Big Four cable companies now have over 3.6 million telephone customers

digital_phoneIt has now been six years since cable telephony first launched in this country and the number of Canadians receiving cable telephone service from Canada’s big four cable companies – Rogers, Shaw, Vidéotron and Cogeco – is now over 3.6 million subscribers.

By comparison, Canada’s traditional telecommunication giants – BCE and Telus – have just under 13 million subscribers.

Using numbers published in the respective company’s most recent financial results, Digital Home has calculated that the big four cable providers now have 3,633,711 cable telephone customers up over 10% from the same time a year earlier.

Since Videotron and Rogers recent fiscal quarters ended December 31, 2010 and the Cogeco and Shaw fiscal quarters ended November 30th, the numbers are not specific to one date but they still manage to convey the strong demand for cable telephone service.

By comparing the same fiscal quarters, Digital Home calculates the big four cable companies have added about 384,000 digital telephone subscribers in the last 12 months. That works out to more than 31,000 new subscribers a month. While still growing the number of new subscribers per month is falling. In the previous twelve months the number of new subscribers across all four cable companies grew at an average of about 47,500 subscribers per month.

In the first five years after Cable telephony began rolling out in Canada Rogers and Videotron were the market leaders in terms of number of subscribers, however, in the last year, Shaw Cable has pulled out in front. Shaw is now the market leader with 1.15 million digital phone customers. Almost one-half of all Shaw basic cable subscribers now use Shaw for telephone services.

The following are the most recent cable telephone subscriber counts for the big four cable companies (All subscriber counts have been sourced from the respective company’s most recent financial statements):

  1. Shaw – 1,146,148
  2. Videotron – 1,109,100
  3. Rogers – 1,003,000
  4. Cogeco – 375,463

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4 Responses to “Big Four cable companies now have over 3.6 million telephone customers”
  1. OorWully says:

    No comparison with Vonage? I’d like to see the numbers of the people who are smart enough to utilize Vonage over the cable giants, you can’t beat the price !

  2. Steve says:

    I’d like to see the list compared against subscribers on cell service.

  3. Miranda says:

    As for the cell service comparison, I don’t think that would matter cause everyone knows that the cell companies take full advantage of people! I know at one time my cell phone bill was right around $230 dollars for 2 phones, which is crazy. Needless to say, we cut them off asap! As for the big phone companies, I am not to big of a fan. I do however have all my services bundled, with DISH. I have to say for having all three, internet, phone and satellite services my bill is very reasonable. It is cheaper than what I was paying for them individually through Comcast, but isn’t that usually the case? I have been a long time employee of DISH, and I gotta say that as a customer and an employee; I am very pleased all around!

  4. cable companies says:

    How about the satisfaction of the subscribers to their services?
    They only showed the number of their subscribers.