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CRTC issues annual Telecom Monitoring Report

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) released its fourth annual report today on t...


November 25, 2004  


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The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) released its fourth annual report today on the status of competition in the Canadian telecommunications industry for 2003.

The report provides information on the telecommunications industry, including the regulatory regime, key players, the status of competition, its effects on customers and the status of broadband infrastructure across the
country.

Last year, the wireless and Internet markets continued to drive growth in the Canadian telecommunications industry, with both markets experiencing double digit revenue growth.

The revenues in the remaining markets, including
local, long distance, and data and private line markets declined in 2003.

The report indicates that while the majority of Canadians continue to believe that they have benefited from competition, last year remained difficult for many wireline companies.

Competition in this market was primarily confined to the major urban centres where they generally had between 0.1% and 26.9% of the local business lines and between 1.6% and 17.6% of the local residential lines.

“Our analyses indicate that although Canadians continue to be connected and have benefited from competition, more needs to be done to ensure that we achieve our goal of sustainable facilities-based competition” said Charles
Dalfen, chairman of the CRTC.