Big three wireless companies now have over 23.5 million subscribers

Rogers Communications recently reported that, as of the end of June, it had over 9.1 million wireless subscribers making it largest provider of wireless services in the country.

Combined with the Bell and Telus Mobility, the big three wireless companies now have over 23.5 million subscribers and a 94% share of the wireless market in Canada.

Rogers

Rogers said it added 591,000 subscribers in the second quarter and lost 456,000 subscribers for net gain of 135,000. Of the 9,127,000 subscribers, 7,458,000 were postpaid subscribers while 1,669,000 were prepaid subscribers.

The average Rogers postpaid subscriber spent $70.07 per month during the quarter while the average prepaid customer spent just $16.14 a month.

Combined, pre and postpaid customers spent an average of $60.26 per month and talked for 475 minutes on their wireless phones. Data revenue now accounts for over a third (35%) of Rogers Wireless revenues.

Bell

Bell Mobility is Canada’s second largest wireless provider with 7,283,847 subscribers consisting of 5,716,326 postpaid and 1,567,521 prepaids. Bell added 37,507 new net wireless subscribers in the second quarter of 2011.

The average Bell postpaid subscriber spent $63.18 per month during the quarter while the average prepaid customer spent $16.88 a month. Combined, pre and postpaid customers spent an average of $52.99 per month.

Telus

Telus Mobility is Canada’s third largest wireless provider with 7,097,000 subscribers consisting of 5,849,000 postpaid and 1,248,000 prepaids. Telus added 94,000 new net wireless subscribers in the second quarter of 2011. Telus Smartphones subscribers now total 2,456,580.

Combined, Telus pre and postpaid customers spent an average of $58.88 per month of which $19.25 was for data. The average Telus customers talked on their phones for an average of 337 minutes each month.

Other Carriers

After the big three, Sasktel, MTS, Wind Mobile, and Videotron are the biggest wireless carriers with a combined wireless subscriber base of 1.54 million subscribers.

The following is the latest known figures for other Canadian wireless carriers and the dates when the figures were for if they were not June 30th of this year.

  • Sasktel – 568,904 (March 31, 2011)
  • MTS – 489,722
  • Wind Mobile – 271,641 (March 31, 2011)
  • Videotron – 210,600

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