Not that any of us should be surprised by this, but a study conducted by The New American Foundation's Open Technology Initiative has confirmed that Canada has the highest cell phone package rates in the world, followed by the US.
But they didn't stop building years ago. All the carriers are constantly upgrading, tweaking, and expanding. In the last couple of years Bell, Telus, MTS, and SaskTel have poured over a billion dollars into HSPA networks. Rogers has been upgrading GSM sites to HSPA+ in order to keep pace.I think the network layout costs have long since been recovered....especially given the incremental billions we have paid in SAFs.
There may not be continuous coverage, but it's also not as though they only cover the Golden Horseshoe and other major urban areas. All of these networks cover large rural areas, highway corridors, and cottage country.And even though we have a dramatically bigger country than most, the vast majority live in a tiny sliver of it. It's not like there's contiguous coverage in northern Ontario or central Newfoundland.