List of Canadian mobile phone companies

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Mobile network operators[edit]

This is a list of mobile network operators in Canada from largest to smallest by the number of current subscriptions. As of Q2 2014, there are over 27 million wireless subscriptions in Canada. Approximately 90% of cell phone users subscribe to one of the three largest Canadian telecom companies Rogers Wireless, Bell Mobility, and Telus Mobility.

Mobile Provider Brands and Subsidiaries Availability Subscriptions ARPU
Postpaid Prepaid Total
Rogers Wireless Rogers, Fido, Chatr Nationwide 8,076,000 1,356,000 9,432,000Decrease $57.63
Telus Mobility [note 1] Telus, Koodo, Mike, Clearnet, Public Mobile Nationwide[note 2] N/A 8,039,000Increase $61.24
Bell Wireless Affiliates Bell, Virgin, Solo, Northwestel, Bell Aliant, Télébec, NorthernTel Nationwide[note 2] 6,711,656 1,051,000 7,762,656Decrease $57.90
Globalive Wireless Management Corporation Wind Abbotsford, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and most cities in Southern Ontario[1] N/A 702,000Increase $38.00
SaskTel Mobility SaskTel Saskatchewan N/A 615,694Increase $64.39
Videotron Mobile Videotron Québec and Ottawa N/A 521,600Increase $69.44
MTS Mobility MTS Manitoba 409,084 65,517 474,601Decrease $59.70
DAVE Wireless Mobilicity Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton[2] N/A 165,000[3] $32.00
Bragg Communications EastLink Atlantic N/A
TBayTel TBayTel Thunder Bay, Superior Wireless N/A
Ice Wireless Ice Wireless Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut N/A
References: [4]
  1. ^ Telus numbers include those of recently acquired of Public and may be different from CWTA-reported.
  2. ^ a b Bell Mobility and Telus Mobility have a multiple operator core network agreement to provide a common radio network to the customer (distinct from a roaming arrangement, where the radio networks are separate). Bell builds most of its towers in Eastern Canada, while most of Telus' towers are in Western Canada.

In addition, as of October 22, 2013 the following companies expressed their interest in becoming mobile carriers as part of Canada's 2014 700 MHz spectrum auction by becoming provisional bidders: Feenix Wireless Inc, Catalyst Capital Group, Vecima Networks, Novus Wireless, and a numbered Alberta company controlled by Corridor Communications.[5]

Market Share[edit]

Market share of Canadian mobile network operators in Q1 2013
Telus Mobility
Bell Mobility
Rogers Wireless
Fido Solutions
SaskTel Mobility
Wind Mobile
MTS Mobility
Videotron Mobile
Bell Aliant
Note that Fido Solutions is listed as a separate entity from Rogers Wireless. Mobilicity and Public Mobile are excluded due to lack of Q1 2013 numbers.

Mobile networks[edit]

Operator Technology Frequency Ownership Roaming
Airtel Wireless No No Yes No No No No No Airtel Wireless Ltd. None
Bell Mobility Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Bell Canada Enterprises Telus Mobility
Eastlink No No No Yes Yes No No Yes Eastlink Rogers Wireless
Fleetcom No No Yes No No No No No Fleetcom Inc. None
Ice Wireless Yes No No Yes No Yes No No Ice Wireless Rogers Wireless
Keewaytinook Mobile Yes No No No No No No No Keewaytinook Okimakanak's (KO) Kuhkenah Network Rogers Wireless
Lynx Mobility No Yes No No No Yes No No Lynx Mobility Bell Mobility / Telus Mobility
Mobilicity Roaming[note 1] No No Yes No Roaming[note 1] No Yes DAVE Wireless Rogers Wireless
MTS Mobility No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes MTS Rogers Wireless / Sasktel
Rogers Wireless Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Rogers Communications TBayTel / ICE Wireless
SaskTel Mobility No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes SaskTel Bell Mobility / Telus Mobility / MTS / Rogers Wireless
Sogetel Mobilité No Yes No Yes No Yes No No Sogetel Bell Mobility
TBayTel Mobility No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Thunder Bay Telephone Rogers Wireless
Telus Mobility No Yes Yes[note 2] Yes Yes Yes Yes[note 2] Yes Telus Communications Bell Mobility
Videotron Mobile Roaming[note 1] No No Yes Planned Roaming[note 1] No Yes Québecor Rogers Wireless
Wind Mobile Roaming[note 1] No No Yes Experimental[note 3] Roaming[note 1] No Yes Globalive Rogers Wireless

