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List of Canadian mobile phone companies

This is a list of mobile telephony providers in Canada.

As of Q3 2016, there are over 30 million wireless subscriptions in Canada.[1] Approximately 90% of Canadian mobile phone users subscribe to one of the three largest national telecommunication companies (Rogers Wireless, Telus Mobility and Bell Mobility) or one of their subsidiary brands. These three mobile network operators own and operate transmission facilities that cover most of the country, though they sometimes share each other's networks in certain geographical regions in order to reduce costs and reach more customers.

The remaining 10% of subscribers are served by smaller, regional providers, mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), and resellers.[2] Regional providers own and operate transmission facilities that cover a limited area and rely on partnerships with national service providers to connect their customers across Canada. In contrast, MVNOs and resellers do not own spectrum or network infrastructure and are required to lease network capacity from other providers at wholesale rates. While MVNOs have their own facilities to package and support their mobile services, resellers rely on the host network provider to package, market, bill, and deliver mobile services.[3]

All wireless service providers in Canada are regulated by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), which has been blamed by some for the concentration of wireless service subscribers to only three large national carriers. Though measures have been taken to encourage more competition, critics suggest that more should be done to address the issue, e.g. by mandating wholesale network access for MVNOs.[4][5]


Mobile network operatorsEdit

This is a list of mobile network operators, which includes national and regional service providers. Where applicable, this list will also include any subsidiary "extension" brands associated with a mobile service provider. While primary brands, such as Rogers Wireless or Bell Mobility, account for roughly 82% of wireless revenue, extension brands allow wireless service providers to differentiate service offerings and reach broader market segments.[6]

This list is ordered from largest to smallest by the number of current subscriptions.

Parent Company Brands and subsidiaries  % of Canadian population covered Subscriptions (2016) Blended ARPU monthly (2014)
Postpaid Prepaid Total
Rogers Communications Rogers Wireless, Fido, Chatr, Cityfone LTE: 95%[7]
HSPA+: 97%
GSM: 97%[8]
8,360,000 1,612,000 10,274,000 $62.30
Telus Communications [note 1] Telus Mobility, Koodo Mobile, Public Mobile LTE: 97%
HSPA+: 98%
[9][note 2]
7,500,000 1,100,000 8,600,000 [10] $66.24
BCE Inc. Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile, Bell MTS [11] LTE: 97%
HSPA+: 98%
[12][note 2]
7,690,727 778,145 8,468,872 [13] $66.69
Shaw Communications Freedom Mobile LTE: Greater Toronto Area and Greater Vancouver Area[14][15]

HSPA+: 98%[15]
[note 3]

714,917 371,268 1,106,159 $37.40
Vidéotron Vidéotron Mobile Québec and Ottawa N/A 828,900 $69.44
SaskTel SaskTel Mobility Saskatchewan
LTE (Saskatchewan): 99%[16]
HSPA+ (Saskatchewan): 99%
N/A 614,221 $64.39
Eastlink Eastlink Wireless Atlantic Canada and Northeastern Ontario N/A
Iristel Ice Wireless, Sugar Mobile Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut N/A
Tbaytel Tbaytel Mobility Northwestern Ontario N/A
TNW Wireless Inc. TNW Wireless Northwestern British Columbia and Yukon N/A
Lynx Mobility Lynx Mobility Northern Quebec N/A
Keewaytinook Mobile Keewaytinook Mobile Northern Ontario N/A
Sogetel Sogetel Quebec
Xplornet Xplornet Manitoba N/A
  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.
  3. ^ Figure includes partner network coverage. Freedom Mobile operates its own network in Southern Ontario, Greater Vancouver Area, Calgary and Edmonton.
Market share of Canadian mobile network operators in Q1 2013
Telus Mobility
Bell Mobility
Rogers Wireless
Fido Solutions
SaskTel Mobility
Freedom Mobile
MTS Mobility
Videotron Mobile
Bell Aliant
Note that Fido Solutions is listed as a separate entity from Rogers Wireless.

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.[18]

Mobile networksEdit

|- | Roam Mobility (Canada) || Otono || Various || Offers Canadian numbers for roaming in Canada. SIM's expire after usage.[19] |- | PhoneBox || PhoneBox || Rogers (postpaid) / Telus (postpaid)|| Offers Canadian numbers. SIM's expire after usage.[20] |- | FlyMobi || FlyMobi CDMA || Sprint || For inmates |}

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Subscribers Stats EN 2016 Q3" (PDF). CWTA. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Communications Monitoring Report 2015" (PDF). CRTC. 
  3. ^ "Mobile Service Providers". 
  4. ^ Geist, Michael. "CRTC falls short on true wireless competition". 
  5. ^ Chin, Brian. "No room for low-cost MVNO smartphone plan providers in Canada". 
  6. ^ "Percentage of revenues and subscribers derived via primary brands, extension brands, and resellers/rebillers, 2014" (PDF). Communications Monitoring Report. CRTC. 
  7. ^ "Rogers LTE Coverage (Q3 2015 report)" (PDF). 
  8. ^ "Rogers GSM/HSPA Coverage (2013 Industry Canada)" (PDF). 
  9. ^ "Telus Network Coverage (Q2 2015 report)". 
  10. ^ "Telus Quarterly Report". 
  11. ^ "BCE announces agreement to acquire Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS)". 
  12. ^ "Bell Network Coverage". 
  13. ^ "Bell Q4 Press Release" (PDF). 
  14. ^ Dobby, Christine (Nov 21, 2016). "Wind Mobile seeks fresh start with name change, LTE service". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  15. ^ a b "Cell Coverage Zones". Freedom Mobile. Dec 28, 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  16. ^ "About SaskTel - SaskTel completes LTE expansion and boasts largest LTE network in Province - SaskTel". 
  17. ^ "Q2 2016 Subscriber Stats" (PDF). CWTA. Retrieved 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  18. ^ Solomon (2013-10-22). "Provisional bidders for 700 MHz spectrum finalized". IT World Canada News. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  19. ^ "Canadian Prepaid SIM Cards for Short Term Wireless Service - Roam Mobility Canada". 
  20. ^ "PhoneBox Wireless Service Provider".