New Fixed Networks market report from Business Monitor International: "Canada Telecommunications Report Q3 2014"



[EUPRwire, Fri Aug 22 2014] Perhaps inevitably, no new significant players entered the Canadian mobile market as a result of the auction of 700MHz spectrum in early 2014. The three incumbent national players took the majority of the spectrum, with cable-focused Rogers laying claim to the most valuable properties in the hope of adding lustre to its converged services portfolio. Meanwhile, the government blocked the sale of spectrum , owned by defunct NextWave , to a Bell - Telus joint venture and reinforced its commitment to nurturing competition by blocking Telus' bid to acquire struggling new entrant Mobilicity . Fellow newcomer Wind Mobile is willing to act as market consolidator, but Mobilicity would add little value to its already questionable relevance to the competitive dynamic and, in any case, Wind itself can bring little financial muscle to bear: it forbore from bidding in the January 2014 auction, perhaps acknowledging the futility of attempting to compete head-on with the Big Three. New data from the regulator confirm that the status quo barely changed in 2012, a view already held by BMI .

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Key Data

* The second half of 2014 saw highly variable subscriber growth among the leading mobile operators, with net losses being recorded by several players. Wind Mobile was the outperformer, although its achievements remained modest and it remained only a minor player on the market after five years.
* That said, considerable progress was made in migrating customers to higher value plans, which has resulted in a modest uptick in ARPUs, as well as sales of smartphones. As Rogers, Bell, Telus, MTS and SaskTel have fixed infrastructure they can leverage to upsell additional or converged services, they are in a largely unassailable position and can therefore justify the considerable expense in building out their 4G LTE networks.

Key Trends & Developments

Despite the government's best efforts to introduce more competition to the mobile and broadband...

The Canada Telecommunications Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Canada's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.

BMI's Canada Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in Canada.

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