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. Approximately 90% of Canadian mobile phone users subscribe to one of the three largest national telecommunication companies (Rogers Wireless, Bell Mobility, and Telus 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. 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.
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.
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.
This list is ordered from largest to smallest by the number of current subscriptions.
|Parent company||Brands and subsidiaries||% of Canadian population covered||Subscriptions||Blended ARPU monthly|
|Rogers Communications||Rogers Wireless, Fido Mobile, Chatr Mobile, Cityfone||LTE: 96%
|8,839,000||1,786,000||10,625,000||$61.94 (2017 Q3)|
|BCE Inc.||Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile, Lucky Mobile, Bell MTS||LTE: 97%
|8,243,446||764,827||9,008,273||$69.78 (2017 Q3)|
|Telus Corporation[note 2]||Telus Mobility, Koodo Mobile, Public Mobile||LTE: 97%
|7,868,000||956,000||8,824,000 ||$67.04 (2017 Q3)|
|Shaw Communications||Freedom Mobile||LTE: Toronto, Ottawa, London, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver||764,091||383,082||1,147,173||$37.66 (2017 Q4)|
|Vidéotron||Vidéotron Mobile||Québec and Ottawa||N/A||1,000,000 ||$69.44|
LTE (Saskatchewan): 99%
HSPA+ (Saskatchewan): 99%
|Eastlink||Eastlink Wireless||Atlantic Canada and Northeastern Ontario||N/A|
|Iristel||Ice Wireless||Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut||N/A|
|Tbaytel||Tbaytel Mobility||Northwestern Ontario||N/A|
|TNW Networks||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|
- 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.
- Telus numbers include those of recently acquired of Public and may be different from CWTA-reported.
- Figure includes partner network coverage. Freedom Mobile operates its own network in Southern Ontario, Greater Vancouver Area, Calgary and Edmonton.
|Bell Mobility||No||Shut down planned April 2018||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Bell Canada Enterprises||Telus Mobility / SaskTel|
|Eastlink Wireless||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Eastlink||Rogers Wireless / Bell Mobility|
|Freedom Mobile||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Shaw Communications||Rogers Wireless / Telus Mobility / Bell Mobility|
|Ice Wireless||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Ice Wireless||Rogers Wireless / Videotron|
|Keewaytinook Mobile||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||Keewaytinook Okimakanak's (KO) Kuhkenah Network||Rogers Wireless|
|Lynx Mobility||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||No||Lynx Mobility||Bell Mobility / Telus Mobility|
|Rogers Wireless||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Rogers Communications||Bell Mobility / Telus Mobility / SaskTel / TBayTel / ICE Wireless|
|SaskTel Mobility||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||SaskTel||Bell Mobility / Telus Mobility|
|Sogetel Mobilité||No||Shut down planned||Yes||No||Yes||No||Sogetel||Bell Mobility|
|TBayTel Mobility||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Thunder Bay Telephone||Rogers Wireless|
|Telus Mobility||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telus Communications||Bell Mobility / SaskTel|
|TNW Wireless||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||No||TNW Wireless Inc.|
|Vidéotron Mobile||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Vidéotron||Rogers Wireless|
|A Shut down in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Thunder Bay area of Ontario and Gaspé region of Quebec. Entire CDMA network to be shut down by April 2018.|
Mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) and resellersEdit
|7-Eleven Speak Out Wireless||Ztar Mobile||Rogers|
|Cansel Connect||Cansel||Rogers (M2M)|
|DCI Wireless||DCI Telecom||Telus|
|Execulink Mobility||Execulink Telecom||Bell|
|good2go Mobile Canada||Ztar Mobile||Rogers|
|KORE Wireless||KORE Telematics||Rogers (M2M)|
|OnStar||General Motors||Bell (M2M)|
|PC Mobile||Loblaws||Bell (prepaid) / Telus (postpaid)|
|Petro-Canada Mobility||Ztar Mobile||Rogers|
|Zoomer Wireless||Zoomer Wireless||Rogers|
|Airtel Wireless||Airtel Wireless Ltd.||Calgary||iDEN||SMR||Active|
Former mobile networksEdit
This list includes legacy network terminations as well as defunct network operators.
