Quarterly Broadband Monitoring
Canada’s fibre broadband market is experiencing a brisk movement as two of its providers announced new offers in fibre-based Internet services. On August 10, regional operator SaskTel launched ‘InfiNET’, an FTTP broadband service. The offer enables consumers to have very fast connection with around 200Mbps/60Mbps speed. The launch is part of the provider’s seven-year plan to deploy fibre in the operator’s home province, Saskatchewan.
Following Saskstel’s launching, incumbent Bell Aliant, expanded its fibre service to five more towns namely: Grand Falls-Windsor (Newfoundland), Campbellton and Hampton (New Brunswick), and the Nova Scotia communities of Digby and Antigonish. This is part of the operator’s aim of covering 650 000 homes and businesses with FTTH-based services by the end of the year.
Canada’s FTTx subscribers is estimated to be around 200 000, with Bell commanding more than half of the market. It is expected that the FTTx subscribers will grow by around 5% CAAGR from 2012 to 2017.