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International Spotlight: Canada

Wed, 01/31/2007 - 7:00pm
Staff

CANADACanada is considered to have one of the most highly developed (and deeply penetrated) broadband infrastructures, with operators supplying penetrations via a range of cable, copper, fiber and wireless technologies. According to the Computer Industry Almanac, Canada had 21.9 million Internet users at the end of 2005 (2006 figures aren't yet available), equal to about 67.9 percent of the population. What follows is a snapshot of some of Canada's major cable operators and telcos.

Bell Canada
  • Headquarters: Montreal, Quebec
  • Operates ExpressVu, a DBS provider with 1.78 million video subs.*
  • 2.4 million Internet customers
  • 5.7 million wireless customers
  • Its FTTN network was extended to 418 nodes by Q3 2006.
  • Its fiber-fed Sypatico Optimax offers speeds of between 10 to 16 Mbps.
Cogeco Cable
  • Headquarters: Montreal, Quebec
  • 849,417 basic subs*
  • 372,015 high-speed Internet customers
  • 348,588 digital video subs
  • 78,931 digital phone subs
  • Recently acquired a Portuguese affiliate (Cabovisao)
Eastlink
  • Headquarters: Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • High-end Internet tier of 10 Mbps
  • Started off residential cable phone service with constant bit rate technology.
  • Markets cellular services in partnership with Rogers.
Inukshuk Wireless
  • Equally owned by Bell Canada and Rogers Communications, this entity plans to build and manage a Canada-wide wireless broadband canopy.
  • Total footprint to cover 45 cities and about 100 presently unserved or underserved communities by the end of 2008.
  • Initial phase to cover north of 5 million homes and 50 percent of the Canadian population.
  • Resulting network will leverage existing Bell and Rogers cell towers as well as licensed WiMAX spectrum.
Rogers Cable/Communications
  • Headquarters: Toronto, Ontario
  • 6.7 million wireless subscribers**
  • 2.27 million basic cable subs
  • 1.13 million digital cable homes
  • 1.29 million residential high-speed customers
  • 365,000-plus residential telephony subs
  • Aggressive with HDTV services. Presently offers approximately 38 linear HD chan-nels; soft-launched an HD-VOD service in December 2006.
SaskTel
  • Headquarters: Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Serves north of 425,000 customers*
  • Complements voice (wireline and wireless) and data with IP-based video services.
  • Introduced an HD tier in Oct. 2006.
  • Provides cellular and wireless data services.
Shaw Communications
  • Headquarters: Calgary, Alberta
  • 2.2 million basic cable subs*
  • 696,887 digital cable subs
  • 250,904 digital phone subs
  • 1.3 million Internet customers
  • Recently introduced "Nitro," a cable modem tier that caps the downstream at 25 Mbps.
  • Company also operates Star Choice, a DTH satellite service with 871,634 subs.
TELUS Corp.
  • Headquarters: Vancouver, British Columbia
  • ILEC regions include Alberta, British Columbia, and parts of eastern Quebec and the Gaspé area.
  • 4.87 million wireless subs*
  • 1.08 million Internet subs
  • 4.58 million "network access lines"
  • Has launched the IP-based TELUS TV service in parts of Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.
Vidéotron
  • Headquarters: Montreal, Quebec
  • 1.55 million cable subs*
  • 585,000 "illico" digital TV subs
  • 769,000 high-speed Internet customers
  • 344,000 residential cable phone subs
  • Launched wireless services on Aug. 10, 2006, initially in Quebec City (through partnership with Rogers).

* Subscriber numbers are as of Sept. 30, 2006

** Subscriber figures denote preliminary Q4 2006 results

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