Canadians amongst international leaders in web utilization and smartphone possession, Pew Analysis Heart examine reveals

Authorities information additionally reveals declining costs as utilization of the web and smartphones has elevated

OTTAWA, ON, Jan. 19, 2023 /CNW/ – Final 12 months, 95% of grownup Canadians reported utilizing the web, whether or not on a pc or smartphone, in response to a new examine printed in December 2022 by Pew Analysis Heart. Canadian web and smartphone customers are additionally consuming extra information than ever earlier than whereas costs for such providers have declined regardless of excessive general inflation, in response to authorities information.

The Pew findings rank Canada’s web use forward of nations like the USA, UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan and is a rise of 27 proportion factors from the 68% of grownup Canadians who reported utilizing the web in Pew Analysis Heart’s 2002 survey.

The examine additionally reveals that smartphone possession in Canada is just like ranges seen in different surveyed nations, with 98% of surveyed Canadians between the ages of 18-29 and 95% of these aged 30-49 proudly owning a smartphone. As with different surveyed nations, the speed of smartphone possession amongst Canadians aged 50 or extra is decrease than in youthful age teams, with 72% of these within the 50-plus age group reporting smartphone possession. This distinction in smartphone possession between age teams is a sign that there are elements apart from value that affect smartphone adoption, comparable to diploma of digital literacy or lack of curiosity. 

Not solely are extra Canadians utilizing the web and proudly owning smartphones, latest information from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Fee (CRTC) and Statistics Canada (StatCan) present that particular person subscriber’s consumption of web and cell information, and the speeds skilled utilizing such providers, have elevated dramatically, whereas costs for web and cell wi-fi providers have declined.   

With respect to web providers, whereas StatCan’s All-Gadgets Client Worth Index has elevated by 21% from December 2015 to December 2022, its Web Entry Providers Worth Index has decreased by 1%.1


1  Earlier variations of the Web Entry Service Worth Index utilized a special methodology and, due to this fact, haven’t been used for comparability functions.

On the identical time, in response to the CRTC, the typical Canadian residential web subscriber downloaded virtually 324% extra information in 2022 than in 2015, with the typical quantity of information downloaded per 30 days rising from 93.1 GB per 30 days in 2015 to 394.4 GB of information in Q3 2022.

Along with consuming extra information, Canadians are benefiting from sooner web providers, with the typical obtain pace subscribed to by Canadians rising almost tenfold from 28.5 Mbps in 2015 to 258.8 Mbps in 2021. The common add pace has risen from 5.4 Mbps to 106.4 Mbps over the identical interval.

Cell wi-fi subscribers are additionally getting extra worth for his or her greenback. StatCan’s Mobile Providers Worth Index has declined by 32% from December 2018 to December 2022, whereas its All-Gadgets Client Worth Index has elevated by 15% in the identical interval.2


2 Earlier variations of the Mobile Providers Worth Index utilized a special methodology and, due to this fact, haven’t been used for comparability functions.

Like residential web subscribers, Canadian cell phone subscribers proceed to extend their cell information utilization. CRTC stories that cell phone customers consumed, on common, 6.07 GB of information site visitors per 30 days in Q3 2022. That is virtually 3 times the quantity of information consumed 4 years in the past.

Cell wi-fi community efficiency additionally elevated considerably over this time, with the typical obtain pace skilled by Canadian cell customers virtually tripling from 46.31 Mbps to 125.34 Mbps from 2018 to 2022.

“What these stories present is that Canada is among the many world leaders within the adoption and use of the web and smartphones,” mentioned Canadian Wi-fi Telecommunications Affiliation (CWTA) President and CEO Robert Ghiz. “And whereas the consumption and efficiency of connectivity providers continues to develop, costs are trending downward, whereas most every part else that’s important to Canadians is getting costlier. These constructive outcomes, along with the billions being invested annually by community operators to broaden and improve Canada’s digital infrastructure, are robust proof of the advantages of facilities-based competitors and the necessity for a steady regulatory setting that may permit these constructive developments to proceed.”

You may learn Pew Analysis Heart’s examine right here.

About CWTA

CWTA is the authority on wi-fi points, developments and developments in Canada. It represents corporations that present providers and merchandise throughout the wi-fi sector. CWTA additionally administers initiatives on behalf of its members, together with company social duty applications and the nationwide widespread quick codes program.

SOURCE Canadian Wi-fi Telecommunications Affiliation

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