May 08, 2018
Canada's wireless prices justified even if high by world standards, think tank says
Canada’s telecom industry is now competitive enough that there’s no need for regulatory attempts to force down consumer prices, study says.
TORONTO — A new report challenges the belief that Canadians pay too much for their wireless communications services.
The Montreal Economic Institute says it’s too simplistic to say Canadians pay some of the highest wireless prices in the world.
The private-sector think tank says Canada’s relatively high prices are justified by the quality of the networks, the size of the country and the investments that carriers are making in fifth-generation wireless technology.
The study comes as the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is in the midst of requiring Rogers, Bell and Telus to add a basic, data-only wireless service to their product lineup.