Report Published: "Canada Telecommunications Report Q2 2015"

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Mon Apr 13 2015

The exit of VimpelCom represents a bearish signal for the mobile market, which has been unable to support new entrants to challenge the established three operators. The regulator has also blocked attempts by Rogers , Bell Wireless and Telus t o acquire the smaller players in the market such as Wind and Mobilicity , resulting in the new entrants struggling to remain afloat . It's unclear what strategy the new owners take but it could become a market consolidator and a tie up with Videotron would be mutually beneficial and create a strong fourth player. With some of the highest ARPUs in the world, a low cost strategy would have some success in attracting subscribers. However, the Canadian market is predominantly postpaid and 3G/4G focused, with customers willing to pay higher rates for better quality , speed and coverage .

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Key Data

* The first 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

In September 2014, VimpelCom agreed to sell its majority stake in the fourth largest mobile operator Wind Mobile, to minority shareholder Globalive and a number of investment funds for CAD135mn (USD122mn). The proceeds will go to VimpelCom in repayment of part of the debt owed to the company, bringing the total value of the deal to CAD300mn (USD272mn)....

The Canada Telecommunications Report features BMI Research'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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