Canada’s wireless industry generated $43 billion for the Canadian economy in 2010 as per a report released by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), which quantifies the economic impact of Canada’s wireless sector in terms of gross domestic product (GDP), investment and employment.
The report determined that the wireless communications services industry directly contributed $18 billion to Canada’s GDP and provided an additional $15.66 billion of economic flow through to contributing suppliers in the supply chain. The sector also generated a consumer surplus – the additional benefit or satisfaction that consumers receive from wireless services, above and beyond what they pay for the services – of $9.31 billion.
CWTA President & CEO Bernard Lord said that, Canada’s wireless industry has once again demonstrated its critical importance to the country’s economy and prosperity. The industry remains committed to ensuring that Canadians are provided with the most advanced and reliable wireless networks available.
The report also examines the extraordinary investments made by the industry. In 2010, the industry deployed $2.5 billion in capital expenditures, which represented more than 14 percent of aggregate Canadian mobile operators’ revenues. This level of capital intensity was greater than the average for North America, which was 13.3 percent in 2010.
The report also revealed that the wireless industry supported more than 260,000 jobs in 2010. The wireless sector continues to offer high value employment, with an average salary level of more than $64,000, compared to the Canadian average salary of just over $44,000.
Source: Wireless Federation.