Videotron last week announced that, despite the economic downturn, the company saw growth in the number of subscribers for its major products: cable television, Internet access, cable telephone and wireless telephone.

Thanks to seventeen consecutive quarters of subscriber growth, Videotron is now Canada's largest cable telephone provider, third largest cable television provider and the fifth largest internet service provider.

Cable and Internet Service

For the third quarter ending September 30, 2009, Videotron had a total customer base for cable television of 1,759,700 subscribers; an increase of 27,100 during the quarter. The number of digital cable subscribers now stands at 1,042,400, up 52,100 during the quarter. The proportion of Videotron cable television customers who were subscribed to the digital service rose to more than 59%, compared with 52% in the same period of 2008.

The number of Videotron high speed internet customers now stands at 1,145,400 up 35,500 during the July to September timeframe.

Cable and Wireless Telephone

Since gradual region-by-region roll-out began in 2005, the company’s landline cable telephone service has registered steady growth. As of September 30th, the customer base for the service stood at 979,100, up 44,300 during the quarter.

Videotron completed its line of products by adding wireless telephone service in 2006 as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator, or MVNO, utilizing wireless voice and data services provided by Rogers Wireless across its GSM/GPRS network. Since that service was introduced, Videotron has activated a total of 79,800 wireless phones, including 6,300 during the third quarter.

The following are Videotron’s subscriber counts as of September 30, 2009. (Numbers in parenthesis are counts as of December 31, 2008.)
  • Basic cable - 1,759,700 (1,715,600)
  • Digital Cable - 1,042,400 (927,300)
  • Internet - 1,145,400 (1,063,800)
  • Cable Telephony - 979,100 (852,000)
  • Wireless - 79,800 (63,400)

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