CRTC: Canadians Spend Average of $203 per Month on Communication Services

by Istvan Fekete on October 23, 2015

For the first time ever, Canadian telecom users are subscribing exclusively to wireless services (20%) more than to wired services (14%), as more Canadian households have mobile phones (85%) than landlines (79%), according to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) 2015 Communications Monitoring Report.

Looking back over the past five years, the CRTC report found that the percentage of Canadians with access to 5 Mbps download speed has risen from 86% to 96%, and that 77% of Canadian households now subscribe to these services, up 6% since 2013.

“Canadians are increasingly adopting mobile technologies for their communication needs. The 2015 Communications Monitoring Report provides an overview of the changes currently taking place. We invite Canadians, whether consumers of communication products and services, creators and distributors of content or members of the public, to make use of the information in this publication and the two others that will follow, and to take part in our public proceedings,” said Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC.

The top five broadcasting and telecommunications entities – Bell, Quebecor, Rogers, Telus, and Shaw – together account for about 84% of total industry revenue, up 1% from 2013. The next five – Bragg, Cogeco, MTS, SaskTel, and Telesat – account for a combined 8% of total revenue.

Over the course of 2014, the average Canadian household spent approximately $203 per month on communication services, an increase of $11.92 (6.2%) from the previous year, due to changes in spending on wireless and Internet services, which grew 14.1% and 10% respectively.

Household spending on landlines dropped 5.3% from $32.85 per month to $31.10. In 2014, wireline telephone services represented 15.3% of communication per household compared to 38.9% for wireless services.

Overall, revenue generated by the communications industry grew from $61.9 billion in 2013 to $63.2 billion in 2014, a year-over-year increase of 2.1%.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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