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3G PlayStation Vita launching in Canada this fall

3G PlayStation Vita launching in Canada this fallWe have some exciting news to share – today, with Sony, we announced that the 3G PlayStation® Vita will be coming to Canada this October.

Why are we excited? Well, it means that gaming on-the-go just got a whole lot better. It’s a whole new experience allowing you to always remain connected to your game and your friends wherever you go with a wireless connection versus only having a WiFi connection.

It’s also going to be easy to set up your wireless connection.  As a 3G PlayStation® Vita owner, you can easily activate a data package directly from your PlayStation Vita through a seamless payment interface that will accept your credit card.

Depending on how much you want to play and connect on the go, we will offer two data packages on a month-to-month basis with no long term contract. Two plans will be available at launch including:

  1. 250 MB for $15.00, 30-day package which starts at the date and time of purchase
  2. 5 GB for $35, 30-day package which starts at the date and time of purchase

You can read details about gaming and social networking features developed specifically for the system here.

The PlayStation Vita 3G/Wi-Fi model will be available at major electronics retailers in Canada on October 2 for $299.99. Rogers data packages are priced separately and will be available on a month-to-month basis.

As we get closer to launch date, we’ll share additional details on the availability of the device. In the meantime, visit www.playstation.ca for more information on the 3G-enabled lineup for PlayStation Vita.

Allison is a regular contributor to RedBoard, and our business blog, RedBoard Biz

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Ten minutes with Toby Turner

Toby Turner in Toronto

CamMi Pham, right, with Toby Turner and her sister Havi.

Toby Turner’s first Canadian appearance was an #EpicWin!

Last week, Rogers brought the YouTube star up to Canada to perform live on stage at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre and promote our new Rogers Student Bundle. Tickets to the event were free, and Toby performed his unique brand of comedy to hundreds of fans who lined up to see him. He was so excited about coming to Canada, he even made a video about his trip.

Fashion blogger CamMi Pham was able to go backstage and talk with Toby for 10 minutes. We caught up with CamMi after the meet and greet to see what she thought about the man behind the videos:

Q. You got to go backstage and meet Toby. Tell me what that was like.

A.  It was not what I expected at all. In social media, a lot of people have two personalities:One online and one offline. Most of the time, the person that you see online is not real. I expected Toby to be another diva who only talks about himself. I was wrong. Toby Turner is more friendly and down-to-earth than many other social media people I know. He taught me a great branding lesson: Be yourself and make people feel special and like they are your best friends. The YouTube star gave me a big giant hug and talked to me like we had known each other forever.

Q. Did you have a favourite part of the show? What was it?

A.  Toby Turner is an amazing singer. I didn’t expect him to sing so well. I adore his voice and recorded a few of his songs.

Q. What did Toby tell you that really stuck out for you?

A. I asked him “If you were trapped on a deserted island with a YouTube of your choice who would it be?” I thought he would pick a fun and cute YouTuber to be with him. He actually thought about it and wanted to take the one with the best survival skills.  Behind a funny YouTube show, there is a really smart and practical man.

Q. What most surprised you about this experience?

A. Of course, how pretty Toby is! Just kidding. While Toby is much more adorable in real life, my biggest surprise is the power of the Internet. There were hundreds of screaming teenagers waiting to meet an online celebrity. If you had told me this 10 years ago, I would laugh. The Internet gives normal people so much more power to influence others. I feel like I need to be more responsible with my online activities. Everything I do will impact someone in some way.

Q. What will you remember most?

A. I learned so much about personal branding from him. I am not his target audience but he managed to turn me into his fan.

Q. Toby Turner is known as a YouTube sensation. Are there any YouTube subscribers you like to follow?

A. I follow Wendy from Wendy’s Lookbook. Her videos are amazing and I adore her bubbly personality.

Q. Do you use YouTube as part of your online presence? Why or why not?

A. Right now I am not on YouTube. It is a lot of work to put together a YouTube channel. I really admire all the YouTubers out there. I had always thought YouTube is not social enough. However, I am hoping to launch a Hangouts show in the near future. Google+ Hangouts makes video becomes so much more interactive. Video is the future of the internet, and I want to be part of it!

Here’s a clip from Toby’s show at the Elgin, filmed by CamMi:

Check out some photos from Toby’s show:

Sarah is a regular contributor to RedBoard

 

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Report: Canadians enjoy some of the world’s fastest internet speeds

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

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