Canadian, US Wireless Industries Out-Perform Those in Europe, in Part Due to
New report from Navigant Economics highlights key trends and infrastructure
differences between North American and European markets
CHICAGO -- September 13, 2013
According to a new study from Navigant Economics, Canadian and U.S. wireless
markets outperform those in Europe in higher levels of investment, innovation
and customer usage. Now, however, according to the study’s authors, Canadian
regulators are changing some of the policies that have been responsible for
that country’s success and are adopting policies similar to those in Europe.
“Canadian regulators appear to be moving in the direction of adopting the
sorts of policies that have led to market fragmentation and stalled investment
and innovation in Europe,” said Jeff Eisenach, Managing Director of Navigant’s
Economics practice and a co-author of the report. “As the report concludes,
policies designed to ‘promote competition’ by artificially increasing the
number of competitors have been shown to fail in Europe and should be avoided
in North America.”
According to the report, North American mobile wireless consumers use their
devices for both voice and data services far more intensely than those in
Europe. These consumers also enjoy a faster, more capable wireless network.
Other findings from the report include:
*North Americans use two to five times more voice time and twice as much
data than Europeans.
*Canadian wireless carriers invest 2.3 times those in Europe, per
connection, in infrastructure.
*North American wireless speeds are 75 percent faster than the European
average – a gap that is expected to grow.
*While North American and European consumers are equally likely to own
smartphones, North American consumers are more likely to use their phones
for web-related activities including mobile banking, watching video on
their phones and browsing the web.
“Consumers in North America increasingly benefit from more advanced networks
than those in Europe and as a result, consume more services,” said Mr.
Eisenach. “This leads to additional revenue generation necessary to support
ongoing investments. It’s a continuing cycle resulting in a constant stream of
benefits recognized by consumers. In contrast, European countries have adopted
policies trying to force more competitors into a market, which has resulted in
companies that are too fragmented to invest in new infrastructure, causing a
problematic cycle of declining network capacity and quality.”
To learn more about the differences between the mobile markets in North
America and Europe, and how regulation plays a role in these differences,
download a copy of the report at www.navigant.com/canada-mobile-report. The
study was authored by Erik Bohlin, Kevin W. Caves and Jeff Eisenach and
sponsored by Canadian telecommunications carrier TELUS.
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