Canada's Top 6 Telecom Companies Dial In on 2011
2011 promises to be an even bigger year for the mobile device market. As such, Canada’s leading telecom companies will battle for subscribers and tout their wireless networks as superior to their competitors.
But who are Canada’s leading telecom companies and who are the up-and-coming ISPs waiting to disconnect the big three from their thrones?
1. Rogers Wireless
Subscribers: 8.9 million
Headquarters: Toronto, ON
The undisputed king of Canadian telecommunications, Rogers leapfrogged Bell in 2004 with the purchase of the wireless network Fido. Rogers also owns the Chatr wireless network in addition to its proprietary network. Rogers Wireless carries phones made by Apple Inc., Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, HTC, HP, ZTE, Firefly, Palm and RIM. Rogers was the first Canadian carrier to carry the Apple iPhone.
Rogers Communications was recently levied with a $10 million fine by the Competition Bureau. Rogers' Canada-wide advertising campaign claimed that consumers subscribing to Rogers' Chatr brand would experience "fewer dropped calls than new wireless carriers" and have "no worries about dropped calls." WIND Mobile led the fight for ISPs.
2. Bell Mobility
Subscribers: 7.1 million
Headquarters: Mississauga, ON
Bell and Bell-owned Virgin Mobile Canada, Solo Mobile and Loblaw's PC Mobile operate within the same wireless network. The Bell network features a handset lineup that includes cell phones fromLG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and Sanyo. The lineup also includes smartphones from Motorola, Palm, RIM, Samsung, HTC, UTStarcom and Apple Inc.
Of the big three service providers, Bell topped the list with 1,428 complaints, which was more than double second-worst Telus Communications at 657 complaints, according to the Commission for Complaints for Telecommunications Services’ 2009-2010 annual report. Rogers landed third on the list at 540 complaints.
3. Telus Mobility
Subscribers: 6.9 million
Headquarters: Burnaby, BC
Telus originally served as a vehicle to privatize the Alberta Government Telephones Commissionin 1990. Telus then acquired Edmonton Telephones (Ed Tel) from the City of Edmonton in 1995 before becoming a consumer brand in 1996. Telus offers a number of devices such as HTC, Huawei, LG, Nokia, RIM, Samsung, and Sierra Wireless on its network.
An industry leader, Telus once boasted the largest 3G network in Canada when the Company rolled out an HSPA+ network that provides download speeds of up to 21 Mbit/s and roaming in over 200 countries. The Company has continued broadening its network, most recently becoming the first wireless operator in North America to deploy HSPA+ Dual Cell technology, which doubled maximum download speeds of up to 42 Mbit/s last August.
Headquarters: Regina, SK
Saskatchewan Telecommunications owns the distinction of being the only remaining Crown Corporation in the Canadian telecommunications industry. While SaskTel is the fourth largest telecom company in Canada, its growth prospects are limited and won’t surpass the big three anytime soon. The Company is late to the HSPA+ game having only begun construction of a new $172 million HSPA+ wireless network in 2009. SaskTel activated the network in 2010 but won’t finish the roll out until the end of 2011. When it does, SaskTel will hold 98% of Saskatchewan under its coverage.
5. MTS Allstream
Headquarters: Winnipeg, MB
Up until 2004, MTS was formerly Manitoba Telephone System is the primary telecommunications carrier in the province. The Company, once a Crown corporation as well, acquired Allstream seven years ago and is known as "MTS Allstream Inc," today. MTS Allstream’s Enterprise Solutionsdivision operates nationally under the Allstream brand. The Company boasts an extensive national broadband and fibre optic network that spans almost 30,000 kilometres. MTS Allstream customers include more than 65,000 businesses such as BMO Financial Group, Stella Jones, Transat and WestJet.
6. WIND Mobile
Headquarters: Toronto, ON
WIND looks most likely to join the ranks of the current big three. The Company initially launched mobile data and voice services in Toronto on December 16, 2009 and two days later in Calgary. WIND then expanded its network to include Edmonton on February 26, 2010, Ottawa on March 27, 2010 and Metro Vancouver on June 3, 2010. WIND Mobile is the first Canadian wireless service provider to make use of the Advanced Wireless Services spectrum for its network (except in Quebec), which requires customers to use an AWS-capable handset—Alcatel, Blackberry, Garmin, HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson.
As visible as WIND has become, its management has been even more vocal. WIND Mobile Chairman Anthony Lacavera chastised Rogers’ recent Chatr advertising as misleading and anti-competitive, which led to the Canadian Competition Bureau’s investigation. You can bet that this victory will only embolden WIND, and other independent service providers for that matter.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.