The CRTC has released a commissioned report entitled "Price Comparisons of Wireline, Wireless and Internet Services in Canada and with Foreign Jurisdictions".
The report compares the prices of wireline, mobile wireless, wireline broadband and mobile broadband services in Canada with Australia, France, Japan, U.K. and U.S.
Wall Communications, the firm responsible for producing the report, has concluded that Canadian rates in all four categories were comparable with all five countries in the study and that our prices was near the middle of the rankings.
The following is the summary for each category of the report. For complete details read the complete report .
WirelessIn sum, as in previous years' studies, weighted average Canadian wireline service rates generally compare favourably, on balance, with all of the five surveyed foreign jurisdictions.
Broadband ServiceIn sum, in terms of mobile wireless service prices, Canada tends to fall into the middle of the pack in comparison to the five foreign justifications included in this study. However, in the case of the Level 1 (low use) service level basket, Canada now has the highest average rate of the group of surveyed countries.
Mobile Internet ServicesOn balance, Canadian broadband service rates tend to fall within the middle of the pack of surveyed countries for the Level 1 (sub 1.5 Mbps), Level 2 (1.5 – 9 Mbps ) and Level 3 (10 – 19 Mbps) broadband service baskets. In the case of the Level 4 (20 Mbps and faster) broadband service basket, Canada's rates are relatively high compared to most of the other surveyed countries (other than the U.S.), despite that fact the average service speeds for the surveyed services in the lower priced countries are higher than in Canada.
Discuss the report in Digital Home's Canadian Internet, Landline and Wireless Phone discussion forum .On balance, Canadian mobile Internet service rates tend to fall within the middle of the pack of surveyed countries. At the same time, however, while the advertized service speeds of the services in Canada are faster than those in the other surveyed countries, the data usage caps are in Canada are lower.