MONTREAL, Sept. 11, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - On the eve of an eagerly
anticipated decision from the CRTC regarding the regulation of wireless
services in Canada, it is important to have a clear understanding of
the situation. Contrary to what is sometimes claimed, the Canadian
wireless industry is doing well compared to other countries based on
various international rankings. So argues Yves Rabeau, associate
professor at UQAM and the author of several articles and papers on
telecommunications, including an Economic Note published today with the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI).
"To evaluate the wireless industry properly, there are many variables
that need to be taken into account in order to see what's really going
on. One must be particularly careful not to generalize from a single
piece of data. When you look at the whole picture, Canada is very much
within the norm for developed countries with regard to prices,
available technologies and network speed," says Mr. Rabeau.
For example, according to a 2012 study by Wall Communications, high
usage Canadian rate plans are less expensive than similar American
plans on average. According to the OECD, Canada is the 7th least expensive of 34 countries examined when it comes to roaming fees
(20 MB in 20 sessions). As for the penetration rate of broadband
wireless services, Canada places 24th, not far behind France and ahead of Germany and Italy. Other factors
taken into account in the Note also confirm Canada's position in the middle of the pack.
Generally speaking, the wireless telecommunications sector is
progressing well in Canada. In particular, the use of smartphones has
gone from 33% to 45% in just a few months, from March 2011 to December
2011. In order to preserve this momentum, Canadians have every reason
to want to maintain the current approach and refrain from imposing new
regulatory constraints, concludes Mr. Rabeau.
The Economic Note entitled Is the Canadian Wireless Sector Competitive? was prepared by Yves Rabeau, associate professor in the faculty of
management at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and associate
researcher at the MEI. It can be consulted free of charge at iedm.org.
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