Canadians mobile subs up 13% as data use surges 25%

Friday 10 November 2017 | 13:40 CET | News

The number of mobile subscriptions in Canada grew by over 3 million in 2016, a 13.3 percent year-on-year rise, according to the 2017 Communications Monitoring Report released by communications regulator CRTC. Monthly mobile data usage also increased, by 25 percent year on year, to 1.2GB per user, with more than a quarter of the country’s 30 million-plus subscribers subscribing to plans with at least 5GB of data. Average monthly consumption of data via fixed home internet connections also climbed by an annual rate of over 23 percent last year to 128GB, said the CRTC.

Increased usage led to a rise in average household spend on communications services to CAD 218.42 per month in 2016, up 1.7 percent year on year, with mobile services accounting for 40 percent, followed by TV with 25 percent, internet with 21 percent and telephone services with 14 percent.

Total revenues for Canadian communications service providers came to CAD 66.6 billion, with telecommunications revenues rising to CAD 48.7 billion from CAD 47.8 billion in 2015. The mobile sector accounted for USD 23.2 billion while the internet sector’s revenue jumped by 10.1 percent year on year to CAD 10.2 billion.

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