|Operator||Type||Ownership||Purchased by||Ceased operations||Fate|
|Bell Mobility||Ev-DO||Bell||N/A||July 1, 2015||Complete CDMA shutdown planned for April 2018|
|CityWest||CityWest||December 13, 2013||Wireless services discontinued; mobile customers will be transitioned to Telus|
|Clearnet||CDMA||Clearnet Communications||Telus Mobility||2000||Network merged with Telus|
|Dryden Municipal Telephone Service||GSM, CDMA||Dryden Municipal Telephone Service||Wireless sold to Tbaytel, Wireline to Bell Aliant||December 21, 2012||Wireless customers migrated to Tbaytel|
|Fido||GSM||Microcell||Rogers Communications||November 8, 2004||Network merged with Rogers; Fido operates as MVNO|
|Kenora Municipal Telephone Service||CDMA||Kenora Municipal Telephone Service||Wireless sold to Bell Aliant||February 2008 & July 19, 2015||Wireless customers sold to Bell Aliant. KMTS wireless subscribers moved to Bell Mobility.|
|Lynx Mobile||CDMA||Lynx Mobile||N/A||December 31, 2015||CDMA network replaced by GSM Network|
|Mobilicity||AWS, HSPA+||DAVE Wireless||Rogers Communications||2015||Rogers will transition some Mobilicity retail locations and all its customers to Rogers sub-brand Chatr Mobile. As of August 16, 2016, Rogers will stop activating new Mobilicity lines.|
|MTS Mobility||HSPA+||Manitoba Telecom Services||Bell Mobility||2016|
|NorthernTel Mobility||NorthernTel Mobility||Bell Aliant||July 19, 2015||NorthernTel Mobility wireless subscribers moved to Bell Mobility.|
|Northwestel||Northwestel||Bell Mobility||June 19, 2014||Wireless services discontinued, sold to Bell Mobility.|
|Public Mobile||CDMA with Ev-DO||Public Mobile||Telus Mobility||August 8, 2014||MVNO on Telus HSPA+ network|
|Sasktel||CDMA||Sasktel||N/A||July 5, 2017||CDMA network's EVDO support ended on September 30, 2014|
|Superior Wireless||CDMA||Superior Wireless||TBayTel||August 2006||Merged with TBayTel|
|TBayTel||CDMA||TBayTel||N/A||December 31, 2014.|
|Télébec Mobilité||Télébec Mobilité||Bell Aliant||July 19, 2015||Télébec Mobilité wireless subscribers moved to Bell Mobility.|
|Telus Mobility||CDMA||Telus||N/A||May 31, 2017|
|Telus Mobility||iDEN||Telus||N/A||January 29, 2016|
|Mike||iDEN over SMR||Telus||N/A||January 29, 2016|
|Solo Mobile||Bell Mobility||Bell|
|Clearnet (Telus Mobility)||Telus||Telus|
Travel SIM cards and specialty servicesEdit
|AlwaysOnline Wireless||Otono||Various||A global data network for iPad owners on the go. AlwaysOnline Wireless is an on-demand 4G LTE service in over 45 countries with plans by the hour, by the day, or by the megabyte.|
|iRoam, formerly Brightroam||iRoam Mobile Solutions||Rogers||International SIM, offers Canadian and American numbers.|
|Know Roaming||Know Roaming||Various||Global SIM Sticker placed on existing SIM card.|
|ZIP SIM||Otono||T-Mobile USA||Offers American numbers.|
|Roam Mobility (USA)||Otono||T-Mobile USA||Offers American numbers for roaming in the USA and Mexico.|
|Roam Mobility (Canada)||Otono||Various||Offers Canadian numbers for roaming in Canada. SIM's expire after usage.|
|PhoneBox||PhoneBox||Rogers (postpaid) / Telus (postpaid)||Offers Canadian numbers. SIM's expire after usage.|
|FlyMobi||FlyMobi CDMA||Sprint||For inmates|
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