Industry's total employment impact reaches 308,000
OTTAWA, June 3, 2013 /CNW/ - A new report released today by the Canadian
Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) reveals the Canadian
wireless sector generated an overall economic benefit of $50.2 billion
in 2011, an increase of 16.7% from the $43 billion in 2010. The Benefit of the Wireless Telecommunications Industry to the Canadian
Economy study, conducted by Nordicity, concludes that the Canadian wireless
sector's economic benefit has increased dramatically, as Canadians'
adoption of smartphones, tablets and mobile data services and
applications has also increased at a rapid pace.
"The wireless sector continues to yield significant economic benefits on
both the supply-side and the demand-side," said Nordicity Partner
Stuart Jack. "The supply-side impacts include the GDP and employment
attributable to economic activity within the wireless sector. The
demand-side impacts include the consumer surplus generated by the
competitive pricing and innovative services available to Canadians."
The Canadian wireless industry generated an overall economic benefit of
$50.2 billion in 2011, when direct and multiplier effects associated
with the industry's GDP ($38.7 billion) are combined with the consumer
surplus generated by wireless voice and data services ($11.5 billion).
The Canadian wireless industry generated $20.7 billion in direct GDP in
2011. Direct GDP was up by 15% from $18 billion in 2010. Most of this
increase was associated with Canadians' increasing use of smartphones
and wireless data services.
Out of the wireless industry's direct GDP of $20.7 billion, $13.4
billion, or 64%, was retained in Canada.
Canada's wireless industry supported 280,000 jobs in 2011, including
direct, support-staff and indirect employment. The inclusion of induced
impact employment brought the wireless industry's total employment
impact to 308,000.
Canadian wireless network operators made capital investment totalling
$2.6 billion in 2011.
"With more than 90% of Canadians aged 15 and over now using a wireless
device, we are connected like never before," said Bernard Lord, CWTA
President & CEO. "Not only has wireless become essential to the lives
of Canadians, it has also become a critical component of our economic
Bernard Lord will further discuss the importance of the wireless sector
to Canadian society and the Canadian economy during a keynote speech
today at 4.15pm at the Canadian Telecom Summit.
The Benefit of the Wireless Telecommunications Industry to the Canadian
Economy study is available at: http://cwta.ca/facts-figures/.
Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA)
CWTA is the authority on wireless issues, developments and trends in
Canada. It represents cellular, PCS, messaging, mobile radio, fixed
wireless and mobile satellite carriers as well as companies that
develop and produce products and services for the industry. (www.cwta.ca)
SOURCE: CANADIAN WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION
For further information:
Marc Choma, CWTA
613-233-4888 ext. 207
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