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Canadian Communications Service Prices Trend Lower in 2018
Source: www.telecompaper.com
Source Date: Friday, August 09, 2019
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: Canada
Created: Aug 11, 2019

Prices for most communications services in Canada decreased in 2018, according to data from telecommunications authority CRTC. The national monthly average reported price for wireless, internet, television and home phone services (combined) was 11 percent lower in 2018 than in 2016. The most significant price reduction was in the mobile wireless market. The four mobile packages analysed in the CRTC’s report showed that prices dipped by an average of 28 percent from 2016 to 2018, with the most significant drop being for services offering 5 GB of data or more. For example, the average monthly price for a mobile service with unlimited voice, text messaging and 5 GB of data fell by as much as 35 percent in 2018 from 2016 to CAD 51.05.

As for the CRTC’s target broadband speeds of 50 Mbps for download and 10 Mbps for upload, the average monthly reported price decreased by 3.2 percent, from CAD 82.05 in 2016 to CAD 79.40 in 2018.

The Communications Monitoring Report also shows a price drop of 8 percent from CAD 27.64 to CAD 25.55 for the average price of basic television packages between 2016 and 2018.

While prices have been trending downwards, Canadians’ appetite for the latest mobile devices, more data and faster broadband speeds are contributing to a general increase in their communications bills. In addition, the prices paid by Canadians will vary depending on other factors, such as region and service provider.
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