The wireless industry in Canada has made substantial investments over many years. Current provider and new entrants continue to invest heavily despite Canada’s challenging economic conditions. They are doing so to meet the increasing demand for high performance services which are enabled by new technologies. This investment is in the form of additional network nodes, fibre and microwave backhaul and new core network infrastructure. The Canadian wireless telecommunications industry supported 261,000 jobs in 2010 that ranged from direct employees, support staff, and those indirectly employed.
There are three main wireless technologies used in Canada. They include:
-WiFi Technology: Technology that allows an electronic device to exchange data wirelessley (using radio waves) over a computer network including high speed Internet connections.
-Zigbee Technology: Is intended for embedded applications requiring low data rates and low power consumption. For example home automation or smart lighting, medical data collection and smoke and intruder warning.
-WiMax Technology: Is a wireless communications standard designed to provide 30 to 40 megabit-per-second data rates. It can providing portable mobile broadband connectivity across cities and countries through a variety of devices.
Canada seems to be improving over the past couple of years. In 2012 the total economic value for the Canadian economy generated by Canada’s wireless industry was $41.2 billion. As of today 99% of Canadians have access to wireless technologies. A survey done in Canada, July 2012 on Smartphone/tablet activities of young adult and parent smartphone or tablet owners in Canada found the following results:
(% of respondents):
– Text messaging: 88%
– Voice call: 70%
– Download and use apps: 68%
– Surf the net: 67%
– Connect to social networks: 61%
– Play games: 60%
– Listen to music: 57%
– Voice and video calling: 34%
– Banking: 33%
– Reading books/magazines: 25%
– Watch TV and movies: 16%
– Ecommerce/purchasing: 12%
– Watch sports: 3%
– None of the above: 1%