  1. ^ a b c d e f Mobilicity, Videotron Mobile, and Wind Mobile allow their customers to roam on Rogers Wireless' GSM technology and Personal Communications Service (PCS) frequency network. Roaming is intended to be used when one is outside of the AWS carrier's network coverage.
  2. ^ a b Telus Mobility sells Integrated Digital Enhanced Network (iDEN) services using Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) frequencies. Services are sold under the Mike brand, which is available in Telus retail stores and online.
  3. ^ Wind Mobile confirmed to be testing basic 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology on February 3, 2011. The operator has not yet deployed LTE for general public use.

Former mobile networks[edit]

Operator Ownership Purchased by Ceased Operations Year
Clearnet Clearnet Communications Telus Mobility 2000
Fido Microcell Rogers Communications 2004
Public Mobile Public Mobile Telus Mobility 2013

Virtual mobile network operators[edit]

Operator Ownership Network provider
7-Eleven Speak Out Wireless Ztar Mobile Rogers
Brightroam iRoam Rogers
Chatr Rogers Communications Rogers
Cityfone Cityfone Rogers
CityWest CityWest & Northwestel Bell
Clearnet Telus Communications Telus
DCI Wireless DCI Telecom Rogers
Fido Solutions Rogers Communications Rogers
good2go Mobile Canada Ztar Mobile Rogers
KMTS Mobility KMTS Bell
Koodo Mobile Telus Communications Telus
KORE Wireless KORE Telematics Rogers
NorthernTel Mobility Bell Aliant Bell
Northwestel Bell Mobility Bell
PC Mobile Loblaws Bell(Prepaid)/Telus(Postpaid)
Petro-Canada Mobility Ztar Mobile Rogers
PhoneBox PhoneBox Rogers (Postpaid)/Telus (Postpaid)
Primus Canada Primus Rogers
Public Mobile Telus Communications Telus
Roam Mobility Roam Mobility Inc. T-Mobile USA
SearsConnect Wireless Cityfone/SearsConnect Rogers
SimplyConnect Cityfone/Scotiabank/ Rogers
Solo Mobile Bell Mobility Bell
Talk & Earn Cityfone/Bank of Montreal Rogers
Talk & Save Cityfone/Royal Bank of Canada Rogers
Télébec Mobilité Bell Aliant Bell
Virgin Mobile Canada Bell Mobility Bell
ZoomerWireless ZoomerMedia Rogers

CDMA Network Shut Downs[edit]

Mobile networks in Canada are in the process of moving away customers from CDMA networks to HSPA and LTE networks. All of the major regional or national carriers have stopped selling CDMA phones. The following are plans are announced or leaked plans for CDMA network shut downs:

  • Bell Mobility
    • EVDO shut down on July 1, 2015.[6]
    • CDMA shut down on January 1, 2017.[7]
  • MTS
    • Has not announced shut down of CDMA network.
  • Sasktel
    • EVDO shut down on September 30, 2014[8]
    • CDMA shut down in 2015 or 2016,[9]
  • Public Mobile
    • CDMA shut down on August 8, 2014. Services instead provided by Telus HSPA network.[10]
  • TBayTel
    • EVDO shut down on June 1, 2014.[11]
    • CDMA shut down on October 1, 2014.[12]
  • Telus
    • EVDO shut down in British Columbia and Alberta (except Calgary and Edmonton) on March 31, 2014.[13]
    • CDMA shut down in 2015.[14]

Note: As carriers shut down their CDMA networks including EVDO networks, most or all other major CDMA network providers will lose areas of coverage due to roaming agreements.

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