OECD report confirms that Canadian wireless pricing compares extremely well
Report highlights Canada's superior technology delivering better coverage,
speed and overall client experience
VANCOUVER, July 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Today's OECD report on global wireless
pricing once again confirms that Canadian wireless pricing is extremely
competitive internationally and that Canadians have access to some of the best
wireless networks in the world, thanks to enormous investment by TELUS and its
"When you consider that Canada's wireless subscribers, spread out over our
vast and challenging geography, pay about the same prices as people in much
more densely populated countries and yet have access to more national LTE
networks than people in any other country - it really is remarkable," said
Darren Entwistle, TELUS President & CEO. "TELUS alone has invested $100
billion in Canada since 2000 to make that a reality."
"A notable fact highlighted by this report is that Canadian telecommunications
carriers invest more in technology and infrastructure than those just about
anywhere else in the world," said Entwistle. "Indeed, Canada's investment in
advanced technology is almost double the average for developed countries. I am
tremendously proud of our Canadian talent that has expertly deployed this
world-leading technology for the benefit of all Canadians."
"Report after report says the same thing - Canadians are heavy users of
wireless services, our networks are amongst the very best in the world, device
subsidies are generous, network investment is high, smartphone usage is
world-leading, and pricing is extremely competitive," said Entwistle. "It all
adds up to Canadians getting good value from their wireless service."
"Importantly, both the OECD report and the Wall Report issued earlier this
month emphatically prove Canada has more competitive prices than the U.S. -
the Wall Report finding U.S. prices average 43 per cent higher than Canadian
prices, the OECD that US prices are about six per cent higher in the most
relevant usage basket," he continued.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an
inter-governmental organization, publishes its report on communications
infrastructure and services in its 34 member countries every second year. This
year's report, the OECD Communications Outlook 2013, can be downloaded from
the OECD website here:
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in
Canada, with $11 billion of annual revenue and 13.2million customer
connections, including 7.7million wireless subscribers, 3.4million
wireline network access lines, 1.4million Internet subscribers and 712,000
TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle,
TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including
wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members
and retirees have contributed more than $300million to charitable and
not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8million hours of service to
local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS'
local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most
outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of
Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this
prestigious international recognition.
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