Canada ends 2010 with 24.5 million wireless telephone subscribers

The number of wireless telephone subscribers in Canada increased by 7.4% during 2010 according to an industry trade group.

The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) said today there were 24,567,947 wireless subscribers in this country at the end of 2010, up from 22,876,547 at the end of 2009.

Of those 18.6 million or about 75% were on post-paid or monthly subscribers while about 25% for 4.6 million were prepaid subscribers.

Rogers was the biggest wireless provider with 8.98 million subscribers. Bell Mobility took second spot with 7.24 million subscribers while Telus finished the year with 6.97 million subscribers. Combined the big three had 94.4% of all subscribers.

Rounding out the rest were Sasktel Mobility (568,904), MTS Mobility (483,754), Wind Mobile (232,641) and Videotron (92,600). Subscription numbers for Public Mobile for Mobilicity were not reported.

The firm with the biggest subscriber gains 2010 was Rogers which added 466,000 new subscribers, followed by Telus with 447,000 new subs and Bell with 408,746 new customers.

The CWTA also reported that mobile broadband subscriptions in Canada totalled 5,668,142 as of June 2010, which represents 24.2% of total wireless subscriptions. Of the total mobile broadband subscribers, 86% were subscribers with a smartphone voice/data plan, and 14% were subscribers of data plans exclusively with a mobile Internet stick.

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