A 2017 report from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission shows clear indicators that demand for bandwidth is expected to continue growing in Canada.

A few excerpts from the CRTC News Release November 9, 2017

“Canadians are adopting mobile broadband service at a rapid rate. In 2016, there were 3 million more mobile broadband subscriptions than the previous year, a 13.3% increase. Canadians used an average of 1.2 gigabytes (GB) of data per month on their wireless devices, a 25% increase from 2015. More than a quarter of those who subscribed to a monthly data plan had at least 5 GB of data.

Many young people are turning to their wireless device to watch TV. Forty-one percent of 18-34 year olds use their smartphones to watch TV online, compared to 11% of Canadians aged 50-64 years old and 4% of Canadians aged 65 and over. Other popular activities included accessing the Internet, emails and social media networks.

At the same time Canadians are also increasing the data and speed of their home Internet connections. In 2016, monthly data usage (downloads and uploads) increased by 23.4% to reach 128.3 GB. Over the last five years, Canadians monthly data consumption increased by an average of 40% each year.”

Following the release of the report CRTC CEO Ian Scott had these remarks.

“As the Communications Monitoring Report shows, Canadians are embracing changing technology. They are increasingly using their mobile devices and home Internet connections to watch content, access health care services, further their education or run their businesses. As the industry continues to invest in their networks to meet current and future demands, the CRTC is establishing a fund to improve broadband access in remote and rural communities.”– Ian Scott, Chairperson and CEO of the CRTC

A full copy of the report is available on CRTC’s website.